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

Information about the handset’s sapphire display came this week from Engadget’s Brad Molen who has spoken to influential smartphone industry representatives and discovered that the material could be too expensive to mass produce.

Apple is believed to introduce a sapphire screen in its next iPhone after having signed a deal with GT Advanced, a company that processes sapphire.

Problems in the manufacturing process could also force the company to delay the release of the 5.5-inch model to 2015, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes.

The reason for this would be the touchscreen edges, which are not reliable for the larger display, and the color inequality that affects the metal shell.

Good news comes from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News who claims that the issues with the device’s battery have been solved thanks to new suppliers, namely the companies Simplo and Desai.

The first is said to have delivered a first batch of a thin and flexible batteries.

In addition, a post on Chinese forum Digi-Wo suggested the iPhone 6 could be equipped with Sony’s Exmor IMX220 camera sensor that features 13 million pixels and is capable of recording video in 1080p.

Finally, a recent report coming from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and cited by Reuters claims mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will kick off next week.

The 5.5-inch phablet model is set to enter production in the second week of August.

Foxconn will hire 100,000 workers in order to meet Apple’s demands, while Pegatron will add more than 10,000 people to its workforce.

As usual, numerous leaks and concepts have invaded the net this week.

The smartphone’s rear shell appeared in several leaked photos and a video published by Feld & Volk and spotted by MacRumors.

The source claimed the iPhone 6 will come with a sapphire display.

Interviewed by The Guardian, professor Neil Alford, a member of the Department of Materials at the Imperial College in London, confirmed that the display presented in videos posted online by Sonny Dickson and Brands Brownlee is actually made form sapphire.

The black and white versions of the iPhone 6 touchscreen were posted by Nowhereelse.fr, apparently bearing differences when compared to previous leaks.

The same French site also spotted the Touch ID fingerprint sensor captured in leaked photos published by Japanese gadget blog ASCII.jp, as well as the 4.7-inch iPhone’s battery of a 1,810 mAh capacity.

This greater autonomy comes in support of rumors that the handset will feature a larger display.

A video of the front panel for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 posted on YouTube by HK Apple Daily showed the device being put to an extreme test.

A hammer, nails, knives, keys, an office chair, fire and even a vehicle were used to test the durability of the display.

Graphic designer Sahanan Yogarasa created a detailed concept of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which he presented in a set of photographs and videos published by YouTube user ConceptsiPhone.

All the previous rumors and leaks about the smartphone were the source of this mockup.

Another concept also inspired by recent leaks was created by Mustafa Dağdelen with a casing that is darker than that of the current model.