iPhone 6 rumors: release date, features, design and specs

An agreement that the company signed with GT Advanced Technologies, a company that processes sapphire, has led to speculation that the display of the iPhone 6 could be made from this material instead of the current Gorilla Glass.

Digitimes reported this week that Apple could be planning to order 5-inch sapphire panels for the device.

Also, a TechCrunch report claimed that a company called Twin Creeks has developed a hydrogen ion particle accelerator that allows cutting very thin slices of sapphire glass, which could simplify the cutting process.

Following a meeting with a tech supply chain vendor, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes the next iPhone is likely to arrive in 2014 and that it will sport a bigger screen of almost 5 inches.

The news echoes recent claims by Jeffries analyst Peter Misek who estimates that the handset will feature a 4.8-inch display, while DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh claimed that two iPhones of different screen sizes, namely 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch panels, are undergoing tests.

The two prototypes are said to be launched with increased resolution.

Also in line with this report about the existence of two iPhones was an article by Bloomberg that cites “sources familiar with the plans.”

The smartphones are said to feature 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens, and the displays will sport “glass that curves downward at the edges.”

The insiders hinted that Apple will likely release the devices in the third quarter of 2014.

Korean site ET News reported that the handset will feature a bigger-sized screen of at least 5 inches.

Japanese publication “Mac Fan 2013 December” continued the rumor that Apple will increase size of the screen, adding that Apple plans to make it usable with one hand, which would make the iPhone 6 the first handset with a big screen that could be used with one hand.

The publication also claimed the device will be released in September 2014.

Here are several iPhone 6 concepts that we’d like to see become reality.

iPhone 6 concept designed by Heo Leo

iPhone 6 concept designed by CiccareseDesign

iPhone 6 concept designed by Nikola Cirkovic