iPhone 6 rumors: release date, features; iPhone 5S/5C: specs, research and others

iPhone 6 concept/Heo Leo

A report on Tuesday announced that Apple has an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies, a factory specializing in the production of sapphire, over the manufacturing of components for its products.

The news has sparked speculation that Cupertino may be planning to use the more robust and scratch-resistant sapphire glass as a replacement for its current Gorilla Corning Glass 3.

Digitimes also claimed that 5-inch sapphire panels for the iPhone 6 may be ordered by Apple at GT Advanced Technologies.

In addition, a Bloomberg report stated that new iPhones are under development and they are set to feature larger screens measuring 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

Sources cited by the publication claimed the displays will sport “glass that curves downward at the edges,” that will be released in Q3 of 2014.

While rumors about the iPhone 6 try to give an idea of the device’s possible specs, designers are already envisioning the device.

An iPhone 6 concept inspired by the design of the iPad Air was created by CiccareseDesign.

Another concept came from French blog Nowhereelse.fr and designer Martin Hajek, who have imagined an iPhone bearing resemblance to the iPad mini or iPad Air, with a larger edge-to-edge display.

Regarding the iPhone 5S and 5C, reports announced that in-store display replacements will be offered soon at Apple Stores.

The displays on the iPhone 5S and 5C will be calibrated with the help of special machinery, at a cost of $149 for each device.

A research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners revealed that the new iPhones attracted fewer upgrades from previous Apple smartphones than last year.

The findings showed that almost 65% of total iPhone 5S and 5C buyers were owners of an iPhone, which 10% higher compared to last year’s iPhone 5 purchasers. Only 6% upgraded from the iPhone 5.

A tracking site which was set up to check for iPhone 5S and iPad Air devices in stores depending on the user’s zip code, desired color and operator was shut down.