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Everything we know about the iPhone 6 so far

By James Lu - 8 Sep 2014

Everything we know about the iPhone 6 so far

Everything we know about the iPhone 6 so far

With Apple's big event about a day away, it's time to take a look at everything we know about the iPhone 6 (or should we say the iPhone Air and iPhone Pro?) so far.

 

What will it look like?

As early as November last year, rumors began circulating that Apple would be introducing a larger display iPhone. We are now expecting two sizes for the iPhone 6: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch phablet. In addition, the devices are rumored to be just 6.1mm thin, with rounded corners and re-designed buttons. Early leaked photos also seem to indicate that the power button has been relocated to the side.

Source: @mornray886

Source: @mornray886

Source: macitynet.it

Now, we even have what's apparently a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6 leak (via MacRumors), and a video of this dude playing with one:

 

Will it be called the iPhone 6?

With Apple launching two iPhone models with different display sizes for the first time, it makes sense that it would also shake up its naming conventions. Our sources tell us that Apple will be adopting the 'Air' and 'Pro' monikers from its MacBook range, with the 4.7-inch model likely to be the iPhone Air and the 5.5-inch model the iPhone Pro.

 

How powerful will it be?

Last year, Apple launched the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5S - which later also found its way into the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display. Apple is expected to upgrade to a new, faster A8 processor for the iPhone 6, with current rumors stating that it will be clocked at a whopping 2.6GHz, much faster than the 1.3GHz A7. Rumors also suggest that the 5.5-inch model will be given an even faster variant of the A8 processor, which would justify it being called the iPhone Pro.

It has also been suggested that the 5.5-inch model's processor wouldn't just be a clock speed boost, but would actually utilize a larger die, which could mean it will have more graphics processing cores.

 

Will it have a higher resolution display?

While Apple was one of the first to equip its devices with high resolution displays, its Retina displays have since fallen behind the likes of LG, Samsung and other Android manufacturers. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 will sport a new "Ultra-Retina" display, with a pixel density of 389ppi. In comparison, the iPhone 5S/5C/5 all have a pixel density of 326ppi. It is not known if both display sizes will sport the same resolution, or if the 5.5-inch model will have a higher resolution screen to retain the same pixel density.

But if we've to bet our money on something, we would lean towards Apple blogger John Gruber's sound analysis that the 4.7-inch iPhone will sport a 1,344 x 750 screen, and the 5.5-inch model a 2,208 x 1,242 screen.

We hate to say this, but this looks pretty legit. (Source: cnBeta.)

 

Will it have a better camera?

The iPhone 6 is rumored to include an improved 10-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens and an improved Arton Resin transparent filter made by Japanese resin manufacturer JSR. Arton resin is already used on high-end digital and video cameras with CMOS sensors, due to its thinner and lighter profile, and minimized color shift. This would be a big improvement over the 8-megapixel, f/2.2 camera found on the iPhone 5S. Also, rumors differed on whether the new iPhones would come with optical image stabilization. Who knows, maybe the Pro model will have OIS, and that's one way Apple can differentiate one model from the other.

 

What other new features will it have?

Schematics for the new iPhone have suggested that it will include a number of new features, among them sensors for measuring air pressure, altitude and temperature and NFC capabilities. Of course, the new iPhones will run iOS 8, and (presumably) will work closely with the rumored-to-death iWatch.

Alleged iPhone 6 schematic showing the presence of an NXP PN65V NFC chip.

In addition, the 4.7-inch iPhone is rumored to pack a 1,810mAh battery, and the 5.5-inch model a giant 2,915mAh battery.

 

Will it be more robust?

The iPhone 6 is rumored to boast a nearly unbreakable, scratchproof sapphire crystal display. If you're hoping for dust and water resistance, similar to Samsung and Sony we haven't heard anything so far, so don't expect it.

Source: Steve Hemmerstoffer's YouTube

 

When will it be available and how much will it cost?

Both models are likely to be available in Singapore on 19th September 2014, with the 4.7-inch model rumored to be priced at approximately S$1,056 while the 5.5-inch variant will start at approximately S$1,256. We expect supplies to be very constrained, especially the gold 5.5-inch model (that is, if there's one).

Source: Weibo

 

For more news and rumors about the iPhone 6 check out these articles:

Apple iPhone 6 News and Rumors

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