Although an iPhone 6 release date is still months away, a raft of iPhone 6 rumours have already started circling the web.
Despite the iPhone 5S having only launched back in September, with the flagship phone landing alongside the lower-end, colourful iPhone 5C, attention has already turned to what Apple will do next, with a number of iPhone 6 rumours pointing to a device that could change the smartphone scene once again.
According to recent reports, an iPhone 6 release date could be held as early as June, with Apple combatting reportedly low iPhone 5S sales and ongoing stock shortages by launching its next-gen flagship phone early. While we recommend these reports are taken with a pinch of salt, more likely are claims that the iPhone 6 will land with a new 4.7-inch form factor.
Helping ensure you are kept up to date on all the latest iPhone 6 news and rumours, including details on the eagerly awaited iPhone 6 release date, we will continue to update this page up until the iPhone 6 launch, so bookmark it now.
iPhone 6 NewsWith the HTC One follow-on and Samsung Galaxy S5 both expected to be unveiled in a matter of weeks, the iPhone 6 will face renewed competition by the time it launches later this year.
As such, it is expected that the handset will mark a considerable step forward over past Apple handsets, with recently leaked Apple patents suggesting the phone will feature everything from a curved display to a larger form factor and a sapphire glass home button.
Although the phone currently remains shrouded in mystery, one iPhone 6 rumour that has surfaced on a number of occasions, is the suggestion that the phone will benefit from an increase in screen size as part of a total redesign. With the likes of the LG G2 having already pushed flagship Android phone displays to 5.2-inches, Apple is likely to make another jump in size, having moved from 3.5-inchs to 4-inch with the iPhone 5.
“The electronics giant has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches,” claimed “people familiar with the matter” have been quoted as stating in recent reports.
Component suppliers have added that: “Apple has been particularly interested in recent tests for a 4.8-inch screen.”
With latest reports suggesting the iPhone 6 will line up with a 4.7-inch display, it is believed that the handset will still be smaller than many of its leading Android-based competitors, instead lining up similar in size to the Motorola Moto X.
iPhone 6 Release DateAlthough an exact iPhone 6 release date is currently unknown, it has been suggested by reported Chinese insiders that the phone will be unveiled as part of Apple's annual WWDC conference in June. While early iPhone's were unveiled around this time of year, based on Apple’s past habits, we can take a pretty good stab in the dark, say that's rubbish and guess that the new flagship phone will be formally unveiled in September.
With the iPhone 4S having marked the company’s first move to a late summer unveiling, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S have all made their first appearances around the same time of year.
Given that Apple is a creature of habit, we expect the iPhone 5S release date will be held in either late September or early October 2013, following an unveiling two weeks prior. One thing you can bet on is that the iPhone 6 will not be hit by the same level of stock shortages as the iPhone 5S, a device which faced 6-8 week shipping delays on day one.
iPhone 6 RumoursDespite the iPhone 6 being set to be one of Apple's biggest launches of 2014, the next-gen smartphone might have to share the stage. With Apple having repeated teased and hinted a wearable gadget potentially being in the works at its Cupertino HQ, it has been suggested that the iPhone 6 release date could be held in conjunction with an Apple iWatch launch.
Tipped to boast a 1.3-inch touchscreen, the Apple iWatch will reportedly feature a curved screen manufactured by LG and launch as a companion to the iPhone 6.
Although iWatch reports have circled for some time, the iPhone 6 rumour which continues to generate the most talking points is the potential move to a larger display. With insiders and component suppliers chattering about a bigger display, analysts have got in on the act too, with Topeka Capital analyst Brian White also pointing at a 4.8-inch form factor.
“The next iPhone will offer customers more choice in terms of screen size, White suggested in a recent note to investors. “Tthe Company has never offered multiple screen sizes for a single model, we believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach.”
One iPhone 6 rumours which seems to be stretching the realms of possibility, is collection of iPhone 6 concept images which have shown the phone with a curved, wraparound display. While these images have grabbed the attentions of many, even the concept’s designer has questioned its likelihood.
“Such a design may appear on the iPhone 6 or 7, or maybe never,” designer Nikolay Lamm said. “It’s a cool design, but one which is unlikely to give Apple a sustainable competitive advantage.”
Further iPhone 6 rumours have seen a proposed move to a Sapphire glass display reportedly set to the manufacturer back a staggering £350 million. While the move would help improve screen clarity and toughness, if the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on the receiving of its 2K display improvement, this upgrade might not be enough for Apple to compete with its Korean rival.
iPhone 6 SpecsThe iPhone 6 specs sheet is set to have a few surprises in store following the incremental updates from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5S.
With the Touch ID fingerprint sensor having made an appearance aboard the iPhone 5S, it is expected that the biometric security measure will become something of a standard on flagship models, and make another stop within the iPhone 6’s home button.
Further iPhone 6 specs will likely see the increased screen and completely overhauled design partnered with an even speedier 64-bit processor and revised camera.
Although the iPhone 6 camera looks set to retain the same 8-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, recent reports have suggested that integrated snapper will be improved by a move to improved glass optics to boost image quality and clarity.
Further and more precise iPhone 6 specs are still unclear.
As has become customary, the iPhone 6 is expected to be made available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage forms, although a new 128GB handset is also believed to be on the cards.
iPhone 6 PriceAlthough Apple isn’t short of a few bob, the iPhone 6 price, like that of its predecessor is sure to hit you where it hurts, the wallet.
The iPhone 5S price was increased over its predecessor, and with the iPhone 6 expected to get a bump in screen size and an all new design, you can expect and even lofty rise in costs next time around. We will bring you further details on the iPhone 6 price as and when we get them.
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