Enthusiasts anticipating an impending iPhone 6 release were disappointed yesterday with Apple’s announcement of their next iPhone release: the iPhone 5C and 5S which will go on sale on Sept. 20 (though the 5C can be pre-ordered in advance on Sept.13).
The phones will be sold in the U.S., Australia, China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and U.K.
This is the first time that a new iPhone launch has directly targeted China — a sign of the growing importance of that market to the company.
So where is iPhone 6? Apple saving its best for last?
To date the iPhone 6 still falls into the category of iPhone rumors. Apple fans remain hopeful for a device with larger screen, perhaps one that is wrapped-around on the newly-cut solid body, made of liquid-metal material with exciting features like control buttons that fade out when not in use.
While there seems to be a consensus in the marketplace that iPhone 6 release date will be next June, 2014, what kind of device will be released is not at all certain. Supposedly, the soon-to-be flagship iPhone 6 will be a phablet-size with new body design and more killer features. Thus, the “6″ in iPhone may stand for the device’s 6-inch screen size as suggested by a recent Wall Street Journal article: somewhere between the size of the new iPhone 5S and upcoming iPad Mini 2. In the past, the screen size of the impending iPhone 6 has been the subject of a ton of discussion and controversy. While we think that it’s is a distinct possibility that iPhone 6 will be Apple’s first phablet, this configuration requires a lot to power that Apple’s current battery and processor systems do not yet possess.
Consequently, iPhone 6 is expected to sport a battery greater than its current 1,440mAh model that powers the new iPhone 5C and 5S. What is agreed upon it that iPhone 6 will launch with Apple’s new A7 processor – the world’s first 64-bit processor – and on an incremental update of iOS 7. iPhone 6′s camera should be at least 8-megapixels, but probably 13-megapixels, with a dual LED flash.
With regard to price, this baby will not be cheap: expect a premium price as the Phone 6 will be Apple’s top-level iPhone.
iPhone 5C and 5S: Incremental Improvement, Low Innovation.
If you can’t wait for iPhone 6, check out the newly announced iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models, released amidst the recent wave of aggressive challenge to Apple’s hold on the smartphone market by rival manufacturers such as Samsung.
The low-cost, plastic iPhone 5C, also distinctly low on technological innovation (as we predicted back in May 2013), comes in green, blue, yellow, pink and white and is powered by Apple’s A6 chip. The device features 4-inch Retina display, 8 megapixel camera, live photo filters, rear cover that lights up and starts at a very affordable $99 for a 16 gigabyte model.
The iPhone 5S, is the higher level of the two and reads your fingerprint. It comes in silver, gold and a kind of steel gray and runs Apple’s new A7 chip, supposedly up to twice as fast as the A6.
The camera in the 5S, called iSight, includes some cool automatic features that produce better photos: auto image stabilization (which helps avoid blurry pictures), and a slow-motion camera for video. The phone has a two-tone flash feature designed not to clash with the colors in the room or a person’s skin color. Perhaps most innovative aspect of iPhone 5S is its “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, one of the features we anticipated back in April.
The iPhone 5S will set you back $199 for 16 gigabytes of memory, $299 for 32 and $399 for 64.
Early consumer reaction to these interim models is mixed, leaving some consumers distinctly underwhelmed. For instance, one recent poll among users of Android devices and older generations of the iPhone found that users had no plans to switch over to the iPhone 5S or 5C due to the fact that added features such as the fingerprint scanner, were not enough to consider the troublesome process of upgrading. Similarly, earlier iPhone model users have been reported as viewing changes to iPhone 5s and 5c as insignificant, preferring to relying on their older, existing devices.
To many, the release of the new iPhone models feels distinctly lackluster, completely devoid of the kind of enthusiasm and surprise that has always accompanied the roll outs of previous models, beginning in 2007.
The financial community seem to mirror this sentiment as Apple’s stock price plummeted more than 5% barely twenty-four hours following its announcement of the new products..
According to the latest scuttlebutt on iPhone 6 release date, Apple will be unveiling its next iPhone in just a couple of weeks: on September 10th.
Sounds like a date that could go down in Apple infamy, particularly as it’s not clear as to what actually will be debuted on that date. Plenty of questions abound as is customary with Apple, who has neither confirmed when the iPhone 6 will launch, nor when iOS 7 will become publicly available.
Here are some possible scenarios. This year could be the first time Apple will release more than one iPhone model, among which the iPhone 5S, as well as a long-rumored low-cost iPhone, possibly named the iPhone 5C.
There has been much speculation that Apple will launch an interim iPhone 5S update model before its launching of its major update, the iPhone 6, coming perhaps as late as next year. Supposedly, iPhone 5S will still sport the same screen size and reveal only minor updates from its predecessor, the iPhone 5, however will supposedly launch on iOS 7.
The equi-probable, alternative stream of speculation indicates that Apple has dumped plans for an Phone 5S, jumping straight to the much anticipated iPhone 6. Such rumor as been reinforced by sources close to Apple who claim that Apple has been advised that an iPhone 5S would not sit well with consumers and as such should skip right to the iPhone 6.
Finally, the media, of course, sees it differently and has already dubbed the next iPhone model as “iPhone 5S.” This based on historical precedent in which Apple only produces one major upgrade every other year, and in between we get the “S” model. This is the model that delivers only marginal upgrades and is seen as an “off-year” product with only modest improvements. Nevertheless, if there’s one thing Apple is good at, it’s squeezing every last ounce of utility out of the supply chain, indicating that the company is generally content to stick with the same basic shape for at least two generations. Recall 3G/3GS, 4/4S.
Rumors of a low-cost, “budget” iPhone have been swirling around the smartphone blogosphere for at least two years with the Wall Street Journal being a major perpetrator to this notion. Currently, however, there’s no firm evidence of Apple launching any device aimed at the lower end of the market, though it could prove to be a very good decision for those who can’t afford its flagship product. The prospect of a cheaper iPhone became more credible in the recent wake of cheaper Android phones whose collective impact caused serious declines in Apple’s marketshare.
A budget iPhone will most probably have a plastic shell and come in a wonderful array of colors. It will be cheap, but maybe not as cheap as you think. Speculation is that an unsubsidized low-budget, unlocked iPhone might actually run between $250 and $350 at a minimum. This is more expensive than most Chromebooks, as well as a far cry from the truly cheap smartphones out there. As for internals, there are few credible rumors, though it seems likely—given, again, Apple’s supply chain cleverness—that it will have the same guts as at least an iPhone 4S.
Irrespective of the purported iPhone 6 release date, the most concordant thinking about this smartphone innovation is that, at the very least, it will include an improved A7 processor, though there’s little suggestion as to what aspects of functionality this upgrade will focus on. One rumor concerning internal improvement is that this new model will include higher capacity battery — but only by about 8 percent over the current model.
iPhone 6 is also rumored to see some major camera improvements including a dual-LED flash that could be used to better scene brightness. Other scenarios include different colored LEDs that fire one at a time, using a color that better matches the scene to achieve a better white balance. Additional rumors concerning iPhone 6 features have suggested an improved camera sensor and lens as well, a possible upgraded sensor of 12- or 13-megapixels — up from just 8 on the iPhone 5, and a lens with wider aperture than earlier models, which would increase light collecting ability.
The great expectation for the next iPhone is a fingerprint scanner built directly into the device’s home button. Accordingly, the iPhone’s home button would be covered by durable sapphire crystal, just like what the iPhone 5 uses as a camera lens, and that the button will be convex, rather than concave, as it’s been on every iPhone to date. The sapphire’s extra protection would guard against scratches that would damage the sensor, since it would be protruding from the iPhone’s front surface. While all of this may sound somewhat futuristic, it isn’t totally unrealistic: such sensors have been included by Motorola to products like the Atrix 4G. Now Apple may now have the necessary technology to expand this idea in a big way. Last year it purchased the security firm Authentec, which has worked on the type of biometric sensors that could be built right into a phone.
It’s not entirely clear what Apple would have the fingerprint scanner be used for, but speculation on the topic includes notions such as unlocking the device and facilitating secure mobile payments.
OK enthusiasts; that’s all for now. Apple iPhone 6 release date: 25 days and counting!
Sick and tired of all the latest iPhone 6 rumors? So am I…
Got the picture? Are we really in need of a new iphone that much?
Get hooked up with an iPhone 5 right now.
If you want to know what’s really up with Apple’s next iPhone, but can’t seem to find really anything of substance or believable to read that might foretell some sobering reality on the subject…. you’re not alone. It seems these days we’re all inundated with rumor after outlandish speculation about… this aspect or that feature… or this launch date… or that innovation revealed in this unexpected “leak” by that corporate executive at some in-the-know company or by some internationally acclaimed market analyst VP of iPhone Rumors formerly in Silicon Valley, now stationed in Shanghai. Yeah, right!
Well, certainly, new iPhone design and specification “leaks” are nothing new in this industry, but as these over-glorified handsets gain ever more traction and influence across the globe, the daily barrage of spilled beans and source “confirmations” is getting more than ridiculously difficult to absorb, or to even fathom.
For instance, some rumors want to remind you that, despite Apple’s established pattern of annual upgrade, leading to an expected release of the iPhone 5S this year, that there might in fact be no less than two new iPhone models released within the year: an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 6, both models ostensibly spotted at unnamed suppliers. This apparently from the Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com.
According to the preponderance of scuttlebutt, the iPhone 5S is said to resemble the iPhone 5 (no surprise there), while the iPhone 6 will supposedly be a lighter and thinner handset with larger 5-inch screen. Of particular interest is the idea of the early release of the iPhone 6, which has been varyingly referred to as either iPhone Math or iPhone Plus. This upcoming release is also predicted to be a large-screen iPhone model: a seemingly sensible way for Apple to regain some past glory if not lost sales volume and market share following the earlier iPhone 5 debacle.
Then there’s the one about the wraparound iPhone display. (Have you seen this one?) Based on a recently published Apple patent design for a wraparound AMOLED display, this futuristic idea is part of a budget iPhone concept, one that harks back to days where smartphone innovation included a fun design, e.g. where chassis mixed plastic and metal together (a-la iMac G3) in colors that could include indigo, graphite, lime, ruby, tangerine, and of course, Apple’s famous Bondi Blue. A great rumor; don’t know how practical that one is.
Most iPhone rumors, however, are somewhat less colorful, and maintain instead the more reasonable idea that Apple’s next iPhone will look just like the current the iPhone 5. (Yawn!) While that may be true of the so-called iPhone 5S, a more innovative, larger-screen concept design seems to be in the works for iPhone 6. This latter model has been rumored to include an edge-to-edge display that utilizes a graphene protective layer and all-new aluminum carbon fiber unibody enclosure, making it 40 percent lighter, and 60 percent stronger than predecessors. Graphene is reputed to be the strongest known material. With a thickness of just one carbon atom, a single layer of graphene is, supposedly, virtual indestructible. Finally, the entire bottom surface of the unit will have multi-touch gesture support, thereby eliminating the conventional home button.
This all sounds great, though what’s really not clear is how much of these latest rumors we can really believe. However, you CAN believe this: you won’t have long to wait for the next series of juicy iPhone 6 rumors.
Keep calm and get an iPhone 5 right here.