In the 2014 bout between Samsung and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the Korean manufacturer may have landed the first blow, but Apple increasingly looks to be attempting to land a knockout punch with the new iPhone. The flagship Galaxy S5 will be out in the retail market before the Apple offering, with Samsung having confirmed their handset for a release date of April 11, but it could be argued that the Galaxy S5 has taken its cue from the iPhone. This latest Samsung release has concentrated strongly on attempting to deliver a slick and integrated user experience like the iPhone, rather than cramming eye popping tech and spec into a more laboring device.

iPhone 6

Whether or not Samsung’s strategy for the Galaxy S5 will turn out to be a wise one remains to be seen, but despite the stated ambitions of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) to replace Apple as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always plowed its own furrow. Though not beloved of every consumer, Apple nevertheless produces extremely distinctive products and has always followed a development and retail strategy which is all of its own making.

Apple to make iPhone 6 stand out

With this in mind then it perhaps not particularly surprising that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) looks to be significantly diverging from the norm with the iPhone 6. It’s always a little rash to describe an item of consumer electronics as a quantum leap, but at the very least the iPhone 6 is looking to be a pretty large step forwards in mobile technology terms.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already strongly signaled its intention to manufacture at least a premium iPhone with sapphire glass, which will make it the most durable iPhone yet. But one of the most intriguing developments of recent days has been the apparent intention of the technology giant to utilize a technology called quantum dots to enhance the next-generation iPhone’s retina display.

Quantum dots are literally nanocrystals which are constructed from semiconductors. Quantum dots provide an intriguing option for manufacturers as they can be tuned to emit extremely specific frequencies of light. What this means in practical terms for the end user is that colors can be reproduced with considerably more accuracy and clarity than in previous displays. It may be that this turns out to be far more significant in terms of the iPhone 6 screen that its resolution.

iPhone 6 to break records

With reports indicating that the iPhone 6 will have a 5.5-inch, wafer thin screen, we could be looking at an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) smartphone with the biggest screen that an iPhone has ever had – and significantly bigger than the Galaxy S5 – which is the slimmest mobile ever, and which is capable of outstanding color reproduction meaning that photos and video viewed on the iPhone 6 will look even better than its previous iterations.

Meanwhile, according to 9to5Mac, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will also utilize a brand new Broadcom chip in the iPhone 6 to run its wireless functions. The Broadcom BCM4354 will enable the iPhone 6 to have Wi-Fi faster than on any previous iOS device.

All in all, the iPhone 6 is already looking like a device that could wow consumers. All we’re waiting for now is some official confirmation from Apple.