RUMOURS OF IPHONE 6


iPhone 6 features, release date, price &
specs rumours article is updated on a
regular basis, so check back to keep up
with the latest information. Updated on
14th May 2013 with new launch rumours.
Apple used to be the clear smartphone leader
thanks to a combination of great hardware and
software. Now Android-based phones are
arguable as good, if not better, with the likes
of the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung
Galaxy S4 all giving Apple a run for its money.
It’s no wonder that everyone’s interested to
see what Apple will do next and how it’s going
to fight back. In this article we’re rounding up
all of the latest iPhone 6 rumours. From what
we know at the moment it seems most likely
that the next phone will be the iPhone 5S ,
an update to the current iPhone 5. All of the
big changes are likely to come next year with
the launch of the iPhone 6.
In this article we’re concentrating on the
iPhone 6, although it may turn out that some
of these features make it into the iPhone 5S.
Apple may even just dump the iPhone 5S and
move straight to the 6 instead. Regardless of
names, if Apple’s going to continue to make
the most desirable smartphone it’s going to
have to pack some serious technology into its
latest handsets.
iPHONE 6 RELEASE DATE
There have been rumours suggesting pretty
much every month as a potential launch date
for the iPhone 6, with the vast majority of
information turning out to be complete
rubbish. What we do know is that Apple
generally likes to have a single event for its
latest phones, so we’d immediately discount
the handset being launched at its World Wild
Developers Conference (WWDC), which starts
on Monday June 10th 2013.
Some people believe that Apple will move to
release two handsets a year, with the iPhone
5S first in Summer, followed by an Autumn
launch for the iPhone 6. This doesn’t sound
like Apple’s usual style to us, as the company
typically likes to focus on one high-end
product.
Other information points to the iPhone 6 being
released in 2013. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek,
released a note to investors stating that he
believed the iPhone 6 would be launched in
June 2014. Misek is reported as saying by the
Financial Post that “the supply chain is primed
for an iPhone 5S and pivoting to the iPhone 6
will take at least two or three quarters”. That’s
about as good as the information gets, but it
feels about right.
iOS 7
Although incredibly innovative and easy to use
when it was first launch, iOS is now looking a
bit dated. Each update to iOS has really felt
like a tweak, leaving the same user interface
alone. Some would argue that iOS 6 , which was
introduced with the iPhone 5, was actually a
step backwards with Apple Maps proving to be
far worse than the Google Maps app it
replaced.
While iOS has stood roughly still, Android has
dramatically improved, and it has Widgets to
display information on your phone’s
homescreen. Windows Phone 8 arguably has a
cleaner interface, with Live Tiles giving you up-
to-date information from your apps.
A big change is expected from Apple with the
introduction of s iOS 7 . According to the latest
rumours, iOS 7 is being developed by Jonathan
Ive, who has a free-hand to completely
redesign the aging OS. Some of the changes
include making the OS cleaner and more
modern. In particular, the skeuomorphic
design will be replaced with a flat interface.
Skeuomorphic design is where one object is
designed to look like another; for example, the
Notes app is designed to look like a real-world
notebook.
Recent website stats show an increase in iOS 7
devices, typically being used in the area
surrounding Apple’s Cupertino offices. Apple
typically tests new operating systems
internally, before releasing to developers and
then, a few months later, consumers. More iOS
7 devices means that Apple is probably getting
ready to unveil its next-generation operating
system, with the June Worldwide Developers
Conference the most likely time. This will
definitely mean that iOS 7 will be ready soon.
We’d expect, if the phone names are correct,
are that iOS 7 will launch with the iPhone 5S
and that the iPhone 6 will have the OS,
potentially with an update to add new features.
iPHONE 6 SCREEN
Apple has been known for its high quality
screens and it’s going to be interesting to see
what it can do with the iPhone 6, particularly
as it looks like the iPhone 5S will have the
same screen size and resolution as the iPhone
5.
According to Apple’s definition of a Retina
display, it’s one where you can’t see the
individual pixels when used at a normal
distance. In practice, by Apple’s definition, it
means upping the resolution on a Retina
screen is pointless. That doesn’t mean that
Apple won’t simply increase resolution to Full
HD, in order to keep up with the competition,
but moving to a larger screen to justify more
resolution makes more sense.
Currently doing the rounds are the rumours
that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.8in screen,
which would make the phone similar in size to
the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. At
this screen resolution, Apple could then move
to a Full HD (1,920×1,080 resolution) or even
go beyond.
While Apple has not previously made a large-
screen phone, upping the screen size for the
iPhone 6 makes a lot of sense. It means it can
compete with the large-screen phones from
other manufacturers and keep the iPhone 5S
as a smaller alternative, giving iPhone users
more choice.
Tim Cook has made a statement that would
appear, on a first glance, to deny a large-
screen Apple iPhone 6. In Apple’s most recent
earnings call, Cook said:
“My view continues to be that the iPhone 5
has the absolute best display in the industry,
and we always strive to create the very best
display for our customers,” said Cook. “Some
customers value large screen size, others value
other factors such as resolution, colour
quality, white balance, brightness, reflectivity,
screen longevity, power consumption,
portability, compatibility with apps and many
things.
“Our competitors had made some significant
trade-offs in many of these areas in order to
ship a larger display. We would not ship a
larger display iPhone while these trade-offs
exist.”
What that statement says, to us, is that Apple
won’t ship a large-screen iPhone until it’s
managed to iron out all of the trade-offs. A
thinner screen, to make a lighter phone, could
well be the right way to go, then.
It’s no wonder, then, that Apple may also be
considering the screen technology that it uses,
with a Sharp IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide)
screen top of the list. This new technology
allows for screens that use less power and are
considerably thinner. Rumours certainly picked
up when the Sharp IGZO technology was
demonstrated at CES 2013.
Sharp has also started manufacturing a super-
sensitive touchscreen , which you can write
on with a pencil and even operate with gloves
on. Given Apple’s relationship with Sharp,
rumours have linked the new technology to the
iPhone 6.
The new screen technology has eight times the
sensitivity of existing models, is scratch
resistant and is also thinner than existing
screens. In other words, it would be hard to
see why Apple wouldn’t want this technology.
iPHONE 6 GAZE DETECTION
A bigger screen requires more power, so any
technology that can increase battery life has to
be good. For the iPhone 6 Apple could be
about to revisit gaze detection technology,
where the phone can tell if you’re looking at
the screen or not. If you were to look away,
the phone could pause a video playing and
turn the screen off. PatentlyApple has dug up
the full information on how the technology is
likely to work.
Given that Samsung has similar technology in
its Galaxy S4 smartphone, we’d say there’s a
high chance that Apple will follow suit and
implement its own version.
iPHONE 6 CAMERA
One of the most important part of any
smartphone is the camera, with people
generally preferring their phone over a
compact camera. With the competition putting
a lot of effort into the quality of their
cameras, Apple has slightly fallen behind, with
the iPhone 5’s quality not matching that of the
Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One.
Recent rumours, reported by MacRumours
have stated that the iPhone 5S will get a 12-
megapixel sensor, up from the 8-megapixel
version on the iPhone 5. It stands to reason
that the iPhone 6 will get the same, or better,
sensor.
Upping the sensor resolution can introduce
problems with noise, though, as there’s less
light per pixel. Apple will be keen to
counteract problems like this, so a lens with a
faster aperture would make sense. Currently
the iPhone 5 has an f2.4 lens, but an f2.2 or
f2.0 lens would mean better low-light
photography.
iPHONE 6 STORAGE
In terms of storage, 64GB has been the top
model for a couple of years, so we’d expect
the top model to now be 128GB. We know that
Apple now has that capacity, thanks to the
recent launch of a 128GB iPad 4.
The new model doubled the maximum capacity
of the previous high-end iPad (64GB). This
update was said to be about increasing the
variety of uses for the tablet, with Apple
stating that more storage was good for large
files for use in applications such as CAD and
music production. It’s also a more useful
amount of storage for photos and videos.
The update to the iPad 4 was a completely new
model with a new price, so we’d expect the
same range of capacities and prices to be
available from the iPad 5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
and 128GB. With Apple now using 128GB
storage in its tablets, the question is whether
or not it will provide the same range of
capacities in its iPhone and iPad Mini range,
too.
Given that the capacity is now available to
Apple and that the smartphone market is even
more competitive, we’d say that a 128GB
version of the new phone is more than likely.
NFC
One of the omissions from the iPhone 5 was
NFC, but with the technology starting to
appear in most new Android phones, we’d
expect this in the in iPhone 6. With Apple
pushing its Passbook App, for storing store
cards, tickets and coupons, integrating this
with NFC would make a lot of sense. An Apple
phone with NFC would also help push the
technology, as retailers are more likely to take
it seriously with this handset on board.
iPHONE 6 SMART BEZEL
One of the things that attracts people to the
iPhone is its ease of use and simplicity.
However, iOS has barely changed since launch,
so Apple could well introduce new ways to
interact with its phones in order to stay ahead
of the competition.
Patently Apple managed to dig up information
on a new patent for a smart bezel. This will
use a secondary display system, which could
be embedded around the primary screen or
even on the back of a device to provide new
controls that light up when needed.
According to Patently Apple, “Apple intends to
use the secondary display to introduce a new
set of illuminated indicators that would be able
to morph into various controls for work and
play. Illuminated gaming and productivity
controls could be built into the face-side of
the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of
iOS devices like the iPad.”

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