Many details and concepts of the most hyped device, the iPhone 6 has been leaked online, but none of them got an official backing. The new iPhone from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) still remains a mystery. Below is the sum up of mostly all the information available on the iPhone 6. Let’s try and find out how and what the new offering from Apple will look or is expected to look, along with other details.
iPhone 6 or 5S
There is no surety whether the next iPhone will be the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6. However, given Apple’s history of coming up with an S model before the next numbered iPhone, we can expect the iPhone 5S first. The theory is also in line with the expectations of Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who believe Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will come up with the iPhone 5S first, and the iPhone 6 will release in June 2014.
According to Gotta Be Mobile, “Apple will certainly release an iPhone this year, and while some are calling for Apple to skip the iPhone 5S and go straight to the iPhone 6 in 2013, this isn’t likely.”
In May, an iPhone 6 was seen in official documents of a carrier system in the UK. The document showed a 4G iPhone 6 name and 12M in front, under the list of devices.
iPhone 6 sooner than later
With the recent discount and deals, and dropping of prices of the iPhone 5 by retailers, points in the direction that we way witness new devices from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5S, much sooner that what is being expected.
Along with discount and deal, Apple has also hinted the dealers to lower the MSRP or Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, reflecting the strategy by Apple to reap in as much profits before the new devices are launched.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) recent iPhone sale, offering the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S for $129 and $39, also left many experts and users to believe that the iPhone 6 is not far away. Another retailer Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) also offered the deals on the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S.
Apart from retailers, US carriers are also offering deals and discounts, with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) giving 50 percent discount on all its smartphones including iPhone while T MOBILE US INC (NYSE:TMUS) has slashed the contract price for the iPhone 5. However, on other online stores like Amazon the prices for the iPhone 5 are still high.
Along with slashing of prices, rumors that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning to end the production of the iPhone 5 to focus on next-gen devices, also points the imminent and sooner release of the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 5S. Also, it is believed the new in-cell technology expected to be used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S to make it thinner has to be produced in big volumes, which gives another reason to end the production of iPhone5.
Expected features of iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to be powered by A7 quad core processor, and will be based on iOS 7 operating system, along with numerous new features. iPhone is expected to be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB internal storage along with enhanced security feature like fingerprint sensor. It is believed that the iPhone 6 will have a bigger display to compete with Samsung Galaxy Note series. One of the analysts believes that the screen will measure 4.8-inches, and have retinal display. There have also been reports of the iPhone 6 with Retina+ Sharp IGZO display and 1080p Full HD resolution.
Information from patents
Recently a patent has been filed on Apple’s behalf for Liquidmetal, which led many experts to believe that the iPhone 6 may constructed from this patented metal. The patents revealed by Patently Apple claims that new iPhone may have invisible backside button and slider controls. Another patent related information leaked showed the iPhone 6 with improved camera including features like color correction and balance, to make an image more ‘real.’ One more patented information, leaked in March, expected iPhone 6 to come up with improved video calls via FaceTime
iPhone 6 as claimed by concepts and other rumors
A concept that leaked on the web showed the new device be constructed from colored aluminum. Another concept showed a plastic device emblazoned with Apple’s logo. The iPhone 6 with an absolutely stunning looking screen having an edge-to-edge display was also leaked on the web. A concept video from Ran Avni and Hassan shows iPhone with a 3D camera and curved display in place.
A concept video by Ran Avni and Hassan shows an alternative take on what is expected from the iPhone 6 and sees a 3D camera and curved display in place. A concept video leaked in May, showed the iPhone 6, 20 per cent thinner at just 6.1mm thick. A report leaked in March, suggested the iPhone 6 to be waterproof with new Home button. A concept designed by artist Peter Zigich, showed the iPhone 6 with similar iPhone 5 styling, but in three size variants and having home buttons on the side. The variants showed were iPhone 5-sized model, iPhone 6 Mini’ and a larger ‘iPhone 6 XL’.
In April, a job posting from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) led many to believe that the company may be interested in flexible displays for the iPhone 6 or iWatch. A few weeks back, Apple was in talks to buy PrimeSense, an Israeli company that designed sensor in the original Kinect used by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox 360. This news triggered speculation that the iPhone 6 may have Kinect technology
Expected Price for iPhone 6
It has been seen with the previous releases that all new models from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) come at a similar price as the old one, which also makes sense. If the same trend is followed, then a 32 GB model will cost around £529, the 64GB model £599 and the 128GB model £699. The prices may vary from country to country according to tax and others custom costs.
Apple’s next iPhone has raised more questions than the answers available, which is mainly due to the secrecy maintained