The iPhone 6 is the most anticipated smartphone of 2014 and here’s everything we know so far about it.
Another year another iPhone makes its way into the market. Once more we’ll see some incremental changes in Apple’s flagship smartphone. It’ll definitely excite iFans out there and the rest of us will likely go… meh, same old, same old… or will we?
If the “leaks” are anything to go by, Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone is going to be anything but the same old story. We’ve gathered here everything we know, at least so far, about what we can expect from the next fruity sensation.
All metal goodness and a more curved design
Look, we’re rather tired of the same old iPhone look. Ok maybe some additional curves here and there might make it a little different from before but honestly, the iPhone has had the same look for a good five years since the iPhone 4 was launched in 2010. For a company that prides itself for being in the cutting edge of design, Apple hasn’t really impressed us with the iPhone’s design since… well 2010.
That might all change with the upcoming iPhone 6. There’s no way the tech crowd’s going to let Apple off with a free pass if it’s only going to look the same as the iPhone 5s with slightly better innards. There have been plenty of renders of what the smartphone MIGHT look like (some of which we wouldn’t mind being true) but some of the more partially conclusive leaks give us a better idea of what it’ll look like
A leaked image by Chinese site Ctech on Weibo shows a reportedly genuine iPhone 6 casing. The image shows that the iPhone 6 is likely to be thinner but taller, and wider than its predecessor. Another image leak by French site Nowhereelse.fr shows what appears to be an all metal rear. The design looks to be slimmer and rounder as well, harking back to the original iPhone design.
The rounded design is further evidenced by image leak from GSM Arena and Sonny Dickinson, the well-known Apple leaker. The GSM Arena picture has the Samsung Galaxy S5 next to the purported new iPhone for comparison.
Sonny Dickinson’s on the other hand has leaked a couple of pictures over the last few weeks including one which feature three iPhone 6 dummy units. The pictures highlight the curved design together with the three colours (gold, space grey and silver) that the iPhone 6 will be coming in. We also noted that those dummy phones look quite metallic as well.
A larger build and screen and is that a Sapphire screen we see?
According to a leak in June by the Taiwanese tech title DigiTimes (with a little translation from AppleInsider), Apple’s regular builder Foxconn will be handling the bulk of the iPhone 6’s production. In the report, Apple’s plans to go 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch were confirmed. Another supplier called Pegatron will be handling 30% of the 4.7-inch model and none of the 5.5-inch version. There’s still going to be a 4-inch version but don’t expect any upgraded specs as it’s been described as an “existing” model. For that, another supplier Wistron will be handling the build until 2015.
Further evidence that there’ll be two new sizes for the iPhone 6 was reported by Bloomberg. According to their sources, the iPhone 6 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch will be launched in September and will feature rounder and thinner designs, confirming various rumours about the next-gen iPhone’s sizes and look. It also seem that the screen will be tapering off the edge that ought to give the iPhones seem a lot thinner.
And if that isn’t enough, prolific leaker Sonny Dickinson sent 9to5Mac pictures of what he claims were the front glass panels of the iPhone 6 with what seems to be a rounded edges. This might suggest a more seamless fit with between the screen and the side of the phone.
There’s also a video by Chinese site iFanr that reportedly shows a 4.7-inch front panel of the iPhone 6.
The phone is supposedly getting a scratch-proof Sapphire screen as well. Marquess Brownlee, the man celebrated as the “Best Tech Reviewer in the World”, had supposedly gotten his hands on an actual iPhone 6 screen. We’re not talking about about a mock-up but the actual production screen. In the video (below) you can see that after extensive, scratching stabbing and bending, it still looks pretty unharmed. However on closer examination, and extensive use of an emory cloth (ouch, that was seriously painful to watch), it seems that the screen is not pure Sapphire. Still it is pretty hardy and scratch resistant when compared to Gorilla glass.