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

iPhone 6 concept

Earlier this week analyst Matt Margolis claimed that Apple has enough synthetic sapphire for the production of the iPhone 6.

However, a report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News alleged that only the 5.5-inch iPhone will benefit from a sapphire display given production limitations, and the 4.7-inch version will feature a Gorilla Glass screen.

The phablet smartphone is also said to be available in limited supply due to low sapphire yield.

A survey conducted by Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt revealed that users are willing to pay an extra $100 for the 5.5-inch iPhone.

In addition, a 9to5Mac report noted that the source code for iOS 8 and Xcode 6 contains several references could be an indicator for the implementation of a barometer in the next iPhone.

This type of sensor could be helpful in providing the current altitude and weather information.

Leaked photos of the smartphones or components have flooded the web lately.

Taiwanese star Jimmy Lin posted a photo of himself fixing an iPhone for a friend on his Weibo account.

Interestingly, at the bottom right corner of the picture a new iPhone model can be noticed, most likely the 5.5-inch version.

The volume controls are on the left and elongated and the edges appear more rounded.

Lin was also the source of another leak, this time showing the iPhone 6, probably the 4.7-inch model, placed alongside an iPhone 5S.

The device looks thinner and the power button has been moved on the right side.

The first leaked components of the 5.5-inch iPhone were shared online by famed leaker Sonny Dickson and they included the LCD backlight panel.

Sonny Dickson is also the source of several shots of prototypes of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units placed side by side.

What appeared to be the gold model of the iPhone 6 popped up in images published by Australian site MacFixIt that claimed the images come from a reliable Chinese source.

The pictures are consistent with previous leaks in terms of the logo cutout, the volume buttons and the relocated power button.

Comparison between various smartphones currently found on the market and mockups of the iPhone 6 were also numerous.

A comparison between the iPhone 6, HTC One M8 and the iPhone 5 was posted by Japanese site ascii.jp and Korean blog Seeko.

Earlier this month Chinese site Laoyaoba reported that Apple contracted Sunwoda to provide 20 million batteries for the next iPhone, thus managing to solve the battery issues that threatened to delay the launch of the smartphone.

Recently, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White claimed that the 4.7-inch iPhone will be released in September, followed by the 5.5-inch variant a month later in October.

Last month German site Apfelpage reported that mobile operator Deutsche Telekom informed customers waiting for a contract renewal that the new Apple smartphone will be available on September 19.