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Expect iPhone 6 rumors to reach a fever pitch (as if they hadn’t already) over the next few weeks, as we inch closer towards Apple’s announcement. The update is supposed to be one of the largest in the handset’s history, so needless to say the anticipation is mounting.

The latest report regarding the device comes from VentureBeat, who claims that a well-informed source has given it a rundown of what to expect next month. Many of the features listed by the site match up with previous rumors, but there are a few new noteworthy bits…

Let’s start with the screen. VentureBeat is hearing that sapphire will not be used here, as previously rumored:

We’ve also heard rumors that the new screens will be made of ultra-durable sapphire glass. Our source says the screens are made of an extremely hard material that’s slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire. That corroborates an earlier video report showing that the purported iPhone 6 screen is harder than previous models’ screens but softer than sapphire crystal.

As for sizes, the outlet says that Apple plans to unveil both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model next month, but they won’t launch at the same time. The former will be ready to ship in mid-September, but the larger 5.5-inch model is likely to ship several weeks or a month later.

The report goes on to say that the iPhone 6’s A8 chip will run at a frequency of 2.0 GHz, providing a noticeable performance increase over the current A7 chip, which runs at 1.3GHz. The phone will also support faster Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and wireless (Category 6 LTE) tech.

Additionally:

A socket is reserved for a near field communication (NFC) chip that will make the new phones able to do mobile payments (finally), our source says. Apple will populate the socket with a chip made by NXP. The NXP chip’s element and radio reserve enough memory to encrypt, decrypt, and sign data packets coming from financial applications on the phone.

NFC rumors are extremely common in the run up to a new iPhone unveiling, but the chatter seems to be getting louder this time around. Apple is expected by many to launch a new mobile payment system in the near future, and NFC could prove instrumental in the project.

It’s worth noting here that VentureBeat has a pretty hit-and-miss track record—its recent report on Apple teaming up with Swatch for the iWatch was almost immediately shot down. So just be sure that you are taking in the above information with the usual grain of salt.

The good news is, we don’t have long to wait to find out what’s true and what’s not. It’s believed that Apple is going to unveil the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9th.

Top image: iPhone 6 concept by Martin Hajek

  • Luis Higareda Jr

    Kinda bummed out to be hearing about no (possible) non-sapphire screen :/

    • Virus

      Well they got to save something for the 6″S”h!t model

      • Ricardo

        but apparently the screen shown i videos of claim “Sapphire screen” are in fact the ones that this iphone will get

      • Caleb

        True go and look at Marques Brownlee’s (MKBHD) YouTube account.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        The 6s will feature a reinnovated way of wireless charging, which will be it’s main new feature, mark my words!

      • Right, the S stands for Strong…

    • luckyarcher

      Yeah I feel you bro, can’t skateboard with sapphire screen bro. WTFs up with Apple these days!!

  • Tim Farris

    i hope the ac adaptor is real because i would love to have that on a iPhone i will just wait till the 19th when the iPhone is gonna be on the shelf

  • Jacob S

    NFC? really? I thought apple doesn’t believe in NFC lol. So after 4 years we going to have an “incredible” “amazing” “outstanding” phone that no one ever thought of? (sarcasm) lol

    • A’s Network

      I know this sounds stupid, but Apple could use NFC for features like Handoff in iOS 8. They would also have to implement that tech into the MacBooks and desktops tho. we might see NFC this year or next year…

    • n0ahcruz3

      Apple is always right! We have the amazing passbook, and 3.5″ is the perfect size and 4″ taller screen it better according to apple!. We dont need 2 gb of ram! 1 gb is enough more than that is a waste lol.

      • Dao Sasone

        Because ios is limited to running multiple apps like android. unless its jb and still crashes from time to time.

    • luckyarcher

      Do you still buy cupcakes with your NFC enabled Galaxy XYZ? Do they taste incredible btw?

      • Jacob S

        By looking at your postings its clear that you are just another beaten up desi who does not deserve any answer :))

      • luckyarcher

        Getting personal, are we?

      • Jacob S

        na, little attitude issues, can be worked out! Lol

      • luckyarcher

        Does your head come NFC enabled?

      • sdhn97

        Yes. Did you not get the upgrade at birth?!

      • Jacob S

        no, but my L*** does, so I can tap it on your BC to get the transaction done, any more questions?

      • luckyarcher

        But you should tap the Galaxy XYZ, not your member (why do you self censor the L-word if you are shameful enough to use it LOL)

    • iBanks

      It wasn’t that they didn’t believe in NFC, but didn’t believe that it was a valuable feature at the time. But I’m sure if it’s true that the new iPhone will incorporate NFC, Apple will make it much more of a popular, usable feature than any Android Device has made it.

    • It’s more than likely due to comparability. Apple would love everyone to adopt BLTE and iBeacons Android and other phones already have NFC so most businesses would probably want to adopt NFC rather than BTLE in order to attract the biggest user base.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I thinks it’s worth noting every entity that reports on Apple has a “hit and miss” record. I love IDB, but your just as bad.

    • luckyarcher

      My what is bad?

      • Tommy Gumbs

        The article states, “It’s worth noting here that VentureBeat has a pretty hit-and-miss track record.” When I use the word “bad,” I am inferring that IDB, and most Apple related sites are no different from VentureBeat, in terms of getting things wrong.

        However, it is important that I say IDB is one of the best Apple sites on the net. And over the last several months the IDB team has done wonders in stepping up their reporting game. There is not as much yellow journalism as there once was on this site.

  • Top image is ridiculous. How could screen be transparent?
    Since iPhone 5, in-cell makes sure that screen and cover glass are inseparable, so it couldn’t be cover glass, either.

    • Marly Marl

      Dude its just a photoshop for u to get some perspective

    • highNiggaPie

      You didn’t hear? They’re only using the outer glass screen for the iphone 6 because the A8 chip is able to project an image onto it so there’s no need for an actual screen anymore. Get with the program bro

  • n0ahcruz3

    If its the 4.7″ it doesnt matter to me i’ll wait for 5.5″ iphone

  • iPodDroid

    iPhone 6S(Sapphire)?

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      Stop…. Just stop man…

  • Jeremy

    Okay so this is off topic but I just now noticed something on my phone. It happened once on my old iPod touch but way back when and I had a tweak to show the battery percentage and then when I updated my iPod touch to a newer firmware I noticed the tweak carried over and kept the percentage on my non-jailbroken ipod touch and something similar happened with my iPhone 5s. I had ayeris installed and applied at the time when I updated from ios 7.1.2 to ios 8 beta 4 and then a day later I updated to beta 5 and I’m just noticing now that the ayeris theme is still somewhat applied but just to my status bar and it’s only applied to the location services icon and the signal dots. I dunno but I just thought this was pretty neat!

    • Jeremy

      I can’t seem to post a screenshot

      • Guest

        Here

  • thomas

    its been sooo long since we got a new product from Apple. its ridiculous

  • Yujin

    I think apple will not be using sapphire, BUT will be using their own custome made glass that is a sapphire hybrid.

  • WolfgangHoltz

    “The update is supposed to be one of the largest in the handset’s history”
    Because both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model is bigger than today’s Apple modelsit’s
    rather obvious it’s the largest in Apple iPhone history. They just copy
    Samsung’s popular bigger screensize. So nothing revolutionary in the
    smartphone business.

  • ImLouis

    I need to re-install iOS 7.1.2 on my iPhone 5 GSM but the direct apple link isn’t working and I cant find a mirror link!?

    • ImLouis

      I was using Chrome and tried downloading it with Firefox and it worked, must have been a bad cookie