July 21st, 2015
The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the the iPhone 5S and iPhone 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.
Some of you might have been expecting the iPhone 6 to have debuted in 2013, but given the iPhone’s history – from the 3G onwards, there’s always been a half-step S model before the next numbered iPhone – we were never going to get the 6 until 2014. In fact, it will technically be the iPhone 8 by that point… but hey, who’s counting these days?
One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 just around the corner (plus our full HTC One (M8) review now out in wild showing a truly stunning phone), Apple will need to be on its game with the new handset – and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.
iPhone 6 release date
The iPhone 6 release date will be in 2014, although exactly when that will be in the year is still a little unclear.
Here’s what we think is most likely to happen: at WWDC in June this year we’ll see the obvious release of iOS 8, but also a larger-screened iPhablet as Apple looks to bring itself to the fore in Asian markets and rivalling the likes of the Galaxy Note 3.
We’d have usually given this kind of rumor a wide berth, but multiple reports have spoken of a larger device from Apple at the June event, so we’re starting to give them some credence. At the very least, Apple is definitely testing it, but may not bring it to market.
After that, Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in September, along with the iWatch and the first view of iOS 8, to allow it to both bring a new product to market as well as keeping its schedule safe. This is backed up by KDB Daewoo Securities, which does have a decent record in Apple early leaks.
Suggestions of both sizes arriving September could also hold water – but only if Apple keeps both products under the iPhone name. If if splits the larger device under a new name (we can’t see ‘iPhad’ being a thing) then a June and September launch could make sense.
Apple has launched the last few iPhones at a special event in September, so the smart money is on September 2014 for the iPhone 6’s arrival but won’t be the only mobile hardware we see from the firm this year.
After trawling through all the iPhone 6 rumors we kicked our render machine into gear and came up with a concept of what we’d like Apple’s eighth generation flagship smartphone to look like.
Check out our creation in the video below.
According to Business Insider, of the many iPhone 6 prototypes Apple has made, one has a giant Retina+ IGZO display and a “new form factor with no home button. Gesture control is also possibly included.” It will surely include Apple’s new Touch ID finger print tech though?
The Retina+ Sharp IGZO display would have a 1080p Full HD resolution. It’s also been widely reported that Apple could introduce two handset sizes as it seeks to compete with the plethora of Android devices now on the market – with both being a lot thinner thanks to big improvements in LED backlight technology to reduce the thickness.
Apple has even acknowledged that consumers want a larger screen after an internal slide was revealed in its court battle with Samsung entitled “Consumers want what we don’t have.”
We reckon there will be two screen sizes and resolutions, as mentioned above. A Full HD display makes perfect sense for the iPhone 6, especially if it grows to a 4.7-inch screen as mooted, and the iPhablet will push things even further to preserve the Retina experience on a larger display.
In fact the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been tipped again alongside a larger 5.7-inch (or is that a QHD 5.5-inch screen?) model as part of Apple’s double attack on the market following the 5S and 5C.
While we’d love to see the Quad HD resolution adorn the iPhone 6, the fact it’s such a great leap from the sub-720p Retina display on the 5S and 5C makes it seem very unlikely.
The same source claims the iPhone 6 (in both its sizes) will take design cues from the iPhone 5C and the seventh-gen iPad Nano which launched in 2012.
That said, we’re now hearing that the larger iPhone 6 has hit production problems, which may see it delayed until 2015, although the 4.7-inch version is said to still be on track.
In other areas, patents show that Apple has been thinking about magical morphing technology that can hide sensors and even cameras. Will it make it into the iPhone 6? Probably not.
There’s still a small possibility of the iPhone 6 sporting a flexible wraparound display after more patents were uncovered, but we reckon that’s more likely to feature on the iPhone 7 or 8 instead.
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