Apple iPhone 6 Release Date Two Weeks to Go Starting at $800 with New Phosphorus HealthKit Chip
By Precious Silva | August 27, 2014 2:42 AM EST
Apple's iPhone 6 launch will be in two weeks with reports pointing the announcement on September 9. Given Apple sticks to its timeline, actual store release may come two weeks after the press event around September 19. Whereas some analysts believe there could be delays, a Wall Street analyst says production problems will not impact the launch. However, this will not change the idea that the upcoming iPhone 6 may be the most expensive iPhone yet. What can people expect with Apple's big announcement?
A woman holds her new Apple iPhone 5S after buying it at an Apple Store at Tokyo's Ginza shopping district September 20, 2013.
The upcoming iPhone 6 is expected to be completely different from the iPhone 5s with some reports saying Apple's in it for a total overhaul. According to Huffington Post, Peter Misek from Jeffries was reportedly talking with carriers to offer a higher price for the iPhone 6 compared to the 5s. The iPhone 5s contract usually starts at $199.
In another report by Tech Radar, the site sets the starting price of the iPhone 6 at $800. This is twice the price of the first iPhone in 2007 without the two-year contract subsidy. From the time the iPhone 3G was introduced in 2008, contracts have always started with $199. It will be a blow to consumers if the contact jumps to $299. To make the equation simple, it is best to look at the Apple patents. From what reports indicate the next iPhone 6 will have version with bigger screen, thinner build and bigger battery. Incorporating these factors means Apple shedding more money to make it work. A bigger battery will cost more so is transforming the device into a thinner unit. A thinner unit means amplifying the capabilities of components to reduce the number but sustain the performance. Nonetheless, despite pricing concerns, the launch will happen.
J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall said in a note obtained by AppleInsider that Apple will not have problems with its launch despite reported issues. "This sounds like a typical late-in-the-game supply chain story that turns out to have no impact on launch dates or devices sales." Hall said in the note.
"We believe that initial supply could be slowed somewhat if there is any truth to this but we doubt that iPhone unit volumes in the fall are likely to be impacted." He added.
Previously, the HealthKit became an interesting discussion during Apple's WWDC. The app will allow developers to create better functioning and more uniform fitness and health programs. Healthkit can gather all types of data from other health and fitness applications to create a cohesive fitness profile for the user. According to a recent leak from Weibo, the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a new Phosphorus chip - an upgrade from the iPhone 5s' M7 processor. It will have similar features as the M7 but will have better data collection capabilities to support the function of the HealthKit.
The leak came from Weibo user Geekbar. Shortly following the leak, another MacRumors forum user clarified that the leaked component is a barrometric pressure instead of a motion processor.
Apple has not released an official announcement about the final features of the iPhone 6.
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