Another year, another huge release from Apple.
This time around it’s the turn of the iPhone 6, due to be released almost exactly 365 days after its predecessor, the iPhone 5s [pictured].
While most of us are still trying to master the finer points of iPhone 5 technology, a year is an eternity in the tech world and the iPhone 6 is rumoured to feature a whole new range of high-tech upgrades.
Here’s what we know so far.
1 | The new model will come in a choice of two screen sizes
The iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, with diagnonally measured screens of 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively (with a 1704 x 906 resolution), a considerable increase on the 5S’s 4 inches and all the better for handling images and videos.
2 | "Un-scratchable screens"
So fragile are the current iPhone screens that a cracked display has become the norm amongst owners. Apple are looking to remedy this with the next model, egaging in a $578m deal with the company that produces a tough synthetic material named 'Saphire'. It's already being used to protect the home button and camera lens on the current iPhones (as well as in airplane windows) and the plan is to craft the entire case from the material for the iPhone 6. If you want to see just how durable the new screens are, take a look at this video in which a Sapphire screen meets a hunting knife.
3 | It’ll be the fastest iPhone yet.
Waiting for apps to load could become a thing of the past. The new model is set to feature a Apple 8, 2GHz processor (an improvement on the 5S’s Apple 7 1.3 GHz processor) which basically means we should be looking at the smoothest-running smartphone invented.
4 | The Apple logo will light up
The new model will retain the signature Apple logo on the back of the phone but will add in a light-up feature that will be activated every time a new message or notification comes through. Basically, it’ll look like something out of Tron.
5 | It’ll more than likely run on iOS 8
The new operating was announced back in June and it seems likely that it will be carried over to Apple’s newest product. Among the upgrades are better photo editing capabilities and the ability to add a "third-party keyboard", meaning you can download custom keyboards like you would emojicons. There’ll also be the option to download popular Android keyboards such as SwiftKey and Swipe.
6 | It’ll be Apple’s biggest iPhone release in history
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple have ordered between 70 and 80 million handsets from manufacturers, 20 million more than the iPhone 5S. As always, expect the demand to easily match supply.
7 | The layout may look like this
French tech site Nowhere Else have published this supposedly leaked image of what the iPhone 6 layout may look like. They've been on the money with a similar release regarding the iPhone 5S, so there's a strong chance this could be an authentic image.
The most remarkable things about the image are that is shows that the sleep/wake button has been moved from the top to the side of the phone and the display date of Tuesday 9 September. The official announcement for the 5S came on Tuesday 10 September 2013, with Apple teasing the date on an image of the phone's display, so it's highly likely that we can expect an offical announcement/release on that day. If it does happen, announcements are normally made at 9am in San Fransisco - which is 5pm UK time - so set a reminder now.
The iPhone 6 will likely be released on 9 September and is rumoured to start at £549. apple.com/uk
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