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iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors, Specs: 5-Inch Screen, Bigger iPads, New Apple Display Tech Coming in 2014

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Oct, 04, 2013, 10:46 AM
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A new Apple rumor from Korea's ETNews claims that the Cupertino-based company has settled on a screen size for the upcoming iPhone 6. The report also claims Apple is working on a 12 to 13-inch iPad and preparing breakthrough new technology that will be featured in its iPads, iPhones and MacBooks, according to an industry source.

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It has been widely reported that Apple is working on bring an iPhone with a larger screen to consumers and has been testing screen sizes between 4.8 and 6 inches. While it seems a bit premature, the source in the report claims that Apple has settled on a 5-inch display for the sixth-generation iPhone.

5 inches seems like a good estimate for the iPhone 6 regardless if there's any truth behind these claims, as it seems unlikely Apple will go into full 'phablet' mode. A 5-inch display would put the iPhone 6 in the same range as the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and other Android devices.

As for the larger iPads rumor, the report claims a 12 to 13-inch could be released in 2014 and would be aimed at the education and business sector. ETNews made a similar claim back in May when it reported that a 13-inch iPad display was in the works. As for the exciting new tech, the report says Apple is switching to a new display technology, but offers sparse details on what that entails.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be the next great smartphone unveiled by Apple, with features more on par with the groundbreaking thinking that was synonymous with the Apple name when Steve Jobs headed the Cupertino-based company. While the iPhone 5S includes some new specs that will hold consumers over, the next-generation 6 will be a better indication of Apple's progress since Jobs than any other recent or upcoming release—other than the rumored iWatch.

Below are five features rumored for the iPhone 6 that could very well become a reality.

1.) Solar Panels

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.

2.) Bigger 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.

3.) Digital signature

A new feature that should get people buzzing is with the debut of a digital signature. The tech would allow a celebrity or author to sign an e-Book electronically, where it could be sent to the cloud for authentication and then to the fan. The feature would certainly benefit the tired arms of writers at book signings as one signature could be sent to an entire group and help reduce the number of fans duped by counterfeit signatures.

4.) 128 GB variant

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.

5.) Quad core processor

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.

What do you think of these rumored specs for the iPhone 6? Do you like the direction Apple is going post-Jobs? Let us in on your thinking with a relevant comment. Be sure to check out more iPhone 6 release date and specs rumors below.

More on the iPhone 6: Recent Release Date Rumors, Specs, Render Designs

Apple really is switching things up with the next-gen iPhone 6.

The Cupertino-based company will reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier for the upcoming flagship smartphone, according to a new report by Korea's Hankyung.

Citing industry sources, the report claims the majority of the manufacturing will go to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC)—approximately 60 to 70 percent—with Samsung handling the rest. Samsung has been the trusted manufacturer for Apple for the past several chips, most recently the A5, A6 and A7.

Apple reportedly only wanted TSMC as its' A8 chip supplier, but they still needed Samsung's services for the mass quantity of the chips.

On-going patent disputes between the companies and Samsung's standing as a rival in the smartphone and tablet business has given Apple an excuse to cut ties with the Galaxy S4 maker to reduce their reliance on a single manufacturer, as well.

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.

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 features Apple didn't put into the 5S that they should put in the 6.


NFC

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.

Higher-pixel camera

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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