iPhone 6 rumors: release date, features, design, concepts

A September launch is deemed possible for the device, as the company could release its iPhone phablets separately from the iPhone 6 in May, Chinese publication Huanqiu (via Yahoo Japan) reported this week.

The iPhone phablets are expected to pack displays larger than 5 inches and a 20 nanometer processor manufactured by TSMC.

Taiwan’s Liberty Times wrote that Cupertino has charged Pegatron for the production of the iPhone 6, and the supplier is set to start the construction of a new plant in Kunshan, China, dedicated to the device.

Reports this week also concerned the improved camera of the iPhone 6.

According to The China Post, Apple will equip the handset with the same 8-megapixel sensor that is found on the previous generation, but the company will improve the camera’s optical stabilization.

In addition, an Apple patent application titled “VCM OIS Actuator Module” discovered by Unwired View reveals that Cupertino has been working on improving the camera’s autofocus (AF) and adding optical image stabilization (OIS).

Also in terms of specs, a report by Korean website ET News claimed that the next iPhone will be just 6 mm thick, as compared to the current iPhone 5S that measures 7.6 mm, and that it will be called “iPhone Air.”

Sustaining this rumor was a pair of photos posted by Chinese site C Technology presenting what appears to be the metal frame of the device.

The frame looks particularly thin, fueling rumors of a 6 mm thickness.

Concepts of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6C inspired by the design of the iPad Air and iPad Mini with the Retina display were posted online.

The cases are both very thin, measuring 6 mm, they feature a 4.5-inch display, a 20-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a stabilizer for iPhone 6, and a 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and stabilizer for the iPhone 6C.

Finally, an image created by a tech enthusiast gives a representation of iPhones with 4.7 and 5-inch screens, and places them in contrast to the iPhone 5S which has a 4-inch screen.