[Guest Post by Marisa Yin]
There are plenty of rumors flying around the web about the anxiously awaited iPhone 6. You may be wondering what you can expect to find in Apple’s latest smartphone? There is only one thing for certain, as always; we can anticipate the overall user experience and features of iOS 8. Despite all of the leaks, Apple has still not confirmed anything hardware related.
Most sources agree that the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes: a 4.7” and a 5.5” model, although the 5.5” model is not expected to debut until later in the year, or potentially into 2015.
Based on information and demonstrations of iOS 8 released at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2nd, some of the changes found include tools to allow for seamless task transitions between Apple’s mobile and desktop devices, a larger screen and a better camera for greater photo detail. Health monitoring applications have been a substantial focus of Apple’s in iOS 8, and this could lead to further hardware which allows interfacing with a user’s body; through use of in-ear sensors or wrist-watch style devices. New software features displays show improved notification handling, photo editing, support for third party keyboards and upgrades to the auto correct function, called QuickType. This is one of my favourite features. The technology learns each users habits and language to better adapt to the context of what they’re writing and provide suggestions, allowing you to send a message quicker than you could even type it out in full.
In terms of software, it’s expected Apple will take many cues from Android OS, such as widgets and interactive notifications, which we’ve seen introduced into iOS 8. Now the question is whether they’ll follow common Android hardware features. The operating systems share more and more similarities with every update, even if they still differ in look and behaviour.
There are also rumors that the iPhone 6 will be equipped with the following hardware features, though only a few have been confirmed by our sources:
- Wireless charging capability (details unknown)
- Larger battery providing up to 50% more power
- Increased resolution Retina display
- Sapphire crystal display
- 10 megapixel rear-facing camera
- A8 processor (5.5” model)
- NFC technology as part of a mobile payment solution
- Two size versions (Confirmed by TechZany and multiple sources)
- Support for the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard
Apple is clearly not commenting on any of these rumors, as expected. They have also not announced nor confirmed anything regarding the functionality or the looks of the iPhone 6. If leaked photos from hardware mockups, dummy models and cases are any indication, many of which were confirmed by our sources in China, it would seem likely that the iPhone 6 will indeed be larger, leaving extra space for batteries, while thinner and curvy. Some Chinese manufacturers have dubbed the 5.5” iPhone 6 model, “iPhone Note” due to it’s similarities to many Samsung Android phones.
As far as availability, iPhone 6 will likely launch mid to late September, following a Special Event announcement from Apple. As reported in our last Case / Dummy Preview, the 5.5” model debuting late in 2014 or early in 2015 due to manufacturing issues with the hardware design. Reports claim this was the reason we did not see a preview of the iPhone 6 at WWDC. If the issues have been fixed, a simultaneous release of both hardware devices, in September, might be possible.
Regarding price, many analysts report a price-raise of the larger 5.5” iPhone 6 to $299 (with a carrier contract) makes sense. This would keep the smaller model at $199 (with a carrier contract), or potentially even lower, to reach the budget market, similar to the iPhone 5C. An iPhone 6C has not been reported, and not expected until late 2015, when Apple does their annual iPhone updates.
In spite of the controversy, there is one thing that everyone agrees on is that is: demand. Demand for Apple’s latest and greatest products will be even greater for the iPhone 6 than the iPhone 5, with market share increasing with nearly every launch. Apple is really trying hard to keep the lid on the iPhone 6, reportedly asking Chinese authorities to help crack down on leaks. There are sure to be some exciting surprises in spite of the few leaks that have been confirmed.
What are your thoughts on the iPhone 6, and what is the #1 feature that will encourage you to buy the device, later this year? Leave a comment below!
Marisa is a blogger and professional online media consultant from mainland China, and is now living in New York. She spends her day managing a media consulting team for one of New York's largest web services companies. Marisa has a strong interest in consumer technology, and is often in contact with various tech manufacturers in China for the latest scoop.