iPhone 6 Release Date, Specs and Features: Apple's BIG Event Scheduled For Sept 9
An archive of what we've heard about Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6, including specs, release date rumours, and features
iPhone 6 Latest Release Date & Specs News
As we approach the Q3/Q4 launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhones, the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive. Below is a selection of this week’s hottest headlines. Enjoy!
- iPhone 6 Will Release September 9 - A report from Recode.net claims Apple has now scheduled a big media event for September 9, which many believe will see the launch of the iPhone 6.
- NFC Confirmed To Debut Inside iPhone 6? – Is this proof of the iPhone 6's latent NFC connectivity?
- Apple Puts In Orders For 80+ Million iPhone 6 Units – The iPhone 6 launch is going to be BIG. Foxconn says it can make up to 120 million iPhone 6 units for 2014 alone.
- iPhone 6 Release Date Pegged For Mid-September – Both iPhone 6 handsets will be in consumers' hands before the mid-way point of September
- iPhone 6 Price Might Be Lower Than iPhone 5s At Launch – Reports from China suggest Apple may retail its iPhone 6 at a lower price than last year’s iPhone 5s. In other news: snow forecast in Hell.
Fancy a more detailed breakdown of what the iPhone 6 is going to be like? Below is a synopsis of every bit of leaked information we’ve come across to date. It’s all broken down into sections and is designed to give you, dear reader, a fuller picture of what to expect once Tim Cook struts out on stage in a couple of months.
IPHONE 6 RELEASE DATE & PRICE
We're now seeing reports that the iPhone 6 will launch on September 9. Recode.net alleges that Apple has now scheduled a big media event for that date, and as Apple has previously launched iPhones during September it seems pretty likely one or more of its rumoured new models will show up, with the 4.7in iPhone 6 thought by many to be the forerunner. Whether the rumoured 5.5in iPhone "Air" might also be in attendence is open to interpretation.
IPHONE 6 DISPLAY
After a myriad of leaks we now know what we’re looking at come September: two iPhone handsets, one with a 4.7in display; the other a 5.5in setup. It is also looking likely Apple will name the latter handset the iPad Air, a move no doubt done to differentiate it from its smaller, more traditional iPhone stable mate.
The second BIG news relates to the iPhone 6’s display resolution and comes via one of the internet’s most reliable Apple sages, Mark Gurnam over at 9to5Mac. “Instead of retaining the current resolution,” writes Gurnam, “sources familiar with the testing of at least one next-generation iPhone model say that Apple plans to scale the next iPhone display with a pixel-tripling (3X) mode.
This means that Apple will likely be tripling the aforementioned “base resolution” (568 x 320) of the iPhone screen in both directions, and that the iPhone screen resolution will be scaled with an increase of 150% from the current 2X resolution of 1136 x 640.”
However, Gurnam does point out that Apple tests multiple screen configurations at any one time, so this setup could be just one of those currently in testing ahead of the handset’s full scale launch in September.
IPHONE 6 & IPHONE AIR DESIGN
Another tantalizing question is how, beyond display size, Apple will differentiate the handsets?
Apple Insider published a report, citing Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri, which outlines one major potential difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone Air.
Arcuri based his report on recent checks with Apple’s Asian suppliers.
“The 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful application processor than its smaller sibling,” said the report, “though no details were given as to the disparity. Apple has made similar moves in the past; the A7 processor in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.39 gigahertz, for instance, compared to 1.29 gigahertz for the otherwise-identical part in the iPad mini with Retina display.”
The larger could house a bigger GPU, implying Apple will target the iPhone Air at creative types that want to do more with their phones.
“Alternatively, it might suggest that Apple will make the two chips — believed to be the "A8" — in different fabrication plants using different processes,” the report added.
Last month a report from China, picked up by G For Games, claimed to shed some light on what we can expect from Apple’s next-generation A8 chipset. As expected, the silicon will be a 64-bit 20nm setup produced by TSMC. The BIG NEWS, however, was the SoC would boast core frequencies up to and – potentially beyond – 2GHz.
BEST IPHONE 6 LEAKS
Below is the first glimpse of what the iPhone 6 is going to look like thanks to newly released leaked images of the handset.
Feld & Volk, the luxury retailer, supplied the images to MacRumors. The front panel has leaked before, we even saw it get attacked with an arrow, but it’s the first time we’ve seen the front panel attached directly to the rear shell.
MacRumors wrote, “it’s important to note that Feld and Volk’s images still depict unfinished iPhone 6 parts that are in rough condition, and Apple’s completed device will undoubtedly look even more polished.”
Apple is holding an event on September 9 where it is predicted the company will unveil two new iPhone 6 models: one with a 4.7in display and another, phablet device with a 5.5in screen. This event will also see the final build of iOS 8 unveiled hopefully alongside some news about the Appel iWatch too.
IOS 8 – THE NEXT BIG THING
Now in its sixth beta, iOS 8 is the platform we were all hoping iOS 7 was going to be and from the looks of things, as noted in our iOS 8 Beta 5 Review, the finished article is going to be pretty spectacular. But unlike the five previous updates, iOS 8 beta 6 was not pushed out to developers. Nope. This one was done exclusively for networks (or, carriers, as they’re called in the US).
So what gives?
“This is something which historically hasn't happened until the Gold Master (considered ready-to-ship software) is released,” reports Developer Tech. “It is alleged beta 6 is "so close" to the final version that it was not needed to be shipped to developers in order to prepare their apps for the OS' release. Developers have been issued with five beta builds of iOS 8 thus far.”
New features like HomeKit, payments via TouchID and the iWatch-linking HealthKit add in a myriad of new capabilities. But perhaps the most compelling of all is HomeKit, which, as our piece iOS 8’s HomeKit Explained noted, aims to completely redefine how your interact with everyday objects inside your home.
The Internet Of Things is happening and Apple being Apple wants a large slice of the burgeoning IOT pie. With HomeKit inside iOS 8, you’ll be able to communicate with features in your home – bathroom lights, HDTVs and the central heating – through Siri; all you’ll have to do is issue a command and HomeKit will take care of everything else.
IPHONE 6 SPECS
Apple Daily have shared the following photos from an anonymous source that shows the batteries included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air.
The first photo shows the iPhone 6 4.7in will have a 1810mAh capacity battery. To put that in perspective the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, another 4.7in display smartphone, has a 1860mAh battery.
The battery for the iPhone Air will be quite a bit larger at 2915mAh. That’s almost double the size of the iPhone 5s’ 1560mAh battery. The leak also brings with it the first images of the iPhone 6 phablet. The purple coloured display on the right hand side is the phablet. Bear in mind the sources claim Apple has undertaken some design changes since the image was taken.
Accoridng to G For Games, TSMC will now undertake production of Apple’s 20nm A8 chipset for the iPhone 6 – and that same chipset will presumably be used inside Apple’s next-generation iPads as well. Here’s a broader overview of what we can expect from the iPhone 6’s A8 chipset and what it'll mean for Apple's 2014 phones and tablets from AnandTech’s Anand Lai Shimpi:
“By now we know to expect an "A8" branded Apple SoC in the iPhone 6 and iPad Air successors later this year. There's little benefit in going substantially wider than Cyclone, but there's still a ton of room to improve performance. One obvious example would be through frequency scaling. Cyclone is clocked very conservatively (1.3GHz in the 5s/iPad mini with Retina Display and 1.4GHz in the iPad Air), assuming Apple moves to a 20nm process later this year it should be possible to get some performance by increasing clock speed scaling without a power penalty. I suspect Apple has more tricks up its sleeve than that however. Swift and Cyclone were two tocks in a row by Intel's definition, a third in 3 years would be unusual but not impossible (Intel sort of committed to doing the same with Saltwell/Silvermont/Airmont in 2012 - 2014).”
128GB Storage Model
G For Games got the initial scoop (see image below) ––
IPHONE 6 CAMERA
Another source – this time Apple Insider – had this to say about the iPhone 6's imaging technology: "People familiar with the matter have told us Apple will likely forego a high-megapixel camera in its 2014 iPhone offerings, in favor of tweaking other image-enhancing components. In other words, megapixels are less of a priority for Apple than overall image quality."
Adding further legitimacy to the claims, the US Patent & Trademark Office has received a patent application from Apple for an OIS setup and improved autofocus technology. This will include "voice coil motor actuators" for allowing the lens to adjust with movement. The move is a believable one, as Apple has previously emphasised its reluctance to upscale the megapixel count, instead insisting it will concentrate on tweaking its existing hardware.
Apple's latest intriguing patent suggests it may be prepping Lytro-like capabilities for the iPhone 6's camera. Apple's patent details a "digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor", according to AppleInsider. While no specific mention has been made of the iPhone 6, Apple will need to continue to enhance its camera technology in order to remain competetive.
Previously, Apple has outlined that it would rather tweak its 8-megapixel iSight hardware for better performance than simply up the megapixel count, and it's an approach which has been met with plenty of critical acclaim for the iPhone 5S's impressive imaging capabilities.
According to Techradar, the patent "even makes reference to the Lytro camera as prior art but adds that certain adjustments can be made in the quality of picture."
It's known that before Steve Jobs died he met with Lytro's founder to discuss a partnetship and this patent was filed in September 2011, just before Jobs' death. Numerous reports indicate many of Apple's products released since Jobs passed away have been developed in accordance to roadmaps he already laid out and it's feasible the iPhone 6, complete with a Lytro-like camera, could be part of his posthumous plan.