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
For hardcore Apple users, the iPhone 6 may very well deliver on a long-time desire for a much bigger display. After being at the top of many users’ wish lists for the past few years, finally getting the Phone 6 to boast a screen in the vicinity of competing devices, such as the Galaxy S and HTC One, would be a catharsis.
Apple has been reluctant to grow the screen size, following in the ideological footsteps of the late Steve Jobs, who felt as thought the original Phone’s screen dimensions were optimal for a smartphone. The elongation of the iPhone 5′s screen in 2012 — the sale aspect ratio that carried over to the iPhone 5S and 5C — appeared to be a kind of meeting point between users’ desires and Cupertino developers.
But it still wasn’t enough for many.
Now, with rumors of an iPhone 6 that will sport at least a 4.8-inch screen — a rumor that Apple has not appeared to attempt to mitigate yet (as we have seen them do in the post-Steve Jobs era) — the conceptual artistes are coming out of the woodwork, giving us renderings of what it could like. The question is, would Apple ever build it this way?
The iPhone 6 is bound to arrive in 2014. But will Apple even bother to update its C model, and offer an iPhone 6C?
Like you, I scan Apple news each day, looking to see what the tech media and blogosphere is writing about. And like you, most of the time I spend rolling my eyes at crazy, unfounded claims. What caught my eye the other day, however, was mentioning of the iPhone 6C. “iPhone 6C?” I thought to myself. “Why the heck would Apple make another C’ model after the iPhone 5C was lackluster at best?”
And yet, there it was — complete with a shiny, new concept video of what the iPhone 6C could look like (above).
The concept artists can conceptualize all they want. The question remains: are we going to get an iPhone 6C in 2014, along with the iPhone 6?
It didn’t take long for the tech media to latch onto the rumors put forth by Digitimes that Apple is definitively developing a 5-inch iPhone 6 that will be designed to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This is the same report, you’ll recall, that claims that the iPhone supply chain is already ramping up for a May release. Are we to believe that Apple is set to release a new iPhone in May that’s more than an inch larger in size than the current iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C?
The late summer and early fall have for the past few years become an “Apple harvest” of sorts, with Cupertino reserving the vast majority of its major product releases to coincide with the west’s most consumer-driven season of the year. Yet, every year around this time, wild iPhone release dates abound. This year, a financial tech analyst has made news, claiming that the iPhone 6 release date will coincide with the 2014 WWDC, with an announcement ion June and release in July. Read More
Network World’s John Cox regularly takes shots at the iPhone 6 rumor mongers (including me) for the far-fetched reportage that surrounds each new iPhone release cycle. Some of the criticism is fair, and some isn’t. However, this past week’s roll-up was spot-on in balking at the notion that the release of a new Apple patent for a curved screen is hard evidence that the craved iPhone 6 cometh. It’s not hard evidence — it’s hardly evidence. And depending on how much of a conspiracy theorist you are, it may in fact mean that Apple will never release a curved-screened iPhone.
It may seem impossible to imagine, but considering that the jail breaking pros have not managed to jailbreak iOS 7 yet, is there any reason to believe that they will do so before the iPhone 6 release?
As it currently stands, there are currently more iPhone users awaiting an iOS 7 jailbreak than the iPhone 6 release. And for good reason: the iOS 7 is wildly overdue — so much so that there is now a new crowdfunding website that — at current view — has raised about $7500 as a bounty for the first person to release the iOS 7 jailbreak solution.
You’ll recall that members of evasi0n and other jailbreak influencers have for the past few months tried to assuage iPhone users’ fears that the new mobile operating platform was virtually unbreakable by making vague public statements that “all of the pieces are in place” for a new jailbreak.
Well, if that were the case, then we’d have a jailbroken iOS 7 by now.
After a lot of social media chatter, a high-profile emergency meeting in Asia, and a long stretch of time where there has been no update on when a free iOS 7 jailbreak will be released, you have to wonder: will there ever be an iOS 7 jailbreak? And will it even come before the iPhone 6?