The iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 is likely to be the center of speculation for the next few months now that Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S4 at their NYC "UNPACKED" event last Friday.
Though little has come down the pipelines yet concerning specs, features and release dates for the next iPhone, be it the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or even the budget model we've been hearing so much about, here is a quick collection of all the release date rumors we've seen cropping up repeatedly across the web.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 1: 4.8 Inch Retina Display
This is probably the latest and hottest rumor about the iPhone 6 out there, but at the same time, the most unfounded. A concept video which surface this weekend showcasing iPhone 6 with a retina display of 4.8 inches, a 16 megapixel iSight camera, dual LED flash and a home button that has been redesigned looks amazing. Coming in a metal shell for increased durability. This is one concept/rumor I'd be happy to see surface.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 2: NFC Capabilities and Fingerprint Recognition
After all the hype we heard last summer about the iPhone 5 including NFC capabilities, this was probably the one missing feature most were disappointed about when September rolled around. FC or near field communication technology has become a staple of many android phones, including rival smartphone, the Galaxy S3. With this in mind, it seems pretty obvious NFC would likely be a feature included in the next iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 and there are some reports to support this. According to The China Times, Taiwanese firm Chipbond will provide chips that would allow NFC to be possible in the new Apple device.
In addition to providing chips for NFC in the iPhone 6 the same company, ChipBond has also purportedly secured a contract with Apple in which they would also supply touch screen capabilities for fingerprint sensors in the iPhone 6 or 5S. This in concert with the NFC capabilities would allow for mobile payment while to enhancing security and providing a way to authenticate payments.
Here is what the China Times report had to say concerning NFC and fingerprint sensors:
The iPhone 5S outgoing will support NFC and fingerprint recognition, fingerprint is more security than passwords, fingerprints can not be copied and will not be stolen, most secure mobile payment device allows Apple iPhone 5S.
This is supported by the fact that numerous analysts predicted the iPhone 5S could include fingerprint technology including Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who posted in January an Apple roadmap for 2013.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 3: Updated A7 Processor Chip
So according to DigiTimes, a source who's information you do have to take with a grain of salt, Apple's A7 processor is purportedly in the final stages of design and therefore production could begin in May or June. The report states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will "tape out Apple's A7 processor on a 20nm process in March," meaning that the circuit design is nearly complete and the photomasking process is taking place. TSMC expects that the A7 chip will go into production in June but will not be shipping until 2014.
To me this seems a bit late for the iPhone 6, as most believe that model will arrive sometime this fall, but with no solid timeline on even the iPhone 5S, it's plausible that we could be looking at a 2014 release on the iPhone 6 and the updated A7 chip. I guess at this point, only time will tell. A recent CNET report however, did disclose that Apple is designing new products around TSMC's 20-nanometer process.
"Apple, in fact, is designing products now based on the TSMC's 20-nanometer process" , a source for CNET who is familiar with TSMC's plans said.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 4: Eye Tracking
So even though most will say this is a copy-cat move on the part of Apple, it wont be long anyway, it seems before most smartphones o the market will be featuring some form of eye-tracking technology including the iPhone 6. Thanks to a brilliant little start-up company in Israel called uMoove, eye- and head-tracking technology will soon be made available to anyone, including companies like Apple and software developers who make mobile apps.
The makers of uMoove have been on the project for over 3 years and have managed to track eye and head movements using a front-facing camera. Last Tuesday the company announced it would be only a little more time before the software tool kit to apply its technology would become available.
"We made a very important decision that the technology is so diverse that we cannot just allow it to be confined," said Moti Krispil, founder of uMoove. At this time the uMoove Web site is open to register for its software tool kit on. With innovations like uMoove available across devices, it would be silly for Apple not to take advantage of the technology in its next iPhone device.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 5: Wireless Charging
The rumor that the iPhone 6 and other devices such as the iPad 5 will contain wireless charging capabilities is fairly widespread, and one I think it a pretty good possibility. Apple has already been found submitting patents for the iPad Smart Cover which would hold not only battery cells, it would also allow for wireless charging capabilities and in a true stroke of genius a series of solar cells that would allow the iPad 5 to run and charge with sunlight. Of course I am not sure if all that could/would be rolled into the iPhone 6 cover, but it certainly might be a feature people would desire. Still I have to laugh as one reader @StoneTad noted,
"I'm happy with my lightning cable, I'd be happy with a better battery, instead of the ability to wirelessly charge this one."
This is one point I think most iPhone 5 users would agree on. Better battery power would far out trump the ability to charge it wirelessly, though the solar power thing that I think could catch on.
iPhone 6 Release Date Rumor 6: Network Improvement
Up to this point ,the iPhone has not been capable of supporting worldwide 4G--a fact which is painfully obvious for some who would love to own an iPhone 5 internationally. This however, has been a rumor that continues to surface. The iPhone6 will very likely support a worldwide 4G network. This would be helpful particularly as Apple has worked to secure a larger foothold in the Asian market, particularly in China. We've seen report of a new chip by Qualcomm that would enable the iPhone 5S or 6 to support global LTE. If this chip does actually come to fruition in the next iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, I think Apple could see some gains in its international market for sure.
As always, everything we have listed here are simply rumors concerning the iPhone 6, it's release date and spec--some with more supporting evidence than other but either way, we'll keep a eye out for new possibilities and be sure to send that news your way.
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