iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors, Specs: 5 Desired Features [VIDEO]
With the iPhone 5C and 5S behind us-and resting safely in the palms of over nine million users-its time to start looking ahead to the release of the iPhone 6.
Unlike the low-cost 5C and incremental 5S upgrade, the iPhone 6 should feature all of the tricks Apple can possibly pack. Here are five desired iPhone 6 features:
-Bigger display screen: The iPhone 6 has been rumored for better and bigger display screens. With size ranges reportedly being tested between 4.5 and 5 inches, a 4.8-inch screen would be a nice upgrade without going into full 'phablet' mode.
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-128 GB model: More storage space isn't neccessary with iCloud, but for the users who like to keep data on-hand, a 128GB model would certainly do the trick for the iPhone 6.
-Wireless charging: A recent patent for solar charging has a lot of people excited. An iPhone 6 with solar charging would change the future of smartphones forever.
-Quad-core A8X Chip: Apple has yet to release a CPU in the quad core class, as the A7X chip debuted on dual-core. Time to step up to the next-level.
-iOS 8: iOS 7 was a nice upgrade, but if Apple is going to come out with a new iPhone decked out with great new features, a new mobile platform is a necessity.
A new iPhone 6 render design shows the upcoming Apple smartphone with a 5-inch screen and an iPad-esque design.
The concept images, picked up by DevianArt, highly resemble Apple's original iPad.
The iPad 5 and Mini 2 are rumored for release dates just in time for the holiday season, and with the iPhone 6 rumored for a Q1 2014 debut of its own, the specs rumors are heating up for these next-gen Apple devices. The concept depicts a slim iPhone running iOS 7 and is honestly one of the better-looking while still realistic concept designs you will see for the iPhone.
"For a long time I have been thinking how the next iPhone could be different from the 5, so people won't be complaining, and then I figured that the iPad (2010) offered a great design, which would also fit a phone. So, taking heavy inspiration from the first iPad, this is a concept for an iPhone with a bigger 5" screen," posted by the creator, iNasko, of the iPhone 6 concept.
The only thing that seems to be missing from the render design's layout is the missing fingerprint reader in the home button, which is likely to be featured on future iPhones after its welcomed debut on the iPhone 5S.
One rumor that may hold some weight is the expectation that Apple will take the use of sapphire crysal—which was laser cut into the home button of the iPhone 5S for fingerprint scanning—to a new level with their upcoming devices. A recent report with Taiwanese sapphire maker sources not only suggests that iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 could feature the sapphire crystals for fingerprint sensors, but also says that Apple is planning on using the sapphire crystals for the iPhone 6 home button and touch screen.
The DigiTimes report seems to fall in line with a recent Apple patent that regards a process that would add sapphire laminate over a device's touch screen glass. This could be used on future iPhones, iPads and the rumored iWatch, as well. The patent explains that two sapphire sheets would be laminated together-creating structure only 1mm thick or less.
Some other new iPhone 6 rumors suggest that Apple could offer some impressive new technology in the new flagship smartphone—solar technology.
Back in February, Apple secured a patent for the use of solar panels in portable devices. "This 'integrated touch sensor and solar assembly' would involve integrating social cells into a touch screen by using electrodes that can pull double duty as a solar cell and a touch sensor," says CNET. The integration, according to the patent, would also help save surface area on the device.
Other rumors suggest that Apple is looking to hire a someone with expertise in "thin film deposition technology" and in solar industry. Apple has has applied for four other solar-power-related patents in the past several years.
The iPhone 6 could also debut with a curved, wraparound screen, according to a recent Apple patent filing. The iPhone, in this case the 6, would feature a wraparound AMOLED screen that appears to feature similar dimensions to the iPod Nano 4. The patent adds that the screen can be "unrolled" or "unfolded" thanks to a unfolding hinge that allows the screen to double in size when desired. Facial recognition, gesture control and the layering of screens to create a 3D screen were also discussed in the patent.
Another feature rumor for the iPhone 6 entails the use of sonar instead of infrared sensors, according to a report by Apple Insider. The report claims that the technology could "detect slight changes in ambient sound and send corresponding signals to a processor which then compares the two to determine whether an object is in close proximity to either of the mics."
A "smart bezel" feature that would display information around the screen has also been rumored as a possibility for the iPhone 6 in another Apple patent filing released.
"The primary display could be used to convey visual content to a user, and the secondary display could be used to guide a user providing inputs to the device. For example, the secondary display could be selectively illuminated to provide one or more indicators that represent where or how a user can provide inputs to the device," the patent reads.
Below are some more iPhone 6 rumors as well as what Apple didn't put into the 5S that they should put in the 6.
The iPhone 5S did not stray from Apple's pattern of 4-inch screens, but the iPhone 6 very well could. Recent reports indicate that Apple is already testing larger screens for future iPhones, and while they might not bump up to the 'phablet' size competitor Samsung has, the iPhone 6 could certainly feature at least a 4.5-inch screen.
Rumors suggested the iPhone 5S could use NFC, but the tech didn't show up in the device. A recent Apple patent outlined the use of near-field communication with fingerprint technology, so it seems likely that the iPhone 6 could feature NFC. The technology would be extremely useful for mobile payments.
It was rumored that the 5S would debut with a 128GB variant, but Apple instead decided to cap the 5S at 64GB. While this is certainly enough for most people, those who like to keep their phones for a few years (and don't use iCloud) would certainly benefit from the extra storage capacity. Apple added a 128GB version of the iPad in January—why not the iPhone 6?
Apple's iPhone 5S still sits at 8 megapixels, with Apple resisting full change with its 5S camera. The iPhone 6, however, should be tricked out even more than the 5S. More megapixels will help lure customers away from the competitors.
Apple will also be pushing the iPhone 6 as a legitimate competitor to the next Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia and HTC smartphones. The iPhone 6 will likely boast iOS 7 and an A7 chip for better efficiency and battery power, but what other exciting features could we expect from the 6?
Some rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 will come with a 13-megapixel sensor that will offer high-quality photos, but also take up less room. There are also reports that the 6 specs' include eye-tracking and fingerprint sensors, better 4G LTE, Wi-Fi with a super-quick 802.11ac, and even a 4.8-inch screen (similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One) with full HD (1,920x1,080).
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