iPhone 6 Release Date, Rumors: Picture of New iPhone Dummy Posted Online

An alleged iPhone 6 dummy was spotted and uploaded online this week, showing the phone between an iPhone 5s and the HTC One M8.

The purported iPhone 6 dummy appears to be thinner than the iPhone 5s. It’s unclear where the picture originated.

It was first reported on by GSM Arena, but the photos appear to be from a Korean publication.

The photo also seems to corroborate reports and rumors that the next-gen smartphone will take design cues from the iPod touch.

The iPhone 6 is said to have a 4.7-inch variant and a 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch variant.

The photo comes as Taiwanese movie star Jimmy Lin posted an image of him holding a purported iPhone 6. 

 

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TECH update: Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services 

 

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that will be closely tied to the products and services it sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D.

The Fire phone will share many characteristics found in other Amazon devices. The home screen will have a carousel of recently accessed apps, for instance. There’s also X-Ray for supplemental content and Mayday for live tech support.

Competing won’t be easy, though. Amazon is arriving late to a tightly contested marketplace. Samsung and Apple dominate worldwide smartphone sales with a combined 46 percent share, according to IDC. And in the U.S., Apple leads with more than 37 percent, with Samsung at nearly 29 percent.

Amazon has tried to chip away at Apple’s top position in the tablet market with its Kindle Fire HDX tablet, which beats the iPad Air’s screen resolution and is lighter and cheaper. Still, the iPad dominates the category while Amazon has seen its market share shrink from 7 percent in 2012 to 2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

As the phone was announced in Seattle, Amazon’s stock rose $8.82, or 3 percent, to $334.44 in afternoon trading.

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