iPhone 6 Release And Rumors Roundup: Slimmer Body, Bigger Screen And Sapphire Display A Real Possibility

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | February 18, 2014 4:01 PM EST

As the iPhone 6 release date nears, many rumors flood the Internet. Here is a roundup on what you need to expect on the next-generation iPhone from Apple.

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A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in downtown Shanghai September 10, 2013.

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iPhone 6 Display And Screen

iPhone 6 will sport a larger display than any other iPhone before it, according to rumors. As seen with the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, there is big market for the large-screen smartphones called phablets. It seems Apple is ready to join the club and compete with the screen size. Early reports suggested a 4.8-inches screen will be seen but recent reports said iPhone 6 will come with 5-inches screen. But then again, the most recent report from Foxconn via BGR claimed iPhone 6 will come in two sizes: 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch.

According to ETNews, iPhone 6 will be the slimmest iPhone on its release date. It will be around 6 mm thick, which is 1.6 mm thinner than iPhone 5 and half the thickness of iPhone 3GS.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display

Apple appears to be working on developing iPhone 6 as a tougher smartphone. A recent deal indicated a super-tough sapphire screen for iPhone 6 is possibly coming. The deal was made with GT Advanced technologies to create sapphire glass for iPhone 6.

According to reports, Apple has struck a deal with GT Advanced technologies to produce sapphire glass in a plant in Arizona.

GT Advanced Technologies announced in a regulatory filing, "The sapphire glass that GT will make in the facility will be used to cover the camera lenses in Apple's phones and the fingerprint-reading devices in its latest products. GT's technology also can be used to make scratchproof glass covers for smartphones, although it is not used for that purpose by Apple today."

The deal should provide Apple with the materials it requires to deliver the sapphire display on iPhone 6 during release date.

iPhone 6 Release Date

Although nobody can accurately confirm the exact date when iPhone 6 is coming out, some are guessing the release date of next-generation iPhone.

Taking the usual pattern that Apple typically do with its iPhones into consideration, we expect to see iPhone 6 a year after the release of iPhone 5s, which is in September.

According to Digitimes, Apple is prepping for a May launch date for iPhone 6 and it will use a "20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)."

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A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in downtown Shanghai September 10, 2013.
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