With the arrival of the iPhone 6 slated for a tentative release date of September 2014, and as early as June 2014, it seems not a single day has passed without speculation as to the array of new features that are rumored to be a part of the redesigned Apple release. There is an open sea of both fact and fiction in regards to the exact details of the revision that will be replacement for the iPhone 5c and its lackluster launch.
The iPhone brand was originally released on June 29, 2007, as Apple’s own unique response to the growing market of eager smartphone users. The mobile device came with a now archaic version of the iOS operating system, and the first generation 2G model is now considered obsolete and does not carry any official support from Apple. Since that time, the corporation has released six new generations of the smartphone line each with their own updated version of iOS, and has amassed a large following, all devoted customers to the Apple product line.
Now a multinational corporation, Apple Inc. was founded on January 3, 1977, and today enjoys the status of being the second largest information technology company in the world, having long since moved from specializing in personal computers to a much wider focus on consumer electronics. Today, much of the world cannot go a day without an iPhone or similar Apple product close by. There are currently 408 retail stores maintained by Apple throughout 14 countries, with over 76,000 full-time employees and a global revenue of $170 billion for the year of 2013. Due to its huge success in recent years, the company is ranked in sixth place among the top ten list of Fortune 500 companies in the United States.
The newest addition to the iPhone line comes after the less than stellar release of the iPhone 5c, which was Apple’s attempt to market a more cost-effective version of the sixth generation model. Apple also made the decision to resurrect the iPhone 4 for sales in developing markets such as India, Indonesia, and Brazil. The 5c lacks several features of the more expensive, yet more successful iPhone 5s, and both phones were originally released on September 20 of 2013. Some critics regard the release of the 5c as a failure as compared to the 5s, while others argue that the 5c was never intended to compete with the 5s, but rather, other current generation smartphones, by making use of comparable hardware and the latest installment of iOS 7.
With the 5s being a precursory half-step between the current and next generation of iPhone technology, a consistent report among blogs and dedicated sites of the Apple community fan base is that the iPhone 6 will feature a massive overhaul of both the design and interface of the phone. Other rumors report that the device will feature a ten megapixel camera with significantly improved photo quality, screen sizes ranging from 4.7 to 5.7 inches, and even a name change to the iPhone Air, to align itself more closely with Apple’s line of Macbook Air products. While it is certainly too early to take any information regarding the final product as fact, the day of the iPhone 6 will be the start of an exciting new chapter in Apple’s lifespan that is already filled with longevity and innovation.
By Darrell Purcell