The iPhone 6, like every iPhone before it, is the most talked about piece of hardware in tech. Everybody wants to know – will it be bigger? When does it come out? Will Apple release a new OS to go along with the new hardware? While it’s impossible to answer these questions before it’s unveiled, rumors and leaks go a long way in letting us know what Apple has planned.
One of the most persistent rumors regarding the iPhone 6 is actually a rumor that was started a while ago. To catch up with ever growing Android devices, it’s been rumored that Apple would release a larger iPhone. We heard that that iPhone 5S would feature a 5-inch screen, but those rumors never panned out. Now we’re hearing the same thing again about the iPhone 6. Will Apple finally release a larger iPhone, or is it sticking with the 4-inch screen found in the iPhone 5S?
According to MacWorld UK, Apple is preparing two iPhone designs for 2014, and both are larger than the current iPhone 5S. The rumors suggest that Apple will release an iPhone with a 4.7-inch display while the other will feature a 5.5-inch display. Both would be an extreme upgrade in display size from past iPhones and would help Apple finally compete with larger Android devices. While Apple execs (and fans) will defend the current display size, the reality is quite different. Consumers like it when things are big and a larger iPhone would definitely sway some consumers away from Android.
Those hoping for a simultaneous release of the two new iPhones are going to be disappointed. Recent rumors indicate that Apple will be launching the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 later this year while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might slip into 2015. Why? Apparently, Apple is having some issues manufacturing the super thin battery for the 5.5-inch iPhone that’s being dubbed “iPhone Air” by the media. The larger iPhone will likely be marketed as a device that offers the best of both smartphones and tablets, and may get its own event in early 2015.
As for the hardware, Apple will inevitably trot out the newest Ax chip to replace the A7 chip found in the iPhone 5S. It might also finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 6, a feature that’s been quickly making its way into competing Android devices over the last few years. Apple has always been reluctant to add features unless it can perfect it and the company may have found some way to make the already convenient practice of wireless charging even better.
So, when will you get a chance to get your hands on the iPhone 6? According to a report from apfelpage, the iPhone 6 is slated to launch on September 19 after a reveal on September 9. The rumored release date follows the release date of the past few previous iPhones so it’s not out of the question.