Apple will reportedly release its flagship phone in September. What previously seemed mere speculation now appears truer by the day. According to recent reports, Apple will indeed release two versions of the iPhone 6: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch variant. The two variants are reportedly in production just in time for a fall release. Can Apple make it on time?
According to the company's track record, major product releases always happen around fall. Leading business daily in Japan, Nikkei reported about the release of the iPhone 6 around September. The report also emphasized the two screen options although no sources were cited.
The report noted Apple working together with Japanese Electronics Company, Sharp, for the supply of higher-resolution crystal display screens. Apple has also been collobarating with other companies like LG Display in South Korea and Japan display. Additionally, Taiwan's Commercial Times published a report earlier this March about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. beginning productions for the next set of Apple chips.
All of these partnerships or collaborations suggest Apple ramping up productions for the upcoming releases of its devices including the iPhone 6. The existing iPhone 5 series came out last September 2012. The refreshed line, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, came out around the same time last year. Analysts believe that Apple will not veer away from this timeline anytime soon.
According to previous reports, the iPhone 6 will ship with a thinner body, higher pixel density screen and a better processor. Likewise, it was also reported previously that TSMC and Samsung are both contracted to produce the new "A8" chip for the smartphone. The A8 processor will follow a similar 64-bit structure clocked at 2.6GHz.
Other reported features for the iPhone 6 include an Ultra-Retina display offering 389ppi for pixel density, 8MP camera, bezel-free display and the iOS 8. According to Paste Magazine, some of the likely features of the iOS 8 include:
- Mass Transit-Friendly Apple Maps
- Fitness-Focused HealthBook
- iTunes Radio As Individual App
- Preview and Text Edit features
Apple has yet to make its official announcement of the iPhone 6.