With Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S and 5C already out along with iOS 7, and the iPad line expected to be refreshed in coming weeks, all eyes and focus will now be on the next iPhone from the Cupertino based firm, which will likely be iPhone 6. The tech market is already full of rumors, with new ones creeping up every now and then about the new features of the yet to be announced iPhone 6.
Here is the round up of most of these rumors about next iPhone concerning pricing, release date and specifications.
Expected specifications of Apple’s iPhone 6
There is little doubt that the iPhone 6 will have a bigger display than the existing ones. Many rumors point towards the device having a 4.8 inch screen, which will put the next gen device in line with Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Also, with such bigger display, Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could move towards a Full HD (1,920×1,080) resolution or even higher. Apple may also consider the screen technology that it uses, with a Sharp IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screen top of the list. The screen based on this technology consumes less power and is comparatively thinner.
With the bigger screen, Apple could go for a technology than can enhance the battery life. Therefore, it is expected that iPhone 6 may use the reliable gaze detection technology, which recognizes if a user is looking at the screen or not. Samsung already uses this technology, Apple may very well follow suit.
Apple’ new iOS 7 is already out, so it won’t be a stretch to assume that iPhone 6 will be based on the refreshed OS. However, the new OS will need to be updated to support certain new features with the new handset i.e. support mobile payments.
Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) enhanced the physical size of its 8-megapixel sensor for iPhone 5S along with increasing the lens and improving the low-light performance. The Cupertino based firm also included a couple of modes along with burst and slow-motion mode. There is a good chance that Apple will use the same sensor in the iPhone 6, but since the device will be bigger with more room inside, the company may up the pixel count to 12 or 13 megapixel.
For Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the top selling phone has had 64 GB of storage, and the same is true for the current iPhone 5S. However, with the recent launch of a 128 GB iPad 4 chances for iPhone 6 having the same amount of memory cannot be negated.
Touch ID, the fingerprint reader, was the most unique feature of the iPhone 5S, and the feature is also expected to come with the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. iPhone 6 could have the fingerprint reader. It will be interesting to learn what update Apple may bring to its competitively old feature to complement its next iPhone.
Apple’s iPhone 6 release date (rumored)
Predicting the exact release date of an Apple product is no easy task, and this is no exception for the iPhone 6. However, “to be on the safe side”, with iPhone 5S out only a month ago, one can safely assume that the next iPhone will not come out before next year.
Generally, Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) waits around a year to release an updated version, but for iPhone 6 the case could be different. The device can be viewed more of an extension to the current line-up rather than a replacement to the existing iPhone.
CEO, Tim Cook, in a call with investors hinted that new products will soon be unveiled. The CEO said “Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services that we can’t wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014.”
Additionally, with Apple’s Canadian arm accidentally leaking some iPhone 6 info, some predict that the next iPhone 6 will launch much sooner; with a launch coming next year, between March and May.
Apple’s iPhone 6 expected pricing
It has been a trend with Apple inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to price the new device similar to that of old ones. If the iPhone maker goes with the same trend, than a 32 GB version may be expected to £529 ($844), 64 GB at £599 (4955) and the 128 GB model at £699 ($1,115). Alternatively, if the company “continues with” the iPhone 5S, then iPhone 6 being the premium and advanced version will certainly be priced accordingly.
This was a summary regarding the rumors and news surrounding the iPhone 6, however, there is still a lot of time left before the phone launch, which is still officially. Therefore, we can safely assume there will be a lot more news and rumors to come, but you need not to worry, because we will be there to provide all the available details; so stay tuned and keep reading!