Pricey iPhone 6 on Release Date Likely but with 3X Retina Resolution & Mobile Payment Service – Reports

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By Erik Pineda | September 1, 2014 2:43 PM EST

Touted as a major makeover from the iPhone 5S, it appears that the iPhone 6 on release date will not come cheap as sticker price of the upcoming device could easily start at premium point.

Screenshot from YouTube Video
iPhone 6 in Sam Beckett's concept video

Last week, G4Games has reported that the basic tag price of the next iPhone could go as high as $950 for the 5.5-inch phablet-size edition while the smaller 4.7-inch model would not be any cheaper than $750.

Though the report did not mention, it is understood that the price jump is mostly attributed to the top-notch specs and features that Apple will deploy with the device, headlined by a bigger and wider display panel and the more capable 64-bit A8 processing chip.

This week, another clue surfaced that likely pointed to the iPhone 6 retail price. According to Recode, Apple is selling the iWatch to a high of $400 but the tech site quickly clarified that the pricing is just among level being considered.

There would be different iWatch models and "consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions," added the report.

Now, it should be recalled that a Bloomberg report in the past week dubbed the iWatch as more of an iPhone 6 accessory and going by that claim, it can be wildly deduced that the main device will cost relatively higher compared to its companion kit.

Previous projections from numerous analysts looked at $300 as the likely iPhone 6 starting price with contract and at around the same level discussed by the G4Games report above.

While Apple is not confirming anything, it seems that the mobile capabilities packed with the 2014 iPhone refresh can justify the significant price step up.

For instance, 9to5Mac is convinced that the iPhone 5S sequel will sport the following display resolution: 1704 x 960 for the 4.7-inch and 1241 x 2208 for the 5.5-inch. These screen pixels reflect an upgrade from the iPhone 5S' 1136 x 640.

Essentially, that iPhone 6 display sharpness would be three times that of the Retina-laced iPhone 5S display screen.

Then there is this mobile payment service the Apple way that rumours said will be governed by near-field communication or NFC technology. Numerous latest reports are suggesting that Apple has successfully convinced most of the credit card biggies - namely American Express, Master Card and Visa - to be part of the initiative.

This suggests that wireless and wallet-free payment using the iPhone 6 will enjoy wide coverage the moment it becomes fully-operational - perhaps, one of the biggest reasons why the device will require higher cash setbacks from the earlier models.

One week after the iPhone 6 media event on September 9 2014, its release date is expected to follow immediately, likely positioning the devices' actual availability between the 16th and 19th of the month.

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iPhone 6 in Sam Beckett's concept video
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