Apple iPhone 6 is the most awaited smartphones of 2014. It is going to replace the iPhone 5S that came out in September 2013. The iPhone 5 had released in 2012 and then in 2013, Apple rolled out two smartphones namely, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.
iPhone 6 rumors started swirling from the beginning of this year. Since then, tech enthusiasts have tried to guess the possible iPhone 6 technical specifications. Apple had remained tightlipped until yesterday on the iPhone 6 and now the Cupertino based company has revealed that iPhone will be introduced on September 9 after increasing numbers of iPhone 6 rumors revealed its possible features and specifications.
iPhone 6 Launch Date
The Apple iPhone 6 launch date is all set to September 9.. Typically, Apple starts rolling out invitations a few before it releases any product. Apple has started sending invitations to the press about the forthcoming iPhone 6. The next iPhone will be showcased at the De Anza College campus on September 9 at 10am Pacific Time in Cupertino.
Currently, Apple is in talks with business partners for arranging the launch event for iPhone 6. Now major sites like Wall Street Journal and BloomBerg have also reported that the iPhone 6 launch date is scheduled to take place on September 9th. Fresh rumors reveal that Apple will also iWatch smartphone on the very same day.
On the launch date, Apple may not announce about which carriers will be supporting the iPhone 6. However, it is certain that the iPhone 6 will first come to well-known carriers and then smaller carriers will join in.
It is widely speculated that that iPhone 6 will be available in two size versions. The 4.7inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5inch iPhone 6 are the talk versions that are to be launched on September 9. The rival Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be introduced at the IFA 2014 trade show on September 3. The larger model will be a phablet device that will take on the Galaxy Note 4.
iPhone 6 Release Date
Even though the iPhone 6 launch date seems to be pretty much confirmed, there is no confirmation on the iPhone 6 release date. Usually, Apple tends to announce a product and then release that product after few months or so.
The news about two editions of iPhone 6 became more evident when Apple’s application for two devices with model numbers A1586 and A1524 was approved in Thailand. Some sources say that the 4.7inch iPhone 6 will be readily available for purchase by September 19 whereas the 5.5inch iPhone 6L will be released at the end of the year or by the beginning of 2015.
The reason behind the delay of arrival of larger iPhone 6 is that Apple is facing production problems. On the other side, Bloomberg has revealed that production issues have been sorted and both the iPhone 6 models will arrive simultaneously to the market.
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Apple already feels that the iPhone 6 will be sold out like hot cakes. So, the Cupertino company has ordered huge number of about 70 to 80 million units of both the models. As of now, there are no concrete rumors of iPhone 6 pre-orders.
Unlocked iPhone 6
China Telecom which is the third popular carrier from China revealed that it will be selling unlocked edition of iPhone 6. This will allow Chinese users to use any SIM service of their preference on the unlocked iPhone 6. China Telecom had published about it on Weibo, China’s leading social networking website. However, the post is no longer accessible as it has been deleted.
As far as precise iPhone 6 release date is concerned, fresh reports coming from Weibo. It indicates that a release date from September 16 to 19 is imminent. If you have been observant about the release date of older iPhone models, you would know that Apple has been releasing iPhones on the second Friday from the date of announcement.
iPhone 6 Specifications
The following are the iPhone 6 specifications based on confirmed as well as rumored information:
The iPhone 6 will be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 5S. Since the size of the iPhone 6 devices increases this year, manufacturers will have more space to add thinner components to make the iPhone 6 as slims as the iPod Touch.
The side volume control buttons are now pill-shaped as it were on the 2007 edition of iPhone. The power button is now present on the right side of iPhone above the SIM card compartment.
The first and foremost surprising thing about the iPhone 6 is that this time around Apple will be launching two editions of iPhone 6. The 4.7inch and 5.5inch iPhone 6 models. Rumors claim that the 5.5inch model will be called iPhone 6L where L may indicate the word ‘large’.
Both the models of iPhone 6 are expected to feature curved display screen. It is also rumored that the display screen will be protected by the highly durable sapphire crystal display cover.
Apple is using Sapphire crystal which is highly durable to protect sensitive elements like the camera lens and Home button present on the iPhone 5S. By partnering with GT Advanced technology, Apple will be able to make use of sapphire crystal in plenty at lower price to incorporate it as a powerful screen protection technology for iPhone 6.
The 4.7inch iPhone 6 is rumored to come with a newer resolution of 1704 x 960 pixels. It will offer a pixel density of 416ppi. Other rumor claims it will support 828 x 1472 pixels. Many of the popular handsets like LG G3 and Galaxy Note 4 which feature more than 5inch size display are now supporting quad HD resolution
The popular tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI securities has predicted that the larger iPhone 6 will feature full HD resolution with 401ppi pixel count. Apple will continue to stick to offer Retina quality that has manage to remain competitive even compared with Android smartphones with higher resolutions.
The Apple iPhone 6 will get its power perform through the new 64-bit A8 processor. Rumors have it that A8 processor will not be the only driving force sitting inside the iPhone 6. It is a dual-core processor with each core working at 2GHz processing speed. It will be accompanied by 1GB RAM. It is also expected to be accompanied by a co-processor which has a codename of Phosphorous.
Phosphorous will be able to collect information from barometer and air pressure sensors on the iPhone 6 and transfer the data to the A8 processor which will display relevant information to the user through the Apple HealthKit service. The new processor is also rumored help in lengthening the battery life and support fluid multitasking. Speculations have it that the 5.5inch iPhone 6 will feature a more powerful processor compared to 4.7inch edition.
As far as graphics is concerned, it has been reported that the Cupertino based company wants to continue its partnership with Imagination Technologies. This company provides PowerVR graphics for various iDevices. So, it may so happen that the iPhone 6 will feature the same Series6 GPU which comes housed inside the iPhone 5S.
Apple does not talk much about the amount of RAM it offers on its iPhones. Though new Android smartphones come with more number of RAM like 3GB RAM on Galaxy Note 4, iPhones come with lesser amounts of RAM.
RAM is required for fluidity while multitasking on your iPhone. Apple says that their operating system is so good at multitasking and performance that they don’t need to provide more RAM on iPhone. So, we think that Apple will again provide 1GB RAM on the smaller edition iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 will certainly ship with an upgraded camera as Apple has been upgrading camera specs on its successive iPhone models. Speculations indicate that it will feature a 13MP camera from Sony but other sources reveal that Apple will continue to use the same 8MP sensor which is present on iPhone 5S.
What is certain is that it will feature new camera improvement features like Optical Image Stabilization to prevent shakiness while shooting videos and photos. The OIS feature may only come to 5.5inch iPhone 6L. Introducing it to smaller iPhone 6 can be quite costly and lead to production problems. So, the iPhone 6 may come out with electronic image stabilization along with new lens hardware for achieving faster autofocusing.
New Storage Options
iPhone 6 models will come with multiple inbuilt storage capacity options with different price tags. A new rumor revealed that iPhone 6 will come with a new storage option of 128GB. The same source also revealed that this time around Apple will not offer 32GB storage variant.
Apple does not offer external storage on iPhone. As of now, nothing is yet confirmed about the inbuilt storage options but a 128GB variant is imminent as competitor Android smartphones are coming with support for 128GB microSD on external stoage.
The Touch ID sensor which was inaugurated with the iPhone 5S will continue to come with the iPhone 6. The improved Touch ID service will not require users to enter sensitive credit card information or login details of internet banking for authentication. Using the biometric fingerprint sensor, users will be to authentic transactions.
The iPhone 6 will feature proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. It will also feature atmospheric sensor which will work through M7 co-processor to know weather trends. The barometric sensor of iPhone 6 will support multiple functions like GPS, indoor and outdoor navigation, spirometry and so on. Other rumors hint that the iPhone 6 may come with temperature and humidity sensors.
It is rumored that the battery of 4.7inch iPhone 6 will be of 1810mAh capacity. The iPhone 5S is powered by a 1560mAh battery. The 5.5inch iPhone 6 may feature a battery of 2915mAh battery.
New iOS 8
Both the new models of iPhone 6 will feature the all new iOS 8. The iOS 8 was revealed at the WWDC meeting that was held in June. The new iOS 8 will bring enhanced integration between mobile and desktop devices from Apple. Even though it appears similar to the predecessor OS in apperance, it has been packed with numerous new features such as interactive notifications, and improved iCloud, Health app, Continuity, iMessages, Siri, Spotlight, and many more.
The iPhone 6 will come with host of other features such as 802.11ac Wi-Fi web connection and NFC to function as mobile payment solution.
iPhone 6 Price
Rumors have revealed that the 4.7inch iPhone 6 will be available for $199 on contract. The 5.5inch iPhone 6 will be available for $299 on contract.
The 5.5inch iPhone 6 comes with a costlier price tag and also with additional features such as sapphire crystal display, 128GB inbuilt storage capacity, and OIS for camera. These three features may not be available for 4.7inch iPhone 6.