The iPhone 6 is likely to arrive in September or October this year. But some insiders at Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. (TPE:2354) spilled the beans at the New Year’s party. Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. (TPE:2354) manufactures iPhones for Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL). Insiders at the Taiwanese company revealed that the iPhone 6 will come in two different screen sizes. While one model will sport a 4.7-inch screen, another will be a 5.7-incher. Notably, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (KRX:005930) (LON:BC94)’s Galaxy Note 3 also has a 5.7-inch screen.
Each model of iPhone 6 to have biometrics
Insiders added that each of the two models of the iPhone 6 will have at least one form of biometrics. That means Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may use a fingerprint scanner or an eye recognition technology. The upcoming Galaxy S5 is also rumored to feature an iris scanner. The eye recognition technology is considered more secure than the fingerprint scanner introduced in the iPhone 5S.
Though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) broke its tradition by launching a bigger iPhone in 2012, it was still considered smaller. Large size smartphones from Android vendors are rapidly gaining in popularity. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wouldn’t want to be left behind. Last year, the Cupertino-based company launched a colorful iPhone 5C with plastic casing. It proved that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not scared of stepping outside its comfort zone. Launching an even bigger, phablet-size iPhone 6 could be the company’s next step in that direction.
Other notable iPhone 6 features
Among other features, the iPhone 6 is rumored to sport an improved iOS 8, a 64-bit A8 processor, a 13MP camera, and a full HD display. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently invested $578 million in GT Advanced Technologies that produces sapphire crystal to ramp up sapphire production. Sapphire is entirely scratch-proof. Using it in a smartphone will make the iPhone 6 the most durable smartphone ever. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may also include the gaze detection technology in the iPhone 6. The tech giant has acquired PrimeSense, the company behind Kinect motion sensor in the Xbox One. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may integrate PrimeSense’s technology in the iPhone 6. It will let the device turn its screen off when the user is not looking at the screen. This way, the iPhone 6 can boost battery life, which is crucial for a large screen smartphone.
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