iPhone 6: release date, news and rumours
It might only have been a few months since we saw Apple launch the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s (above), but we're already seeing an increasing amount of speculation over what we can expect from the company's next smartphone – the iPhone 6.
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With the Apple iPhone facing greater competition in the smartphone market from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG G2, the company will need to be at the top of its game when the time comes to launch the iPhone 6. But when will that be, and what will the device offer?
Here's a round-up of all the latest rumours to keep you updated ahead of an official Apple iPhone announcement. From predicted screen sizes to possible specs and that all important iPhone 6 price and release date information, it's all here.
iPhone 6: release date
Much of the current speculation is pointing towards a September release, following in the footsteps of previous iPhone 5 models (the iPhone 4S also made its debut in the autumn).
Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company has reportedly claimed that to be the case, although he also suggested that sources aren't ruling out a summer launch – perhaps as early as June.
iPhone 6: build and design
Plenty of things have been said about what the iPhone 6 will look and feel like on the outside, but Arcuri has given us perhaps the clearest indication of what we can look forward to – at least when it comes to talking about screen sizes.
In a note to investors, Arcuri said that bulk of the handset design was now in place – and a larger, 4.8-inch display bringing the iPhone into line with its main competitors is looking as if it'll be ticked off the list.
But there has also been talk of two iPhone 6 models coming our way later this year, with sources quoted by Bloomberg suggesting the screen sizes will come in at 4.7in and 5.5in. A curved glass display is also mentioned, similar to the LG G Flex?
And despite it being early days yet, we've seen images from China-based CTech that allegedly show what the iPhone 6 will be housed in (pictured right).
It backs up the rumours of a larger screen size, but also seems to be thinner. How accurate these images are remains to be seen.
[UPDATE – February 6th, 2014]
We've heard credible rumours to suggest that Apple will be using sapphire glass for the screen of the iPhone 6 after the tech giant made a deal with GT Advanced Technologies to provide them with sapphire materials.
That news came from Matt Margolis, a contributor to invester blog Seeking Alpha [via Stuff.tv], who also claims that Apple is planning to use solar cells embedded into the screen as part of efforts to boost battery power. No doubt handy if you're someone who likes to use your iPhone while out and about during the day!
[UPDATE - February 12th, 2014]
According to The Korea Herald, the iPhone 6 will not use sapphire glass as a screen material. It will instead feature a bezel-less screen. This will increase screen size while still allowing for one-hand use. The image above is a mock-up, predicting the new iPhone will come with a 5.5-inch screen.
[UPDATE - April 1st 2014]
A few shots, allegedly from inside Foxcoon - Apple's primary manufacturer - have appeared on Chinese website Weibo. The images show what looks like a prototype iPhone chassis. You can just about make out a protruding camera lens on the rear of the device, possibly suggesting Apple has opted for a super-slim chassis. [via GforGames]
Some rendered images of the iPhone 6 have also appeared online. French website nowhereelse.fr and Graphic Designer Martin Hajek have put together some render images of the alleged iPhone 6, based upon schematics from usually reliable website Macotakara.
iPhone 6: tech specs
A 1920 x 1080 screen resolution has been touted so far, while there have also been suggestions that the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard will be incorporated into the new version (or versions!) of the iPhone 6.
With rumours suggesting the Samsung Galaxy S5 could have a '2K', 2560 x 1440, resolution screen, with a better than full HD resolution. It'll be interesting to see whether Apple does similar.
We're expecting the 64-bit A7 processor and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor of iPhone 5s fame to have a role to play once the iPhone 6 arrives on the market, especially with the A7 being regarded as one of the leading mobile processors around.
iPhone 6: features
Apple may be about to surprise industry figures by not including a 16MP camera, it has been claimed. The China Post has attributed that rumour to Nomura Securities, which says Largan Precision shares took a tumble after Apple opted for an 8MP camera.
The iPhone 6 camera will come with improved optical image stabilisation (OIS), with Apple's decision reportedly down to its desire for the iPhone 6's design to "retain the handset's more portable form factor".
In addition to the rumours surrounding its screen size, Timothy Arcuri has also claimed the iPhone 6 will feature "key software innovations" when the next iOS upgrade comes along.
This could include enhancements to functions including the iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook and could take the iPhone into the realm of mobile payments, but this is very much something we're waiting to hear more about.
The iPhone 6 will naturally be one of the most attention-grabbing launches of the year, and we'll be keeping our ears to the ground over the coming months so that you are up to date with all the latest news and gossip.
by Pete Hayman