The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the the iPhone 5S andiPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there’s a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
As per usual, the internet is awash with rumor, speculation and downright lies over this next-generation handset, which is why we spend our time trawling through each nugget of info, debating its merits and curating it into this easy-to-read hub for all things iPhone 6.
According to a survey of 4109 US consumers the iPhone 6 is the most anticipated Apple smartphone ever, with interest easily outstripping that of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5.
With the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) released, we now know what the big competition is doing this year, too, and what Apple has to compete against.
With the other big launches out of the way, the rumours are now all about Apple’s latest smartphone. They’re coming in thick and fast, so we’re updating this article regularly to keep you up-to-date. We’re also doing out best to filter out the rubbish, getting rid of the leaks, rumours and photos that are obviously fake. As we get ever-close to the launch date, the rumours will increase and we’ll get a better idea of what to expect.
Typically, Apple uses the same design for a product for two iterations, before bringing out something new. As we’ve had the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, it makes sense for Apple to go for something different for the iPhone 6.
Rumour has it that the iPhone 6 is taking design cues from the iPod Nano and iPhone 5C.
Rumours published on the Japanese blog Macotakara stated that Apple wants to replicate the multiple colours of the iPhone 5C, giving people a choice for their new phone.
The iPhone 5C was made of plastic, which wouldn’t seem like the right move for a high-end smartphone; Apple seems to agree and is also looking to the construction of the iPod Nano. This product comes in multiple colours, too, but uses anodised aluminium body to provide the colour.
With a metal body, Apple will then take some of the design cues from the iPhone 5C, including the curved edges, and the same speaker and microphone holes in the bottom of the handset.
Allegedly, the phone would be just 7mm thick. At this size, the current camera would protrude from the back of the phone. Apple may make the phone thicker to compensate or, by the time the phone is released, have a smaller camera module.
These rumours seem to be been proven as true, if the latest leaked photos are to be believed. The iPhone 6 allegedly snapped in the Foxconn factory shows a new curvier design. Rather than the harsh edges of the iPhone 5S, the smooth, curved sides are definitely closer to the iPhone 5C and iPod Nano.
There’s nothing for scale in the photo, so we can’t tell how big the phone is, although it’s pretty much accepted that the new iPhone will have a bigger screen.
It’s possible that iPhone 6 will have a relocated power button. A Chinese case manufacturer had pictures of its iPhone 6 product posted on nowhereelse.fr, showed that while the volume and mute switches will stay on the side, the power button would move to the right-hand side of the case instead.
There are several reasons why this might be the case, but the main one is size. As the iPhone 6 is going to be larger than existing models, the power button may simply be more comfortable to operate one-handed if it’s placed on the side, rather than the top of the handset.
Of course, all case leaks have to be treated with a healthy sense of scepticism. Often, case manufacturers will prototype lots of different models based on rumours, so that they can get rolling as soon as the official specs have been released. It’s important to note, though, that Apple doesn’t share advanced specs with case manufacturers, so everything pictured here is purely speculation.
iPHONE 6 TWO SCREEN SIZES
The one thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on is that the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen than any other iOS smartphone before it. There’s a definite market for large-screen phones, as we’ve seen start with the big Android phones of 2013 including HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, and Samsung Galaxy S4, continuing with these releases. With the current iPhone having only a 4in screen, it makes sense for Apple to step up.
The question that has to be answered is, how big will the screen be? Early rumours suggested that there would be a 4.7in screen, but soon rumours appeared saying that it would be available in two screen sizes.
iPHONE 6 RELEASE DATE
The short version is that nobody really knows when the iPhone 6 is coming out. Everyone has a guess, but it’s usually wrong. In other words, Apple releases a product when it’s good and ready.
Typically, Apple releases a new iPhone once a year, around September. This time around, the rumours are that Apple is breaking that cycle. As the iPhone 6 is largely a complimentary product to the iPhone 5S, giving people a choice of screen sizes, the argument is that Apple will release the new smartphone soon.
So far, we’ve seen May, June and July all rumoured for a launch date. The information comes from a wide variety of conflicting sources, so none of these feels right.
In GT Advanced’s earnings report, it’s clearly stated that the company expects to earn the vast majority of its money in the second half of the year. That means, from July, GT Advanced will be producing sapphire glass that will have to be shipped to China to be used with the iPhone 6 production line. That would seem to suggest that the iPhone 6 will be released in September, one year after the iPhone 5S.
It’s hard to argue with those kinds of figures, but we’ll bring you more information as we have it.
iPHONE 6 CAMERA
For the iPhone 5S Apple upped the physical size of its 8-megapixel sensor, meaning that each pixel gets more light. In addition, it upgraded the lens from an f/2.4 model to an f/2.2 model, increasing low-light performance again. Combined with the A7 SoC, the camera has a couple of neat modes, including a 10fps burst mode that goes on until the phone’s memory is full, and a 120fps slow-motion mode.
It would make sense if Apple was to use this sensor in the iPhone 6, although, given it’s a bigger phone, with more room inside for components, it could well up the pixel count, with a 12- or 13-megapixel on the cards.
Apple may also be considering going in a completely different direction, particularly if a new patent is to be used. This suggests that the iPhone 6 could get a refocus-able lightfield camera.
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