Do we have a treat for you! Welcome to the article that will update you on all the leaks and rumors about the Apple iPhone 6 that has been reported in the past week and a half.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is putting the final touches on the iOS 8 in preparation for a launch event for the Apple iPhone 6. The event is to take place in the mid of September with another launch event to be held in October for the iWatch and OS X Yosemite. Although the 4.7 inch variant is set and ready to go for the event, we’re not quite sure about the 5.5 inch variant that has faced production problems. The larger version may be delayed and release may be pushed to the beginning of 2015. Regarding the iOS 8, reports have been gearing towards an early or mid August release. However, the golden master version which is the one everyone is anticipating will only be out late August or early September. That version is the one packed with the got-to-have updates that come with the latest version of iOS.
The above leaked imaged by Apple.Club.Tw shows the lightning or headphone jack that according to MacRumors is the real deal as it fits nicely into the alleged back panel. As you can see, the headphone jack dispels rumors that Apple was going to completely ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it may be possible that new EarPod headphones will be compatible with the lightning port so more data is sent back and forth. The other leaked picture is yet another look at the back panel of the iPhone 6. It looks like the logo will most probably be embedded instead of glow like other rumors have stated. The embedded logo will allow wireless signals to transfer through the metal body of the phone and avoid interference of the signals.
However, take a look at the next two pictures.
The above images show a cleaner polished complete state of the 4.7 inch variant rear shell. It shows the removal of all the interior physical features from the manufacturing process. The antenna breaks at the top and bottom of the shell seem to be quite prominent. As stated before, previous rumors were pointing at a lighted Apple logo but these pictures clearly brush off those whispers. It is more and more indicative that Apple will most probably be doing a embedded logo this time around. Another note from these photos are the full set of camera holes. The flash hole seems to be round. It just might be that Apple and its partners have developed a new round version of the TrueTone flash equipped with the new LED system.
According to supply chain sources who spoke anonymously to China Times, Apple may use only one brightness enhancement film (BEF) in its LCD display as a space-saving measure. This change to a single layer technology may lead to problems for the tech giant as the one layer has to be of a higher quality in order to take the place of two. To meet demand for this new part, Apple allegedly is looking to OMRON and Radiant as suppliers to supplement the projected output from Minebea. This latest report claims Apple will continue to use the current in-cell display for its upcoming iPhone 6. Sources also claim the main suppliers for the iPhone will remain LG, JDI and Sharp, which was previously rumored to have been dropped from Apple’s iPhone 6 supplier chain.
According to reports by Chinese Sony Enthusiast forum Digi-Wo, the Apple iPhone 6 will be equipped with the Sony Exmor IMX220 camera sensors. If this is true, the phone will have a 13 megapixel camera, 1/2.3 sensors and a video recorder up to 1080p. Digi-Wo was a reliable source when it came to the Sony information we have read in the past. This move is not surprising as the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s used incremental versions of the Sony IMX145 sensor. However, previous leaks have just pointed at Apple doing minimum improvement with the 4.7 inch variant getting improved lens module. The 5.5 inch version of the phone is more promising according to previous reports as it will be the recipient of improved image stabilization systems.
There has been a leaked picture from Nowhereelse regarding the battery that is to be used in the 4.7 inch variant of the iPhone 6 (as seen above). The alleged iPhone 6 battery shows a capacity of 1810 mAh which is an improvement over the iPhone 5s battery’s capacity of 1560 mAh. This reported capacity is in line with previous leaks that have estimated that the device’s battery capacity will be around 1800 mAh to 1900 mAh. The battery capacity does place the device behind the industry’s competition such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 but iOS 8 is likely to optimize the device to allow best performance from the phone.
In other news regarding the gadget’s battery, there has been rumors that Apple is facing sourcing problems. Apple is looking for an extremely light and thin battery for the iPhone 6. Dynapack, who is the manufacturing partner of Apple has been reported to be unable to keep up with the company’s demands. So what has Apple done? Well, the Cupertino company has turned to Taiwanese suppliers Simplo and Desai who produced the batteries for the iPad 3. This seems to have solved the problem but we need to remember that Apple has been reported to be facing other production problems. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted issues with sourcing the larger touch panel and metal casings for the larger variant which may contribute to the launch delay for the 5.5 inch iPhone 6.
Back to the physical appearance of the iPhone 6, there has been additional photos leaked alleging to be the front panels of the iOS phone. There seems to a slight gloss on the panels with the edges curved which have led to rumors of curved corners for the anticipated device. According to this image of the front panel, the front facing camera has been relocated to the left side of the earpiece and sensors have been moved to top of the device. This design is similar to the iPhone 4 and varies from the iPhone 5s’s design which had the camera located above the earpiece. Maybe Apple has figured out what to keep from the predecessors of the iPhone 6 and what doesn’t work.
An image of a purported LCD frame has popped up as well. It is complete with metal shielding and a bracket that goes over the device’s home button. It alleges to be that of the 4.7 inch variant and is pretty much what you expect an Apple front frame to look like – round corners and thin build.
However, what would interest you is the secret feature found in this device. Reports from Asia claim that this time around, Apple will be including a new tactile motor that will apparently cost twice as much as the one found in the iPhone 5s. What’s so special about this is it’ll apparently provide a more complex and realistic experience when it comes to tactile feedback as you interact with your iPhone 6′s display.
The new report from Chinese site Laoyaoba claims Apple has developed a haptic feedback motor to help distinguish its upcoming smartphone from the competition. Local carriers in China are already testing official iPhone 6 prototypes according to this report. Apple is apparently set to introduce haptic feedback with the new smartphone. The technology uses a range of different vibrations to create a more realistic physical response when you touch the display. The vibration types can vary based on the app you’re using or even which part of the screen you’re touching. This feature is said by many to be long overdue and with the larger sized iPhone 6, it says that this feature will be a top class experience for users.
Nowheerelese has released a picture (above) of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 6. It is similar to the iPhone 5s but is reported to be much more durable due to enhanced and updated manufacturing process used. The first batch of sensors has been in the works by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Previously, the iPhone 5s encountered problems with limited supplies relevant to the sensors. I think this time around Apple will be needing higher shipments for the Touch ID components which explains TSMC already starting manufacturing processes.
Now, on to the juiciest part of the iPhone 6 – sapphire glass. There has been so much debate whether the sapphire glass will be used in the device or whether the sapphire glass is even stronger than normal glass or gorilla glass.
The first rumor this week is that Apple’s sapphire display capacity is at 45 million units for the iPhone 6 launch. However, the expected iPhone batch is at 70 million units. This leads us to believe that the sapphire glass display will only be limited to higher end versions of the iPhone 6. Maybe just the larger 5.5 inch variant. There have been reports that the sapphire will be used for laptop displays as well but we find this hard to believe due to heighten costs and complex manufacturing issues. JP Morgan has told the Taipei Times that the sapphire display production is only at 10 million units which will limit the sapphire display to certain models of the iWatch. In a totally different story, Matt Margolis pegged Apple’s sapphire display capacity at excess in 100 million units a year. He claims that the factory’s 2500 furnaces can handle larger sapphire boules which gives plenty capacity for all. Margolis seems to be the most reliable as he has been digging into the regulatory and import filings related to the sapphire plant in Arizona that is run by Apple and GT Advanced Technologies.
Whether or not the sapphire glass is being used is still a mystery but the new patents by Apple may shed some light on this matter. A trio of recent patents seem to confirm the company’s interest in this material. The first patent describes a way for creating a sapphire component with residual compressive stress, which uses the material to protect the device from breaking. The method should protect your screen from drops and intense strain, and can be used around the edges of the display or right in the middle. The second patent revolves around sapphire buttons for the iPhone’s home button and volume rocker, which could be transparent and potentially lit by LED. Finally, a third patent describes how the company could embed serial markings in the sapphire glass, suggesting it could potentially cover the entire device. We’re not sure if the sapphire glass is for a future Apple iPhone or the expected iPhone 6. However, with these new patents, we’re definitely expecting a sapphire glass equipped iPhone from the company whether it be sooner or later.
So, the last question regarding the sapphire glass is how strong is it in reality? Well, the above YouTube video by MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) shows the glass being put to test… again. This is the second video revolving around the durability of the glass by Brownlee. This time around, the test involves exposing the supposedly super-strong sapphire-based material to a true test of strength – scratching by sandpaper, a material with a much higher Mohs scale hardness rating than any steel knife or set of keys. Brownlee uses both garnet and emery-based sandpaper, both of which have Mohs scores that exceed the hardness of existing Gorilla Glass. The glass doesn’t seem that immune to sandpaper but as Brownlee explained in the video, it doesn’t matter so much that the screen suffered a few scratches under these extremely artificial testing conditions: Its overall durability and flexibility mean it should be safe from almost every real world threat.
According to a local media cited by Reuters, Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is set to begin mass production for the smaller 4.7 inch variant of the iPhone 6 this month with the production of the larger variant to follow next month. Foxconn will be employing an estimated 100,000 new workers to meet the Apple’s production demands. On top of that, the company will be deploying 10,000 robots to assist employees with the less intensive manufacturing tasks.
With all these rumors flying about, you can just imagine the amount of hype and anxiety that is revolving around the Apple iPhone 6. And that is exactly why the tech giant is getting ready for tremendous demand. The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is placing an order for a staggering 70 to 80 million units of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of the iPhone 6 by December. This would be Apple’s biggest iPhone order in history as last year it only ordered 50 to 60 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units, out of which the company ended up with a major overstock of the iPhone 5c.
Just to add icing to an already delicious cake, we’ve also included the video showing 3D renders of a concept version of the iPhone 6. The video however, is a recreation of leaks and dummy units. It looks to be an artistic imaginary design. Why don’t we think this is the real thing? Well, the mute switch is far too large and the dimensions of the lightning port connector are way off. Aside from that, the video basically just brings all the rumors together and we have to give props to the designer for upping the already ridiculous expectation of what the device will look like.
Well, that’s about it! All your leaks in one major article. Not to worry, we know that till the launch date arrives, the rumors circling around the iPhone 6 will continuously stream in and that’s why we will be keeping you updated! Stay tuned for the next leak!