Apple Fan Corner: “iPhone 6” Rumors

Possibly fake photos show an "iPhone 6" with a bigger screen. Photo courtesy of MacRumors.com.

Possibly fake photos show an “iPhone 6” with a bigger screen. Photo courtesy of MacRumors.com.

Tal Norvell/Sun Star Columnist

Feb. 25, 2014

The Internet is teeming with rumors of a new iPhone that might be unveiled in the fall.

The next iPhone will come in several display sizes made from synthetic sapphire glass and have an improved camera, web sources predict.

Apple Inc. is known for keeping quiet on the details of their future devices.

Information about the next iPhone is unverified and mostly speculation at this point. That hasn’t stopped news sites from reporting anonymous sources however.

Business and financial news provider Bloomberg reportedly spoke to someone “familiar” with plans for the next iPhone, late last year.

The iPhone will likely come in 4.7 and 5.7-inch touchscreen display sizes to be released in the second half of 2014, the person apparently said.

Anonymous sources told the Wall Street Journal similar details.

Competition in the smartphone industry is pushing Apple to increase the iPhone’s screen size, according to the WSJ. The article said Samsung’s five-inch Galaxy smartphones are its best-selling models.

Another technology website revealed evidence supporting the anonymous claims about increased screen size on the next iPhone.

Potentially fake photos show a thin “iPhone” with a larger display than the current iPhone 5S. A screen with no side bezel spanning the width of the device is depicted in the photos on MacRumors.com, supplied by an anonymous Twitter user.

“Even if these images are fake, they give a good idea of what a larger screened iPhone 6 could look like,” said the MacRumors report.

The future iPhone display might be made from tough synthetic sapphire glass.

GT Advanced Technologies recently made a deal with Apple to produce sapphire glass in an Arizona plant, according to International Business Times.

GT said the sapphire will be used to cover Apple’s camera lens and fingerprint touch sensors on the iPhone.

“GT’s technology also can be used to make scratchproof glass covers for smartphones, although it is not used for that purpose by Apple today,” announced GT in a regulatory filing.

Competitive demand for an even higher quality camera may have an effect on Apple’s future device.

The next iPhone camera may have improved “low-light performance and possible optical image stabilization to reduce blur,” speculates InvestorPlace.com.

Future iPhones may have more advanced touch sensors. Apple is testing pressure-sensitive technology which will allow touchscreens to detect how hard or soft a touch is applied, according to Bloomberg’s anonymous source.

Each year since 2007, Apple has released a new version of their iconic smartphone.

The past three iPhones went public during fall; the current iPhone 5S and 5C went on sale last September.

I’m excited for the new iPhone to come out. Ever since the 2010 release of the iPhone 4, I’ve enjoyed the massive rumor mill that takes place before a new device hits the market.

The main question I ask is: will the new iPhone live up to all the hype?

Generally I find that the “S” models (iPhone 3GS, 4S, 5S) only have what I consider minor performance improvements over their predecessor. The major design changes and feature additions usually happen on the numbered versions (iPhone 4, 5… 6?).

My iPhone 5 is still working well, so it remains to be seen whether I’ll cave in and buy the next iPhone, will you? 

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