Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPhone models as early as next month.
The new models will feature more advanced photography capabilities and upgraded hardware, although the design is similar to that of last year’s iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Bloomberg reports.
The new features will include a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.
Sales of iPhone have slowed in recent quarters, partly due to the lull between product launches, but the device is still the company’s major source of revenue.
The new models will be critical to the holiday quarter, and Apple is counting on the phones to prop up sales ahead of an expected iPhone overhaul in 2017, the device’s 10th anniversary, Bloomberg said.
The new iPhones will retain the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes as their predecessors, the first of which was introduced in September 2014.
The dual cameras on the larger new iPhone will produce brighter photos with more detail.
The two sensors, each of which captures color differently, simultaneously take a picture, and the device produces a single, merged image, a source was quoted as saying.
The dual system sharpens photos taken in low-light environments, the source said.
Apple is also coming up with an updated home button for the new models.
Current home buttons are switches that physically press into the phone, but the new models will have a pressure-sensitive button that employs so-called haptic feedback, similar to that of trackpads on the latest MacBook line.
The new iPhones will remove the headphone jack in favor of connectivity via Bluetooth and the charging port. This will make room for a second speaker.
The new models will run iOS 10, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system coming this fall.
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