Two patent applications by Apple hinted that the company could be interested in the integration of new sensors that could detect temperature, pressure, humidity and sound in its future mobile devices.
According to ESM China analyst Sun Chang Xu, the next iPhone could feature an electronic image stabilizer for the camera instead of optical image stabilization.
EIS would allow for a thinner form factor for the device, without a protruding camera.
UBS Research analysts reported that GT Advanced Technology has begun delivering sapphire material to China.
Production has started about a month ago and a small number of prototypes will be manufactured.
GT Advanced will reportedly ramp up production in the second quarter for devices like the iPhone 6 and iWatch.
Research made by Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty has found that Apple’s sales would increase by 15 million units per year in the United States if the company releases a phablet-sized smartphone.
66 million iPhones with a larger display could be sold and 80 % of all iPhones purchases in 2015 would be mad by users who want to upgrade their existing Apple smartphone.
A video comparing a leaked case of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5S and the iPod touch, concluded that the next iPhone will be thinner that the current one, and as thin as the iPod touch.
Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 largely confirmed rumors that have suggested a thinner form factor for the device, such as the digital renders posted by UkrainianiPhone or the case presented by Australian blogger Sonny Dickson.
Other leaks revealed the alleged dummy of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and thinner bezels.
Chinese technology blog 86Digi posted photos that allegedly unveil the actual appearance of the iPhone 6 with a screen measuring 4.7 inches and a thickness of 6 mm, rounded corners, new volume buttons, a relocated power button and a more round camera flash.
Italian site Macitynet published a mockup of the iPhone 6 based on recent rumors about rounded and a power button that has been moved to the right side of the handset.
In a forecast for the next Apple product releases, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Cupertino will release two new iPhones, a 4.7-inch model in September and a 5.5-inch phablet in December.
A report by Taiwan’s Commercial Times last week claimed that the launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be postponed to 2015.