iPhone 6 rumors: release date, design and specs

iPhone 6 concept

Most rumors about the iPhone 6 are related to the highly-anticipated increase in screen size for the handset.

Citi Research analyst Glen Yeung was among the first to share his forecast on the iPhone 6.

He believes Apple will launch the device in the first half of 2014 and that it will feature a screen of up to 5 inches.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that prototypes of smartphones with screens that vary between 4.8 and 6 inches are being tested at present.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the next iPhone to bring a display measuring somewhere between 4.5 inches and 5 inches, still based on in-cell touch technology.

Reports by Korean site ET News echoed rumors of a bigger-sized screen of at least 5 inches, whereas Jeffries analyst Peter Misek estimates that the inches of the iPhone 6 screen won’t go higher than 4.8.

DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh joined the bandwagon, claiming that Apple is undergoing tests for two iPhones of different screen sizes – a 4.7-inch panel with 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution and a 5.7-inch display with full HD 1080p resolution.

Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White is the latest analyst that supports the idea of an increase in size for the screen of the iPhone 6.

He believes the device will launch in 2014 with a display of almost 5 inches.

As for other possible features of the smartphone, CNET’s Lance Whitney notes that the next iPhone could come with Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

He notes that Apple will rather apply NFC capabilities to its smartphone after the technology is firmly established on the market and that may finally happen in 2014.

The new iPhone may also bring a higher-pixel camera and also a 128GB version, just like Apple did with the iPad 4 in January.

Last but not least among desired new features of the next iPhone is an improved battery life, which will certainly be a difficult task given the cool features that cause the battery drain in the device.