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  1. There has been plenty of back and forth regarding display size and other design elements that we can expect to see in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. While nothing is set in stone until Apple makes its highly anticipated announcements, obviously, several sources that have been reliable in the past have each painted a fairly similar picture. From the looks of things, we can expect two new iPhone models in 2014, an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that climbs into phablet territory. The exact size of each display had been debated by plugged-in industry watchers as Apple toyed with different designs, but a new report claims that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized. We have heard from a number of different sources in recent months who have claimed to have inside knowledge of what size display Apple intends to use in the iPhone 6. DisplaySearch said it will measure 4.7 inches diagonally with a 1,600 x 900-pixel resolution while well-respected Apple analyst Peter Misek said it will measure 4.8 inches. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who has the best track record in the business when it comes to Apple’s device plans, would only say that the iPhone 6′s screen will measure between 4.5 and 5 inches diagonally. Much of the mystery was attributed to the fact that Apple was testing iPhone 6 designs with a few different screen sizes, but now Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says all that testing has been completed. In a note to clients on Wednesday picked up by AppleInsider, Arcuri stated that the iPhone 6′s design has been “locked down” and the phone will feature a 4.8-inch display. The analyst also says that Apple’s new iPhone will support faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and that Apple is planning ”key software innovations” in iOS 8 that will be a big focus on the new iPhone. That would certainly be fantastic news, considering iOS 7 was all about renovation rather than innovation. Apple is widely expected to launch the iPhone 6 this fall, though one recent report claimed that it will debut this summer at Apple’s annual WWDC conference instead. Source
  2. Apple has been recently rumored to run a trial production of iPhone models that have sapphire glass displays, but there may be another reason the company is interested in such panels for future devices, aside from increasing the durability of the screen. At a time when the competition is offering wireless charging batteries and developing new means to make the technology more user-friendly, Apple may be working on a totally different kind of wireless battery charging for the next iPhones. One analyst from Seeking Alpha believes he has found evidence that sapphire glass will actually include tiny solar panels that would help you charge iPhone batteries by simply using the power of the sun. Matt Margolis says the iPhone 6 and the 2014 iPod touch (if there will be one) may come with a display capable of increasing battery life. Margolis’ extensive analysis of Apple’s recent actions shows that the company has a variety of patents on solar charging capabilities for computer and mobile devices that have been discovered last year, describing ways of charging a laptop, smartphone or tablet battery through solar cells. The analysts also reminds us that Apple has recently posted job ads looking for a Thin Films Engineer with solar experience (in September 2013), as well as Manufacturing Design Engineers (in January 2014) who may help with building mobile device components, a job that may also include responsibilities such as using lasers to add solar cells in sapphire glass. Both positions are related to Apple’s mobile business. Furthermore, in early November 2013 the company revealed it signed a $578 million contract with GT Advanced Technologies for sapphire cover displays and announced later that month that it will spend $10.5 billion in capital during fiscal year 2014 for various technologies including cutting edge lasers that may be used to place those tiny solar cells in sapphire glass. The company is also believed to have placed a $68 million order with German company Manz AG for solar cell coating equipment – the German company announced the order on January 15, identifying the buyer as a “leading smartphones manufacturer,” a hint that Apple may be involved in the purchase of “innovative vacuum coating systems” and “laser process technology,” which would be needed for producing solar-charging sapphire glass. From a different point of view, Apple will use solar energy in its new headquarters in Cupertino, another piece of evidence that suggests the company is indeed exploring ways to make more use of solar power, including bringing the technology to some of its products. Obviously, there isn’t any confirmation from Apple regarding any sapphire-related plans for the iPhone 6 at this time. In an interview last week, Tim Cook did confirm that the Arizona investment is related to sapphire glass without expanding on the matter. Source
  3. Reports pertaining unreleased Apple gadgets are aplenty, particularly at this time of the year when analysts and commentators try to piece together the release calendar using clues, tip-offs, historical context and some good, old-fashioned conjecture. And now a new report has just popped up which is backed by some research, and believes that Apple may be preparing an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, while the screen of the so-called iWatch device may be comprised of flexible AMOLED. If either were to ring true, they’d certainly be firsts given that the company has stuck with the small phone form factor from the get-go, while AMOLED is something that only rivals have utilized. The original iPhone offered a 3.5-inch display, and although things got a great deal sharper and generally more beautiful with the iPhone 4, it wasn’t until the iPhone 5 – released only late in 2012 – that Apple pushed the boundaries and offered (an admittedly stingy) 1/2-inch increase. There is a growing faction of Apple fans looking for something larger, though, and with the likes of the HTC One easily competing with the iPhone in terms of aesthetics, the Cupertino outfit knows that it cannot afford to rest on its laurels for too much longer. Almost every year, we’ve heard rumors pertaining an iPhone with more display real estate, but only this time around does it actually seem as though we may actually get it. As well as the 5.5-inch model, the 4.7-inch, lower-end model will be made to suit those with smaller hands and pockets. This second configuration would still represent a significant leap from the 4-inch panel of the current flagship iPhone 5s, and with a 1,600 x 900 resolution offering 386 pixels per inch, it’ll be both comfortably within Apple’s arbitrary "Retina" zone and sharper than any other iPhone we’ve seen to date. The iPhone roster’s major changes could well be upstaged by the introduction of the alleged iWatch, which will, if what we’re led to believe is true, compete with the likes of the Pebble, Sony and Samsung in the smartwatch field. Unfortunately, despite having heard a lot of it, we’ve yet to really learn about its tech specs, form factor, or any otherwise interesting details, but according to the report, its display will be Apple’s first AMOLED. Moreover, the report mentions flexible AMOLED with a pixel density between 278ppi and 348ppi, depending on whether the display’s diameter stands at 1.3 or 1.6 inches. Source
  4. The latest bit of news about Apple's next flagship smartphone is regarding the phone's camera. There had been some rumors claiming that Apple was planning to bump the camera to a 16MP sensor; but, a new report from China is saying that Apple will stick to an 8MP sensor and offer improvements in other ways. We are all pretty familiar these days with the fact that megapixels aren't such a great determinant of camera quality, and it seems that Apple believes that. The report says that Apple will stay at the 8MP mark for the iPhone 6, but will offer optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as other improvements. Unfortunately, there isn't any word on what those improvements may be. Apple's iPhone 5s also stuck with an 8MP sensor just like the iPhone 5, but improved performance in other ways - making the pixel size larger for better low-light performance, making the aperture wider, changing the lens material, adding dual flash, and slow motion video. Apple apparently doesn't see value in following other companies who use higher megapixel counts as a replacement for optical zoom. Nokia is tops in this with its 41MP Lumia 1020 and 20MP Lumia 1520; Sony's flagships offer 20.7MP cameras; and, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a 16MP sensor. Source
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    A new report from South Korean publication ET News says the iPhone 6, which it calls “iPhone Air,” will be just 6 millimeters thick when it is unveiled later this year, making the handset significantly thinner than its predecessors. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 have a 7.6 millimeter profile while the iPhone 5c is thicker, at 8.97 millimeters. The publication says the news comes from Chinese media, but it certainly can’t be verified at this point. The iPhone 6 will still be made of metal, although it will be a bit heavier than previous models, the same source says. The design of the iPhone 6 will reportedly be based on the iPhone 5s, although the upcoming iOS handset is said to be bigger than the 2013 flagship model. The phone is expected to be unveiled and launched at some point in September. Recent reports have suggested that this year Apple is going to launch iPhones with bigger displays than the 4-inch screen found in current models. The company is rumored to consider 4.7- to 5.7-inch displays for future generation devices, although that’s also a report that can’t be confirmed at this time. Interestingly, the same etnews says that the price of the iPhone 5s will go down to $100 at some point in May, presumably in the U.S., for on-contract purchases. Source
  6. With speculation that Samsung will be offering a phone employing a three-sided wraparound screen next year, designer Iskander Utebayev thought that Apple might want to follow suit and designed a concept version of the Apple iPhone 6. Using the wraparound screen, virtual controls replace real physical ones, and allow for them to be placed on either side of the screen. The rest of the phone keeps the current form factor and design of the Apple iPhone 5s. While amazing as it looks, even if Samsung pulls this out of its hat in 2014, Apple is apparently more concerned with increasing the size of the glass on the next iPhone. Just the other day, word leaked out that Apple was working on a 4.9 inch version of its iconic smartphone, for next year. That isn't the first report that we've seen about a larger screened iPhone heading for consumers in 2014. While a larger iPhone display seems like a good bet for next year, a three-sided wraparound panel doesn't appear to be imminent from Apple. Still, it doesn't hurt to look at the slideshow below and dream. Source
  7. It looks like Apple will be putting sapphire displays in future iPhones after all. 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s manufacturing partner GT Advanced just ordered shipments of the Intego Sirius Sapphire Display Inspection Tool, which documents say “will increase the yield of high quality sapphire material from each boule and ensure that only high quality material enters the value stream.” This is the best evidence yet that the manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona will be home to the iPhone 6 sapphire display. “Lowering manufacturing and fabrication costs of sapphire is a key driver for accelerating the adoption of its use in new market segments such as cover screens for smartphones and mobile devices,” read documents obtained by 9to5Mac. “GT Advanced Technologies is working with key downstream technology providers to optimize fabrication processes and technologies to lower the cost of sapphire cover screen material.” Although sapphire could be used in multiple components in the next iPhone, these machines are tailored for “display-grade components,” according to 9to5Mac. There is a chance that the machinery could be part of an agreement with another partner, but an SEC filing uncovered by 9to5Mac seems to indicate that all current GT Advanced work is exclusive to Apple. Other recent shipments include furnaces and chambers, which transform sapphire crystals into material that the manufacturers can work with. GT Advanced has already ordered over 500 furnace and chamber systems, which could produce between 103 million and 116 million 5-inch displays in a year, according to analyst Matt Margolis. 420 machines are currently in the docket, which would nearly double that production. Source
  8. The Concepts iPhone team is back at it, fleshing out the latest analyst forecast for the iPhone screen size in a video format. Korean securities firm KDB Daewoo Securities Research, recently issued a note to clients on the expected specs for the Apple iPhone 6 that is supposed to arrive in late summer/early fall this year. The report says that the Apple iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes, one with a 4.7 inch to 4.8 inch screen, and the other with a 5.5 inch glass. The resolution on the displays will be 1080 x 1920 and 1280 x 2272 respectively. The glass will be made of indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) instead of the low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) employed on current iPhone models. This setup would leave Apple with a three-pronged approach to screen sizes, as it will likely keep the current 4" iPhone 5s as a mid-range model, as usual. While a 5.5" iPhone "phablet" sounds rather fishy, Display Search analysis back in January reiterated diagonal being in the cards for the iPhone, so Apple might at least be toying around with the idea. Here's what the Apple portfolio might look like this year, if the 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones indeed materialize, in a concept video designed by Enrico Penello and Ran Avni. Source
  9. Correspondence between Apple and the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) discovered by 9to5Mac and analyst Matt Margolis reveal that the iPhone maker wants to start operations at its manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, as soon as February. As Tim Cook confirmed, without revealing too many details about it, the Arizona plant will make sapphire glass for Apple, a product that’s believed to be used on a larger scale in future Apple devices – currently sapphire glass covers the Touch ID button of the iPhone 5s and the cameras of the new iPhones. Margolis has recently speculated that there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that next-gen iPhones may have sapphire display glass covers that will include solar panels. While that can’t be confirmed at this point, it seems that Apple is very interested in seeing the sapphire plant live in order to meet an “aggressive” timeline. More interestingly, the documentation reveals that the plant will be working on high-tech components for high-end products, without revealing whether it’s talking about new iPhones specifically. “Project Cascade will conduct high-tech manufacturing of intermediate goods/components for consumer electronics. All finished components will be exported,” Apple wrote. “This high-tech manufacturing process will create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products to be used in the manufacture of the consumer electronics that will be imported and then sold globally. By pulling this process in the U.S., Apple will be using cutting edge, new technology to enhance and improve the consumer products, making them best in class per product type.” The wording of the description of the activity that Apple wants to conduct at the Arizona plant seems to indicate that the iPhone may be one of the product to be “then imported and sold globally,” and that the facility won’t be limited only to making Touch ID and camera sapphire covers, but components that will “enhance and improve” products. Apple’s aggressive schedule may also indicate that the components need to enter mass production soon, possibly in preparation of a late 2014 iPhone 6 launch. Furthermore, the document also lists several manufacturing components that will be used at the facility including diamond cutting wire and alumina block. The former is already being used to make components for iPhone and iPad models as well as the Mac Pro, while the latter is needed for making sapphire glass. Source
  10. We’ve heard from a number of sources that Apple is planning two larger iPhones for release in 2014 – one with a 4.7-inch display and another packing a decidedly-extensive 5.5-inch panel. But after seeing just how carried away folks got with the so-called iPhone 5 in the run-up to what eventually amounted to the iPhone 4s, it’s always good to have some physical evidence – however vague – to corroborate the incessant claims. Shots of a new rear-shell leak, along with an alleged iPhone 6 prototype, have just leaked into the wild, and from the looks of it, the iPhone 6 will carry a similar design language which we’ve seen in the iPad Air. We’ve seen numerous concepts depicting what an iPhone might look like if it borrowed certain characteristics from its larger brother, but there hasn’t ever been any evidence or even a suggestion that such a move could happen for real. Sure, the iPad Air, having ripped-off pretty much every physical feature of the iPad mini, has benefited greatly as a result, but by the same token, the iPhone 5s – like those released before it – has also drawn praise for its overall design. There’s no telling whether this leak is anything close to genuine, and even if there was some kind of verification, it would still be subject to change and modification given that we’re not expecting new iPhone hardware for several months. But, if we were to momentarily take these leaked images as the real deal, then it may appear that Apple is in search of uniformity across its iOS device line. Going so much larger – some reports have even noted that the largest iPhone could boast a display as large as 5.7 inches – could prompt Apple to rethink the design, and given that this size of device would push it into the phablet territory, it stands to reason that Apple may instead consider taking a more iPad-like approach in terms of the build. The oft-overlooked matter of the iPod touch could also be a factor with this leak, though, and since this shell bears a striking resemblance to that of the latest-generation model, perhaps we’re instead looking at the rear housing of the forgotten member of the iOS device family, which usually gets a display bump and generous update alongside its cellular cousin. But again, if you look at the iPhone 6 ‘prototype’ photos, it’s clear that the next-gen device will also carry a Touch ID sensor (for obvious reasons), something which we believe won’t make its way through to the iPod touch, just yet. Thoughts? Source
  11. Apple may be trying to compete with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note III if a new rumor that the iPhone 6 will have two different screen size options is accurate. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei has reported that Apple suppliers in East Asia have already started to manufacture sensors and display ports for this new addition to the Apple family, which could be released as soon as September. Nikkei's report claims the phone will likely be released in 4.7- and 5.5-inch variants, which would both be noticeably larger than the current iPhone's 4-inch screen. Many have speculated that, because of the battle of screen sizes, Apple might be creating a new iPhone with a screen larger than 5 inches, although a well-connected analyst by the name of Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says otherwise. Kuo, an accurate source of similar information in the past, claims that Apple won’t actually increase the size of the iPhone’s screen, but instead Apple is continuing its focus on making product that can be easily used with one hand. Although the new iPhone’s screen won’t be bigger, Kuo claims that the screens resolution will be “significantly higher” than the current Retina Display's of 326 PPI. Many companies, such as Sharp, Japan Display and LG, are expected to take part in producing the iPhone 6’s Retina Display. Along with rumors such as a higher resolution Retina Display, the new iPhone is rumored to have a sapphire-coated display, reduced bezel design (such as the Galaxy S4), along with other far-fetched rumors, though little concrete evidence has been provided. Source: Nikkei via AppleInsider | Image via TechFaster
  12. According to Sun Chyang Xu, an analyst from China who made a prescient call on the Motorola Moto X, Apple is going to have a pair of launches for the Apple iPhone in 2014. According to the analyst, Apple will start trial production of the Apple iPhone 6 with production of 2 million to 3 million units starting in May. This phonewill feature a 4.7 inch screen with the same 640 x 1136 resolution used on its 4 inch models. The second version of the Apple iPhone to be released this year will have a larger 5.7 inch screen, with higher resolution than the iPhone 6. An earlier report from DisplaySearch Taiwan stated that the 4.7 inch iPhone will offer resolution of 720 x 1280, while the 5.7 inch version will have resolution of 1080 x 1920. Both handsets are expected to be introduced at WWDC in June, although the iPhone 6 will be available shortly after the developers' conference, and the larger screened model will be released later in the year. Apple launched two different iPhone variants last year, the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5c, to keep up with the various Android models that are produced from a number of different manufacturers. The next step would seem to be Apple holding two different launches a year. The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is expected to keep an 8MP camera on back so that the phone can remain thin. Confirming an earlier report, the body of the next-gen iPhone is expected to be a thin 6mm. Returning to the camera, the rear-facing snapper will offer OIS and an aperture of f/1.8, which should allow for some great photographs taken under low-light conditions. To put that in perspective, the aperture on the rear-facing snapper on the Apple iPhone 5s is f/2.2. The above report is very similar to another one we passed along at the beginning of this year. That report, out of Japan, had Apple producing both 4.7 inch and 5.7 inch models of the iPhone, just like the information unearthed by Sun Chyang Xu. The difference is that this report had Apple launching the 5.7 inch version in May as part of a brand new phablet line, while the smaller 4.7 inch version would be launched in September. While the two stories are not perfectly a match, the fact that they both talk of 4.7 inch and 5.7 inch variants of the iPhone could be a positive sign that we will see two iPhone versions launched this year, featuring screens with those dimensions. Source
  13. The quality of photos captured using cameras in leading smartphones like Apple’s iPhone lineup has gotten very impressive over the past few years. As smartphones get thinner and pack more technology, however, there’s only so much vendors can do in that small amount of space. New technology Apple is currently developing will look to tackle the issue by moving some of the heavy lifting outside of the phone itself and into a series of lens attachments that could dramatically extend the iPhone camera’s capabilities. A pair of patent applications unearthed by AppleInsider on Tuesday combine to describe a mechanism that would allow the cameras on future iPhones (probably not the iPhone 6, unfortunately) and other portable Apple devices to be enhanced by a series of lens attachments. The add-on lenses would fix to Apple’s iPhone or iPad using a series of magnets and an “alignment ridge” that would help ensure proper placement. The patents covering the new system are patent No. 8,638,369, which describes a “back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options.” and patent No. 8,639,106, which covers a “magnetic add-on lenses with alignment ridge.” There are already a number of third-party camera lens attachments for the iPhone that extend the handset’s imaging capabilities in a variety of ways. Most solutions are very bulky, however, and some even require a special case to which the new lens attachments are fixed. As seen below, Apple’s solution would be far less cumbersome. On the other hand, Apple’s solution would also require that the user remove any protective case that might be on the iPhone, unless it was specifically designed to leave space for Apple’s OEM lens attachments. Source
  14. Amid rumors that Apple is testing out iPhones with screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches, a photograph published on Wednesday allegedly shows off the metal housing for the Apple iPhone 6. With the 5.7 inch iPhone rumored to be part of a new line of Apple iPhone phablets to launch in May, we can assume that the metal part in the picture will house a 4.7 inch panel. The picture confirms a very thin design for the iPhone 6. According to the latest speculation, this device will be 6mm thin and will be named the Apple iPhone Air. This model would be launched in September, around the same time that the Apple iPhone 5 was released in 2012, and the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c were released last year. Source
  15. If you’ve been skeptical of the iPhone 6 leaks and information that has surfaced so far, perhaps today’s very plausible leaked mockup of the forthcoming handset in silver will pique your interest. Sure, with so many months to go until the purported release of the handset, we cannot be entirely sure of what’s in store, but given how lifelike this particular leak appears to be, it’s also hard to ignore the fact that we may already know what Apple has its up its sleeve. Not that it particularly needs to be reiterated, but we expect that the iPhone 6 will offer a curved rear shell akin to the iPod touch / iPad Air, as well as a repositioned power button to help the average hand wrap around the more sizeable form factor. The reason the device will be increasing in size is because it may pack a larger display, and reportedly, there’ll be two different size configurations – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. From what we can make out, this leak depicts the smaller of the two size configurations, and the color is of white and silver. We’ve already seen a mock-up of a very similar handset in black / space gray, which emerged earlier on this week, and if you were wondering what the next-gen iPhone might look like when held in your hand, this is the closest thing you’re likely to get for the time being. This unverified leak cropped up on Baidu, adding to an abundance of leaks we’ve already seen emerge from China. Given that each new tidbit of info seems to tie nicely in with most of the other evidence we’ve already accumulated, it’s certainly tempting to get carried away and allow ourselves to get excited about the iPhone 6. But as I said earlier, it’s still very much early days, and while we’re inclined to believe that the iPhone 6 will be larger, thinner, faster, and look just a bit like these leaks, it’s also imperative to remember that it’s easy for schematics, cases and housing mock-ups to be faked. Lest we forget that back in 2011, the tech world was braced for an enlarged, redesigned successor to the iPhone 4, and instead, it got the rudimentary refresh of the iPhone 4s. Still, if what we’re seeing here is indeed the iPhone 6, do you plan on picking it up? SOurce
  16. The iPhone 6 seems to be the subject of a new leak or piece of information almost every day, and with so many reports flying about, it can be rather difficult to keep abreast of what’s going on. Here, we try to establish a little coherence with a brief run-through of what we think we know so far. With five months to go until the supposed release, it’s worth making clear the point that any information gathered could well be inaccurate, and even if it originates from a relatively legitimate source, could well be subject to change. However, it must also be noted that during the past couple of weeks, preparations look to have been made in advance of the commencement of the manufacturing process, and thus, Apple appears to be nearing that point of no return. So, what do we know? iPhone 6 Features / Specs: Display Size According to credible reports from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing two brand-new ‘iPhone 6′ models for release later on this year. Both will apparently be decidedly larger than any Apple smartphone we’ve seen so far, with a 4.7-inch model allied to a further configuration sporting a 5.5-inch or thereabouts display. More recently, it has come to light that the more sizeable, phablet-esque variant may be subject to delay, releasing later on the year. The version with the 4.7-inch display, however, is said to be close to mass production stage, and will supposedly be ready in time for the September announcement. It’s also rumored that the iPhone 6 will have a bezel-free display. On various occasions we’ve heard that the iPhone 6 will have a much higher resolution display, and if an earlier report is to be believed, then it will feature a full 1080p display. Relocated Power Button The Apple iPhone’s smaller display compared with the rest of the field has been advantageous to consumers in one respect, in that folks can easily reach all of the physical buttons and control every aspect of the device with one hand. To ensure that the iPhone remains comfortable to hold even when the device becomes larger, it would appear that Apple plans to relocate the power button to the edge of the handset, alongside the redesigned volume buttons. New Design It’s somewhat inevitable that, in significantly increasing the size of the iPhone, Apple must consider redesigning its prized asset, and according to multiple case leaks, that’s exactly what Jony Ive and his design team intends to do. As we’ve seen, the rear side of the iPhone will take on iPad Air-esque, whilst the front will boast an edge-to-edge display, allowing the screen to increase in size without leaving the device itself feeling too large and unwieldy. A new report now suggests that the iPhone 6 will be 33% thinner than the iPhone 5s. And the report falls in line with previous rumors that the iPhone 6 will indeed carry a brand new form factor, and Apple will move away from the iPhone 5-esque design for good. While we know that the iPhone 6 will indeed feature an all new design inspired by the iPad Air / mini, but it’s still unclear what the final product will look like. But the bits and pieces are coming in slowly and gradually, and the latest one suggests that the iPhone 6 will have a full aluminum back, and will also feature a display with slightly rounded edges. Bigger Battery and Front Panel Leaks have suggested that the iPhone 6 battery will increase, which, given the display increase, is not too hard to fathom. More features will require an increase in battery size in order to keep things ticking over, and although Apple isn’t likely to go too large – the company likes to concentrate on efficient use of power rather than frivolous addition of capacity – expect to see a bump from the iPhone 5s’s 1,560 mAh. A new report now suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet will have ‘special battery components’ which will make the device ultra-thin. This is said to be the reason why the device is also facing delays and might not be available alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. iPhone 6 Front Panel The leaked front panel of the iPhone 6 which was accompanied by the battery leak suggests that the front of the device will be very much like the iPhone 5s, except that it will have a proportionately larger display of 4.7-inches. Better Camera We’ve come to assume that, with each new iPhone, Apple will improve the camera, and for the iPhone 6, this tradition looks set to continue. According to the most recently-leaked information, the rear-facing iPhone 6 camera will be of the 10-megapixel variety, with f/1.8 aperture. Again, when you look around the market and see the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (16-megapixel, 4K video) and Nokia Lumia 1020 (41-megapixel), you may be forgiven for thinking that Apple is slacking. But meticulous focus on improving particular aspects of the point-and-shoot experience is something Apple has become famous for, so expect the snapper of the iPhone 6 to impress once again. An earlier report however, shed light on the fact that the iPhone 6 might end up retaining the same 8-megapixel sensor which we’re accustomed with on the 5s, but will feature better optical image stabilization (OIS) and faster autofocus. Improved Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor One of the marquee features of the iPhone 5s was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that has established itself rather well in its first six months in the hands of the consumer. In order to consolidate Touch ID’s glowing reputation, Apple is expected to make a bunch of customary improvements to iPhone 6 Touch ID fingerprint sensor, with better "efficiency" having been mentioned in several reports. Whether its functionality will be expanded beyond the current limitations is anybody’s guess, but hopefully, Apple will find ways to enhance one of the iPhone’s perceivably cooler features. Sapphire Glass Display There has been talk that the iPhone 6 will pack a toughened sapphire glass display, although the report in question did suggest that only the 5.5-inch model would benefit. Having surfaced back in February, the revelation from Japanese blog Macotakara also suggested that the display of the 4.7-inch model would be comprised of Gorilla Glass, but given how the same report also implied that the 5.5-inch-displaying variant would drop the "iPhone" branding, we’re still going to take this with a pinch of salt. To get an idea of how much tougher the iPhone 6 display be with a sapphire display, check out the demo we’ve embedded below: Analyst Timothy Arcuri reckons the iPhone 6 will pack Gigabit Wi-Fi standard, which would make hotspot connectivity faster and generally more efficient. Even though we get carried away by the trappings of improved fingerprint sensors and fanciful camera tweaks, this is perhaps one of the most important enhancements that Apple could make, and hopefully, Arcuri’s suppositions ring true once the release arrives. iWatch Integration The iWatch saga has been ongoing for a number of years now, but finally, it looks as though Apple will come through and release a competitor to the Samsung Gear 2, Pebble Smartwatch, and the several other efforts from vendors jumping on Google’s Android Wear OS. Given how every smartwatch released so far has served as an extension of the wearer’s smartphone, we’d expect heavy iWatch integration with the iPhone 6, and considering how iOS 8 is expected to add a Healthbook app, we’d expect the Cupertino’s new fitness and wellbeing suite to be at the heart of it. Heart Rate Sensor It’s also rumored that the iPhone 6 will come packed with a heart rate sensor, just like the Galaxy S5. And it’s believed that this sensor will be accessible via the Healthbook app in iOS 8. iPhone 6 Accessories Considering how the iPhone 5s was treated when it was announced last year, Apple took the opportunity to announce official accessories for said device. We’re certain that Apple will repeat history this time around as well with the release of official cases and cables for the iPhone 6. Keeping in mind how big the accessory business is, it was revealed a while back in an electronics fair in Hong Kong that the iPhone 6 will indeed be accompanied by a plethora of cases at launch. But, considering how Apple tends to throw in a couple of surprises on keynote date, we won’t bet our cards on them yet. But still, there will be cases, without a doubt. Hands-on with iPhone 6 Case Apart from the numerous iPhone 6 case leaks we’ve already seen, a video recently surfaced, comparing the alleged iPhone 6 case with the Galaxy Note 3, the LG Nexus 5 and the current-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5s. As you can see from the video below, the next iPhone will have a 4.7-inch display and an all-new design. How does iPhone 6 stack up against the competition? To give prospective buyers an idea of how the larger display of the iPhone 6 will stack up against other smartphones already in the market, MacRumors released a handy comparison of the iPhone 6 versus the HTC One M8, Galaxy S5, Moto X, LG G2 Mini, Nexus 5 and the LG G2. iPhone 6 Mockups We’ve seen a bunch of digital mockups of the iPhone 6 created by a variety of designers, but the above mentioned electronics fair was also host to a physical iPhone 6 mockup. You can check out the video of it below: iOS 8 We’ve come to see that every iPhone ever released was always accompanied by a fresh new release of iOS, and it’s a no-brainer to believe that iPhone 6 would follow the same pattern. It’s been suggested in numerous reports that iOS 8 will bring small changes to the fold, such as the inclusion of a dedicated iTunes Radio app, the aforementioned Healthbook app etc. Recently, we also came across a report suggesting that Siri in iOS 8 will natively identify songs, with the song recognition engine being powered by Shazam. iPhone 6 Release Date And Price The iPhone 6 – the 4.7-inch model, at least – is expected to arrive in September, amid a swathe of other big releases from Apple including the aforementioned iWatch. It has been rumored that Apple will increase the price of its new handset by approximately $100, with the justification being the higher production cost due to larger display and the use of more materials. We anticipate that, as with the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 will be announced in early September, with the subsequent release occurring later on in the month if not the first week of October. The 5.5-inch edition, meanwhile, appears to be subject to delay, and while it should be available in time for the holiday season, it looks like the smaller of the iPhone 6 models will have a good couple of months unattended as Apple’s flagship smartphone. Source : Redmondpie
  17. The latest speculation pertaining to Apple’s much anticipated “iPhone 6″ is suggesting that the Cupertino company is ready to move away from the existing flat edge design. The flat, clinical surfaces of the device have been part of the iPhone’s aesthetic since the iPhone 4 was launched in June 2010. Claiming that the information is coming directly from “trusted” sources, Japanese blog MacOtakara is claiming that the soon to be announced next-generation model will ship with a design overhaul in favor of rounded edges and accompanying curved glass, very much akin to Samsung’s Galaxy S3. It’s recommended that this report be taken with a pinch of salt until we see some physical leaks. The same sources are suggesting that whatever device is announced later in the year will also feature a revamped display made of slightly curved glass that will be implemented to accompany the rounded edge design. It’s also being predicted that the Apple engineers have been working on an entirely new radio and antenna system that will ship with the new iPhone 6 model. No additional information on the technical internal setup or outward aesthetics of that change have been aired. Also, the very same report suggests that the iPhone 6 will feature an all aluminum rear, moving away from the two-tone glass + aluminum back which we’ve seen in the iPhone 5 and the 5s. As Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) approaches the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 related speculation is going into overdrive with everything from the extremely plausible, to the outright insane being predicted. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a number of well-informed industry analysts predict that Tim Cook’s company is planning on introducing two new iPhone models before the end of the current calendar year. That route to market would include a 4.7-inch model landing on our shelves in September or October, with a larger 5.7-inch model following shortly after. This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference is sure to bring some big news for Apple and technology fans alike. Tim Cook has already gone on record as stating that his company is planning on launching a number of products that “only Apple could launch“. There’s also the very likely possibility that we will see an introduction of an Apple TV SDK and our first official glimpse of whatever wearable product the company is working on. Source
  18. According to a report out of China published on Thursday, both the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch versions of the Apple iPhone 6 are expected to be launched on the same day. That date happens to be Thursday, September 25th. Two earlier leaks, including one from German telecom firm Deutsche Telekom, said that the new iPhone would be released on September 19th. Repeating another rumor that we've heard throughout the last few months, the version of the iPhone with the 5.5 inch screen will be known as the Apple iPhone Air. In China, the 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 is tipped to be priced at 5288 Yuan ($850 USD). The phablet sized model is rumored to carry a starting price of 5998 Yuan ($965 USD). As far as when we will see the new two new iPhone models introduced, the source says that this will take place on Monday, September 15th. China Mobile and China Unicom are both allegedly in the process of testing a prototype of the iPhone 6 on its 4G network., Source
  19. The upcoming iPhone 6 is said to enter mass production in July, and just days before that timeframe, we’re seeing an influx of leaks. This one in particular is our first sighting of the supposed screen glass of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and you can see very clearly that there is just a slight curve around the edges. While earlier rumors have speculated that we might see a curved screen on the iPhone 6, this latest leak shows that the curve might be a very subtle one. Such supposed tapered edges of the next iPhone should make it easier to slide your finger from the edge of the display. Swipe gestures are already in use since iOS 7 in first-party apps like Safari where swiping from the left brings you back a page in the browser, but we can imagine this new display could allow for more proliferate use of gestures. That’s nothing, but a guess, though. So far, the 4.7” iPhone 6 is said to come with a higher resolution (likely 960 x 1704 pixels), and a brand new Apple A8 chip. Moreover, expectations are high for the camera in the iPhone 6. KGI Securities posted a note saying that while only the 5.5” iPhone 6 is expected to feature optical image stabilization (OIS), the 4.7” model will also benefit from a new type of voice call motor (VCM) that will allow it to lock focus quicker and also save power. Apple is also expected to introduce new sensors, and barometer in particular is named as the most likely candidate. As for the oft-rumored sturdier, sapphire glass cover, it’s a feature said to be reserved for the 5.5” iPhone 6. Source
  20. Back in May, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told his clients that Apple would be embedding the home button on all its 2014 releases, with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. A leaked picture from Taiwan reseller Apple Club, allegedly shows (from bottom up) the Apple iPad Air 2, the Apple iPad mini 3 and the Apple iPhone 6. All three models show the distinctive Touch ID circle. The units that we are looking at are said to be "models," which we take as a sign that these are non operational mockups of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the iPhone 6. Last year, Cupertino released only one model with Touch ID, and that was the Apple iPhone 5s. Source
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