By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2014
Although the iPhone 5s has only been out for about 4 months now, next-gen iPhone rumors are already ramping up. The handset, believed (for right now, anyway) to be called the iPhone 6, has been widely reported to feature a larger display and other improvements.
Today, a new report from China adds to the chatter by claiming that Apple’s next smartphone should see some camera improvements such as enhanced optical image stabilization. It also calls for the handset to retain the current 8-megapixel sensor for its iSight camera… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2014
The notoriously unreliable Digitimes last month called for a larger size iPhone in May and today Chinese website Huanqiu reiterated that an iPhablet would arrive in time for the next Galaxy S smartphone confirmed for May 2014.
The next iPhone – let’s call it the iPhone 6 for the convenience sake - is generally thought to come in two sizes, one 4.7-inch and the larger one with a phablet-grade screen measuring a whopping 5.7 inches diagonally.
And now, images of an alleged frame have appeared online to suggest a notably thinner appearance compared to the current-generation iPhone 5s. Could this part be genuine? My two cents are right below… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2014
Since just before Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s last September, we’ve been hearing rumors that the company’s eighth-generation handset is going to feature a larger display. Reports are calling for sizes from 4.8-inches all the way up to 6-inches.
But there’s also another theory—first started by Reuters last June—going around that Apple is working on two larger screen iPhone models: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.7-inch display. And a new report out of China adds to the mix… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2013
A new rumor out from Taiwan alleges that Apple will release a large form-factor iPad with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally in October of next year, primarily aimed at the education market. The next iPhone, the one with a larger screen compared to today’s four-inch iPhone 5s/5c, is apparently scheduled to go on sale in May 2014.
I’m not buying the May release date because Apple has never released an iPhone in May. Besides, this would break Apple’s tradition of releasing new iPhones in Fall, the practice Tim Cook established with the iPhone 4s introduction on October 4, 2011… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2013
Google’s Zeitgeist has become something of an annual tradition as the Internet giant wraps up each year by giving us a glimpse into what the world’s been searching for using its search engine. Surprisingly (or not?), Apple’s iPhone 5s took the top three slots in global search trends (#5 in the U.S.), behind Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker.
Google’s review of 2013 searches also shows the iPhone 5s leading 2013 search trends in the Phones category, although it’s been edged out in the Gadgets category by Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Sony’s PlayStation 4… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 23, 2013
Things have started to get out of hand very quickly with iPhone concepts over the last few months, so we decided to slow down our coverage of them. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe we’ve published one iPhone concept since last June.
Today we’re making an exception for this iPhone 6 concept by Arthur Reis… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
A Chinese blog that leaked a few credible Apple parts earlier in the year is out with a new report that’s making the rounds this morning. Apparently, Apple has begun testing upcoming iPhone models with larger screens that go beyond the current four-inch form factor the company inaugurated with the iPhone 5 release a year ago. A large-screen iPhone 6 was mulled before, but this is the first time anyone mentioned an iPhone 5c successor adopting a bigger screen as well.
On the flip side, it’s impossible to take these reports at face value. These things are often misinterpreted and even Tim Cook bothered to urge people not to read too much into such a complex beast as Apple’s supply chain. Moreover, it goes without saying that Apple is constantly experimenting with various form factors, which could explain these rumors… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2013
Analysts think Apple will respond to competition by producing not one, but two large-screen iPhone models in 2014. According to Piper Jaffary’s Gene Munster (infamous for its Apple-branded television set prediction), the iPhone 6 will make its debut in September 2014 and it’s going to be a “blockbuster” release thanks to a blown up screen.
His peer, Peter Misek over at Jeffries, thinks the iPhone 6 will offer a 4.8-inch screen. If anything, Samsung has managed to prove that phablets sell: the company predicts shipping a total of hundred million units of the five-inch Galaxy S4 smartphone and the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 devices this year.
Whichever way you look at it, phablets have quickly gone from a niche category to being the hot new form factor. How does this change in market dynamics affect Apple? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2013
Apple’s next-generation iPhone, likely to be marketed under the iPhone 6 moniker, will be akin to today’s phablets in that it’ll include a five-inch screen with full HD resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels at Retina-friendly 440 pixels per inch density.
The screens itself will be provided by long-time supplier LG Display, which is also believed to be close to striking a deal to supply iWatch OLEDs.
But unlike a bunch of jumbo-sized Android phones that rock screens measuring five or more inches diagonally, Apple’s device is ostensibly designed with one-hand operation in mind, according to a new report Tuesday… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2013
Gene Munster is out this weekend with an earnings preview for Apple, which is slated to announce its Q4 financials on Monday. The Piper Jaffary analyst sees the company reporting big numbers, and has them at a $640 price target.
But perhaps more interesting in Munster’s note is that he says he expects the iPhone 6 to be out next summer—months before the now-usual September refresh. He thinks it’ll feature a larger display, and is going to be a “blockbuster.” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2013
Apple has long wanted to make a switch from the traditional LCD IPS display technology utilized on iOS devices to Sharp’s cutting-edge IGZO technology.
Unfortunately, Apple’s been unable to offer an IGZO iPhone because the struggling Japanese giant had been facing tremendous technical hurdles preventing mass production of these sophisticated panels.
According to the latest supply chain chatter, Sharp has now successfully commercialized production of IGZO panels for smartphones and will begin manufacturing them at its Kameyama Plant Number 2 before the end of 2013… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2013
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White issued an interesting research note late yesterday, offering up insight on Apple’s future product plans. White claims that after meeting with a component supplier, he has a much better idea of what to expect out of Cupertino.
On the iPhone front, the analyst echoes his colleagues, saying that he is ‘very confident’ that 2014 will be the year of the larger iPhone—and for what it’s worth, he’s saying 5-inches. But his most interesting comments are in regards to the oft-rumored iWatch project… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2013
Highly-regarded NPD DisplaySearch issued a new research note late last night, offering up several bold predictions for Apple’s future product plans. It believes the company is preparing to revamp the displays across nearly all of its devices.
Among the forecasts, the marketing research firm says it agrees with the rumors that the new iPad mini Apple is expected to unveil later this month will have a Retina display. And it also concurs with the ongoing ‘larger iPhone screen’ chatter… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2013
Though we’re just a few weeks removed from the iPhone 5s launch, rumors of Apple’s next-generation handset are already starting to pile up. At least thus far they’ve been fairly consistent: the display is going to get a size bump.
And that’s what Jeffries analyst Peter Misek is predicting too, after returning from a meeting last week with Apple’s Asian suppliers. Misek issued a note to investors this afternoon calling for an ‘iPhone 6′ with a 4.8-inch display… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Sep 12, 2013
In astronomy, it is known as the ‘Goldilocks Principle,’ where Earth is located not too close to the Sun but not too far away. The ‘just right’ thinking needs to be applied to calls for a larger-screen iPhone, according to one analyst. While an iPhone with a larger screen is needed to increase demand in China, anything larger than a five-inch display risks creating an ‘iPhad’ that’s part iPhone and part iPad… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2013
Apple posted tiny updates for a number of its apps this week, including iMovie, iPhoto, Pages and more. And while the updates themselves seem insignificant—most of their change logs read “addresses compatibility issues”—they may not be.
It’s been discovered that all of these apps, and several others from third party developers, now show that they’ve been “optimized for iPhone 6″ in their Compatibility sections on the App Store. Does this mean the iPhone 5S is actually the iPhone 6?
Update: as noted by several commenters below, it appears that Apple either has a major glitch in its iTunes backend, or is totally trolling us. Users are seeing “optimized for iPhone 6, 7″ and so on, depending on their region. We have updated the title of the post to reflect this.
By Oliver Haslam on Jul 6, 2013
It’s arguably the worst kept secret in modern technology. In fact, it’s hard to really call it a secret anymore, because anyone with even a passing knowledge of smartphones will know that Apple tends to announce and release new iPhones around August/September/October time.
That’s why rumors start to really heat up around now, and photos of supposed screens, random cables attachments and claimed rear covers begin cropping up with increasing frequency. It’s as predictable as night turning to day, and we love it.
One of the perennial questions though is one that I’m being asked on a regular basis, and not just by techy types. The question is a simple one: what will Apple announce and will I want to buy it? Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2013
Now that Apple has unveiled iOS 7, and we know what its next generation software is going to look like, it’s time to start thinking about its next-generation handset. No, I’m not talking about the iPhone 5S that’s expected this year. I’m talking about after that.
Well if you ask the folks over at ADR Studio, they think it’s going to sport a 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display and a fingerprint scanner. The design team has put together an impressive iPhone 6 concept that mixes their creativity with ongoing iPhone rumors… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 28, 2013
With this year’s iPhone release expected to look and act very similar to its predecessor, concept designers have already set their sights on the next version of the handset. Earlier this month we saw mockups for a waterproof iPhone 6 that could charge wirelessly.
And today we’ve got another one for you. This one comes from the folks over at ConceptiPhone, the same team behind yesterday’s iOS 7 concept, and it features a sleek new contoured design, a 3-dimensional iSight camera, and an edge-to-edge display… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2013
These things are easily fabricated (as is any Apple rumor, for that matter) so it pays to take this one with a few pinches of salt.
A new report Thursday by Stuff.tv suggests Apple this year could abandon iPhone S-upgrades, based on an alleged listing in Vodafone UK’s retail system which mentions a product listed as a ’4G iPhone 6’.
Evidence backing the report: a blurry image of a retail system listing purportedly taken by a Vodafone employee. Now, we’ve heard crazy stories of Apple potentially releasing not one, but a few new iPhones this year. However, the most credible sources point to an iPhone 5S upgrade and the rumored budget iPhone model in 2012, eventually followed by an iPhone 6 in 2013… Read More