New concept imagines iPhone 6 without ugly antenna lines

By Cody Lee on Jul 3, 2014

I’m sure most of you are as tired of iPhone 6 concepts as I am—between rumors of a redesign and the constant barrage of part leaks, designers have had more to work with than years past—but these new mockups from Thomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino are worth noting.

The images depict Apple’s handset with all of the rumored hardware changes, including the thinner profile, rounded edges and relocated Power button. But there’s one major difference between this design and all of the others we’ve seen thus far: no ugly antenna break linesRead More

 

These iPhone 6 renders look just about right

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

As news reached us this morning that Apple could launch its next iPhone in mainland China on Thursday, September 25, and given a purported 4.7-inch front panel leaked in a video which suggests the possibility of one-handed use, we now have a better idea of when the device could launch and how it might feel in one’s hand.

There has certainly been no shortage of leaked parts thus far, such as the supposed display covers, backplates, LCD parts, manufacturing molds, etc.

The problem with these leaks based on rumors is their crudeness that don’t do Apple’s industrial design and precision manufacturing a justice. Enter Ukrainian designer Mark Pelin, who has created high-resolution renders that offer arguably the best indication yet of what a finalized design of the iPhone 6 in Space Gray might look like… Read More

 

Video suggests 4.7″ iPhone 6 would be optimized for one-handed use

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

Japanese magazine Mac Fan asserted back in October 2013 that Apple’s upcoming larger-screened iPhone 6 would file as the first device with a display this large that would still be optimized for one-handed use, thanks to some smart design decisions.

And in September of last year, KGI Securities’ Ming Chi-Kuo called for a next-generation iPhone with a 4.5 to five-inch screen and designed to follow Apple’s “unwavering principle of one hand use”.

Today, a new video of a purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 front panel has surfaced giving us a good indication how the device might feel in one’s hand… Read More

 

iPhone 6 thought to be introduced on September 19, ahead of September 25 launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014

According to Chinese media reports, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be introduced at a media event to be held on Friday, September 19.

The following Thursday, September 25, the device is expected to launch across U.S. carriers and in Apple’s key international markets.

According to sources, a 5.5-inch variant of the iPhone 6 will be marketed under the iPhone Air moniker.

This would be similar to this year’s distinction between the iPad mini and iPad Air lineup. Also, this name change would reflect the bigger model’s thinness and compactness… Read More

 

New images show alleged iPhone 6 display covers

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014

Adding to the recent barrage of iPhone 6 part leaks and physical mockups, several photos popped up online this afternoon showing display covers that allegedly belong to the handset.

The images depict a white and black component, both of which are said to be display glass covers for the smaller (4.7) version of the two new iPhones Apple is expected to launch this fall… Read More

 

iPhone 6 mockups only a rough approximation, no antenna breaks in final design

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

Are you worried, based on the mockups that have been floating around, at the possibility of Apple’s next iPhone disappointing fans with cheap design?

If you have any doubts as to Apple’s build quality, then you don’t know Apple.

The crude, rapidly produced 3D-printed mockups that have been made of low quality materials do not reliably represent the final iPhone 6 design and build quality.

Those ugly, thick white-striped lines on the back, you say? Not part of the final external design, according to a new report by the Japanese business paper Nikkei. The story also notes that the iPhone 6 won’t have the antenna breaks and claims the screen will have rounded edges to lay it flush with the device’s round corners… Read More

 

128GB option could be exclusive to 5.5” iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

Exclusivity appears to be the name of the game concerning Apple’s rumored 5.5-inch handset. Thus far, we’ve learned that Tim Cook & Co. could distinguish Apple’s first phablet-class device with several exclusive features.

These would presumably include (other than display size) optical image stabilization, an ultra-sharp screen at 2K resolution and multiple new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity.

You can now put 128GB of storage on your list of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 exclusives… Read More

 

Claimed video shows off 4.7″ iPhone 6 back part

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014

A new video has surfaced Thursday, purportedly depicting an all-aluminum back of a forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model.

This follows yesterday’s video which compared a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 dummy to several jumbo-sized Android phones and last week’s photos of an alleged 5.5-inch iPhone 6 display panel.

The back part shown off in today’s video appears genuine although one can’t tell for sure whether it represents a finalized design that’s about to go into production or if it’s one of the early prototypes that Apple may or may not have abandoned… Read More

 

Video shows how 5.5″ iPhone 6 would stack up against jumbo-sized Android phones

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

I wish Apple put me out of my misery and released the iPhone 6 already because an influx of videos comparing those questionable dummy units to just about anything is overwhelming me. Just this morning, for example, I pointed you to a video which shows off the supposed minor changes in the next iPad’s design.

Now I’ve decided to highlight another video that I think does a great job explaining how the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would compare to popular 5.5-inch Android handsets such as the LG G3, Oppo Find 7 and One Plus One.

It’s right after the break so give it a quick watch and join us in comments for a healthy discussion… Read More

 

Another rumor claims September 19 iPhone 6 launch, no 16GB version

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

Last month, German wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom instructed its call center representatives to tell its existing customers that their loyalty could be well rewarded on September 19, the date support staff apparently singled out as the likely iPhone 6 release.

This morning, a Chinese outlet has reaffirmed that the 4.7-inch handset will indeed launch on Friday, September 19, 2014. The device is said to come in two storage flavors – 32 and 64GB varieties – as opposed to the current 16/32/64GB lineup… Read More

 

Optical image stabilization could be exclusive to the 5.5-inch iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 24, 2014

There has been a myriad of rumors surrounding the oft-rumored iPhone 6 and what kinds of features we can expect in the next-generation smartphone. We’ve heard about potential flagship features, ranging from NFC and wireless charging to a thinner and rounder chassis, while one lesser-mentioned improvement could be optical image stabilization. But if a new prediction is accurate, the feature could be limited to the 5.5-inch iPhone.

According to Pacific Crest Securities analysts John Vinh and Kevin Chen, optical image stabilization could be exclusive to the 5.5-inch iPhone to help Apple differentiate the larger iPhone with the 4.7-inch model that is also expected to be released. The analysts claim that a $4 to $5 premium on optical image stabilization over traditional auto-focus solutions could be the underlying decision behind this move…  Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple to start production of two larger iPhones next month

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

Bloomberg has confirmed a storyline that we have heard for the past several weeks, which is that Apple is preparing to ramp up production of the iPhone 6 in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. The report specifically claims that the manufacturing process will begin in China next month, with both smartphones likely to be announced and made available in September.

It has long been speculated that Apple is working on two larger iPhone models, although some rumors suggested that the 5.5-inch model might be delayed because of difficulties in the manufacturing process. This report provides further confirmation that the 5.5-inch model could in fact be unveiled alongside the 4.7-inch model in the fall. Read ahead for details…  Read More

 

Foxconn and Pegatron go on hiring sprees as iPhone 6 production ramps up

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 22, 2014

As the iPhone 6 enters production over the next few months, a new report claims that Apple manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron are in the process of recruiting new employees from mainland China. Foxconn in particular is said to be hiring a record-breaking 100,000 employees to help assemble the smartphone, which could be released in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models…  Read More

 

Photos of alleged 5.5-inch iPhone 6 LCD part surface

By Cody Lee on Jun 21, 2014

New evidence of the larger iPhone 6 surfaced online this morning. 9to5Mac has posted a pair of images believed to be a display component for Apple’s oft-rumored 5.5-inch smartphone—one of two handsets the company is believed to be launching this fall.

While we’ve seen plenty of case and part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, physical evidence of the larger model has been far more scarce. These photos, in fact, are said to be the first showing an iPhone 6 component that matches the 5.5-inch device rumors… Read More

 

Evidence discovered in iOS 8 suggests iPhone 6 will feature multiple new sensors

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2014

The incoming iPhone 6 may feature new barometer and air pressure sensors, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The site has discovered new APIs in iOS 8 that hint at the new sensors, which could be used to offer advanced data for measuring altitude, temperature and weather.

Today’s discovery follows a March report from Sun Chang Xu. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the analyst said the iPhone 6 would include new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity, putting the device on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and others…

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Rumors: power draw issues plaguing iWatch, sapphire screen exclusive to 5.5″ iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

It was just yesterday that analyst Matt Margolis speculated that Apple and its manufacturing partner GT Advanced – which operates a sophisticated sapphire plant in Arizona – can produce enough sapphire glass for both iPhone 6 models and now comes word that’s not really the case.

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is out with a report claiming that only the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model incorporates a sapphire-strengthened screen as Apple and GT continue to cope with yield issues and production limitations. As for Apple’s rumored iWatch, the paper says current prototypes of the wearable device are plagued with energy consumption issues related to its OLED screen… Read More

 

iPhone 6 manufacturing mockup shows off Space Grey finish

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2014

Earlier this morning, we showed you new photos of a meticulously designed iPad Air 2 dummy unit with Touch ID incorporated into its Home button.

And now, a fresh batch of purported iPhone 6 manufacturing mockups has surfaced, depicting what a Space Gray variant of Apple’s upcoming bigger and thinner iPhone model could look like.

Credited to sources in Japan and Korea, the images show the purported mockup next to an iPhone 5s and HTC’s One smartphone… Read More

 

iPhone 6 rumored to run 2K Retina screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014

According to an Asian source citing “Apple employees” in Hong Kong, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will pack in a much improved Retina display boasting Quad HD screen resolution of 2,560-by-1,440 pixels.

This would mark a significant upgrade from both the current four-inch 1,136-by-640 Retina display on the iPhone 5/5s/5c and the rumored 1,704-by-960 pixel resolution screen claimed earlier this month by a reliable bloggerRead More

 

New photos show 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models side by side

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2014

Some new photos of alleged iPhone 6 models surfaced this morning, courtesy of Sonny Dickson. We’ve seen several photos of physical mockups to date, but these by far offer the best representation of what Apple’s next smartphone is expected to look like.

It’s believed that the iPhone 6 will come in two display sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, and today’s images show the two variants sitting side by side. This not only give us a good idea of the handset’s design, but it also indicates how the two models will vary in size… Read More

 

New report claims Apple will charge $100 premium for larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2014

In line with a report from Jefferies’ Peter Misek earlier this year, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt issued a claim this morning that Apple will charge a $100 premium for the larger of two iPhone 6 models expected to launch this fall.

In a research note to investors, McCourt said he is confident Apple will charge a $100 more for the 5.5-inch version of its new smartphone, citing higher-priced components and more complex production processes as reasons for the bump… Read More