As world-wide Apple Inc lovers wait anxiously for news on their latest iPhone 6, the rumors start up once again about what people can expect to see.
Some industry media are expecting Apple Inc. to release two new models of iPhone 6 later this year. The new iPhones are said to be available in 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens. This would make both models of the iPhone 6 larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5S screen. The screen’s glass is also said to be curved down along the edges.
The iPhone 6 is rumored to contain the same size 8-megapixel camera sensor that is currently on Apple Inc’s iPhone 5S. However, an analyst from Nomura Securities says that there will be several minor upgrades to the latest camera, even though getting a higher-resolution will not likely occur. One of the upgrades to the camera system is said to be an improvement with optical image stabilization.
Previous rumors for the iPhone 6 were saying that the next generation iPhone would have a 16-megapixel camera, but one will only have to wait and see if those rumors will turn out to be true. Apple Inc has been using an 8-megapixel camera on the last three generations of iPhones starting with the iPhone 4S back in 2011.
Apple’s iPhone 5S camera currently uses a sensor capable of 8-megapixels, but with more upgrades than the 4S including a bigger aperture, larger pixel size, software upgrades, and a new “True Tone” dual LED flash just to name a few.
Recently there was a down-turn in shares of Largan Precision, a major supplier of modules for camera lenses used on digital cameras, smartphones, tablets and other devices. Largan Precision was said to be supplying the modules for Apple’s 16-megapixel cameras but when rumors hit that Apple Inc was staying with an 8-megapixel camera, it sent investors flying.
Digitimes claims a supply chain source saying that the iPhone 6 will run a 20nm processor that will be built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
As of Thursday another Apple Inc rumor started to surface around production of the iPhone 6. The rumor has it that Pegatron will fill as much as 50 percent of the new iPhone 6 orders. The company Pegatron is a current supplier to Apple Inc for their assembly of the iPad mini and iPhone 5C.
Recently the website C Tech claimed to be in possession of images of the iPhone 6’s metal frame. If the leaked photos are real, then they seem to back the rumors of the larger screen at 4.7 to 5-inches. The frame is also thinner at 6mm than previous iPhone frames.
Media in South Korea also supports the rumor of the thinner 6mm thick frame and issued a report stating that the next generation iPhone will be “significantly” thinner. Their sources are from Chinese companies that are part of Apple Inc’s current supply chain. These sources say the next iPhone will not be labeled the iPhone 6, but will carry the iPhone Air moniker instead.
The new 6mm thickness is much thinner than past models of iPhone. The iPhone 5S has a thickness of 7.6mm and the iPhone 5C’s thickness is 9mm. The iPhone 3GS would be double the size of the next generation iPhone at 12mm. That is only if the latest 6mm thickness rumors turn out to be true.
There is also an expected price increase predicted from Apple Inc on their new iPhone 6 than previous models. Unlocked, and iPhone 5C can cost over $500 in China and in other places it can cost over $700.
When the iPhone 6 will be available have experts split from May to September 2014. September has historically been the time of year when Apple Inc debuts their latest iPhone. Digitimes cites a source inside the supply chain that rumors Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in May 2014. It will remain to be seen exactly when Apple will release their next generation of iPhones, so the fans will have to continue to anxiously wait for its appearance while sifting amid more rumors.
By Brent Matsalla