Analyst: iPhone 6 design locked down, specs include 4.8″ screen, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

By , Jan 23, 2014

iPhone 6 (Martin Hajek 010)

Apple has apparently decided on the design of its next iPhone and specifications are said to include a 4.8-inch display, according to an analyst with Cowen and Company who must have been following our non-scientific poll which had the majority of respondents opt for a 4.7-inch form factor.

The phone should additionally include the latest 802.11ac networking, also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, for three times greater wireless transfer speeds. Apple currently supports Gigabit Wi-Fi in the recently refreshed AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule wireless appliances and across its Mac Pro, MacBook and iMac families…

Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company (via AppleInsider) wrote in yesterday’s note to clients that Apple has internally “locked down” the iPhone 6 design with Gigabit Wi-Fi and a 4.8-inch screen. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One both support 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking. He does not expect the phone to exceed five inches due to Apple’s “unwavering principle of one hand use.”

That Apple only now locked down the design suggests it’s still months away from bringing a larger-screened iPhone to market. Given Tim Cook’s annual refresh cycle, the iPhone 6 should get introduced in Fall, in line with past three iPhone generations.

Acuri acknowledged as much, estimating that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in September 2014. He’s also expecting some “key software innovations” such as a long-rumored mobile payment solution from Apple leveraging the existing iBeacons, Touch ID and Passbook technologies.

Aside from hardware tweaks and design changes, Arcuri also said that Apple is planning “key software innovations” with the next major release of its iOS platform.

He expects the company will leverage iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook as part of a push into new services with mobile payments.

This sounds very compelling.

With the iPhone 5s and iOS 6 and 7, Apple has cleverly laid groundwork for mobile payments with Touch ID, Passbook and iBeacons. These technologies could allow Apple to integrate loyalty programs and digital coupons with a secure payment system.

A user’s payment information could be securely stored on the Secure Enclave module as it’s physically isolated from other components. Currently, Secure Enclave stores non-identifable fingerprint data of an iPhone 5s user.

Apple A7 chip (Secure Enclave 001)

Touch ID could be used to authenticate payments and iTunes billing could take care of actually charging your credit card on file.

How all of this might come together is up for the debate, but one thing’s certain: if Apple chooses to enter mobile payments with a solution of its own, it’s going to be seamless – as in, it’ll “just work”.

Are you excited about the next iPhone replacing your wallet?

Mockup via Martin Hajek.

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  • Jonathan

    Saving my upgrade until September. Upgrading from my iPhone 5

    • Litchy

      Same :)
      The iPhone 5s just seems like a test for a future Device with much deeper integration of the TouchID Sensor and the 64bit CPU. Hopefully the iPhone 6 is that device

      • Jason Baroni

        I agree with your choice! The better deal is this you to upgrade from S to S or from the Non-S to Non-S… Nothing feels like a 2 years upgrade, specially now that Apple is upgrading screen sizes and “lower cost” models.

      • Andrew

        That’s what I’ve been trying to say to people but I guess they can’t wait a couple more months down the road (december2014) release

      • 40niners

        Actually the 6s will be the device, save your upgrade for the 6s. Surely your iPhone 5 has 2 years of life in it

      • JKnetz

        Might as well wait for the iPhone 7 then.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        5S turned out to b a hugely successful test device. I’ve had every iPhone made and I must declare tht the JB’n 5S is hands down the best Idevice I’ve owned. TouchID integration is ingenious.

      • Andrew

        No. But the iPhone 6S with the 5.5″ screen with 3k display is the one to get.

    • Vivek Raja

      From a 5? I’m finally going to get rid of my 4 when iPhone 6 come out :D

      • Tom

        u from stone age my friend? :P

      • βRIGHTIΣ

        My 3gs still working fine… but I want to change also

    • Sigurd Boe

      I wanna upgrade, but I wanna keep my jailbreak…
      Have until september to decide ;P

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Same! Except Verizon doesn’t allow early upgrades anymore. I may not be able to preorder the device.

    • BigVinnieG

      Same here

    • Osama Muhammed

      I was gonna get 5s as my first iphone, till i heard 6 will have bigger screen.. worth waiting

  • Litchy

    Up until now mobile payment is just a dream. Almost everybody wants to get rid of their wallet but nothing else really works. I think this sounds like something Apple could make possible. Like with the 1.Gen iPhone: mobile phones where no new market… it just wasn’t right yet. Very excited to see if they really make mobile payment usable this year already :)

    • kadeem kadz Dulice

      #bitcoins

      • Mustang5Oh

        lol good one.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Bitcoins are great the only issue is they’re in a legal grey area and aren’t very widespread. As far as I know you also have to download the entire blockchain or trust someone else with your wallet…

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Bitcoins ftw. Trade my Bitcoins for roxys all day yo.

    • Hyr3m

      *cough* japan *cough*

      • @dongiuj

        Exactly

    • @dongiuj

      A “dream”??? “Sounds like something apple could make possible”???
      What you have here boys and girls is a true brainwashed apple fan. A real thoroughbred.
      Research before making such comments.

      • Litchy

        What do you mean research? I just said what I think the situation is right now. I am well aware that there are possibilities to pay with a mobile device… but convenient? Everywhere? Not a chance. I don’t expect Apple to reinvent the wheel. The thing that Apple can do what others can’t is get a very very big crowd to use a device. If for example Sony would develop a mobile payment device, evan if it was very good, they would have a really hard time getting people to use it. Apple on the other hand has so many “brainwashed fans”, like me obviously (know that now thanks to you ;D Thanks a bunch), that just use their new products and get them to become “mainstream”.
        Sorry if my post sounded like some kind of “Apple can innovate much better than anyone! Smasung sux lol” post.

      • @dongiuj

        Mobile payment is working just fine, VERY conveniently and easy to set up and operate in Japan. Has been for the past 7 years. So like I said, research.

      • Litchy

        ok so you decided not to read my answer. No problem :D I’ll wrap it up again with a few quotes:

        “[...]Everywhere? Not a chance.”

        “The thing that Apple can do what others can’t is get a very very big crowd to use a device.”

        “[...]new products and get them to become “mainstream”.”

        Not just Japan. If you live in Japan: good for you.
        Have a nice day

      • @dongiuj

        I did read your second comment but it looks like all you’ve done is changed your original comment to something with a little more depth to it which is now looking like a slightly different comment from your original one. Which I guess you should have thought about and wrote it originally instead of making SOUND like apple is god almighty company.

  • Steve Zou

    If true, then YES!

  • N&LH

    I hope iPhone 6 will have more features

    • s0me

      Keep hoping.

      • N&LH

        why not?

      • vito

        exactly it wont just a bigger screen

    • Dixon

      A toaster maybe !??

      What more Features u do require !? Tell us pls !

      • Abdl

        Ability to share file over bluetooth!

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

        This will never happen as I suspect iTunes content owners (record labels, Hollywood studios) don’t want to see this implemented. That’s why Apple came up with iOS-to-iOS AirDrop instead IMHO

      • Rowan09

        You can already with air drop. Apple would never allow movies or songs being shared through Bluetooth or they’ll definitely get sued. We have the jailbreak community for that though.

      • N&LH

        But Airdrop is not available in all IOS devices

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Then upgrade your device or assuming your device can support it but Apple chooses not too (iPad 3) you can jailbreak and download an Airdrop Enabler…

      • Rowan09

        As stated below just jailbreak your phone or iDevice. Apple doesn’t want people to pirate and the reality is torrents and file sharing promotes piracy I would say 97% of the time on a phone.

      • Hyr3m

        I can share whatever I want over bluetooth, usb or wifi from my android and I doubt google or samsung got sued over basic file transfer capabilities that every computer (whether at home or in your pocket) has (or should have; I’m staring at you crApple).

        Apple really has lowered people’s expectations in terms of technology and of what people have (or should have) the right to do. Shame of you Apple, SHAME ON YOU!

        Now about this 4.8” iP6 : Can’t wait to hear the selective memory hypocrisy they’re going to spew about the size of it. Remember the “my thumb can touch all 4 corners of my iPhone” ads ?

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Lmao, good stuff^^^

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        The “problem” is that Samsung nor Google doesn’t have huge deals like Apple have with iTunes.

        I don’t know if you remember but for Apple to build the iTunes idea it’s was a lot of pain because all the music industry was agains’t the idea. So Apple needed to make huge deals with them to make them comfortable.

      • Hyr3m

        c.f. my answer to Rowan above.

        i have to add : The iPhones’ (and iPods’) sound outputs are so bad that iTunes actually converts and lowers the quality of whatever you put on them. Nobody in their right mind (and certainly no music lover) would want someone with an iPhone to send music files to their device.

      • Rowan09

        Apple sells and makes deals with music companies so piracy is a big deal for them. They will get used by the labels or artists if they promote piracy especially since they are the largest digital music store. It’s also counterproductive to sell music and videos and easily allow people to share them with each other. Googles business is search and ads not hardware or software sales. Apple and Google have 2 different business models. If Apple’s iPhone sold like the Nexus Apple would be in trouble but Google cares less because their business is in search. Also if Apple want to make a bigger phone because people want it it’s not hypocrisy they make what the people ask for. Let’s also wait to see the phone first before making judgements.

      • Adam Bowman

        They make what people ask for? Keep in mind you’re talking to the jailbreak community here.

      • Rowan09

        People still root Androids as well but hardware and software are two different things. People will also tweak regardless.

      • Hyr3m

        First of all, allowing basic file transfer capabilities, which basically everyone does besides Apple, does not equate to promoting piracy. Also, whether you have a deal with entertainment companies or not, doing or promoting something illegal puts you at exactly the same risk.
        Secondly, I agree that it might be counterproductive to sell stuff and allow people to share it with each other but that’s not the reason Apple prevents you from doing what everyone else has been able to do for decades. The reason is iTunes and iTunes is the reason Apple is where it’s at now (that and people’s laziness/ignorance). Apple should get sued because of what they’ve done with iTunes.
        Finally, I know Apple is just answering public demand (just like with the iPad mini) and that’s actually pretty good (and something Jobs would never have wanted, which tells you how out-of-it he was). The thing is that they’ve made fun of bigger phones for a while now and that I can’t wait to see their ‘argument’ for finally joining the people they’ve made fun of for a while. I may have jumped the gun in calling “hypocrisy” beforehand but they have a history of BS so… sue me ^^

      • Rowan09

        Agreeing with the second argument valids the first. I’m not saying Apple is wrong or right but just like Google removes any app like Moviebox when they find out about what it does, goes in line ith why Apple doesn’t allow it on stock IOS. Why would Apple get used for what they’ve done with iTunes? Apple signs deals with record companies and pays royalties to artists. iTunes is a great thing for music artists and I know first hand because I have a lot of friends that are either well known music producers and well known rappers. The statement Steve Jobs made was those smaller (which at the time he was referring to 7″ tablets) are still dead on arrival and it’s still true, his reason was they are too small for a tablet (which is now proving to be more true due to phone screens increase) and at that time Google didn’t make a specified OS for tablets making it phone apps stretched on a tablet. In business there’s no such thing as hypocrisy it’s called making money. When Android scrapped the first Android look after seeing the original iPhone it wasn’t hypocritical it was business. Steve Jobs isn’t God so he can be wrong nevertheless even though in this case he’s still right. A smaller iPad doesn’t Apple is full of hypocrisy you have the read Steve Jobs statements and understand his reasoning instead of pulling out one line.

      • Hyr3m

        You’re not addressing any of the points I made… and you should proof-read your WOT before sending it. I’m betting English is your first language but it doesn’t look like it…

        Back in the mid-late-90s Microsoft got sued because of IE and WMP and over antitrust issues. What Apple has been doing with iTunes is actually worse than what Microsoft did to get sued.

        (What follows joins my point about iTunes being the reason Apple is where it’s at now and why they don’t want to go down the traditional file transferring capabilities path) Imagine this scenario :

        The year is 2001, the war on terror has just begun and you got a brand new iPod for Christmas. You proceed to put all your music on iTunes (because you have to, this over-hyped low fi mp3 player is not even USM‽). 3 and a half years later, as you watch the false flag UK equivalent of 9/11 on TV you realize your second iPod’s battery is dying and you’re going to have to buy a third one (you don’t realize it yet but you don’t even consider buying another type of mp3 player because all your music is on iTunes already so you don’t really have much of a choice). You hit a low in your career and, running low on cash you don’t buy the first iPhone, nor the second one… The year is now 2009 and with some cash in one hand and your 7th iPod in the other, you think you have a choice between an Android and an Apple smartphone… you think about it for about 0.3 second and realize that whatever Google may have to offer, the iPhone is a no-brainer; all your music is sorted in iTunes and you’ve purchased dozens of albums that can only be read on an Apple device. (I guess you see where I’m going now). 2012, the old laptop that was given to you years ago keeps crashing, you stare at the desk where your scratched up 8th iPod and second broken-screen iPhone sit quietly; you want a new computer and after the thousands of dollars you’ve already given to Apple, you feel like the only option before you is a mac book. 2014, you kind of feel like Jailbreaking is the only way for you to gain some of the freedom you unwittingly gave up more than a decade ago.

        The most valuable thing Apple has ever created was their locked up ecosystem. Once you get into it (and now kids start getting iTunes accounts very early thanks to their school-provided iPads) it’s very difficult to get out and Apple will discourage you at every step of the way (and the fact you already own 3 or 4 of their devices makes it that much harder). The more time and money you put into it the less of a choice you have (unless you resort to dodgy practices like drm removal). Apple’s ecosystem coupled with their shameless marketing are the sole reasons for Apple’s success.

        Thank god we (you; I’m not american) have antitrust laws to protect us (you) from such behavior… Yet, dafuq are the courts doing? Nothing, why ? Because your government likes that you’re all willingly giving up your freedom and privacy…

      • Rowan09

        Your point is far off. You or I do not need to purchase any Apple product. iPod became the most popular and so did iTunes but Zune was still around and many other alternatives. Apple created its ecosystem just like Google keeps people locked in and Microsoft it’s all about preference. No need for the disrespect because you don’t understand basic economics I will not continue this idiotic conversation. Go buy what you want and leave others out with your stupid opinions.

      • Hyr3m

        Don’t get me wrong, if Zune had grown as big as Apple/iTunes I’d be complaining all the same about them. Just because the project died out before they could get in trouble doesn’t mean Apple should get away with their hold on customers.

        There should be a system where if you bought an app on the AppStore and the same app exists on the PlayStore, you get to redeem it on the PlayStore for free and the other way around (or on Steam for example if it’s a game that also exists on pc/mac). If you bought music on one platform you should get to save it in the format you prefer (or have access to; lossless may cost more) and put it on whatever device you like using whatever transfer method is available on said device.

        That or you should be able to get all your money back in exchange for closing your account so you can go purchase everything again on a new platform of your choice (since according to you they’re all closed).

        This isn’t about economics, it’s about law and morality. Antitrust is all about having choice; not being locked up in a system because they hold you by the gonads (a bit like the mafia…).

        And sorry, I didn’t mean to disrespect you but to me the fact that you posted your lengthy comment with so many unintelligible sentences is pretty disrespectful. I was merely trying to ask you to be a bit more careful with your English… I could understand if English wasn’t your first language. It’s not my first language at all yet I try to do my best…

      • vito

        i can lol

      • vito

        thats what airblu sharing is for

      • N&LH

        What about cooks for you!!!!

        I don’t know, but the iPhone 6 to have new features. Because we already know iPhone 6 will have A8, better camera and larger screen.

      • N&LH

        They can have new features in IOS 8

      • Jonathan

        iToilet.

  • William Luky

    Will the iPhone 6 use a curve display ?

    • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

      I hope not

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Curve displays are good for really big TV’s and Smartwatches.
      On smartphones doesn’t even make sense.

    • William Luky

      I thought it might be a great improvement

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    I want lot’s of RAM, I hope that gets upgraded too.

    • Paul Williams

      And what you plan to do with so much ram ? Next nuclear weapon ? Joke aside I think the way the iPhone work with the current ram is pretty good :)

      • Rowan09

        I agree but it’s about that time. More ram and upgraded quad core processor would be unbelievable.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Before even doing that Apple should focus on battery life. You can’t just do what Samsung does and add more performance without worrying about the consequences…

      • Rowan09

        Yes but you can also do so much with limited space and faster tech. The new processor will help to improve on the battery life and increased size as well.

      • Don Walker II

        It just seems like a waste (just based on the physical specs) to have a 64bit architecture and only 1Gig of ram…. I do agree however that the iPhone does manage the current ram well.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        The more RAM you have, the more true multitasking you can do and background processes you can run. At this moment, when using my freed iPhone 4s with just a few essential background tweaks, every now and then, my 4s starts lagging when I switch between apps or pull down the notification are; ’cause those tweaks are taking up RAM.

        Officially, iOS is a limited-ass joke compared to the competition. Jailbroken, you start noticing lag when you install a handful of background tweaks. That’s what the added RAM fixes, and you can’t magically multitask without it; that’s not true multitasking!

      • Paul Williams

        Yes that’s true ! we all know if you jailbreak you will probable need more ram, but i don’t think apple develop the iPhone considering that people is gonna jailbreak the devices. for their own iOS they do pretty good. “This limited iOS” I usually hear from Andorid fans, We all know what we get when we buy an iDevice and if we doit is because we like it as “it come out of the box”. keep it simple !! Cheers!

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        That’s you, I would never touch an iOS device if it wasn’t jailbroken. I know what’s in the box; a limited and officially overpriced device for which I found a better deal ($450 for my 64GB factory unlocked 4s) on kijiji or eBay.

        The reason I use a jailbroken iPhone is simply ’cause both the official and 3rd party repos are very well moderated, thus there’s next to 0 security worries on such limited (compared to my productive machine) device. The sooner Google cleans up and secures the PlayStore, the sooner I’ll be switching to Android.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    I hope its not just a screen size update.

    • grumpyfuzz

      What else can you expect? The 5 was just a screen size update. It sounds like the 6 will be the same thing.

    • Osama Muhammed

      Screen size will be the main and biggest update, as for apple’s logic

    • @dongiuj

      It won’t be. Apple will add a new wallpaper too. Probably one with more colours from a 1980s Miami Vice show blending together like so many we have seen since the i5S came out that so many people seem to be so mysteriously deliriously in love with.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Lol. The blend of the new large screen with the beautiful colors of the wallpapers is what’s gonna make the iPhone 6, The iPhone 6.

  • Technocrz!

    This is the first year i didnt upgraded my iPhone and wanted to have bigger iphone 6, it seems like wish is becoming true.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    lol i still have a 4s. wish i could buy an iphone US price. its way overpriced in my country even subsidised.

  • Martynet

    all I want is 128 GB storage and one storage are which is shared between all apps… not a classic file system like on android, but better.

    • Adam Bowman

      I’m just curious… What takes up most of your storage?

      Do you take a lot of videos?

      For me, it’s mostly videos. So I end up uploading them to Picasa and deleting them from my device.

      • Martynet

        Photos and videos… And games. For example all three Infinity Blades are 2.3GB. And some other games I play very big too. I have 64GB device and only 8GB free. I love my apps and hate to delete them only because of the space :)

      • Martynet

        Also PDF books and magazines.

      • Adam Bowman

        Games… Yeah. They do eat up a lot of storage.

        I love how, since iOS 7, I don’t need to take up any storage space to listen to my music, yet I still have access to all of my iTunes music and I can still easily listen to it. Shuffle is amazing. My device used to shuffle only the songs I had downloaded to the music player. Now it shuffles my ENTIRE iTunes library.

        That’s a serious space saver.

  • Shingo

    waiting for iPhone7s….

    • Tom

      That’s like 4 years from now on!

  • Abdl

    Im more concerned about the battery. Some high end phones out there are loaded with about 3000mAh battery while Apple is stuck with 1000+mAh

    • Rowan09

      Bigger phone allows bigger battery. If you notice the competition isn’t shrinking the battery size but increasing it with the phone.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        But the truth, even if Apple adopts the 4.8″ display, they will undoubtedly try to cram all this into a form factor not much larger than the current devices. Ie: not much more room for larger battery. Any battery life gains will proly come from more efficient displays and chipsets and in the end we’ll have a larger screen and faster processor with nearly same battery life as current devices.

      • Rowan09

        Maybe but just like they improved the 5c battery life with the same battery and Haswell on laptops and the Surface improved battery life, they will also increase the size and the processor will also play a huge role.

      • Adam Bowman

        You know, Apple has a patent for clear solar panels that could be used on BOTH sides of a device. I’d love to see them putting innovation like this into action. I would love to also see, if possible, kinetic charging tech working its way into our devices.

        Or how about even having a mode that would allow us to convert our color screens to “Paperlight” mode (which hardly depletes battery life) when our batteries are low?

        I don’t just want a larger, longer lasting battery, I want innovative (and maybe even environmentally friendly ways) to prolong battery life.

  • Rowan09

    4.8 is the perfect size for me and I’m very interested in the design and IOS 8 upgrades. This year should be a very interesting year for technology.

  • fed

    5s is an experimental device…

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Quite obviously a completely successful experimental device.

  • iBanks

    I find it to be funny that people whom are always left behind in upgrades, always seem to think that an newly released device is an “experimental” device or “test” device. You’re just mad because you couldn’t upgrade to it yet. Lol

    • butterfield

      I find it to be funny that some adult people still don’t know how to use “whom” correctly… (often the winners who still use “lol”)

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Hmm, so by your measure, there is a direct correlation between misused grammar and using a texting acronym. LOL, how un intuitive. Genius.

      • Adam Bowman

        Hey grammar pro, you’re reading the comments section of a blog — you’re not grading essays.

        By the way…
        1. “Adult people” is redundant.
        2. Your capitalization is way off.
        3. Your punctuation (or lack thereof) needs fixing.
        4. And you’re not really using quotation marks correctly, either.

        I’m not one to call people out on stuff like this, but in this instance — sorry — I just had to.

        Yep, I just ended my sentence with a preposition.

  • Steve Jobs

    get ready, folks.

  • Toon

    i still have the 4s and because the there’s not a real upgrade with the 5s i wait for the iphone , when apple launches 4.8″ it will be great

    • Carlos Gomes

      So… the iPhone 6S should have a 5.5″ display, otherwise you won’t consider it an upgrade?

  • klouud

    The big selling point (IMO) for the i6 is going to be the more energy efficient screen (supposedly) giving the iPhone at least 2x more battery life. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Honestly, I don’t think the i6 is going to be ground shattering. I’m fine with my i5s.

  • Jonathan

    I chose 4.7, in the poll, but would like 5 inches as well. So, 4.8 is perfect. :)

    • Guest

      Lol, knew you’ll buy it regardless of size.

  • fasih

    still need the home button!! Homekeys are not so 2013!!!

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I’ll upgrade when there’s a jailbreak

  • blastingbigairs

    I saved my last upgrade for the 6. Loving my 5s but not married to it. This is going to be awesome!!

  • maverickmax

    actually that looks like a samsung :p

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Lets hope that Sonny Dickson leaks the iPhone 6 before its release.

  • vito

    i havent seen any upgrade except a larger screen to me ill stick with my 5s untill i see a nice jump in performance! you need hardware in every device that is a upgrade

  • Dao Sasone

    Win me back apple. Lets hope this phone will be it

  • Andrew

    I’ve seen the iPhone 6 but the 5.5″ iPhone 6S coming in December is the one to wait for