The existence of the iPhone 6 may have been inadvertently confirmed by electronic components company Foxconn, which said Apple has two new models available for 2014.
In an alleged news release, Foxconn said that “5.5 and 4.7 inch iPhone [models] will be manufactured by Foxconn in 2014.”
“Foxconn, world’s leading manufacturer of computer components and systems, is going to manufacture both 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone in 2014,” it adds. “According the sources, Foxconn will supply 70% of the 4.7-inch iPhone shipments for 2015. The 4- and 4.7-inch iPhones will be the main sales force of Apple for 2014. Foxconn’s plants in Zhengzhou, China are expected to start supplying the 4.7-inch model in July and start manufacturing the 5.5-inch one in August.”
BGR posted the original press release, but it could not confirm if it was real. Foxconn also didn’t issue a statement about the release.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be released sometime in the fall. The new iPhone will also likely feature a resolution of 1704 x 960 pixels and the Apple A8 processor.
The phone’s camera is rumored to have electronic image stabilization.
The newly unveiled iOS 8 will also most likely come with the phone.
According to reports earlier this year, Foxconn said it would supply about 70 percent of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models this year.
Here’s some changes to iPhones and iPads that will come later this year:
— Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool to cover both your device and the Internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.
— The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app. It will have new gestures, such as double tapping to see a list of frequent contacts.
— A QuickType keyboard promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.
— IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, and announced plans last week for similar management tools.
— Apple announced new technology for controlling garage doors, thermostats and other home systems, although the company didn’t say how all the pieces will be linked together through what it calls HomeKit.
— For developers, Apple announced the ability to sell app bundles at discounted prices. The fingerprint security system on the iPhone 5s also will be accessible to apps written by outside parties, not just Apple functions such as unlocking the phone and verifying iTunes purchases.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.