Apple's next iPhone will offer better multitasking, improved videoconferencing and a freshly updated operating system, if early reports are true. The iPhone 6s hasn't been officially announced yet, but it's expected to turn up at a special event scheduled for Sept. 9.
Even though we haven't yet heard the official word on Apple's next smartphone, a variety of leaks have given us a good idea of what to expect. Here's a quick roundup of the features that could make the iPhone 6s an even better business phone.
The iPhone 6s is expected to be the first device to launch running iOS 9, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. The software upgrade offers a ton of new productivity-boosting features, including an updated version of Siri, Apple's personal assistant app. Siri will get new functionalities, like the ability to understand voice commands in context. So, for example, you can tell the app, "Remind me to finish reading this later," while viewing an email message.
Other new features in iOS 9 include beefed-up security features like two-factor authentication, a new low-power mode to help you stretch your phone's battery life, and handy new keyboard shortcuts.
A faster processor and better multitasking capabilities are expected to arrive with the iPhone 6s. The phone will run on Apple's new A9 processor, which should provide quicker, smoother performance compared to the A8 chip in the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6s could also be the first iPhone with more than 1GB of RAM. Reports say that the phone will include 2GB of RAM, which would allow it to keep more active apps in memory. That would improve the phone's multitasking capabilities by letting you switch between apps more quickly. Some Android smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 already offer as much as 4GB of RAM, so the hardware upgrade from Apple would be quite welcome.
Longer battery life
Each new iPhone has been slimmer than the last, but reports suggest Apple may actually release a slightly thicker handset this year. The rumor suggests that a few extra millimeters of thickness would make room for a bigger battery, finally giving iPhone users enough battery life to last through the end of the workday. The iPhone 6 is already a seriously slim smartphone, so a slightly beefier design shouldn't be a big deal.
Even if it doesn't have a thicker body, the iPhone 6s should still last longer on a charge than last year's model, thanks to improved hardware. The smartphone is expected to use a new, more efficient LTE chip that allows for faster download speeds, as well as a longer battery life.
An updated front-facing camera could make the iPhone 6s better for videoconferencing. Reports say the phone will have a better sensor, capable of capturing HD video. A front flash is also expected, which could come in handy for low-light video chats. Those upgrades are good news for workers who use their smartphones for remote meetings.
A pressure-sensitive display might be the most interesting addition to the iPhone 6s, though we'll have to wait to get our hands on the device to see what Apple does with it. Reports say the display is based on the same pressure-sensing tech that Apple used in the new 12-inch MacBook's Force Touch touchpad.
The technology will likely be used for various touch gestures. For example, you might be able to jump straight to voicemail by pressing down harder on the Phone icon, or launch turn-by-turn directions in the Maps app by pressing down harder on a specific location.
Will those gestures make the iPhone 6s feel more intuitive, or more confusing? Check back for our full review to find out.