iPhone 6 Rumors Put Key Features Into Focus

A well known leakster has put forth several iPhone 6 rumors today claiming that the next iPhone will feature an Ultra-Retina display, an Apple A8 processor and a design that measures just .22 inches, much thinner than the 7.6mm iPhone 5s that is currently on shelves.

iPhone 6 rumors have been emerging at a neck-breaking pace and today, a leakster has divulged what he says could be specifications found on board the iPhone 6, the name that has been given to Apple’s 2014 iPhone.

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Sonny Dickson, who is known for releasing Apple parts ahead of launch, claims that the iPhone 6′s design will be just “0.22 inches thick.” When worked out to millimeters, that means that the iPhone 6 could be just 5.5mm thin, much thinner than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and much thinner that most smartphones on the market.

A recent report from LEDInside of TrendForce claims that the iPhone 6 will be thinner than the iPhone 5s (7.6mm). The report cites a possible shift from 0.6 mm thick LED backlights to backlights that are just 0.4 mm thick which could make for an extremely thin frame. This aligns with a Macotakara report and with Dickson’s assertion though Dickson’s is the only one that claims a specific size for the iPhone 6′s design.

Dickson says that the iPhone 6 will use an A8 processor that is clocked at 2.6GHz. That clock speed much faster than the iPhone 5s’ A7 dual-core processor. The iPhone 5s’ A7 processor runs at 1.3GHz so this would be a massive change. Earlier iPhone 6 rumors pointed to the arrival of a new A8 processor though specific details were scarce.

Finally, Dickson claims that the iPhone 6 could use an Ultra-Retina display that features 389 pixels-per-inch. This is the first time that we’ve seen 389ppi mentioned for the iPhone 6′s display.

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While Dickson is reliable, it should be noted that he says that these specifications “could” be the real thing. The iPhone 6 is still very much a moving set of parts and there is a very good chance that these early rumors are still a bit off. Still, given Dickson’s track record, they are certainly worth mentioning.

Well-respected NPD DisplaySearch thinks that a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would sport 386 pixels-per-inch while a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would have 401 pixels-per-inch. A report from South Morning China Post claims that the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches and will sport 441 pixels-per-inch, same as the Galaxy S4′s 5-inch display.

Just about every iPhone 6 rumor suggests that Apple will be increasing the size of the iPhone. Rumors center around two iPhone models, one in the 4.7-inch range and another in and around 5.5-inches in size. The iPhone 6′s display is also rumored to be made out of sapphire, something that has been fueled by information from one of Apple’s partners.

Ming-Chi Kuo, who accurately predicted many of the iPhone 5s’ features, claims that the device will sport a display between 4.5-inches and 5-inches. The Wall Street Journal believes the company will deliver two iPhones, one 4.5-inch model in addition to a 5+-inch model.

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More recently, in comments issued to AppleInsider, analyst Brian Marshall of ISI Group says that he sees Apple issuing an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a 5.5-inch display, parroting previous reports. Marshall also predicts that it will be the larger screen that converts Android users into iPhone users.

iPhone 6 release date rumors center around summer and the fall with no specific date set in stone. Most rumors point to the fall, the same window that saw the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s launch.

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The device is expected to usher in iOS 8, a piece of software that has leaked extensively over the past couple of weeks, well ahead of its presumed launch at WWDC this summer.

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