Peter Misek, an analyst at Jeffries, has released a new report claiming that the iPhone 6 will arrive in mid-2013. He also reveals a list of iPhone 6 specs and features, which he classifies as either "likely" or "possible" without offering much more elaboration.
Here are some likely iPhone 6 features and specs for you to get excited about:
Based on our checks, likely updates include a new super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC. Possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage, and coming in 6 to 8 colors.
A 128GB iPhone 6 is an interesting, but likely expensive possibility, to say the least. We're also looking forward to an NFC chip, which would allow iPhone 6 owners to exchange files by simple tapping their smartphones together and has already been present in a number of Android smartphones for over a year. An improved Retina screen would be nice, but doesn't generate much excitement. Finally, the possibility that the new iPhone will come in six to eight colors is pretty exciting.
Then there's Misek's list of possible iPhone 6 features, apparently based on a number of concept designs:
Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8" screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.
A 4.8-inch screen would be a huge change for the iPhone 6, which we just don't see Apple going for just one generation after increasing the iPhone's screen size for the first time ever. Apple fans have predicted the disappearance of the iPhone's home button for years; this type of design change could mean a bigger iPhone 6 screen without needing a larger device.
Misek also proposes a rumor that Apple may also release a cheaper version of the iPhone 6, which would cost just $200 to $250 "on an unsubsidized basis," according to MacRumors. Don't get your hopes up though, Misek notes that Apple has yet to approve an the "iPhone mini" project.
Let's get back to the iPhone 6 release date, which Misek suggests could be as soon as June 2013. The iPhone 5 came out in September 2012, just a few months ago. In the past Apple has released a redesigned iPhone about once a year. The iPhone 6 release date could easily mark an even fast product cycle where new smartphones are released several times a year.
A faster product cycle might mean that fewer Apple fans purchase a new iPhone with each release, but it would keep the company competitive with Samsung while ensuring that the newest iPhone is always competitive. Misek also believes that Apple will release a redesigned iPad mini at the same time, likely in June 2013.
MacRumors notes that Misek has a "mixed track record" when it comes Apple iPhone rumors. Then again, the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been building media buzz recently with a series of major interview suggests that something big is coming from the company soon, hopefully the iPhone 6.
Apple has refrained from commenting on any iPhone 6 rumors so far, and based on the company's history the probably won't reveal the official name or even confirm the redesigned iPhone exists until its official launch.