IPhone 6 Rumor Roundup: What’s Likely, What’s BS?

It seems like whenever Apple releases one product, there are already a jillion rumors dealing with its follow-up. This can be very frustrating if you find yourself buying in new to a model that will become outdated in six months. With all the hundreds of bucks changing hands, you’d think they might allow us to enjoy the newness of it all for a little longer. But nope, here come more rumors. This time, it’s about the iPhone 6. Here’s what we’ve heard. Take all this with a grain of salt until Cupertino makes it official.

Take it away, rumormongers!

A Larger Screen Size

After considering the trends and the temperament of Apple, we’re pretty sure the iPhone 6 will incorporate a bigger screen. The question is, how big is it going to get? Apple’s retina display clocks in at 1,136-by-640. At that size, Instapaper developer Marco Arment and iMore Editor-in-Chief Rene Ritchie, agree that a 4.94-inch iPhone would be ideal in that it would play nice with the existing display used for iPad Air. The rumor mill has placed probable screen sizes at 4.7 inches, 5.5 inches, and 5.7 inches, to name a few. It’s all crap until Apple confirms, so we won’t bore you with the details.

Two iPhone 6’s

This iPhone 6 rumor isn’t all that farfetched when you consider the recent release of 5C and 5S. Apple may wish to continue the trend of giving consumers options by going with a 4.94-inch lower-priced model and a larger iPhablet. (Sweet Hickory, we already hate that name.)

IPhone 6 Will Have 720p Or 1080p Resolution

In a recent piece for PC Mag, contributor Sascha Segan called BS on this one.

“While 720p and 1080p are both 16:9 resolutions, graphics designed for 1,136-by-640 displays would be scaled up just enough to look weird on a 720p screen,” Segan writes. “And app developers may be able to cast off 320-by-480 resolutions this year — it depends on how many iPhone 3GSes are still out there — but adding more items to the list is a bad idea.”

Ultimately, Segan thinks the company is playing it smart and staying focused. “Apple’s focus is what developers love, and developers are why the iPhone has succeeded,” he explains. “No, it’s not Apple magic, or a reality distortion field. It’s that Apple offers the best API for developers, with a simple hardware platform to write to, and excellent conversion of app installs into cash.”

He added: “A huge part of that — a huge part of that — has been maintaining a small, consistent array of screen sizes and aspect ratios.”

Apple’s iPhone 6 Will Release In May (Or June) 2014

Entirely possible on this one. Apple has never shied away from summer phone releases in the past, and there’s no reason to think they’re all-the-sudden averse to it. Price points, however, are anyone’s guess. And it’s unlikely that Apple would allow this date to get closer and closer with no extended postponement announcement — like to Christmas — if they didn’t plan on following through on market and consumer expectations.

Liquidmetal And Ultra-Thin

Another iPhone 6 rumor indicates that the company will be using a Liquidmetal design this time around. The design will enable Apple to keep the phone at six millimeters thick — an ultra-thin size that bears that would coincide nicely with the sixth generation phone (iPhone 6 / 6mm? Anybody?). This rumor was reported by ET News originally. The site claimed sources from Chinese companies within Apple’s supply chain, so there may be some merit to this bit of info.

If Apple does end up using the Liquidmetal, there’s no telling how much of it they will incorporate. Some rumors speculate that the entire iPhone 6 (or a substantial part of it) will be crafted from the stuff, even side buttons, which would blend into the phone.

A Curved Screen

Last but not least, the iPhone 6 rumor mill has the latest device with a curved screen. With the curve already making an appearance on TV screens at CES 2014, it could be high-time for a flexible Apple product to hit the market. Here’s a concept video of what that might look like:

Click here to view the embedded video.

If this phone is coming out in the summer, we doubt it’s that radical.

Our Final Predictions

  • Faster processor — perhaps an A8 chip
  • A 4.94-inch screen size
  • No iPhablet (yet)
  • One phone, not two (unless Apple pulls a nearly identical 6C with cheaper materials and less power)
  • No 720p or 1080p
  • No significant usage of Liquidmetal (if any)
  • Summer release

Yeah, we know. Not very sexy. But then, Apple doesn’t have to go all-in chasing after Samsung. They’re doing just fine with app sales and a smaller market share. It suits them. Chasing after large groups of people never did.

IPhone 6 Rumor Roundup: What’s Likely, What’s BS?

IPhone 6 Rumor Roundup: What’s Likely, What’s BS?

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