After bringing out two versions of the latest iPhone, what can we expect from the next edition of Apple's flagship smartphone?

Apple has confirmed the launch of the iPhone 6 will take place on the 9th of September 2014, meaning we're just over two weeks away from finding out what Apple has up its sleeve for the most talked about smartphone of the year.

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With the Apple iPhone facing greater competition in the smartphone market from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z2, the company will need to be at the top of its game when the time comes to launch the iPhone 6. But 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

A few months back, many analysts expected Apple to unveil the iPhone 5 successor in September, following a traditional yearly announcement.

Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company was one of the first to speak out, reportedly predicting a September release date, although he also suggested that sources aren't ruling out a summer launch – perhaps as early as June.

Chinese web portal Tencent has further added to speculation that the iPhone 6 will be released on September 19th. September 19th is a Friday, which is traditionally when Apple releases new products. 

With the prediction of a general release happening on September 19th, past experience suggests the on-stage unveiling will take place 10 days before on September 9th.

MacRumours suggested the iPhone 6 wouldn't be released until October 14th, stating that the day will be "immense" for Apple. It went on to say October as a month would be an incredibly important and busy one, and that a media event had been scheduled for Tuesday September 16th. 

However Apple has since ended all speculation, confirming a launch event for Tuesday September 9th. It's also expected Apple could unveil the iWatch alongside the new iPhone 6.

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?

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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]

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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.

Leaked images purporting to be the iPhone 6 have appeared on Chinese social network  Weibocourtesy of Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin. Lin has been known to have leaked accurate images of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini before their respective launches. 

The images in question show the alleged iPhone 6 against the iPhone 5S. It seems the new iPhone is larger than its predecessor, cemeting rumours of a larger, 4.8-inch screen.

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.

Chinese site  Wei Feng predicts the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with a massive 128GB of onboard storage. The site also expects the smaller, 4.7-inch variant to feature 16 and 32GB storage options. Neither iPhone 6 will come with 16GB of internal storage.

Battery power has long been the enemy of many smartphones, and the iPhone range is no different. According to AppleInsider Taiwanese battery manufacturer Simplo Technologies has managed to create a battery that is thin and flexible - apparently the battery made for the iPhone 6 is 2mm thick. 

French website Nowehereelse.fr posted images of the supposed iPhone 6 battery back in July. It shows the power rating to be 1810mAh. A step up from the 1560mAh one found in current iPhones, but a lot smaller than the 3000mAh beast found in the LG G3. 

[UPDATE - 5th August, 2014] -  AppleInsider has received a report from Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen & Co. In the report, he states that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with a more powerful processor than the smaller, 4.7-inch variant. However, details and specs of the processor were not given. 

 

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.

However, Chinese webiste IT168 predicts the new iPhone will in fact come sporting a 10MP sensor instead. The information was obtained from a range of sources, who also went on to say the camera will feature an f/1.8 aperture lens - compared to the current f/2.2 lens on the iPhone 5S.

But in yet another twist to the iPhone 6 camera fiasco, another Chinese site;  Digi-wo.com expects a 13MP, Sony-made camera to feature in the iPhone. One very similar to that in the Xperia smartphones.

The iPhone 6 will also, of course, come with Apple's latest iteration of iOS: iOS 8. 

The new version will come with a whole host of new features including the ability to create group conversations within messages, a much improved Spotlight search and HomeKit which allows you to control all smart devices in your house under one digital roof.

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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.

 

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