The iPhone 6, the long-awaited next generation Apple smartphone which will come with a larger screen and and even fingerprint recognition, will hit stores in September. So Apple aficionados will need to start lining up at their nearest Apple Store soon, if not right away.
That is, if indeed the report published Friday in Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review has its facts right, No confirmation from Apple on the report, or comment of any kind, has been forthcoming.
From the Nikkei report, the iPhone 6 appears to be a major upgrade, a next-generation iPhone, which Apple presumably hopes will persuade even current iPhone 4 and 5 owners to trash their old phones and get on board with the iPhone all over again.
Apple iPhone sales need a bit of a kick in the pants. Sales of the iPhone 5 got out of the gate at a rapid pace, moving 5 million of the state-of-the-art units within tyhree days of its release. But sales have since leveled off.
That does not mean that that the iPhone is hurting. Just this week, Apple announced that it sold its 500 millionth iPhone since the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs first introduced the space-age phone in 2007.
The online techno-watching publication Tech Republic put that milestone in perspective, comparing the iPhone sales to other iconic products. For example, the Rubik’s Cube and the Slinky, two of the world’s most popular toys, have each sold about 350 million. And of course neither carries a price tag anywhere near the $500 range that will get you an iPhone.
The most popular car in the world, the Toyota Corolla, has sold about 40 million, while the biggest selling record of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, moved a relatively modest 50 million units.
If the Nikkei report is true, the iPhone 6 could help Apple make strides toward the billion mark. The phone is reported to come in two models. One will have a 4.7 inch screen while the higher-end model will come with a roomy 5.5 inches of screen.
Nikkei also reports that manufacturers in Japan and Korea are already at work on the producing the all-important iPhone 6 screens, which may even include technology to recognize unique human fingerprints, which would be an important security innovation.
The Nikkei newspaper was accurate when it predicted the release dates of the iPhone 5 and 5s, so there is thought to be credibility to its Friday report. Other sources have reported that battery-makers have begun taking orders for iPhone 6 batteries as well.