iPhone 6 release date, rumours and specs

iphone-5s-stackThe iPhone 6 may not have been announced yet, but that hasn’t stopped online speculation churning out almost all there is to know about the next-generation Apple smartphone(s).

The smartphone is no doubt looking to follow the same success as Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, which have lead to the firm boasting of record smartphone sales, with iPhone shipments hitting a high of 43.7 million in the second quarter of 2014.

In this article, we will round up everything we know about the anticipated iPhone 6 handset so far. Keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with every new detail, feature and rumour about the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 release date
If last year’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is anything to go by, Apple’s iPhone 6 is likely to make its debut in September 2014, with last year’s unveiling taking place on 10 September.

Thankfully, that’s not all we’ve got to go by. While some, not-so-trusted rumours have claimed that the iPhone 6 will debut in August, most recent speculation has also pointed towards a September launch.

For example, German operator Deutsche Telekom has said that the iPhone 6 will arrive in its stores in mid-September, while the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has ordered “70 to 80 million” iPhone 6 units ahead of the smartphones’ September launch

However, this WSJ reported that one of Apple’s iPhone 6 models – the rumoured 5.5in version – might debut a month later in September. This has been echoed in multiple rumours, with 9to5Mac reporting that the model likely will tip up in October.

iPhone 6 specs
The biggest talking point surrounding the iPhone seems to be its display, with the majority of rumours agreeing that Apple’s next smartphone will launch in two versions – one with a 4.7in screen, and the other with a large 5.5in display.

Despite being larger, these screens are expected to be of a higher resolution than Apple’s current 4in Retina display, with Apple reportedly set to debut its its Retina display+ resolution, tipped to come in at 1704×920.

While early iPhone 6 rumours had claimed that these two displays will be curved, this speculation has since been debunked.

iPhone 6 sapphire display

 

Although they won’t be flexible, the screen on Apple’s iPhone 6 models is expected to be tough. A video showed the 4.7in model withstanding scratches from keys and a knife credited to the new Sapphire crystal technology Apple is expected to debut on the handset. However, this same material later failed to pass the sandpaper test.

The iPhone 6 is also expected to see a large overhaul in terms of design, with leaked images (below), via 9to5Mac, suggesting the handset will be much-more curved than Apple’s current iPhone 5S offering. 

In terms of the material used to built it, Apple’s iPhone 6 will be crafted from Liquidmetal, lighter than the aluminium that’s used for the iPhone 5S. This will allow Apple to make it slimmer too, with rumours claiming that the iPhone 6 could measure just 7.6mm thick.

iPhone 6 in gold grey and silver leak

This same design has been echoed in images leaked by a Taiwanese pop star on Weibo – the same person who leaked legitimate images of the iPhone 5C ahead of its release. He spilled some more details about the design too, saying, “4.7-inch screen, power shifted to the right, no built-in antenna coated outside, in addition to the previous right-angle design, feel more rounded.”

We’ll likely find the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner as debuted on the iPhone 5S, with multiple reports claiming that Apple will bring the technology to all future iOS device. Rumours have  also suggested that Apple might take things one step further by equipping the iPhone 6 with a built-in iris scanner.

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 is expected to have some fitness-focused features too, with the firm having already debuted its Healthbook app set to debut in iOS 8. Further speculation suggests that Apple will integrate a heart rate monitor into its next generation earbuds that will ship with the iPhone 6.

There’s also talk that the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple smartphone to feature a light up Apple logo on its rear, with the below image showing the redesigned casing. This, if the rumour is to be believed, will light up when a user receives an SMS or email, for example. 

Beyond that, there’s not much else we know about the iPhone 6. However, some rumours have suggested that the handset(s) will feature an upgraded A8 processor, integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and upgraded camera sensors, with most fingers pointing to a 13MP rear-facing sensor.

The iPhone 6 might also be the first Apple smartphone to ship with 128GB included storage.

iPhone 6 software

The iPhone 6 will ship with Apple’s iOS 8 operating system onboard, which the firm unveiled at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June

While iOS 8 doesn’t boast a radical design overhaul like that introduced in iOS 7, it does add a number of features to Apple’s mobile operating system, many of which are aimed at the enterprise. This includes improved password security, S/MIME features and VIP threads, and support for Microsoft Exchange out of office replies.

iPhone 5S iOS 8

OS X Continuity is perhaps the most notable new feature in iOS 8, and one which sees Apple further bridging the gap between iOS and Mac OS X. For example, the feature allows users Airdrop files between the two, pick up a half-written email on their other device, and to even answer phone calls on their Macbook or iMac.

Homekit and Healthkit are other notable new features, one allowing users to control appliances using their iPhone or iPad, and the other track their calories and exercise routines.

iOS 8 also brings with it support for third party keyboards such as Swype, widgets in the Notifications Center, and Apple’s own QuickType word prediction feature, which could spell the end of Autocorrect errors.

iPhone 6 price
The price of the iPhone 6 is still unclear, but it likely will fetch around the same as Apple’s iPhone 5S. If so, expect 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the handset to cost £549, £629 and £709, respectively.

However, speculation has suggested that the iPhone 6 could cost around $100 more than Apple’s 2013 flagship, due to its rumoured larger screen size.

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24 July 2014 | 3:03 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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