iPhone 6 and iOS 8: What Does Apple Have In Store?

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The iPhone 6 and iOS 8 are still months away from launching, but that doesn’t stop fans from coming up with new concepts. A new one from the French website iPhonesoft shows off some ideas for both the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. How many of these will become reality? If recent years are anything to go by, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) probably won’t have any major surprises up its sleeve.

Envisioning the iPhone 6

This concept features an edge-to-edge display. iPhone 6 concepts with this type of display have been popping up for at least a year now. An edge-to-edge display would certainly look nice, but Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may not have much of a reason to do this. The iPhone 6 concept dreamed up by iPhonesoft is also just six millimeters thick, which means it takes a cue from the iPad Air. This is at least the third iPhone Air 6 concept we’ve seen at this point.

The creator also suggests that the handset will have a slot for an SD card, which is probably highly unlikely, and a 20-megapixel camera. Apple certainly does have some ground to make up in the camera department.

Will the iPhone 6 have a curved screen?

Although this particular concept doesn’t include a curved screen, we’ve heard many suggestions that the iPhone 6 would have one. CNET suggests that at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, smartphones are going to be “big, bendy” and “64-bit.” Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was admittedly the first company to give us a 64-bit smartphone, but it seems doubtful that the company will also be the first to bring a curved screen to a U.S. smartphone.

Currently the only smartphones with curved displays are sold in other countries, like South Korea, where the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex are offered. According to CNET, curved displays will become more common in 2014, but in order for that to happen, the tech industry is first going to have to deal with supply constraints of curved displays.

What about iOS 8?

The concept for iOS 8 could end up being pretty close to reality because it basically takes iOS 7 and refines it, which is what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to do this year. iOS 7 was a major revamp of the operating system, so iOS 8 will probably not bring too many changes.

Of course many people are still wondering about release dates for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. It would be a major surprise if Apple launched iOS 8 before the summer, and there’s certainly no reason for the company to do so. The iPhone 6 release date, on the other hand, is a bit murkier. Many have been pretty optimistic that we’ll see it before June, but if this year is anything like past years, people will keep jumping the gun and predicting that the iPhone 6 will come out earlier than it actually will. Personally, I still think a September or October launch is more likely than even a June one.

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