iPhone 6 rumour roundup14th August 2014
The technological world is gearing up for the announcement and release of Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 6. With this device expected to be unveiled on September 9th, smartphone enthusiasts really don't have too long to wait until they can catch a glimpse of this game changer of a product.
But what do we know about the next iteration of the iPhone? Are there set to be any surprises in store? Here at Energenie, we're pretty excited so we've gathered up the main rumours and summarised them to make them easily digestible.
What's on the outside?
While the iPhone 5s has a four-inch screen, we're expecting the next batch of iPhones – yes that's right, there could well be more than one – to be bigger.
The general consensus is the first one will have a 4.7-inch screen, while a significantly larger one – 5.5 inches – will be released a little later. The latter is expected to be more akin to a phablet, for those who maybe feel frustrated by a smaller-screened handset.
With an increase in screen size comes a potential change in resolution. A whole host of figures have been raised as potentials – anything from 960 x 1704 to 1920 x 1080 have been touted as what Apple has decided upon.
Both models will be noticeably thinner and one may even be given the 'Air' label, like the iPad and MacBook, emphasising just how slim they are.
There are lots of rumours floating around about the screen, some suggesting it could be made out of sapphire glass. It is currently used to protect the iPhone 5s' camera and touch ID sensor, but it is believed the display itself could adopt it. This is quite likely considering how much people rely on their smartphones and how being without one for even a short period of time while it's repaired can be a nuisance.
What's inside it?
While external features may be important for some, others are more concerned about the technical details that will have an effect on how easy the phone is to use. The handset will run with iOS 8 – the new operating system – and as well as improving the functioning and productivity, third-party developers seem to be given greater freedom beyond the typical remit.
First and foremost for most people in terms of what they prioritise in a smartphone is the battery life. Due to all the criticism about devices running out of juice too quickly, this is likely to be an area that Apple really focuses on in a bid to enhance consumer appeal.
Rumours suggest the battery life will be between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch version will boast a 2,500 mAh unit. CNET reports the iPhone 5s currently has a 1,570 mAh unit, suggesting users could be set to enjoy longer periods of time before their handset runs out of power.
Wireless charging has also been touted with the new iteration of iPhones, so this could be a complete game changer. However, details surrounding this are somewhat scant at the moment, so either Apple has a big surprise up its sleeve or it's sadly not a reality.
There's speculation there could be an A8 chip, which would mean it'd be even faster than the current 5s, which boasts an A7 one.
Camera-wise, Apple have never shown themselves to be overly concerned with beating the competition. The current iteration has an 8MP camera and it is expected this will either remain the same or boast a modest increase to 10MP for the iPhone 6.
While the thought of using your smartphone to purchase goods and services might have seen ludicrous a few years ago, that's not the case anymore. Indeed, there has been fairly consistent speculation that Apple is working on a mobile payments feature for its new set of handsets. A leaked image on French technology website Nowhere Else suggested the Near Field Communication technology was present in this model.
However, there have been such rumours in the run-up to other iPhones being released yet it did not materialise.
Nevertheless, it's thought to be a viable option considering Apple has the payment details of millions of customers thanks to iTunes. If it doesn't happen in the iPhone 6, we could expect it at some point in the near future.
There's expected to be an emphasis on health and wellbeing with this new product. An app is expected to be present that helps you to manage your fitness data, potentially with heart rate, blood pressure, burned calories and sleep data present.
However, if an iWatch makes it into the mass market soon, we can expect some collaboration – but that is a whole other can of worms that we don't have time to open right now.
If you're desperate for more, then check out the details of what was discussed at the WWDC conference last month (June) – this gave more information on iOS 8 and is sure to whet your appetite until the big day comes itself.