Apple to Launch iPhone 6 in August

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Apple fans will be delighted to know that one version of the iPhone 6 is expected to be launched in August this year. Rumors hinting an early launch had been going around for about a month among tech geeks and Apple fans alike but no particular date or month had been cited. However, on Friday, Taiwanese media reported that supply chain officials had revealed that the 4.7 inch version of the iPhone 6 will hit the markets in August. Whether this launch will be global or only for the US markets is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, there is more exciting news for Apple fans. Not only will the iPhone 6 be launched in August, a larger version at 5.5 inch or 5.6 inch is expected to be launched in September. So far iPhone 6 leaks had only discussed the specifications of the 4.7 inch handset, so the news of an even larger version has fans talking and wondering if it will be a better quality, high-end smartphone, according to a Reuters news report.

Another media outlet, The Economic Daily News, informed that sources had told them that a combined 80 million iPhone 6 phones of both the versions would be manufactured this year. However, Apple has steadfastly refused to comment on the matter.

Apple hopes to regain some of its lost market by increasing the phone display screen from its usual four inches. Competitors, particularly Samsung Group, are giving the firm a tough time with bigger screen smartphones, which they claim is the consumers’ demand. Recently launched competing phones, including Galaxy S5 and HTC M8, all sport screens larger than five inches.

Apple ‘steals’ from Nokia

In related news, Apple also hopes to maintain brand loyalty and woo the untapped smartphones market by offering better camera quality in the upcoming iPhones. The California-based company has hired the senior engineer of Nokia Lumia, Ari Partinen, into their own team. The move has been confirmed by Partinen, himself, who announced it via Twitter. Partinen tweeted that Friday was his last working day with the “Lumia Family” and he would be “starting a new chapter” with Apple from June.

This move is significant because Partinen had played a pivotal role in developing the camera technology for Nokia’s PureView smartphone. In fact, according to his LinkedIn profile, and various other media reports, the senior engineer was an accredited author for many of Lumia’s photography technology documents.

Even though Nokia has struggled with its Lumia handsets, the smartphones have always been commended for their high quality cameras. Most notable of Nokia’s range of Lumia phones was the Lumia 1020 with a 41 megapixel camera that could capture ultra-high resolution photos.

Even though Apple has not commented officially on Partinen’s joining the company, it can be expected the engineer will work to share his expertise and enhance the overall camera quality of iPhones and iPads.

Apple’s efforts towards a better camera have also been confirmed by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to a patent application by the firm, it is developing a “system and method for creating a super-resolution image” and an “Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).”

The OIS would enable users of the phone to take perfect photos even if their hands are shaking or they are in motion. Meanwhile, super resolution would, of course, result in very high quality pictures.

It is unclear whether the iPhone 6 will have the ultra-high resolution camera or any technology similar to it, but in rational thinking, it is not possible. The iPhone 6 is expected to be launched in August and production of the devices would reportedly begin this month. Partinen is to join the firm in June and therefore, his influence on the iPhone 6 is likely to be nil. However, Apple fans can expect better quality cameras in latter versions of the iPhone 6, if applicable, and definitely in future flagship handsets.

By Faryal Najeeb

Los Angeles Times
Tom’s Guide
NBC News

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