A new iPhone 6 report from the man that correctly identified many new iPhone details last year sheds light on five key areas of interest for iPhone buyers.
In a new report a well-known analyst with connections to the Apple supply chain and a good track record shares iPhone 6 screen details, potential iPhone 6 release dates, hints at the iPhone 6 design and potential iPhone 6 specs.
Apple is reportedly working on multiple iPhone 6 models for 2014 that will finally deliver a larger screen to users that previously needed to look at Android smartphones for a big screen experience on a smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook has done a good job of dodging direct questions about the iPhone 6, but all signs point to Apple working on a new iPhone for 2014.
iPhone 6 leaks going back to 2012 discuss a larger screen and as we come within six months of a rumored iPhone 6 release date many analysts, reports and leaks detail a larger screen for the iPhone 6. The recent rumor trends point to 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models coming this year.
The latest reports suggest the iPhone 6 release dates will differ for these two models, with the largest iPhone 6 arriving later in 2014 close to the holiday season, due to issues scaling screen technology to the larger display. This could lead to a change in how Apple announces the iPhone 6, or a longer than average delay in the release of the largest model.
Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst with KGI Securities, accurately predicted many of the iPhone 5s features and a new report shared on MacRumors, to investors outlines what he expects from Apple for 2014. As part of a big report that covers the MacBook, iMac, iPad Air 2 and more products we get a very detailed look at potential Apple plans for 2014.
This is not a leak direct from Apple so it is all up to change, as any rumor from supply chain sources is, but with Kuo’s history and plausible claims this is a massive report that potential buyers need to check out.
iPhone 6 Screen Size & Resolution
According to Kuo Apple is planning an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a 1334 x 750 resolution, which is a slight jump up from the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch 1136 x 640 resolution. This is far from the 1920 x 1080 resolution found on the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, which feature 5-inch displays. It is above the 1280 x 720 resolution that Android smartphones ushered in during late 2012 and early 2013. This would maintain a 326 pixel-per-inch spec that defines the iPhone 5s Retina display.
A larger iPhone with a 5.5-inch display will reportedly include a 1920 x 1080 resolution display that is the same as the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5. This higher resolution would deliver a 401 pixel-per-inch (ppi) display on the iPhone 6.
A higher pixel-per-inch rating means the pixels are packed in tighter. This results in a better looking display. An earlier report suggests Apple will use the same resolution on both iPhone 6 models to simplify app design, which would result in a lower pixel-per-inch rating on the bigger iPhone 6.
As long as Apple delivers a resolution that meets or exceeds the 326 ppi mark, users should see a screen that is at least as nice looking as the iPhone 5s. That may be enough, but a display testing company just detailed a variety of ways the Galaxy S5 display beats the iPhone.
iPhone 6 Release Dates
The iPhone 6 release date is a key detail that potential buyers want to know. At this point there is no specific iPhone 6 release date on the books, but Kuo believes the first iPhone 6 release date will arrive in September. This will be when the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 goes on sale, and it is a date that we hear repeated from multiple sources.
One fact that backs this up is Apple’s plans for WWDC 2014 in early June. Apple will show off iOS 8 at this event where the company will share, “the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS…” with the world. This timing makes a summer iPhone 6 release very unlikely.
Kuo’s report points to staggered iPhone 6 release dates with a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 coming closer to the holiday buying season. The report suggests it could compete with the iPad mini for sales, which may mean an announcement at a main iPhone 6 event, with a release that comes well after a typical week and a half waiting period.
iPhone 6 Design
What will the iPhone 6 look like? After questions about a release date this is one of the things many buyers want to know. Despite several leaks the overall iPhone 6 design remains a mystery, but this new report suggests several key details about the iPhone 6.
- iPhone 6 with a power button on the right side – This would allow easier use with one hand on a large phone, and is how Samsung places buttons on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3.
- iPhone 6 with narrower bezels – This will help keep the overall size of a larger iPhone 6 manageable.
- iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch display is one-hand friendly – This larger display does not need to result in a significantly larger iPhone and users can expect one-handed use.
- iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display is a two-hand device – For users that want a bigger screen even if it means using two hands, this is the iPhone option Apple will deliver.
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model may include a battery that includes 50% to 70% more watt hours than the iPhone 5s, which means more power for the bigger display and longer use overall. This report also suggests the Sapphire display may only come on the most expensive iPhone 6 models, like a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 with 64GB of storage.
iPhone 6 Camera Features
Several iPhone 6 camera rumors point to a small upgrade, and this new report lines up in some areas. Kuo believes Apple will keep the 8MP camera with a f2.2 aperture that is currently on the iPhone 5s, but there will be some upgrades.
The report suggests Apple will add optical image stability to the iPhone 6 to help deliver a better looking photo without a higher pixel count. This is the second report of optical image stabilization for the iPhone 6. The video above shows how this feature can help deliver better looking photos and videos.
iPhone 6 Specs
iPhone 6 specs alone aren’t that interesting, but with more powerful internals we could see new iPhone 6 features and iOS 8 features come to life. Kuo shares several iPhone 6 specs that make sense for a new iPhone, and a few surprises
- Apple A8 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- Touch ID
- Thinner 6.5mm to 7mm design
The NFC support could be part of a play to deliver mobile payments like Google Wallet does on many Android phones. In the report Kuo does not specifically mention that there will be no 128GB iPhone 6 option but he specifically mentions a 64GB model that is high-end.