Apple Inc. sends out the iPhone 6 invite, and the iWatch won’t ship until 2015.
This week, we gathered more information about the iPhone 6, seeing that the time is getting closer to an iPhone unveil. Apple Inc. sent out a press invite with the words “Wish we could say more,” tempting Apple fans in both the media and masses to anticipate Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement on September 9.
As for the iPhone 6 specs, expect a 13MP camera, two display sizes (4.7 inches and 5.5 inches), as well as Gorilla Glass 4 displays for the 4.7-inch models and sapphire crystal displays for the 5.5-inch models. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will bear a 1472 x 828 screen resolution, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will bear a 1704 x 960 screen resolution.
John Gruber has said that it’s likely Apple will stick with 326ppi (pixels per inch) for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while Apple will likely increase the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 screen resolution to 2208 x1242, going with a 461ppi pixel density (or what some are calling “Super Retina” resolution). Either way, Apple must increase the screen resolution to maintain at least the 326ppi density threshold the company’s maintained in the iPhone experience.
For those looking for a more affordable option, we believe that Apple will keep the iPhone 5s in the lineup while perhaps eliminating the possibility of an iPhone 6C. It seems as though Apple’s “unapologetically plastic” campaign didn’t go too well, and the $99 two-year contract price for the iPhone 5s price makes the metal iPhone the better choice than the plastic 5C.
We’ve not heard much on pricing for the iPhone 6, but Spanish carrier MovilZona has gotten its hands on the price of the iPhone 6, according to a tweet from the carrier a little over a week and a half ago. According to the carrier, the iPhone 6 will increase in price by 50 euros over the 649-euro iPhone 5s to 699 euros for the 4.7-inch iPhone, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will be 799 euros (an entire 100 euros above the 4.7-inch iPhone 6). These are prices for the 16GB memory storage models, so add a bit extra if you’re planning to pick up a 32B or 64GB iPhone 6.
With regard to memory storage, we’ve heard some rumors that a 128GB iPhone 6 is in the works, and it would make sense – seeing that Apple’s already brought the 128GB memory storage option to the iPad 4 (and subsequently, the iPad Air). Only the iPhone remains untouched by the memory storage increase.
The iPhone 6 will run iOS 8, and the OS update is shaping up to be a nice transformation. We do know that Apple’s Health and HealthKit apps will be present on the device, but Apple’s also put its foot down with regard to developers. Developers cannot sell user data to advertisers, Apple has said in plain language. In other words, the company seeks to protect user data and the privacy of its users. This seems to be an entirely different mindset than Google’s approach with data-blocking apps like Disconnect Mobile, which the search engine giant removed from its Play Store earlier this week.
The Long-Fabled iWatch
Will we see an iWatch this year? The answer, to the dismay of many iPhone fans, has been confirmed by nearly everyone except Apple.
We’ve not heard much about the iWatch. We once heard that the iWatch would come in three different models, with two 1.6-inch displays and a 1.3-inch display and different sizes available for men and women. Since that time, we’ve been told that there would only be two models, one with a 1.5-inch display and the other with a 1.3-inch display. We’ve also heard that the device would utilize an AMOLED display though we’ve heard nothing after this. We know that Apple’s hired some key executives who could play a role in iWatch design, but curiously enough, we’ve not received any photos from our sources – and even they don’t believe an iWatch is coming.
What we have heard is that the device, even if a prototype is released, won’t ship until 2015 and that Apple’s considering a $400 price tag for the iDevice (whether or not it’ll be called the iWatch is anyone’s guess). At this point, we think it’s safe to say that Motorola’s Moto 360 and Samsung’s new Gear S and Gear 2 smartwatches are more budget-friendly (if one can even use this adjective with regard to smart gadgets anymore). There could be a range of price points, with a $400 iWatch serving as the company’s more expensive offering and $300 or so as a more inexpensive one.
In short, we want our readers to be surprised if Apple releases an iWatch, but to not expect it at this year’s iPhone 6 announcement. And, if it doesn’t ship to next year, it’s unlikely to arrive until the release of iOS 9 and the iPhone 7.
The iPad is still an area of innovation
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the iPad is still an area of innovation for Cupertino, and we sure hope so. Apple looks to announce its iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in October, but we’ve heard little about display resolution and cameras. Since all Apple devices will run iOS 8, we have this part of the puzzle available, but we don’t know if Apple will increase its cameras and screen resolution. At one time, it was said that Apple would provide a Super Retina resolution for its iPads, but Apple has yet to execute in this area.
While Apple prepares for its iPhone 6 unveil, however, rival company Samsung Electronics is preparing to reveal its Galaxy Note 4 phablet on September 3, right before the IFA 2014 Conference in Berlin, Germany. We’ll be back to provide more details on the iPhone 6 as we get closer to Apple’s next big thing.