iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s: Should You Upgrade or Not?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 18, 2013 9:53 AM EST

The iPhone 5s is the current flagship device of Apple. It is expected to remain on its spot for a couple of months, but it will soon be replaced with something new and possibly better, the iPhone 6. Here is an early look on what to expect to help consumers decide whether they should upgrade or not.

Release Date

While Android smartphone release dates are pretty challenging to predict, Apple tends to have one of its two launch windows for the iPhone - summer and fall. Previously, Apple launched the iPhone at its annual developer conference, the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). After Apple fans grew to expect this, Apple shifted to launch its iPhone during fall, like the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s. Apple is known as a company that follows pattern. As such, reports say the market should expect to see the iPhone 6 during next year's summer or fall, as usual.   

Design

As Apple tends to stick to a design for 2 years before it shifts to something new, consumers can expect the same with the iPhone 6. Although rumours abound, at this point, there is still no clear idea on the design of the iPhone 6. However, reports suggest that it is safe to assume Apple will have some tweaks from the iPhone 5s but it will retain its premium build. If the iPhone 6 will sport a larger screen, then consumers can expect it to keep its weight change minimal.

Display

The iPhone 5s resolution of 1,136 x 640 at 326 ppi remains competitive to its Android counterparts. However, consumers can expect it to have even better displays in 2014. On the other hand, while Apple fans want larger screens on the iPhone, there is still no confirmatoin as to whether or not Apple will jump into the phablet boat.

Specs

Majority of the current rumours of the iPhone 6 focus on the release date rather than its specs. Although we have seen patents suggesting possible features like a camera which allows users to change the focus even after the photo is taken, patents do not always mean features of the immediate future.

As reports say, Apple recently purchased PrimeSense, the company responsible for the motion sensor technology of the Microsoft Kinect. This has reports assuming it would not be a surprise to see the same technology incorporated with the iPhone 6.

Software

The iPhone 5s currently sports the latest version of Apple iOS, the iOS 7.0.4. In the months ahead, it will likely be upgraded to iOS 7.1, and after that, users and fans might see a couple more incremental updates before it will be finally upgraded to the next iOS, which will almost certainly be called the iOS 8. At this point, it is too early to tell what iOS 8 is going to be, but because Apple is known to introduce a new hardware along with new software, the iPhone 6 could possibly come with iOS 8.

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