iPhone 6 [RUMORS]

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    iPhone 6 [RUMORS]



    The details come from Japanese magazine Mac Fan, which were summarized on Tuesday by Macotakara. The report claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may sport a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel 5-inch display packing in 440 pixels per inch.

    It was claimed that Apple plans to make both sides of the screen as "thin as possible." That could allow the company to promote the "iPhone 6" as the first "phablet" able to be operated with one hand.

    The appeal of one-hand operation was already something Apple already focused on when it released the iPhone 5, sporting a larger 4-inch display, in 2012. That was an increase from the 3.5-inch display size found on all previous iPhone models.

    The magazine that serves as the source of the latest rumor isn't known for leaking information about Apple products, and thus does not have an established track record. But there have been multiple claims that Apple may be planning to release a larger screened version of the iPhone in 2014.

    Most notably, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in September that Apple is apparently planning to release a new handset with a screen size between 4.5 and 5 inches. He said that the company is unlikely to release anything larger than 5 inches due to the company's "unwavering principle of one-hand use."

    So-called big-screen "phablets" have become increasingly popular in the smartphone market, with Samsung leading the way in terms of selection. The Korean firm's recently released Galaxy Note III features a 5.7-inch display, while the Galaxy Mega comes close to being a small tablet with a 6.3-inch screen.





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    iPhone 6 with 5-inch 1080p HD display reportedly launching next year

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    Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c aren’t even two months old and we have already seen a half-dozen iPhone 6 rumors pop up since their debut. The latest news comes from a Japanese magazine called Mac Fan, which recently issued a report that was picked up on Tuesday by Macotakara. Recent reports suggested that Apple is still toying with a number of different display sizes for its next-generation flagship iPhone, but Mac Fan claims that the iPhone 6′s display is a done deal — the new iPhone will apparently feature a full HD 1080p Retina display that measures 5 inches diagonally. The report also says that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will launch sometime in September 2014, which would certainly make sense considering the company’s recent launch pattern.





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    iPhone 6 [RUMORS]

    iPhone 6 concept proposes wraparound, bezel-free display







    A new iPhone 6 concept design proposes an interesting wraparound display that would turn the left side of the handset into a tiny display ready to give users fast access to certain settings or apps including volume controls, flashlight, alarm, calculator, camera and music player controls. The overall design of this concept iPhone 6 is based on the current iPhone 5s model, although the device still proposes an interesting feature that could help Apple increase the size of the handset without modifying its overall size: a bezel-free display.

    However, no matter how enticing such an iPhone 6 concept would look, it doesn’t mean it’s actually based on anything that Apple may be working right now — the concept belongs to Iskander Utebayev, a designer from Kazakhstan who posted it on Behance. In fact, considering that the sides of the iPhone also act as antennas, it seems highly unlikely for Apple to replace part of an antenna with a display in any future iPhone designs.









    Recent reports suggest that the iPhone maker is working on bigger iPhone models, which should be unveiled at some point next year. Wraparound flexible displays have been shown in handset concepts before, although mobile device makers are yet to launch such smartphones. Apple’s rivals including Samsung and LG have already released smartphones that have curved displays, the Galaxy Round and G Flex, respectively, although they do not feature wraparound displays.

    More images of this new iPhone 6 concept are available below.















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    Apple Spends $578 Million On Rumored Sapphire Glass Feature For iPhone 6



    Practically everyone reading this will have heard the reports about the lengths Apple will go to in order to ensure that its products are on the cutting edge of industrial design.

    Well, to those reports you can add the one which suggests that Apple recently paid a total of $578 million — more than half a billion dollars — to GT Advanced Technologies to speed up “the development of its next generation, large capacity ASF furnaces to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire material.”

    This move is designed to help keep down the costs of the Sapphire Glass screen rumored to be featured as part of the iPhone 6 — along with a redesign and bigger display.

    Sapphire Glass is 2.5 more durable than the Corning Gorilla Glass used in previous iPhone models, in addition to several other smartphones available on the market today. Currently it is used in small parts of the iPhone, like the protective glass over the camera sensor and the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 5s.

    According to Jeff Nestel-Patt, marketing director at GT Advanced Technologies, the material is “virtually scratch free” and won’t suffer blemishes even if rubbed on concrete.

    Vice president of business development and product management Linda Reinhard, meanwhile, describes it as being, “ideally suited for a wide range of cover and touch screen applications from ruggedized phones, camera covers, point of sale devices and smartphone and touch screen devices. Other reinforced glass and cover screen technologies try to emulate what ASF-grown sapphire does naturally.”

    Earlier this month, Cult of Mac reported that Apple plans to build a Sapphire Glass manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.





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    New report says 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhones both coming this year [RUMORS]

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    Apple will reportedly launch bigger iPhones this year, with displays that measure both 4.7 and 5.7 inches diagonallys, C Technology said on Chinese social network Weibo. The information apparently comes from unnamed Foxconn executives, who supposedly said that Apple will make a “one-time exception” this year by launching two new iPhones with bigger displays. The bigger iPhone models should also come with biometric features such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that’s already found in the current iPhone 5s flagship.

    While it obviously can’t be confirmed at this time, this new rumor echoes previous reports that suggested Apple is working on iPhone “phablets” that will debut this year in order to take on similar devices from the competition. However, it’s not clear what size screens the iPhone phablets will have.

    In early September, The Wall Street Journal said the company is testing iPhone designs with screens up to 6 inches, although the size was then disputed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said the device would likely have a display measuring anywhere from 4.5 to 5 inches. A DisplaySearch analyst in early October said that Apple is testing 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone displays, with Cantor Fitzerald’s Brian White also saying a few days later that the 2014 iPhone may have a display that “could approach 5 inches.”

    Bloomberg then followed in November, writing that Apple will launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones this year. Finally, the same C Technology site said in December that Apple may be testing an iPhone 6 prototype with a 4.9-inch display.





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    iPhone phablet reportedly debuts in May, iPhone 6 to launch in September

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    Apple’s bigger iPhone model(s) that keep popping up in rumors may be unveiled sooner than expected, a report from Chinese publication Huanqiu (via Yahoo Japan) indicates, as the company is said to be planning to debut the iPhone phablets as a separate product line in May. However, these devices will not be part of the iPhone 6 family of smartphones, which will launch later this year as expected, most likely in September.

    The iPhone phablets will reportedly pack a display that’s bigger than 5 inches and a 20 nanometer processor made by TSMC that’s either going to be a new A8 processor or a revamped A7 CPU. Samsung manufactures the current 64-bit A7 processor used by the iPhone 5s and 2013 iPad models, on a HKMG 28 nanometer process.

    A report from South Korean publication ET News said the iPhone 6 will be released in September and will feature a slimmer profile than its predecessor. The same story said that the price of the iPhone 5s will go down to $100 in May for reasons unknown, but a phablet launch would certainly explain the price drop.

    It’s not clear at this time whether any of these new iPhone reports are based on actual Apple plans, or whether they’re related in any way. What’s absolutely certain, however, is that they can’t possibly be confirmed.

    For what it’s worth, numerous reports have now said that Apple will finally launch a bigger iPhone this year in an effort to take on smartphones with larger displays from the competition.





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    Report claims to reveal new details on upcoming iPhone 6

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    A new report from South Korean publication ET News says the iPhone 6, which it calls “iPhone Air,” will be just 6 millimeters thick when it is unveiled later this year, making the handset significantly thinner than its predecessors. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 have a 7.6 millimeter profile while the iPhone 5c is thicker, at 8.97 millimeters. The publication says the news comes from Chinese media, but it certainly can’t be verified at this point. The iPhone 6 will still be made of metal, although it will be a bit heavier than previous models, the same source says.

    The design of the iPhone 6 will reportedly be based on the iPhone 5s, although the upcoming iOS handset is said to be bigger than the 2013 flagship model. The phone is expected to be unveiled and launched at some point in September.

    Recent reports have suggested that this year Apple is going to launch iPhones with bigger displays than the 4-inch screen found in current models. The company is rumored to consider 4.7- to 5.7-inch displays for future generation devices, although that’s also a report that can’t be confirmed at this time.

    Interestingly, the same etnews says that the price of the iPhone 5s will go down to $100 at some point in May, presumably in the U.S., for on-contract purchases. Only a few days ago, Best Buy dropped the price of the on-contract iPhone 5s down to $125.





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    Will An iPhablet Launch In May? [Rumor]



    We all know that the iPhone 6 will be thinner than the current model — Apple hasn’t released a major iteration of a product yet without making it at least a tiny bit svelter — but will it also be physically bigger? That’s the million dollar question, and a new rumor says ‘yes’, and that Apple may release a physically bigger iPhone as early as May.

    The rumor comes from Chinese news site Huanqiu, which claims that Apple is planning on releasing a phablet 5+-inch iPhone running a 64-bit, next-gen A8 processor in May as an entirely separate product from the iPhone 6, which will launch in September. That’s hard to believe: it’s not like Apple to split up iPhone announcements like that.

    Meanwhile, another rumor, this time courtesy of ET News, says the iPhone 6 will be just 6mm thick, down from the current 7.6mm of the 5S. However, ETNews claims that the iPhone 6 will be available in two separate display sizes of 4.7-inch and 5.7-inches respectively.

    I don’t really buy it, but stranger things have happened. The iPad Air and iPad mini are two sizes of essentially the same device, so why not do the same thing with the iPhone? What do you think?





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    This could be the first ever image of the iPhone 6 frame



    iPhone rumors are a dime a dozen between product launches, but the popular Chinese tech site C Technology has a penchant for picking up on some of the more believable ones. The latest leak is very dubious, especially considering the fact that it’s the first of its kind, but C Technology claims that this image shows off the frame of one of the rumored larger iPhones releasing later this year. The frame is not only noticeably larger than that of the iPhone 5s, but also significantly thinner, possibly lending credence to the idea that Apple will expand its Air branding to even more products.





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    iPhone 6 Rear Camera to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor, Offer Improved Image Stabilization



    iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision saw its stock take a significant dip yesterday amid rumors that Apple will not be upgrading the resolution of the rear camera for the iPhone 6 later this year, reports The China Post.

    The report cites analysts from Nomura Securities who indicate that while the iPhone 6 should see some camera improvements such as enhanced optical image stabilization, the device will continue to use an 8-megapixel sensor rather than a higher-resolution sensor in the 12-16 megapixel range.

    According to Nomura Securities, Largan's recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers. Apple's decision is based on the design requirement to retain the handset's more portable form factor, said Nomura Securities.

    Largan retains a leading edge among competing suppliers, as even though the camera's pixel count remains the same, the company is among the few companies capable of coping with the complexity of the camera module, said Nomura Securities. The production of smaller-factored camera modules would require significantly improved optical aperture and resolution attributes, which are the company's competitive strengths, said Nomura Securities.

    Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s back in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5 in 2012 and iPhone 5c last year. Apple's 2013 flagship iPhone 5s model continues to use an 8-megapixel sensor, but achieves significant camera improvements through increased pixel size, a larger aperture, new "True Tone" dual LED flash, software enhancements, and more.





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