iPhone 6 rumors: when is the release date supposed to be, and what other information is out there right now?
The release date will definitely be in 2014, reports indicate.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek says that it will be released in June 2014, reported Financial Post. The wait comes from the necessary transition for the new device’s display technology. Or, in non-business jargon, Apple’s supply chain is producing the iPhone 5S, so it will take several months at least to shift the chain to the iPhone 6.
Misek predicts the iPhone 6 will have new colors, a faster processor, and a better camera.
Additionally, Apple will probably launch a mobile payment platform that includes fingerprint authentication.
In a series of interesting renderings, ipack3d.com posits that the home screen may be moved to the side of the phone to allow more screen space.
The site also says that Apple could develop three differently-sized versions of the iPhone 6, much like its lines or iPods and iPads.
Misek, the analyst, has information that supports this claim. In a note he sent out in late 2012, he said that several iPhone 6 prototypes are floating around, reported Business Insider.
“The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.”
Apple Insider obtained more information through a patent Apple applied for.
The patent, filed as an Illumination system, proposes that a number of devices, including iPhones, “can act as remotely-controlled strobe lights for a primary camera,” reports Apple Insider.
“The idea of connecting multiple iOS devices belonging to different people, the patent application can be considered a ‘social camera flash’ system, perhaps useful in impromptu photo shoots that require more than one source of lighting,” it says.
“The patent application notes the primary device can be either a dedicated camera or a handset with image capture capabilities, while the slave units can be the same product or any other suitable device with lighting components. In some cases, the remote units can be dedicated flash components built into the primary device’s charger, charing cable or other component a user is likely to have handy.”