iPhone 6 rumors: features, release date, concepts and others

iPhone 6 concept

Sources told ESM-China’s news chief analyst Sun Chang Xu that the next Apple smartphone will integrate new features in the “sensors department,” namely pressure, temperature and humidity sensors.

Cupertino is rumored to be planning to enter the fitness and health market with the integration of health and fitness monitoring features.

Another rumored feature of the device could be optical image stabilization (OIS) for the camera.

The Motley Fool reported the news based on rumors of a collaboration between Apple and InvenSense, a company that provides sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers to important phone manufacturers.

In addition, an important graphics card update could also be present on the next iPhone.

Apple supplier Imagination Technologies has announced that they are releasing a new mobile graphics version with ray-tracing capabilities.

The company’s new PowerVR GR6500 brings improvements in performance, especially with regard to the effects of light in image rendering, as well as a more realistic aspect, with perfect transparency and reflection and more accurate shadow effects.

Sonny Dickson published some interesting information about the rumored iPhone 6.

The Australian blogger tweeted that the handset could have a thickness of only 5.5 mm against 7.6 mm for the iPhone 5/5S.

The display will be equipped with Ultra-Retina technology with a pixel density of 389 pixels per inch (ppi).

An A8 processor that is expected to reach 2.6 GHz and having a whole new architecture could equip the device.

PhoneArena reported that the future iPhone could bring a 4.7-inch display at 389 ppi with a resolution between 720p (HD) and 1080p (Full HD).

Also, a 5.7-inch smartphone could be released as well, with iOS 8 powering the two devices.

Regarding rumors about a larger screen, ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall expects Android users to switch to iOS by opting for the bigger iPhone 6 when it comes out.

He belives the smartphone will help Apple grow dramatically in the stock market and claims that two models of the device will be released: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch variant.

As far as release rumors are concerned, production for the device will reportedly start in Q2 of 2014 as Pegatron, one of Apple’s major suppliers, is in the process of recruitment and is opening a new production plant in China.

Analysts Brian Blair and Andy Hargreaves expect the iPhone 6 to be released in the fall.

Finally, two interesting concepts of the handset were created.

The first is an iPhone 6 mockup created by TechRadar with no bezels and a sapphire crystal display.

The second belongs to ConceptsiPhone and it shows a bezel-free iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, available in three different color casings: silver, black and champagne.