A report from the usually-reliable KGI has duplicated many of the details from our exclusives on the iPhone 6S, however furthermore provided assistance for an earlier report that the front cam will be upgraded to 5MP. Remarkably, it also suggests that the rear video camera lens may not be sapphire, as it has actually apparently failed drop tests.

Aside from updating rear camera module to 12MP, Apple will upgrade front camera module to 5MP […] The new iPhone may not be equipped with sapphire cover lens, as it still has quality problems on the drop test.

Although sapphire is a lot more scratch-resistant than Gorilla Glass, it is more breakable, and therefore at greater threat of ruining when dropped.

The company also duplicated its issues that restricted appeal of the new functions, together with external financial factors, is most likely to result in flat or negative sales development …… If

Force Touch fails to develop appealing selling points, together with slowing usage in China and mobile operators cutting subsidies for high-end smartphones, we expect deliveries of brand-new iPhone in 2015F to be flattish from or somewhat lower than the combined 73mn devices offered of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year.

KGI’s initial concern about the potential restricted appeal of Force Touch was voiced a day after my viewpoint piece.

We formerly saw evidence for an uprated front electronic camera in photos of the front glass, showing a larger lens aperture (below). Other specifications listed by KGI merely repeat exactly what we have actually already reported: storage capability of 16/64/128GB; 12MP rear electronic camera; Force Touch; increased gold case. The brand-new iPhone will be unveiled by Apple on 9th September.

KGI’s pessimism on sales potential contrasted with information from Kantar, which recommended “adequate opportunity for iPhone upgrades” this year and next.

Larger lens aperture seen here in the black front panel

Larger lens aperture seen here in the black front panel

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