Over the last few months, multiple rumors and leaks have emerged regarding the iPhone 6. Considering the iPhone 5S only made small improvements over its previous iteration, the pressure is mounting on Apple to deliver a standout smartphone that can compete with Android competitors such as Samsung, HTC, Sony and Google.
Everybody knows the device is coming considering the overwhelming success Apple has garnered with the iPhone, but exactly what would be the same and what would be new are still very much unknown. However, recent information from Apple themselves may have given some interesting hints.
With the unveiling of iOS 8, it seems likely that Apple will increase the screen size of the device. This is basically a necessity now. The demand for 5 inch displays is clear as day, with Apple being one of the only major players who haven’t increased the sizes of their phone screens. With this considered, the iPhone 6 will likely go under drastic design changes to accommodate this screen.
It will likely feature the same solid build quality, but Apple will probably make functional changes to the exterior of the device to make it as comfortable as possible. With such an increase in screen size, the iPhone will immediately differentiate itself from previous devices. However, doing this will also lead it into direct competition with other companies such as Samsung and HTC.
Many also believe Apple will continue release two devices yearly as they did with the iPhone 5C last year. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that two iPhones will release this year. The main phone being the iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7 inch display and will launch in Q3, while a 5.5 inch phablet style device will launch in the following quarter. This would be a smart move as phablets are becoming increasingly popular as seen with the success of the Galaxy Note devices.
When it comes to the release date of the iPhone 6, it’s essentially guaranteed to release this year. Considering previous history, the iPhone 6 will likely release in September this year. Not only does this fit tradition for Apple, but it will also nicely coincide with the release of iOS 8.
This also lines up with another recent rumor. According to ifun.de, Apple is restricting holidays during September for employees at Apple stores in Germany, likely for more man power to handle the launch of the iPhone 6. Considering how massive iPhone launches have been in the past, this seems quite solid.
iPhone cameras have always been highly praised, so Apple will want to continue this trend with the iPhone 6. The China Post stated that the next iPhone will use an 8 megapixel camera. However, recent rumors have suggested that Apple have signed up to use a new material in their cameras that will improve the quality of light trickling into the device. This would assist 10+ megapixel sensors, so the information is conflicting.
Wireless charging has also become a more common practice in the mobile market. Many companies including Intel are investing heavily into wireless charging, so it seems likely that Apple will do this as well. CP Tech reported that Apple filed a patent for efficient wireless charging. This doesn’t necessarily confirm it as Apple patents many things, but it does suggest that nontheless.
Needless to say, there is a lot to discuss regarding Apple’s next flagship. This information is only the tip of the iceberg with more rumors and leaks likely to come over the coming months.