According to a mixture of rumor and report, it looks as though we are finally going to see a larger screen iPhone sometime this year. The general consensus seems to be that we will see two models of the iPhone 6, one with a 4.7” display and one with 5.5”. To put it all together, here is a complete list of what we know or have been told about the iPhone 6.
When the first iPhone was launched, it came with a 3.5” screen, which, for its time, was a reasonable size. By the time the iPhone 5 came out the screen size had grown to 4”. The rumored sizes for the iPhone 6 indicate that Apple is finally bringing their iPhone up to compete, size wise at least, with the rest of the competition.
According to a recent report, the screen resolutions for reach new model would be:
- 4.7” 750 x 1338
- 5.5” 878 x 1567
According to a report in Bloomberg towards the end of last year, the iPhone 6 will have a curved form factor, more specifically with a curved display. The Wall Street Journal has since knocked this report back.
Some rumors say the iPhone 6 will be the thinnest yet, at just 6.1mm, and, with a larger form, the battery could be made thinner but cover more area, so as to accommodate a slimmer overall design.
It looks as though Apple are sticking with the 8 megapixel iSight camera but, with the iPhone 6 there is talk of optical image stabilization. A patent that has been filed backs this up but there is nothing to say it will definitely be the iPhone 6 that gets it, it may be a later model.
It is thought that, in line with previous upgrades, the new iPhone will have a new processor, namely the A8. It will be much smaller and much more energy-efficient than the line that is used now.
We could also see a much-improved PowerVR GPU, supplied by Imagination Technologies, which will be up to 50% faster than the current GPU.
We could also probably expect to see the RAM increased to 2 GB.
One of the biggest claims on the Apple warranty is for screen repair or replacement and, one way that Apple is looking at reducing the damage is by replacing the Gorilla Glass they use now with Sapphire glass.
We already know that they are going to be manufacturing Sapphire in Arizona and have already begun purchasing the furnaces and other necessary equipment. Apple already uses Sapphire in smaller parts on the iPhone and it has been proven to be more than twice as strong as gorilla glass. You can see a video below, showing you just how strong it is. There is another school of thought that says a sapphire screen could also be used in solar charging.
And the Rest
According to reports:
- The iPhone 6 will have Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Touch sensors will become pressure sensitive
Apple’s normal release schedule is September, for both devices and firmware. However, some people are saying that the iPhone 6 will launch midyear, possibly at WWDC and will come with iOS 7.2.