The iPhone rumor mill persists in claiming that Apple will once again fragment their iPhone line by offering the iPhone 6 in both a 4.7/4.8-inch version — a marked increase in display size from the current models — as well as a massive, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 “phablet.” While the debate rages on whether or not Apple will really follow through with this R&D move for the next iPhone, the discussion may prove to be moot, since new rumors suggest that the latter, larger iPhone 6 may be delayed until as late as 2015, due to do battery design issues. Read More
Last year, we had Apple’s first foray into a dual-release iPhone, with the premium iPhone 5S sharing the stage with the mid-priced iPhone 5C. Well, we all know how that little experiment turned out — while for years the iPhone rumor mill had clamored for such a release event, in the end, Tim Cook’s gambit to supercharge iPhone sales with double the iPhone goodness was an epic fail.
However, according to the latest rumors, Apple is set to try the dual-release strategy all over again — this time with screen sizes.
The notion of handicapping the next iPhone based on early case designs has never been a winning strategy for the iPhone rumor mill. And yet, each year, we seem to come back to the same kind of story, where el cheap-o iPhone cases leak and the tech media pours over them, looking to read the tea leaves on what these phantom cases may r may not tell us about the upcoming iPhone. In the case of the iPhone 6, the prevailing theme has been screen size (as usual) and whether or not Apple will make good on finally expanding the display past the 5-inch mark.
The newly leaked image of an iPhone 6 case, as pictured above, has people buzzing because it presents a possibly plausible set of specs for the iPhone 6, in that the device would appear to be markedly larger, with an even longer display than on the current iPhone 5S and 5C, but with a width that is not entirely dissimilar from the traditional iPhone specs. It is this middle-of-the-road design that makes Apple enthusiasts and the tech media alike pause and wonder if the case could in fact be a harbinger of what the iPhone 6 will eventually entail.
The case also sports some other key features that could point to the iPhone 6′s final design, namely, a thinner bezel on the sides of the screen — as already suggested by previous rumors — and a new position for the light sensor, which appears above the ear speaker.
All of these feature tweaks and specs are easy enough for anyone to mock up into a fake iPhone 6 case mold. We’ve seen in the past that cynical folks are willing to fabricate iPhone news in order to make headlines and drive heavy web traffic. That is most likely the case in this new story, particularly since the iPhone 6 rumor mill has been more anemic than those of the past three iPhone iterations. This being said, the iPhone 6 case could be both a fake and accurate to what Apple will eventually unveil next Fall. It very well may be a good guess at how they will straddle the call for a larger screen while still keeping the iPhone dimensions that separate it from the rest of the pack.
After Apple missed iPhone sales expectations by as many as 4 million in the company’s last financial report to Wall Street, the company — and CEO Tim Cook in particular — could ill afford to suffer another setback for their popular yet increasingly embattled mobile device line-ups. And yet, with the launch of the recent version of iOS 7, users are reporting a bevy of negative side effects that could further erode people’s confidence in Cupertino’s iDevices. Read More
Time and time again, we’ve seen a mix of questionable rumored iPhone parts hit the rumor mill well before the official release of the new smartphone. In recent years, these leaks have become increasingly authentic and accurate. All of this comes to bear on the newly-leaked image above, which purports to show an iPhone 6 screen with no bezel.
If the screen is authentic, then it is bad news for iPhone enthusiasts who are calling for a new screen size that approaches 5 inches.
It should never come as a surprise that the iPhone rumor mill suggests eyebrow-raising release date rumors. Some of them have been downright delusional in the past, such as the August iPhone release date rumor, which, in round robin form, seems to repeat each year. This year, however, the iPhone 6 has already been predicted to have been released — or at the very least, release in the spring — rumors that have already been exploded.
A new rumor, however, pegs the iPhone 6 release date for July — a timeframe that would bring it back in line with pre-iPhone 4S releases. Is there any validity or possibility of such as release?
Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 News on Thursday Feb 27, 2014
Did we really need this complex analysis to determine that the iPhone 6 wouldn’t be released in May?