In the latest iPhone 6 news, it looks like the new device will roll out in two different sizes. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Apple will offer the iPhone 6 with both a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screen size.1 Both new screens will absolutely dwarf the 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5S. Further, citing “industry insiders who have seen the prototypes,” the SCMP is reporting that both devices will be released in September of 2014.
In more iPhone 6 news, the massive deal that Apple signed with GT Advanced Technologies for the production of sapphire materiel, widely thought to be for the iWatch, solar power, or a number of other things, will in-fact be used primarily in iPhones. The scale of the agreement is such that Apple will receive enough sapphire and equipment to, “build between 103 million and 116 million ~5-inch displays per year.”2 Sapphire crystal is currently used in iPhones in the camera lens cover and touch identification. Further, as sapphire crystal is nearly as strong as diamond, the new iPhone screens will be, essentially, unbreakable. Check out this video of a concrete block being dragged across a sapphire crystal display, hat tip to 9to5mac:
Even more, there is a new report stating that the FaceTime camera on the iPhone 6 will be orders of magnitude superior to the current camera:
Apple is in talks with Sony to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone. Sony currently supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone 5S’s rear-mounted main cameras.
The news intimates that the quality rear-mounted camera at 8 megapixels would be coming to the iPhone’s FaceTime camera which is currently a measly 1.2 megapixel camera.3
While this is all interesting, it is hardly a given. These sorts of rumors are bound to snowball until the September release of the new iPhone.
- Angela Meng, South China Morning Post, “New iPhone – now upsized – set for release in September,” 12 February 2014 ▲
- Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac, “Apple just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200M ~5-inch iPhone displays in Arizona,” 6 Feb 2014 ▲
- Patently Apple, “Future iPhone to use a Lighter Frame & Better FaceTime Camera,” 12 February 2014 ▲