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

iPhone 6 concept

The possible launch date of the device was in the news this week, with reports pointing to a September timeframe.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei claimed that the device is set to arrive in September in two sizes: a 4.7-inch screen and a second larger 5.5-inch model.

Mass production of screens is set to begin between April and June.

UBS analyst Steve Milunovich also believes Apple is set to release a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 but only one of them will be unveiled in the fall.

He expects the 4.7-inch model to be released sometime between the months of August and September, but the 5.5-inch variant “may or may not launch at the same time.”

Several leaks surfaced online this week.

A leaked iPhone 6 prototype posted on a Japanese case maker’s website revealed the handset’s possible design to be bigger and slightly wider than the current model.

French site Nowhereelse.fr published what appears to be a data sheet showing the dimensions and a schematic illustration of the next iPhone.

The document was leaked off of a Chinese website and it claims the device will be 150 mm long and 85 mm wide.

Mac Otakara reported that the latest issue of Japanese magazine MacFan published images of the iPhone 6C.

The drawings reveal 4.7 and 5.7-inch displays on bezel-free devices with rectangle-shaped volume controls and a camera with a single LED-flash on the rear among others.

In terms of specs, sources cited by AppleInsider claim that focus will be placed on the quality of the components of the smartphone’s camera rather than the number of megapixels.

A report by Digitimes claimed that Apple plans to move production of all batteries for iPhone on automated lines which could make space for the production of other components by reducing the use of labor.

Rumors that Apple is planning to replace Corning Gorilla Glass with sapphire crystal were fueled this week with a new patent filed by the company

The document describes the process for applying an oleophobic coating on a thin layer of synthetic sapphire, which is applied to smartphone and tablets displays, in order to avoid having fingerprints or stains on the surface of the device.

In addition, a new survey data by Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt found that 33% of iPhone users would fork an extra $100 for an iPhone with a bigger display.

Finally, two concepts presented the iPhone 6 in accordance with recent speculation.

The first was a rectangular design mockup created by iCulture and Martin Hajek, that draws inspiration from the seventh-generation iPod nano.

The second was authored by SET Solution and it’s a summary of the latest rumors online.