Long awaited details for the iPhone 6 are out (unofficially). The big news? According to Apple Insider, the company intends to release two models this fall – with two different sizes. This comes after months of speculation over the iPhone 6, but now the experts are weighing in.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning the release of both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen in the next iteration of the phone. Both iPhones will reportedly run Apple’s next-generation A8 system-on-chip with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM, low temperature polysilicon in-cell touch panels, and Touch ID fingerprint security.
This is a first for the iPhone to have new releases with competing sizes. The “phablet,” 5.5-inch version, is bound to decrease sales of the iPad mini. Analysts have suggested that Apple might lower the price of its smaller iPad to stay competitive with the iPhone 6. Last year in an internal presentation, Apple admitted that bigger screen phones were seeing the best sales. The two-size iPhone approach is well aimed to please everyone. There is some skepticism surrounding the claims of a 5.5-inch screen, which is such a huge change for the iPhone, and official details are expected in fall of this year.
Higher resolution screens, especially for the larger size iPhone, are part of the iPhone 6 prediction. Kuo says that for the 5.5-inch the resolution could be 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, and for the 4.7 screen specs of 1,334-by-750 are expected along with an 8 megapixel camera. This excellent picture quality will put the iPhone 6 up against top-tier digital cameras on the market. He also says the iPhone could be thinner by 10 or 20 percent. The current iPhone is 7.6 millimeters; this could mean between 6.5 to 7 millimeters for the next iPhone. Other advancements could see the power button on the side for one-hand function and an NFC (near-field communications) chip for the new iPhones to “talk” to each other by tapping – for payment, content sharing, etc.
Ever since the release of the new Galaxy phone, iPhone lovers have loudly hated on “bulky” smart phones. Now, with the tides of the market changing, it’ll be interesting to tell how iPhone consumers take the change. Granted, the product hasn’t been officially confirmed. Once it is, as rumors are mounting to expect, the iPhone compromise may come as a welcomed advance or an irritating misstep. If positive sales follow the “phablet” release, then one thing is for certain – large smartphones have found a solid position in phone future.