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

iPhone 6 concept/Heo Leo

The handset is expected to hit the market in Q3 of 2014, according to a Bloomberg report that cites “sources familiar with the plans.”

The site also reported that two new iPhones with curved 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens are currently undergoing tests.

The displays are said to feature “glass that curves downward at the edges.”

Echoing the same rumor about two different prototypes was a report by C Technology that claimed a 4.9-inch display is being tested at the moment.

The article also talked about an iPhone 6C that may come with a screen size boost.

However, the most recurrent rumor lately has revolved around the possibility that Apple may use sapphire in the construction for the display of the iPhone 6.

A report by Asian publication Digitimes claimed that Cupertino could order 5-inch sapphire screens for the iPhone 6.

The rumor was sparked after reports surfaced stating that Apple is investing $578 million in GT Advanced Technologies, a factory specializing in the manufacturing of sapphire panels for mobile devices.

Apple eventually confirmed the acquisition and announced that under this agreement GT will produce components for its products, without giving further details.

“We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction,” an Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD.

In an article for Forbes Nigam Arora argued why the iPhone 6 could incorporate a sapphire display.

One reason would be that this type of display could prove very scratch-resistant and nearly unbreakable thanks to the aluminum oxide-based substance.

In addition, its extreme thinness is another major advantage as a sapphire display would be much thinner than the frequently-used Corning Gorilla Glass.