Of all the top smartphone manufacturers, Apple probably does the best job of keeping things under wraps until, like, the actual product launch, but that’s not to say there aren’t countless leaks beforehand – on an almost daily basis at the moment for the iPhone 6
With less than two months to go (maybe), I’ve complied all the pertinent stuff and put together – er, as the title reveals – Five things we think we know about the iPhone 6.
As per Mobot tradition, this list is presented in an entirely random order as things pop into my head. I can feel my morning coffee working its magic, so let's crack on!
1. The iPhone 6 is bigger – both of them
Yes, the iPhone 6 is bigger. “Bigger than what, you filthy animal?!” Bigger than all previous iPhones, Jeeves!
The first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S all had displays measuring 3.5in, which is just ridiculously small by today’s standards.
Fast-forward to 2012’s iPhone 5 and Apple made headlines by extending the display to measure – hold on to your hats – a whopping 4in, a size largely reserved for entry-level phones in space year 2014AD.
As for the iPhone 6, rumour has it we’ll see two sizes, specifically 4.7in and 5.5in. If true, that’ll make the larger iPhone 6 more than 50% bigger than the first five iPhones, and put Apple in more direct competition with the big Android players.
2. The iPhone 6 has a Sapphire crystal display
Originally tipped for the larger iPhone 6 only, consensus now is that both models with have sapphire crystal front panels.
Why should you care? Well, according to a couple of recent videos, it’ll be pretty freakin’ durable, seemingly able to withstand a significant degree of bending, and even a brutal knife attack. For serious.
3. The iPhone 6 is powered by a dual-core Apple A8 processor
With Android flagships moving on to quad-core and even octo-core processors, it might come as a surprise to hear that the inevitable Apple A8 processor in the iPhone 6 will - supposedly - rock a modest two cores.
Having said that, the juice is cranked from 1.3GHz on the dual-core iPhone 5s to 2GHz on the iPhone 6, and if past iPhones are anything to go by, we’re sure the Apple A8 will be more than capable.
4. The iPhone 6 has an 8MP rear camera
A similar story to the processor, we’re told that the iPhone 6 will come with an 8MP rear camera, same as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s.
But again, the megapixel count doesn’t tell the whole story (low-light performance is a biggie), and indeed the 8MP iPhone 5s has arguably one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.
5. The iPhone 6 will launch in September
“When can I buy the iPhone 6?” is the question on Joe Consumer’s lips. Well, if you point your eyes at this recent article, you’ll see that the iPhone 6 launch date was deduced as September 9 or September 10.
As for the iPhone 6 release date, we’re putting all our chips on Friday, September 19, though the 12th and 26th are up there, too.
Persistent rumours suggest the larger iPhone 6 is encountering manufacturing problems/yield issues, and as such, might arrive later (some reckon 2015), or at least in limited quantities at first. Only seven weeks or so till we find out for sure.