Apple is one of the few companies in the world that people swear by, and whose products are liked and respected. Steve Jobs and his ideas become reality and the launch of the iPhone and the world of mobile communications has drastically changed. The company that produces practically only one phone model was able to provide for his iconic status and force competitors to compete with a wide range of products with a single phone. And while the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 participate in the battle of titans, the community gathered around the name of iPhone designed new Iphone 6. With the usual rumours starting to appear, we can start to build up a picture of what we can expect from the iPhone 6. Read more in the article that I foun for you.
iPHONE 6 RELEASE DATE
The short version is that nobody really knows when the iPhone 6 is coming out. A lot of guesses have been made, but they’re largely wrong. That said, here’s what we can work out with a bit of logical thinking.
If Apple sticks to its usually release schedule, the iPhone 6 would follow a year after the iPhone 5S, which would mean that it would be out September 2014. However, with the iPhone 6 it feels more like something different and complementary, in some ways, to the iPhone 5S. In fact, we’d say that it was more like an addition to the line-up than a strict replacement of the iPhone 5S. We kind of see it replicating what Samsung has with the full-size Galaxy S4 and the samsung Galaxy S4 Mini,, with the exception that Apple’s small phone, the 5S, is still really powerful.
If we had to be pushed on a date, we’d say that early this year, between March and May would make sense. This would give Apple enough distance from the iPhone 5S, and give it a chance to take the limelight away from Samsung, which will be looking to release its Galaxy S5 handset around the same time.
The latest rumours point to a May 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 as the most likely. According to Digitimes and its supply chain sources, Apple is gearing up for a May launch of the new iPhone.
It reported that the new iPhone will use a “20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)”, although the sources didn’t mention any other specifications. However, from all of the other rumours out there, we’ve managed to cobble together some of the expected specifications, including a larger screen.
However, the phone may get released after that and, as we warned, there are many conflicting reports. First, Investors Biseiness Daily has reported on a market report by Susquehanna Financial Group analyst, Mehdi Hosseini.
In Hosseini’s research, he reported that SanDisk is likely to be one of the prime beneficiaries of the iPhone 6, supplying flash memory to Apple. The site then reports that the iPhone is due to be launched in June or July 2014, with Hosseini reporting, “Although there is no color yet on the iPhone 6 specs, our recent checks in Taiwan and Korea suggest Apple has already begun negotiating with its memory suppliers to secure capacities.”
ETNews has been reporting that the iPhone 6 will be the slimmest iPhone yet. In fact, at a reported 6mm thick, the iPhone 6 would shave 1.6mm off of the iPhone 5. It would also make the iPhone 6 half the thickness of the iPhone 3GS.
Making the iPhone slimmer also raises the question, will it be called the iPhone 6 at all? When Apple made the iPad slimmer and smaller, it went with iPad Air. Plenty of people believe that the iPhone 6 could be the iPhone Air instead.
It would make sense in a way, as Apple could continue to sell the iPhone 5S as the smaller screen version and have the iPhone Air as the slim, large-screen model.
iPHONE 6 SCREEN
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 with the htc one, sony xperia Z and Samsung galaxy S4, so it makes sense for Apple to compete on screen size.
The question that has to be answered is, how big will the screen be? Early rumours suggested that there would be a 4.8in screen, but more recent rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 could have 5in screan.
According to Japanese tech publication MacFun, the 5in screen will have a Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080. From a certain point of view this makes a lot of sense, as there are already a lot of Full HD phones out there. However, we think that the resolution could be wrong, mostly because of the way that Apple works.
Generally speaking Apple likes resolutions that scale easily from previous products, so it and developers know how apps will look on-screen. Full HD doesn’t do this from the existing iPhone or iPads. We think that Apple could quadruple the existing iPhone 5S’s screen resolution, giving an iPhone 6 with a resolution of 2,272×1,280 instead. We’ve covered why iPhone 6 won’t have a full HD screen in more detail.
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.
iPHONE 6 TWO SCREEN SIZES
Rumours that the iPhone 6 will come in two screen sizes simply won’t go away. The most recent information comes from leaked information from Foxconn executives (unnamed, of course), reported by BGR.
According to this information, the iPhone 6 will ship in 4.7in and a phablet-sized 5.7in. This would be the first time that Apple has launched one mobile product in two sizes, but the company is apparently ready to make an exception this time around.
We’re not entirely sure that we believe this one. We know that Apple was reportedly trying different screen sizes, but trying and releasing are two completely different things. With all of its existing mobile range, Apple has kept things simple by having just one screen size; complicating the line-up with two screen sizes doesn’t feel like the kind of thing that the company would do.
Besides, Apple already has the smaller iPhone 5S, so we’d imagine that this will sit alongside the iPhone 6 as the smaller handset. We can’t completely rule out this rumour, but given by past form, we’d say that the iPhone 6 available in one screen size seems more likely.
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.
Reported by 9to5Mac, a patent has been granted to Apple for a lightfield camera, allowing people to refocus their shots after they’ve been taken.
The technology works by capturing light fields, rather than a single 2D capture of the moment. The net result is that a photo is no longer a fixed capture, but one where you can select a part of the picture to completely refocus the image.
We’ve already seen the technology in use with the lytro light field camera. It’s an interesting product, using software to let you choose the point of focus after the image has already been capture.
iPHONE 6 STORAGE
In terms of storage, 64GB has been the top model for a couple of years, and continues to be so for the iPhone 5S. We’re not expecting this to change for the iPhone 6, although we know that the Apple can make a 128GB model, thanks to the recent launch of a 128 Gb 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.
iPHONE 6 PRICE
Apple typically releases its new models at the same price as the old ones. If that holds out, then, and assuming that the 16GB model is dropped, we’d expect the 32GB model to cost £529, the 64GB model £599 and the 128GB model £699. However, if the company continues to sell the iPhone 5S, we could be in for some new pricing, with the iPhone 6 a premium model that sits above it, in which case all bets are off and we have no idea how much it will be.
If Apple does decide to make an iPhone with a larger screen, there’s also a good chance prices will increase too. Susquehanna analyst Chris Caso, speaking to AllThingsD, predicted that there could be a $50 to $100 premium for a larger iPhone 6, compared to the 4in iPhone 5s.
Although this goes against Apple’s tradition of keeping prices the same across generations, it’s not a rule the company is afraid to break every now and then. Last month’s iPad Mini with Retina display launch introduced a $70 premium over the entry level model, so a price hike isn’t out of the question.