iPhone 6 said to feature ‘Ultra-Retina’ display, 3 new sensors and more

By , Mar 17, 2014

iphone 6 proto 3

A pair of reports surfaced this weekend, claiming to have knowledge of the features and specifications for Apple’s new iPhone. The first report calls for the smartphone to have a trio of new sensors, and the other says an ‘Ultra-Retina’ display is in the cards.

So-called iPhone 6 rumors have been appearing rather frequently over the past few months, with everyone trying to predict the design and capabilities of Apple’s next handset. A larger display, sapphire and A8 chip are all in the pile, and today we add this…

The first report comes from Electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu, relayed by G for Games (via MacRumors). Citing sources familiar with Apple’s iPhone plans, Xu says that the device will feature 3 new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity.

According to Sun Chang Xu (news chief analyst at ESM-China), sources close to the matter have revealed that Apple will catch up in the “sensors department”, as the iPhone 6 will feature pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. Please note that the analyst is probably not referring to blood pressure (this feature is rumored to be implemented in Apple’s iWatch) but to atmospheric pressure.

While the mixture of these things sounds a bit odd, Apple is believed to be integrating support for several new sensors in iOS 8, and it does have a team of scientists nowBut as to what it could be doing with these 3 sensors—outside of weather—I’m not sure.

iphone 6 proto

As for the second report, it’s more of a series of tweets, and it comes from well-known tipster Sonny Dickson. Sonny has been responsible for a number of component and detail leaks in the past, so people tend to listen when he says he has some inside information.

Now, it’s worth noting that Dickson has also been wrong on several occasions, but there’s not much here that doesn’t make sense. An A8 chip would be an obvious successor to the A7, and with the reports of a larger display, you’d think Apple’d have to tweak the resolution.

Other iPhone 6 rumors have included multiple display sizes between 4.7 and 5.5-inches, as well as a 10MP camera and 2GB of RAM. The handset is expected to launch at its usual time this fall, but we’ve seen a few reports suggesting it could launch as early as this summer.

Above concept images by Martin Hajek

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    • Technocrz!

      you shutup and keep your money till Sep 2014

      • Leonard Wong

        lol at your reply

      • Technocrz!

        ;)

    • Osama Muhammed

      well

      • ConduciveMammal

        God, I was hoping the Facebook trend of comment images wouldn’t be brought to what I thought was a grown-up website

      • Antzboogie

        Oh hush puppy not everyone uses Facebook to know that.

      • mrgerbik

        lol ‘grown-up’? uhhhh okay

    • jack

      You have no idea how gay that sounds

      • Lady GAGA

        How could that sound “gay”

    • Jonathan

      Thank you! *grabs, runs*

  • Pato_

    :)

  • on3simpleclick

    Makes sense really.
    Bigger screen = more pixels
    More pixels = need higher DPI to still look nice.
    Faster A8 processor to power bigger screen.
    It’s an ever evolving circle of technology.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      A pretty serious phone…that’ll run for an hour straight and then immediately die on you for seemingly no reason…

      • on3simpleclick

        Serious drain on the battery lol

      • Aerobahn

        Bigger screen = bigger phone = bigger battery

      • Palmer Paul

        Not that much bigger if they’re making the phone 0.22″ (assuming that Mr. Dickson isn’t pulling these numbers out of his a**).

      • Lady GAGA

        I couldn’t believe it too . I mean c’mon 5,5 mm thin … This phone would break just by looking at it

      • Jeffrey

        no, it’s possible, the thinnest phone on the market right now is 5,55 mm thin, and as we’ve seen before, apple likes to be the company with the thinnest phone on the market

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        Do not underestimate #LordDickson’s word. Even if it came out of his rear end.

      • smtp25

        yeah but there was some new battery tech posted here not that long ago that apple had that was thin with high capacity

      • Ethan May

        oh uh chances are he’s not pulling stuff out his a**! LOL!

      • smtp25

        Ahuh cos apple would do that.. make a phone with dramticallhy less battery than previous models… this ain’t android.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        so there’s no phone coming out this july?

  • Eni

    i am already selling my 5s

    • abdullah575

      you will get the half price for it !

    • Lady GAGA

      I’ll give mine to a friend , and buy the 6 for me ….. Just like I do every year , my friend gets outdated updates for free , she’s a lucky bitch .

      • siddique

        hehe :P

      • Matthew Cleveland

        Can we be friends?

      • Lady GAGA

        Lol

      • Andrew Roth

        Can I be your friend??

      • Ethan May

        Watch your words @Lady GAGA

  • Leonard Wong

    I doubt A8 will run 2x clock speed from A7. I don’t think Apple will push it so high.

    • Nino

      A7′s performance is up to 50% better than A6, so it’s likely. Apple wants to grab as many ‘spec junkies’ from Android as they can (those who masturbate to large screens and quad processors).

  • Brian

    Crowd-sourced weather. Each iphone becomes a mini-weather station.

    • khmi

      Its really hot, in my pants pocket.

  • Matt

    What the heck do I do with my 5s now?

    • Lady GAGA

      Sell it now , like now now

      • Jonathan

        Now now now now now.

      • Andrew Roth

        Now now now now now now now now now now now now now now now.

      • Jonathan

        Later.

      • Ethan May

        never.

      • Andrew Roth

        Tomorrow.

  • Matt

    Off topic — but the icon — the old icon

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      ??

      • Matt

        You can’t see the old iDB icon?

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        i don’t understand the point of this comment. what about the old idb icon?

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        ios6?

      • Matt

        Lol I know. If I would know how to — I would delete the comment because it’s taking up space and is after off topic.
        But get on to the topic — I’ll be stuck with a 5S until 2015 – December 2015 that is.

      • Lady GAGA

        Omg are you on contract …. That so sad and sick

      • Matt

        I know right

      • quitcherbichinn

        You never have to be stuck. If you have AT&T all you do is add a line…it’s like $25 and with that line you get the iPhone 6 (all of this is, of course, once the 6 comes out). They make you wait a couple weeks until you can swap that phone onto your main line with the main number. After that you take the 5s and sell it…you’ll EASILY get the amount you paid for the 6 which will cover the termination fee for the added line. In the end you get the new phone every year without your costs raising for more than maybe a month. With the new shared plans it’s great…no more adding a $99 line. =)

      • Matt

        Your making a big deal out of it.
        I was surprised because I had the old icon. So I felt like posting a comment about it!

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        oh i just didn’t understand thats all and was curous.

    • Jonathan

      Delete, and rebookmark.

  • Cameron Chao

    Thats one F-ing gorgeous iphone.

  • on3simpleclick

    Slightly off topic, but in the same area, am I the only person who hates leaks of hardware specs, pictures, etc; of all the new phones, before they hit the market?
    It kind of takes away a lot of the amazement & surprise you get from seeing a new device for the first time. I know when the original iPhone was unveiled, that it completely blew my socks off, because I had never seen anything like it before.
    It was such an innovative & revolutionary step in the smart phone industry at the time, and I think that not even Apple could have guessed as to how successful it would become in the future. These days, I see leaked images & concepts of how the next generation of phones are going to look, and more often than not they turn out to be exactly how they were portrayed in the leak. Yeah it’s nice to know what is coming around the bend, but it takes away from the discovery of the new.
    It’s my personal opinion, that the iPhone 5s, isn’t all that much of a step up from the iPhone 4s. Maybe I’m expecting too much in the space of two years, or I’m just expecting Apple to make a revolutionary step in phone design & technology, and do again; what they did with the iPhone.

    • Carlos Gomes

      The article mentioned an “Ultra-Retina display”, not a “display with more DPI than the Nexus 5″, so I don’t know what’s your point, man.

      • on3simpleclick

        I was only replying in reference to SonnyDickson’s tweet which they included up top^ about the Ultra Retina display being 389ppi.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Still, your comment makes no sense.
        The guy said that the display would be Ultra Retina at 389ppi, not the only “Ultra Retina” display, or the display with more ppi.

        If you were trying to say that your phone is nice, yes, you have a nice phone.

      • on3simpleclick

        lol, nevermind dude..

  • Micky Ganon

    ..

    • Lady GAGA

      Just after I said , wait! Can you comment vids ?

      • Micky Ganon

        It happened to me twice ..

    • Jonathan

      My stupidity level increased by 10.

  • Palmer Paul

    How about Apple makes the phone waterproof (or at least water resistant)? It doesn’t seem that difficult to do, as there are many aftermarket services that supply this feature (www(dot)liquipel(dot)com is one of the more popular companies). Additionally, the SGS5 is going to be “Dust & Water Resistant,” so it would make sense for Apple to try to ‘stay close’ to their competition.

    • Tobias9413

      I agree, but as far as liquipel, well there are many people saying that it doesn’t really work and it will wear off after a while. :/

  • pauleebe

    Humidity sensors … so the Geniuses will know when your phone has taken a swim, aka warranty voided.

  • Jason Baroni

    iPhone 5 design is perfect. I hate this iPod touch inspired thing going on. I think Jove Ive can surprise us with something new. iPhone has always been different on design, because as they say, it is a different experience. There is no sense on making an iPod touch and an iPhone with the same grip.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Guys, the Lady GAGA in these comments is not real! I repeat: not the real Lady Gaga.

    • mondo

      no sh*t sherlock….

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        I was being sarcastic…

      • mondo

        no sh*t sherlock…

  • mondo

    that iphone looks like a samsung….

    • sjimmiep

      …..which looks like an iPhone.

  • Dani Hayes

    I hate these “thinner” iPhones. The 5s is small enough.

    • Raashid

      Excess thinnovation…

  • n0ahcruz3

    Ultra retina? Its that 2k or just 1080p? iOS doesnt even have full hd yet.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I swear if they do the bullshit “Even with all these new features, we managed to keep the battery at 8 hours (or whatever number they use)”, I’m gonna start throwing bricks at people! We dont want the SAME battery, we want BETTER! Come on Apple!

    • Lady GAGA

      We’re on the same page

  • Raashid

    ” Xu says that the device will feature 3 new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity.”

    Apple yet again copying Samsung without making headlines…

  • Your Mother

    ultra retina? lmfao. just playing catch up to 2k displays already on the market. apple playing catch up. copying 7″ tablets, copying smart watches, copying copying screen resolution, copying 10″+ tablets, copy glass. etc etc.

    • sjimmiep

      Still trolling here I see.