iPhone 6 release date rumors, as we predicted last week, have skyrocketed as everyone know the 2nd and third quarter are typically ruled by Apple's latest iPhone, iPad and other iOS offerings. Last year the hype over the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini release date was out of this world and this year looks to be no different for the iPhone 6, iPad Mini and iPad 5 release dates. So many rumors and concpet videos have surfaced and resurfaced this week concerning the possible specs and features to be found in the iPhone 6 that we thought we'd take the time to round them up for you and offer our thumbs up or thumbs down.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 1: New Display Screen Design By Sharp
The first sizzling iPhone 6 spec rumor fresh off the press is that Sharp Corp. is working on new display technology which would yield an eight times higher level of sensitivity to the capacitive touch screen found on Apple's next iPhone. The technology is made specifically for 5-inch smartphone displays to 60-inch for HDTV, adding one more nudge to the rumor that the iPhone 6 would feature a larger screen size. The screen is said to be sensitive enough that users could scribble notes on the screen with just an ordinary pen or pencil.
This report comes from Patently Apple, a website that stays abreast of latest patents submitted by Apple. In looking at the new patents, a larger more responsive touchscreen is not all that's been seen. It also looks as though Apple filed for its own rendition of the S-Pen stylus similar to the one found with the Samsung Note 2. Here are what the patents say the features of the stylus will be: 1) Ability to open most used app in the device. 2) Ability to switch into camera/scanner mode, allowing users to read bar codes. 3.) Ability to create one's own unique password with a motion or gesture.
My take on these patents... okay I guess, but I for one probably wouldn't use those features. Perhaps someone in a business or logistics line of work could profit from a scanning wand of sorts to accompany their iPhone 6 but for me, I'd prefer it as an add-on, not a stock feature.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 2: Built-In Projectors and Laser Keyboard
The built-in projector spec rumor for the iPhone 6 came to us from a concept video which surfaced a couple months back, featuring Apple's smartphone as something truly revolutionary. Upon placing the iPhone 6 on a flat surface two projectors display a keyboard in front of you and a full sized screen on the wall. This kind of technology, albeit complete speculation and dreamwork right now, could just be the thing to get everyone excited and lining up to buy Apple's iPhone 6 upon release. Imagine, no need for a desktop computer any longer. You could seriously carry it in your pocket if this concept were to be developed.
I give this rumor a definite thumbs up for innovation but about a thousand-to-one chance of actually coming to fruition.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 3: Higher End Processor, New Chip
Of course we all know with each new smartphone a more amazing processor with faster clock speeds is always expected and so the expectations for the iPhone 6 should be no different. DigiTimes, has been the center of this rumor as usual, stating that Apple's A7 processor is purportedly in the final stages of design and therefore production could begin in May or June. According to iDigiTimes, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will "tape out Apple's A7 processor on a 20nm process in March," which basically means the circuit design is nearly complete and will likely ship in 2014 with the iPhone 6.
Pretty safe to say this rumor will pan out as it's definitely time for a processor update.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 4: Improved Camera, FaceTime 3D Video Conferencing
An improved camera seems to be on the specs upgrade list of every new smartphone that comes along so the iPhone 6 is no exception. Recent rumors say that the iPhone 6 camera will be upgraded and capable of taking "Super HD" pictures... whatever that means. In addition, we've heard stirrings that Apple is working on improving its FaceTime stepping it up into the 3D video calls and video conferencing realm. The technology, known as Synchronized, Interactive Augmented Reality (AR) Displays would allow numerous deviced to be linked together for ive 3d calling and information sharing.
Here's what PatentlyApple, had to say about the new camera technology.
"The granted patent is about a device that can receive live video of a real-world, physical environment on a touch sensitive surface. One or more objects can be identified in the live video,"
Perhaps I'm missing the point here, but this is another item that just seems a little bit gimmicky and not really a feature I would care about all that much. But then I've never been a huge fan of 3D movies either so, maybe it's just a personal preference. In honor of these imporved camera rumors a new concept video of the iPhone 6 by designer Arthur Reis has surfaced on YouTube and is getting some attention.
The concept smartphone features a new Home button covering the entire bottom of the device - like a TrackPad on a computer -- and a Pro iSight camera that delivers 12MP and f/1.8 aperture. In addition the concpet video imagines an iPhone capable of surviving 12m drops, scratches and can survive up to 10m underwater.
This is one feature I'd happily take with my new iPhone 6 upon release.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 5: Fingerprint Recognition and NFC
The idea of fingerprint recognition seems to still as hot a topic as it was last time around in the iPhone 5. This time however, it seems very likely that both fingerprint recognition and NFC (near field communication) capabilities, will be featured in the upcoming iPhone 6. A recent report in The China Times, states that 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 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.
This is one feature I truly hope pans out as I absolutely love the ability to use my phone for payment at places like Starbucks. It'd be great to have this ability everywhere as most certainly my phone goes with me more places than even my wallet does. The electronic equivalent would be an incredible improvement to my life for sure.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 5: Varied Colors, Sizes and Prices
Well this year there has been all kinds of talk about the iPhone 6 possibly coming in a variety of colors outside the standard black and white. At least this is what analyst Brian White says. According to the Topeka analyst, "Apple is preparing a new iPhone in multiple colors and sizes." In addition, White feels certain the iPhone 6 models will come in three different sizes- the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Mini and an iPhone 6 XL. One of these could be potentially the budget iPhone we've heard so much about of late. I don't know about you, but to me the thought of a red or green iPhone just seems a little odd. It's not really a feature that brings anything special to smartphone and I for one would be happy to do without it. Though differing sizes could be a possibility, I'm more inclined to think differing prices will be the case and two sizes max. To be honest, every part of this rumor seems bogus, but I guess only time will tell.
iPhone 6 Release Date Spec Rumor 6: 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 as well as possible solar power charging. Now this is one rumor I can totally get behind and I could really see as a possibility Though in reality I'd be just really happy to see a smartphone that could hold charge for more than a day, solor charging might be just enough to make me smile for the time being. This is one iPhone 6 release date rumor I hope comes to fruition
Though there are still plenty of other rumors out there, these are probably some of the favorites, some more plausible than others. It's still way to early to know what exactly to expect from the iPhone 6 in terms of specs and features, but for now at least we can entertain ourselves with thoughts of what "could be".