iPhone 6S rumors: iOS 9 code indicates Force Touch keyboard gestures, sketchy ‘6S Plus’ packaging photo appears online


As we approach the iPhone event, with invites very likely to go out to press shortly, we have more iPhone 6S rumors to discuss. Firstly, Hamza Sood has once again peeked into the iOS 9 source code and found references to ‘deep press’ gestures. This seems to confirm the existence of Force Touch in the new iPhones, which at this point is no surprise. Force Touch is widely assumed to be coming to all of the new iPhones and iPads Apple will announce this year. 9to5Mac reported that Force Touch will be used for various things across the OS: Sood found the Force Touch code reference in text selection code and appears to mean that a Force Touch gesture will activate the keyboard trackpad scrolling … a new feature for iPads in iOS 9.

A packaging photo has also leaked, although the validity is highly questionable. It appears to show packaging for the iPhone 6S Plus …

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The photo comes from Chinese website cnBeta. It’s low resolution which makes it hard to check for telltale signs of fakery, but it seems to show packaging for the larger 5.5 inch iPhone, seemingly ‘confirming’ the iPhone 6S Plus naming scheme. The packaging uses a wallpaper matching the style of the current iOS 9 betas, but with what appears to be a gold and black butterfly koi – an image not currently included in iOS 9 that would reference a classic Chinese symbol of wealth and prosperity. Adding an image to an existing box is extremely easy to fake, so take it with some skepticism. However, iPhone packaging leaks have yielded true before, notably with iPhone 5s packaging leaking ahead of the event to reveal the Touch ID feature.

The cnBeta report also includes details about the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus battery, claiming that they will be smaller than the current generation. It says the Plus will go from the current 2910mAH rating down to a 2750mAH battery capacity. Although again unsubstantiated, assuming it is true, it is unlikely to indicate that the new iPhone battery life will be shorter. The more probable outcome is that Apple has managed to make the new iPhone hardware more power efficient so heavier, larger, batteries are unnecessary.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPhones, and maybe a next-generation Apple TV product, at an event in early September, likely September 9th. Media invites for Apple’s event are expected to go out soon.

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  1. j0hnf23 - 7 years ago

    yay, Apple is reacting to our prayers! Thicker devices and more batter… wait a moment.. thicker iPhone AND less battery life. What the hell Apple?!

    • rogifan - 7 years ago

      When did you get the new phone to test battery life?

    • i dont know why Apple loves to brag about battery life on laptops but they try to do the opposite when it comes to the iPhone… Apple, please, i love my 6 Plus specially cuz of the great battery life, if you make the 6S Plus thicker, at least keep the same battery capacity so we can all enjoy even better battery life!

    • 89p13 - 7 years ago

      thicker by what . . . . 1/3 of a mm. If the early leaks are accurate 1/3 of a mm.


  2. PhilBoogie - 7 years ago

    Get these factory workers a better camera!

  3. o0smoothies0o - 7 years ago

    I hope they both have smaller batteries just so the whiny people will be upset.

  4. Christoph Lindemann - 7 years ago

    i bet the new iphone get a lockscreen wich animates the flowers, butterflies etc. just like the apple watch

    • We already have dynamic wallpapers, although they’re not particularly interesting. I wouldn’t mind some of the animated watch faces becoming backgrounds on the lock screen :D

      • Christoph Lindemann - 7 years ago

        lol looks like i called it – now its in the news – ANIMATED WALLPAPERS LIKE THE WATCH ^^

  5. Karen Beth - 7 years ago

    apple needs to step it up, because no offense – the samsung edge has a kickass camera and apple needs to start updating their camera’s on the phone to the quality out there on the market .. so sick of waiting for apple to release updated phones. Their camera is severely lacking compared to what is out there.

    • latinoboyboy - 7 years ago

      What are you talking about? The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have amazing cameras. What they “lack” in megapixels they makeup for in image quality, colors and low light performance.

  6. Eddie James - 7 years ago

    I love these “leaks”. It’s simply Apple trickling out info about it’s new products to gauge public reaction. Too bad they ignore the part when we demand more battery life and greater minimum storage. Mophie, and others make a ton of money selling battery cases to people who use their iPhone more than passively.


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