With about two months to go until the Apple iPhone 6 announcement, we find ourselves in the in-between period where we’re dying to find out whether or not we should buy Apple’s soon-to-be-announced next-generation smartphone or pass up the “Apple” for something else.
More rumors will come out when Apple will begin production of the iPhone 6 as early as next week. However, if you’re wondering what more’s been discovered about the iPhone 6 in recent weeks, we’ve got your iPhone 6 rumors covered here in our latest rumor roundup.
iPhone 6 has two confirmed models
The iPhone 6 will come in two-display sizes, a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model for user selection. Tech analysts were sure about the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model weeks ago, but we’ve recently nailed down the larger-size iPhone 6 model that, at one point, was given a size as high as 6 inches diagonally. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has been determined to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, which will debut around the same time.
Just this week, new evidence has surfaced to argue that the coveted 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model won’t arrive until the end of 2014 if not 2015 (next year). There’re a few reasons for this, such as iPhone 6 casing discoloration, battery size issues, and increasing the resolution of the larger iPhone 6 model (a feat Apple’s never undertaken before). Apple fixed the battery issue this week, hiring a company that’s been a genius at placing a small battery that fits Apple’s dimensions into the 5.5-inch model while keeping it as thin and light as possible. While Apple’s fixed the battery issue, however, the casing discoloration and resolution problems still remain.
It’s been said from inside sources that these two-display sizes will come with two different price tags, so 5.5-inch iPhone 6 users should prepare themselves for a bigger out-of-pocket bill at purchase time. While iPhone users aren’t too keen on saving money and don’t mind paying an expensive bill, the iPhone 6 display shouldn’t be the sole reason as to why an individual buys the next-generation iPhone.
iPhone 6 colors: Silver, Gray, Gold, and Black
The iPhone 5s emerged in a champagne gold color, something a little different from the usual black and white iPhone models, and Apple decided to offer the iPhone 5s in gold, silver, and gray colors. According to new photos, however, there will be another color option offered to iPhone 6 users: black.
We’ve been able to get our hands on SIM card tray photos and iPhone 6 photos to verify that there’ll be four colors offered to iPhone 6 users this time around. In particular, we’ve seen SIM card tray colors for silver, gray, and gold, but we’ve only seen a fully-built black iPhone 6 (no SIM card tray photo). While we can’t say for sure that a black iPhone 6 option will be available, we can’t discredit it. Our sources are extremely reliable, and they’ve often proven true – even with the iPhone 5C leaks from last summer.
iPhone 6 to feature haptic technology
Wanting more from your iPhone 6 display this year? Well, a new rumor says that Apple’s intending to provide some touch feedback on-screen for iPhone 6 users. Haptic technology will allow users to feel vibrations on-screen when they type, turn on the iPhone, or touch the screen to perform mobile functions.
Some have called this a “killer” feature of the iPhone 6, but we’re not so sure. After all, the same feature’s available in the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, and other Samsung devices, but it’s more annoying than it is entertaining. Oh, sure, the feature’s nice for a while – until you get tired of it. And we have a feeling that a number of iPhone 6 users who’ve been dying for third-party keyboards (Swype, anyone?) will care very little for feeling on-screen vibrations when typing an email or text message.
Not all iPhone 6 models will feature sapphire crystal display, only high-end ones
A new report out of Taipei, Taiwan says that Apple’s sapphire crystal production is churning – but slowly. What this means is that not every iPhone 6 model will feature sapphire crystal displays this year. Specifically, it’s been said that only high-end 4.7-inch 128GB models and all 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will utilize sapphire crystal panels (only 10 million units). It isn’t unusual for Apple to face production problems out of the gate, as the company battled the same thing when it produced the Retina display in its iPad Mini model for the first time.
Also, the issue seems to be that Apple’s concerned about the breakability and fragility of sapphire displays when sapphire’s produced in large amounts. We’ve seen this in the latest sapphire display drop test. While some would argue that Gorilla Glass displays have the same problems, we’ve seen a number of YouTube demonstrations that’ve shown that Gorilla Glass can more than survive a car runover or two, and there’ve been few drop tests or torture tests brought to our attention that show Gorilla Glass displays being fragile under the wheels of vehicles.
In addition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said before that he’s concerned about the breakability of sapphire crystal displays, whether or not they would “pass the tests” at launch – referring to torture tests that determine the durability of iPhone displays.
By distinguishing between Gorilla Glass and sapphire crystal displays, Apple’s doing all it can to keep the iPhone 6 costs affordable for users who may not like the idea of paying an additional $100 this year for their iPhone, as opposed to years past.
We’ve said it before a few times here at Inferse that most consumers find the idea of paying $299 out-of-pocket with a two-year contract distasteful, and many would stick with older iPhone models if Apple ditched its most affordable 16GB model for all 32GB models – a previous rumor that’s still been unconfirmed. With the new Gorilla Glass/sapphire crystal distinction, however, Apple’ll continue to keep costs low for low-end users who want something a little classier than Apple’s iPod Touch-like iPhone 5C.
It’s been said in days past that the 64GB 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model would be the only one to feature sapphire crystal, but the Taipei report holds out hope that some higher-end 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models will see the feature. We’ll have to wait until an official announcement or document surfaces to give a clear and concise answer.
As we’ve said then and we’ll say now, sapphire crystal is tough in some instances, fragile in others. This refers to every screen, but it’s likely that you’ll be thankful your 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model (16GB) doesn’t have a sapphire crystal display. More torture tests will emerge as the smartphone becomes available, but the last thing you wanna do is pay to have your sapphire display fixed just weeks after you pick up your iPhone 6 for the first time.
iPhone 6 camera
Apple’s said at last year’s iPhone 5s announcement that “we know the secret to a great camera: it’s not megapixels.” However, if a new rumor is correct, it seems as if Cupertino’s now changing its tune about higher-megapixel cameras.
You may or may not know, but Apple’s camera sensor is the Exmor camera sensor that’s manufactured by Sony Electronics. Sony’s been responsible for Apple’s camera sensor, and the company will make Apple’s iPhone camera sensor yet again this year. What the new rumor says, however, is that Apple will emerge with a 13MP camera on the iPhone 6, instead of the tried-and-true 8MP camera that’s been a feature of the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5s. Apple may decide to forgo a fourth year with the same camera and opt for a larger Sony camera sensor.
The evidence for this rumor comes from Chinese site Digi-Wo, and it says that Apple’s iPhone 6 will use a 13MP camera (13-million pixel camera, according to the report) that features a camera resolution of 3840 x 1080.
It’s also been said that Apple’s new camera will utilize 1080p video recording and include optical image stabilization (or OIS), designed to prevent motion blur when taking pictures. OIS, however, has been posited for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 only – so 4.7-inch iPhone buyers, don’t get your hopes up.
Outside of the change in camera resolution and size, we don’t know much else about Apple’s iPhone 6 camera technology. Stay tuned, as we’ll provide the latest when our sources provide more information.
iPhone 6 battery life
One controversy surrounding the iPhone 6 pertains to battery life. This year is the first year that Apple’s provided a 4.5+-inch device for iPhone users, with a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model serving as the largest-display size iPhone we’ve ever seen from Cupertino in its seven-year iPhone production history. Whenever screen size increases, the next question becomes, “What about battery life?” This is an excellent question when you also consider that Apple looks to increase the screen resolution of both displays so as to maintain its minimum 326 pixels-per-inch viewing experience.
We here at Inferse would tell you to sit down for this news, but it’s rather underwhelming – so you’d better remain standing for this one.
According to an iPhone 6 battery photo leaked by French site nowhereelse.fr, Apple’s new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will have a battery life of 1,810mAh, an increase from the 1500-1600mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s. Apple states on its product site that the iPhone 5s battery provides 10 hours of LTE, Wi-Fi, audio, and video playback. With this in mind, the 1,810mAh battery show that you’ll get a little more battery life out of the device – perhaps an hour or two, but nothing significantly greater than what’s present in the iPhone 5s.
As for the iPhone 6 battery photo, it’s confirmed by site digi.it.sohu.com, who’s said some time ago that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would feature a 1,800-1,900mAh battery. As for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 battery, you’re looking at nothing above 2,500mAh, which will be hard to sustain with a screen so large.
Digi.it.sohu writes the following about iPhone 6 battery life (translated to English): “On the other hand, if only from the Apple phone’s own law of development point of view, relative to the iPhone 5S/5C, 1800mAh battery capacity is considered no small progress. But if starting from the actual situation, whether it is a larger screen, higher performance or large sensors will quickly carve out this excess electricity. Thus, at least the iPhone 6 battery life isn’t better than the previous, as whether will become even worse is unknown.”
Apple’s own admission as to the iPhone 5s battery life shows that the iPhone 6, sadly, will still remain paltry and far behind the current battery offerings of Android OEMs. The Galaxy S5 is said by reputable tech sites to provide 27 hours on a single charge with moderate usage – 2.7 times the battery life of Apple’s iPhone 5s.
As for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, its battery size also looks disappointing, though better than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model battery. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will emerge with a 2,500mAh battery, but this is close to Google/LG’s Nexus 5 battery, which was a 2,300mAh battery that powered a 4.95-inch screen. The Nexus 5’s battery life provides about 8 hours on Wi-Fi, 7.5 on LTE – which isn’t as impressive as Apple’s 10 hours on Wi-Fi and LTE. At the same time, however, Google didn’t power a 5.5-inch screen, and Apple will likely stick with something less than Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p) in order to conserve sufficient battery life.
Some have said that battery optimizations will improve battery life, but don’t expect more than what Apple says. One thing that’s commendable about Apple is that they don’t promise more battery life than can be expected. What’s not so commendable about Apple is that they’ve simply not thought about what customers want in their battery performance. The company’s commitment to “thinner, lighter, and faster” has resulted in an iPad Air that lacks the battery life of the larger iPad 3 (which has 3,000mAh more battery life and thus, a longer-lasting one), and the same can be said for making the iPhone 6 thinner than the iPhone 5s.
iPhone 6 announcement and release date
A recent leak from Amazon Japan shows us that the iPhone 6 will be released for sale on September 30. Apple’s usual pattern of announcement and release shows that Apple typically announces the new iPhone about 10 days or so before the release, so a date of around September 19 or 20 is likely (perhaps around September 15 at the earliest).
At the same time, however, Amazon Japan shows the release date for the iPhone 6 – in Japan. Since Apple resides in Cupertino, California, US, American iPhone 6 customers may likely see the phone released earlier. Whenever Apple announces a new smartphone, you’ll see the US, UK, Canada, and a few others get first access, with other countries to follow in the days and weeks afterward. This looks to be the case with the iPhone 6, so US and UK customers could’ve an iPhone 6 release date that’s a week or two earlier (around mid-September), with an early iPhone 6 announcement set for the beginning of September (no more than one week after the American Labor Day holiday).
Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement will be a smash hit, no doubt, and iPhone 6 customers are currently waiting to get their hands on Apple’s new “latest and greatest” smartphone.
Have these rumors influenced your decision to buy (or pass up) the iPhone 6? Let us know whether or not you intend to buy the iPhone 6 in the comments below.