A respected financial tech analyst is predicting that the 2013 iPhone will feature the long-rumored fingerprint/biometrics security scanner. Even if this is the case, it’s hard to believe that we’ll see something like that on the iPhone 6 (or 5S) unless iWallet is also released.
It’s hard to keep all of the swirling 2013 iPhone rumors in line, what with some sites referring to it as the “iPhone 5S” and others the “iPhone 6.” Here at the iPhone 6 News Blog, we are going on the assumption (yes, a mere assumption — certainly no hard evidence to back it up) that Apple will release a refreshed iPhone 5S this year and an overhauled iPhone 6 in 2014. Thus, the focus of this blog is on what the next overhauled iPhone might feature.
And, to be sure, it certainly could feature the long-anticipated fingerprint scanner as a next-generation security measure, ostensible as a complement to the eventual release of iWallet. The thing is, one of those crazy tech analysts is saying that the fingerprint scanner is coming this year. Read More
A new set of fuzzy photos featuring components purported to be for the iPhone 6 and 5S fits into the latest rumors that Apple plans on a larger-screened “phablet” iPhone, as well as “el cheap-o” version for the developing world.
I’ve always been both skeptical and resentful of the obligatory “iPhone block speaker parts leak photos,” which have become a kind of tired convention in the iPhone rumor mills. Rarely corroborated, never challenged, these fuzzy photos seem to appear long before the launch of the real production ramp-up for the next iPhone, and they always look essentially the same. They seem easy to fake, easy to Photoshop — and the photo above is no exception.
With that being said, let’s go through the motions, since this is, after, all the iPhone 6 News Blog. Read More
A new rumor has popped up suggesting that the iPhone 6 could sport a sleek, hybrid form factor that combines both metal and plastic. But the same rumor imagines this device for 2013 — an unlikely development.
The discussion of the 2013 iPhone release is a confused one at the moment, with “iPhone 5S,” “iPhone 6,” and the el cheap-o “iPhone mini” all being bandied about by the tech media as the “next iPhone” iteration. As a result of this confused taxonomy, it’s hard to separate the refreshed iPhone 5S from the overhauled iPhone 6. But a new rumor today is quite clear: that the iPhone 6 will be released in 2013 — not 2014 as the iPhone 6 News Blog believes — and that it will sport a brand-new form factor that features mix of plastic and metal. Read More
The iPhone 6 remains in the shadows. But a new concept video imagines it without a home button and sporting SG3-like dimensions. If Samsung continues to succeed in the smartphone wars, could Apple go in this direction?
Samsung has made headlines recently, with new market data suggesting that they are winning the smartphone wars against Apple, having sold more smartphones in 2012 than Apple. This new revelation has led financial tech analysts to postulate that Cupertino may in fact release an iPhone in 2013 in multiple screen sizes — or even an “iPhone mini” — in a bid to match the market segmentation of Samsung’s own smarthones.
That theory, of course, remains to be seen: Apple is already offering three iPhone models, and with the 5S, may even offer 4 for a time, while iPhone 4 inventories are drawn down. Does Apple need to offer even more iPhone models with different display sizes and specs? That remains to be seen.
However, if Samsung manages to pull away from Apple in 2013, perhaps the iPhone 6 could feature a new display size and form factor that is decidedly more Android pastiche than its current look. A new concept video, depicting an iPhone 6 with a wider, SG3-like screen and no home button, seems to evoke this idea. Read More
New evidence of an iPhone 6 showing up in web logs suggests that Cupertino is in the latter stages of testing a new iPhone. But does the web log prove that we’ll have an iPhone 6 in 2013?
If you followed the iPhone 5 rumor mill, then you now that new, phantom devices showing up in tech web logs is part of the product development cycle for Apple. Part testing, part hype, Cupertino developers are well aware of the splash that visiting tech websites can have while testing both hardware and software for new devices. If they wanted to truly stay off the radar, then they’d visit websites that are not associated with tech.
Today, to mark the new year, the iPhone 6 appears to have made a phantom appearance, raising the level of excitement that 2013 could indeed mark the arrival of the iPhone 6 and not the iPhone 5S. Read More
The long-rumored technology is practical enough to enable Apple to do something new with the iPhone 6‘s display. But will it be deployed on an iPhone in 2013 or 2014?
For years now, the iPhone rumor mill has waxed poetic about IGZO screen technology for some future iPhone iteration. There are a lot of exciting features associated with IGZO, such as its ultra-thin, flexible physical qualities, as well as its lower use of energy consumption and potential for an even higher definition resolution than what we are seeing on current iPhone models. Many had hoped that it would make its way onto the iPhone 5, but to no avail.
A new report, however, is suggesting that Apple may be eyeing IGZO technology for the iPhone 6. Read More
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