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iPhone 6 Concept Offers Sleek Titanium Alloy Air, Pro, Mini Designs [VIDEO] Release Date, Specs Rumors

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Feb, 17, 2014, 03:58 PM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) The latest iPhone 6 release date rumor points to September. The device is expected in two larger screen sizes, possibly coming in at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

A new iPhone 6 concept has surfaced with yet another three model offering, opting for a blend of iPhone past, present and future with the iPhone Air, iPhone Pro and iPhone Air Mini.

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The concept, designed by Ran Avni and Simone Evangelista, also features three thin 6mm titanium alloy cases in color options of chopper, titanium and slate. All three sixth-generation variants also come with a new version of TouchID that blends into the phone and iOS 8, which is imagined with an even more minimalistic look.

The designers' version of the Air Mini features a 3.5-inch display, 2GB RAM, a 2000 mAh battery and an Apple A7 CPU with a design that Concept-Phones notes is like a blend of the iPhone 3GS and the iPad Mini. The 4.7-inch iPhone Air model includes a new Apple 8 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 2,500 mAh battery, while the 5.5-inch iPhone Pro packs a specs list including an Apple A8, 4GB RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and an improved graphic chip.

Three new iPhone 6 models seems unlikely, and a 3.5-inch model is doubtful to say the least considering Apple's reported intentions to add larger-screened phones to its lineup, rather than models smaller than the 4-inch options they currently offer. Don't be shocked if the iPhone 6 does release with names like the Air and Pro, though.

You can check all three iPhone 6 concept models in the video below:


Recent reports suggest that Apple is teaming up with GT Advanced Technologies to make a move into sapphire displays, but according to a new update, those displays won't debut in the next-generation iPhone 6, but rather, in the iWatch.

G4 Games reports that Asian supply chain sources told MyDrivers and PCPOP that the cost of using sapphire in the iPhone 6 was too high for the already-pricey device. Though the sources claimed Apple "put a lot of effort into fitting the next iPhone with a sapphire screen" and there is no concerns for low yield, the price would "skyrocket." However, the report does indicate that the sapphire screens are expected to fit on the rumored iWatch:

"The smartwatch is said to feature a 2-inch panel, and evidently, the production costs would be much lower."

The report comes the same week as the South China Morning Post's Angela Meng reports that the iPhone 6 will feature the sapphire displays, citing "industry sources" that have seen prototypes of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. It should be noted that G4 Games notes that "beta" iPhone 6's "are already sporting sapphire protected panels, but unfortunately, chances are that they will not make it on the final product."

Apple stepped up its camera game with the iPhone 5S, integrating an 8-megapixel camera and a f/2.2 aperture. It appears the Cupertino-based tech giant will continue the trend with the release of the iPhone 6, as the latest rumor out of China's IT168 claims that the flagship smartphone will pack a 10-megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture.

However, the improvements reportedly won't stop there.

According tot the report, the smartphone's hybird IR filter will be replaced with a resin filter produced by Japanese manufacturer JSR. As Maclife notes, JSR's filters are lighter and thinner than IR filters, allowing for "cleaner" images due to the resin's ability to "minimize color shifts in cameras with CMOS filers."

While the report is just a rumor for now, the feature would certainly be welcomed.

A new iPhone 6 report has surfaced via South Korea's KDB Daewoo Securities, a reliable source considering its inside sources and accurate predictions offered up in the past, BGR reports.

The new report doesn't offer any major shockers based on previous rumors, except for one thing: software.

While just about all rumors and reports speculate that the sixth-generation Apple smartphone will release with iOS 8, the KDB report claims that the device will instead release with iOS 7.2, which seems unlikely given recent reports on iOS 8, according to BGR.

The report also suggests that the smartphone will release in the second or third quarter of 2014, which was rumored a few months ago. However, recent reports indicate that Apple will actually stick to its previous iPhone release date schedule with a September debut.

KDB claims the smartphone's specs list is headlined by Apple's 4.7-inch or 4.8-inch and 5.5-inch display options, placing Apple in "phablet" market for the first time. The 4.7/4.8-inch model will pack full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) while the 5.5-inch variant features 2K "quad HD" (2,272 x 1,280 pixels), according to the report.

Otherwise, the specs list for the iPhone 6 is similar to the 5S, with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage options, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera and1,800 mAh battery. KDB adds that it expects both models to be powered a 64-bit A8 processor.

More recent rumors indicate Apple will indeed make a change to its launch schedule with the iPhone 6's release date.

Digitimes reports that Apple will release the iPhone 6, in May and a large tablet, the iPad Max, in October. Apple previously adhered to a release schedule that put iPhones on the market in September.

The report cites "sources from the upstream supply chain," which told the website that Apple's China Mobile deal has made it apparent that the Cupertino-based company needs to unveil a phablet-sized smartphone to compete with Samsung in the Asian market. The release of the iPhone 6 would also help make the iPhone 5C more "affordable and attractive" to the Chinese market, where it has been a disappointment for its higher-than-expected price, Forbes reports.

Digitimes adds that the 12.9-inch iPad Max will release in the fall "targeting North America's educational market [and]... manufactured by Quanta Computer." The tablet would arrive as a competitor to Samsung's rumored 12 to 13-inch tablet and feature new cases with integrated keyboards and batteries, according to the report. The iPad Max will be best-suited for high school and college students that require a tablet that can 'do work,' Forbes reports.

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