Rumors are reaching fever pitch as Apple is getting ready for its release of the long-awaited iPhone 6. It promises to offer a bigger screen, along with a more rounded design, improved processor and battery performance.
While Apple never reveals product details prior to their official release, rumors and leaks are fueling interest that is sure to lead to exceptional consumer demand. Almost certainly, there will be two models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, while the other will have a 5.5-inch screen. New iPhone 6’s will be compatible with the new, faster 802.11ac WiFi standard. A sapphire glass screen will make the unit tougher and less likely to scratch.
With a bigger screen there is enough space to flatten the display, making the new iPhone 6 possibly only .024 inches thick. The battery will have approximately 15 percent greater longevity. Rumor has it that the new phone will have a faster A8 64-bit processor, that could include up to 2 GB RAM. There may be greater processing power in the 5.5-inch model and it could offer up to 128 GB of memory. Speed increases should also be included to keep the phone competitive with its main rival, Samsung.
Apple’s newly patented wireless power system may also be included. This allows the new iPhones to be charged by a nearby, compatible MacBook Air. There have also been rumors that camera resolution has been increased to 10-megapixels.
Apple’s announcement for the release of the iPhone 6 is expected to occur during an introductory event on September 9th. The company is expecting the manufacturer to deliver 70 to 80 million units for its initial rollout. After the announcement event, the new phones are expected to be in stores within two weeks.
For those eagerly awaiting the release of the new iPhones, the time to sell the old ones is now. History has shown that old iPhone trade-in values decline dramatically before new products are released. Past history has shown that values have dropped as much as 20 percent prior to product release announcements. With iPhone 6 release announcement expected within a few weeks, the time to sell is now.
Recent prices for a 16 GB, used iPhone 5S, in good condition was $290. Gazelle, a major buyer of used iPhones, will lock in the prices of older units now and allow customers to ship them to the company after a new iPhone has been purchased. Gazelle’s trade-in customer base has risen by 125 percent this year. Two price offers were made every second by Gazelle to customers looking to lock in a price for their old units. Gazelle began purchasing older iPhones on August 18th.
To further fuel the fires of the new iPhone release, Wal-Mart is reducing its prices for the 5S and 5C models. Large retailers typically reduce prices before new product releases to make room for new inventory. Wal-Mart is currently selling the iPhone 5C for only 97 cents. Customers are required to commit to a two-year contract with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T. The 5S, also with a contract, is now $79.
At its introductory event for the release of the new iPhone 6, Apple is expected to provide details of its new iOS 8 operating system. A new smart watch appears to be ready for release as well. That announcement is also expected on September 9th.