The iPhone 6 is on its way. While it’s still a mystery what it will look like or when exactly it will arrive in stores, the lack of details hasn’t done anything to dent the immense anticipation for the next edition of Apple’s smartphone. With so many rumors going around, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here’s a look at some of the more plausible speculation regarding the design, features, and release date of the next iPhone.
Apple has continued to keep quiet on what consumers can expect from the iPhone 6, but just about every report out there has a source saying the new iPhone will be larger than its predecessors. In addition, it has been widely reported by Mac Rumors, CNET, that the smartphone will come in two varieties: one with a 4.7 inch display and the other with a 5.5 inch display.
There is plenty to support these rumors even without official confirmation. Smartphone size has been gradually increasing, with Apple falling behind compared to some of the offerings in the market such as the Galaxy S5 from rival Samsung with a 5.1 inch screen. A larger screen on the new iPhone would let Apple catch up to Samsung and keep pace with consumer expectations regarding display size.
It’s also not a stretch to expect two versions of the iPhone 6. This rumor is fueled by the fact that Apple did exactly this last year when it released the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simultaneously. Presumably the 5.5 inch model would replace the 5S as the flagship phone, while the 4.7 inch would take over from the 5C as the slightly lower priced alternative.
Beyond screen size, there has been plenty of other speculation about the design of the iPhone 6. The device is expected to be both lighter and thinner than previous models and feature little or no bezels. One popular rumor is that Apple will use Sapphire glass in the iPhone 6. The company recently opened a new factory to produce the scratch-resistant and apparently indestructible glass, which suggests it has big plans for it and what could be bigger than the new iPhone?
Rounded corners and the relocation of the power button to the side of the phone are also expected.
On a more unlikely note, there has been some talk about the smartphone coming with a curved screen or even a wraparound display that goes over the sides of the device to provide touch controls and notifications. While an Apple patent suggests such a thing may be coming at some point in the future, it probably won’t be included in the iPhone 6.
Every great phone has to have some cool features and the iPhone 6 is no exception. Aside from coming with the recently revealed iOS 8 operating system, the phone will also see a better 10-megapixel camera with improved image stabilization. The device could also include an NFC chip for mobile payments as well as wireless charging, though of course we won’t know for sure until Apple unveils the phone. For users who like to stick with wires, the company has reportedly been testing a reversible USB cable that works no matter which way it is plugged in.
On the storage front, Apple is expected to add a new option for 128GB internal storage. Previous iPhones have only been available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, but the company does offer 128GB iPads, which makes this rumor a definite possibility. Some optimistic folks have speculated that Apple may offer expandable storage through the use of SD cards, but this is one feature that almost certainly won’t make an appearance due to Apple’s preference for fixed storage options and iCloud.
Nothing is guaranteed until Apple announces it, but the pricing for the iPhone 6 is expected to be in line with the last generation.
Apple has favored fall releases for its smartphones in the past and the company is thought to be planning a September announcement for the iPhone 6 followed by a release date soon after. Some reports have named September 19 as the launch day, though Apple has not confirmed or denied anything. If true, that still leaves plenty of time for more speculation on what we can expect to see from the next generation of iPhones.