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The iPhone 6 will reportedly be available in 4.7" and 5.5" models

Apple’s iPhone 6 is just around the corner, so rumors and information leaks are coming in at a furious pace. We’ve already learned that Apple is expected to launch two models of the iPhone 6 -- a 4.7” model that is due this fall, and a 5.5” version that is slated to arrive early next year.
 
Today, a video has surfaced on the web that shows a physical mockup of the 4.7” iPhone 6 based on leaked engineering schematics:
 
 
The 6mm thick device looks to take some design cues from the existing iPhone 5c and iPad Mini/iPad Air, and has seen its power button relocated to the right-hand side of the device (we’re assuming this is to make one-handed operation of the device easier than if the top-mounted power button remained).

 
Hardware specs on the 4.7” iPhone 6 of course haven’t been verified, but it probably safe to say that the phone will come with an A8 processor, Touch ID, improved optics, and a higher resolution screen than the 1136x640 display currently available.

Sources: Mac Rumors, Nowhereelse.fr



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it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 8:44:03 AM , Rating: 3
Except for screen size and the main chip there really isn't much more these companies can add to smart phones.

Might as well start adding tv/home remote control capability as a standard or something outside the box because I think everything that could have been put in is already there on most flagship phones. Even the S5 brought nothing new to the table.

Hell, add a laser pointer or something.




RE: it's not just apple
By Labotomizer on 5/1/2014 9:33:43 AM , Rating: 2
I want to see the iPhone commercial after they add the laser pointer. Talk about awesome!

Marketed specifically for crazy cat ladies.


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 11:06:30 AM , Rating: 2
everyone is doing it. they have hit a tech wall.

havent you seen the samsung commercial with the whole biometrics thing? The music on the commercial is better than the feature its advertising.

everyone is getting desperate to get something that matters built into the phone but the pickings are slim.


RE: it's not just apple
By name99 on 5/1/2014 2:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
A built in optical laser is actually a really good idea. I suggested it to Apple a few years ago, but neither they nor anyone else have implemented it (yet).

Yes you can play with cats if you want, but my thinking was that it's just a generally useful tool to have. Pointer in presentations (or just generally trying to clarify things when talking to people, eg pointing out trees, damage on a building, whatever). Also useful as a straight-line when building and, if hooked up properly to the phones gyro, also can provide a level, and so useful for hanging pictures and suchlike.

There are other useful sensors that no-one provides yet. People have suggested air pressure and humidity, which I don't really care about, but I think a bolometer (temperature, but done in a way that will not be thrown off by the temperature of the user's hand) would be very useful.

Being more ambitious, sensors that identify materials and ambient chemicals will eventually come. There are large suitcase sized devices that do this sort of thing today, based on quantum cascade lasers and costing $100K and up; but it's just a matter of time before they are shrunk and the price comes down.

Generally, the phone as a sensor platform has, IMHO, not yet reached close to its full potential. Perhaps with wearables this will improve, as wearables allow for more experimentation, and the most useful/successful wearable "accessories" will (where it makes sense) move to the phone. [Of course the most personalized health-monitoring wearables will probably stick to your body 24/7 and those it makes no sense to move to the phone.]


RE: it's not just apple
By Solandri on 5/3/2014 4:47:26 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
There are other useful sensors that no-one provides yet. People have suggested air pressure and humidity, which I don't really care about, but I think a bolometer (temperature, but done in a way that will not be thrown off by the temperature of the user's hand) would be very useful.

The Galaxy S4 already has temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensors.

I'd like to see the microphones calibrated to generate correct dB readings, but then my graduate thesis was in acoustics. Other than that, an infrared thermometer (the kind with a laser designator you point, and it reads the temperature of that spot) might be handy. Gives you the laser pointer while you're at it too.


RE: it's not just apple
By flyingpants1 on 5/4/2014 8:07:50 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
A built in optical laser is actually a really good idea. I suggested it to Apple a few years ago, but neither they nor anyone else have implemented it (yet).

Yes you can play with cats if you want,


No. Giving hundreds of millions people a laser to carry everywhere they go is a ridiculously stupid idea. Not even gonna explain that one.


RE: it's not just apple
By CharonPDX on 5/1/2014 3:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
My sister might finally upgrade to a smartphone!


RE: it's not just apple
By Nortel on 5/1/2014 10:49:58 AM , Rating: 1
We've already seen desperation from handset makers trying to squeeze in every gimmick possible... curved screen, camera addons (Sony), point and shoot with zoom slapped onto a phone, BPM monitor, face detection, 'eye scroll', '3d', etc...

I'd like to see big improvements in speaker quality, camera f/stop & sensor size, battery life and speed... as well as screen size and resolution. I know these aren't revolutionary but realistic :)


RE: it's not just apple
By MTEK on 5/1/2014 11:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
A nice to have -- it's just a matter of time -- would be to have the capabilities of FLIR's Lepton sensor integrated directly into the phone.


RE: it's not just apple
By Omega215D on 5/1/2014 6:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
So far my HTC One M8 has a great speaker along with battery life especially considering the capacity. The camera produces very good to excellent shots depending on lighting and movement and it's fast but it's definitely not the best camera available. The UI is very smooth and quite slick as well.

I'm happy with my purchase though Verizon now has all the flagships available for $100 on contract...


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2014 11:04:22 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Even the S5 brought nothing new to the table.


A flagship with a removable back that comes standard as a waterproof phone? That's pretty new.

And they didn't need to add much to the S5, because it's already light years ahead of the iPhone.

It IS just Apple, they're the only ones playing catch up. Even Windows Phone has passed them by!


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 11:09:06 AM , Rating: 1
yeah, that matters nothing to the masses.

my note3 does nothing my galaxy s3 couldnt do aside from anything pen related. Get over the whole hating apple thing and look at it from the smart phone world.

no one is innovating anything vital anymore. we are just gonna get gimmick after gimmick until they give us hologram midgets that handle our phone calls and emails.


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2014 11:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
yeah, that matters nothing to the masses.


The masses lose several million smartphones a year from a quick dip in the toilet or sink, so yeah, that matters a lot.

quote:
no one is innovating anything vital anymore.


Because we have everything vital that we already need? Well cry more! How terrible.

New paradigms will emerge. Jesus, the modern smartphone just came out in 2008! Wtf is your problem, your expectations are not even remotely realistic.


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 12:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
you really going to buy a phone just in case you drop it in the toilet? are you eating indian food daily?

Yup, we do have everything vital. But these are luxuries, I am not looking for vital, I would have gotten a 1cent phone for that purpose.

Sit and be passive just because Samsung or Apple hasn't delivered anything to turn our heads. The rest of us will keep pressing the issue and drive the OEM's to deliver past doo-doo proof phones.

when in doubt, throw up some internet retardedness like llora mas.


RE: it's not just apple
By atechfan on 5/1/2014 1:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
There is a lot more to water resistance than dropping it in the toilet. What about using your phone in the rain? What about at the beach or by the pool? Sure, you can get a waterproof case, but it is nice to have that built in. Of anything added to the S5, that would be the most useful to me. Certainly much more useful than the short range baby monitor mode they dreamed up, at any rate.


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2014 2:29:35 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
you really going to buy a phone just in case you drop it in the toilet? are you eating indian food daily?


Stop being an idiot.

The point is this is now a STANDARD feature in their flagship phone, the one you (proverbially) were going to buy anyway. So no, you aren't buying the phone FOR this feature, it's just an added feature.

quote:
Sit and be passive just because Samsung or Apple hasn't delivered anything to turn our heads. The rest of us will keep pressing the issue and drive the OEM's to deliver past doo-doo proof phones.


What the...

In a handful of years smartphone are reaching heights of abilities that it took the PC industry 20+ years to achieve! Acknowledging that fact, and the difficulties ahead, is not being "passive".


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 3:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
to each their, own, your mind is made up that because they have climbed Mt. Everest up to this point (which no one is denying), that the gimmicks that we have seen for the last 6-12 months are "good enough" or are a justifiable checking of the box.

The best way to predict future behavior, is past behavior. the recent past shows us a flat future.

we both seem to agree that there are difficulties ahead, but you are saying they should get a bye based on bringing us this far for the last few iterations. I am simply saying I dont have to thank anyone for the process made, its what can you do for me next.


RE: it's not just apple
By flyingpants1 on 5/4/2014 8:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
to each their, own, your mind is made up that because they have climbed Mt. Everest up to this point (which no one is denying), that the gimmicks that we have seen for the last 6-12 months are "good enough" or are a justifiable checking of the box.


Look dude. Most of us agree by now, the market has levelled off. What more do you want, exactly?

The gimmicks are the only thing LEFT to even worry about! Of course they are a justifiable checking of the box. Every phone should be waterproof. This actually stops your $700 phone from dying, so that's a necessary feature. Now that Samsung, HTC and Sony flagships are all waterproof, there's no reason to take steps back, thank god.

Front speakers are just amazing. Every phone should have this. Just make the earpiece a tiny bit bigger, mono is fine. $700 phone, you should be able to hear it without cupping your hands around it like a buffoon.

Moto X-style touchless voice. Really no reason every phone shouldn't have this.

There should be phones with larger batteries like the MAXX. Add 1-2mm and get 4000mAh total. This would be incredibly useful.

And your idea is to add a laser pointer? What, so millions of children can blind their themselves, eachother, and their parents? Lol.


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/17/2014 10:34:18 AM , Rating: 2
the laser pointer was obvious sarcasm. maybe sarcasm radar is a gimmick on a phone you would be interested in.

gimmicks do no justify $700 every year. what do i want? probably too much. Am I ok with asking for it? damn straight.

dont ever let a manufacture tell you what is good enough and just fall in line.


RE: it's not just apple
By Mitch101 on 5/1/2014 12:18:04 PM , Rating: 1
Cortana And Siri's Beef Blows Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iznLyIYzts


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2014 2:34:50 PM , Rating: 3
Every single day I'm amazed at how bad and inept Siri is. I literally have to pull out my personal phone and use Google Now at work, because my "work" phone can't get the job done.

It's no surprise, at least to me, that Cortana is already better out of the box than Siri.

Funny vid. I actually kinda sorta forgot Arsenio was back on the air...


RE: it's not just apple
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/2/2014 8:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
You realize Google Now is also on iOS and is on parity with what's in 4.3? All those features and more without the chop and lag of an OS that runs nearly all apps through an interpreter.

Apps, download them, use them.


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/5/2014 10:44:19 AM , Rating: 2
And if you had actually used Google Now on IOS, or done some research, you would know that because Apple doesn't allow third party apps full access; Google Now on iOS isn't nearly as seamless or powerful as it is on native Android.


RE: it's not just apple
By kmmatney on 5/4/2014 11:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm really tired of searching for the nearest gas station in Google maps, and the nearest one is 5 miles away, and I pass 2 closer gas stations getting there. Its obvious that unless you pay, you aren't showing up on the map. Apple maps doesn't have this issue, or at least not as bad


RE: it's not just apple
By Reclaimer77 on 5/5/2014 10:47:52 AM , Rating: 2
Gotta be honest, I use Gas Buddy (and maybe so should you) for gas stations. I've never used Google Maps to find gas stations, so I'll just take your word for it.

However expecting Google Maps, or any map software, to have every SINGLE gas station in existence seems a bit unrealistic.

No, Apple maps doesn't have that issue at all. It just tried to navigate you into the ocean when you looked for gas stations lol.


RE: it's not just apple
By tonyswash on 5/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: it's not just apple
By themaster08 on 5/1/2014 4:06:41 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Exactly, not even 64 bit yet.
Exactly, now please do tell me how iOS being 64-bit on only the current generation of devices has noticeably benefited the end user, and how it's currently given Apple an advantage over its competitors?


RE: it's not just apple
By retrospooty on 5/2/2014 8:20:06 AM , Rating: 2
64 bit? meh. Yes the iPhone is fast, but it is fast already without 64 bit... Funny you are left with something that doesn't really affect anything at this time, nor matter to anyone. 64 bit doesnt help the low res screen, or the at this point laughable lack of features... The list of missing features is just immense. Nor does it help the woefully dated keyboard with no 5th row or alt key mappings still in 2014. Ugh.


RE: it's not just apple
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/2/2014 8:16:28 PM , Rating: 2
Apps upgraded to 64 bit on the same hardware still had performance improvements. Anandtech had a few articles on it. There were many other additions to the A7 so it can't be blamed on 64 bit completely, but improvement is improvement.

Either way, a bigger iPhone screen is coming. Android flagships are slower than older iPhones, which is weird. I expect leapfrogging with new hardware, not catching up. iOS app quality is still better, app performance (as I look at this GS4 and my friends HTC One that can't even zoom or scroll photos smoothly) is still much better, and on and on.

I like fast software and hardware on my desktop. I obviously want that on my phone and tablet. Broken gimmicks that don't work like air gestures and eye scrolling are much less useful to me.


RE: it's not just apple
By ritualm on 5/3/2014 4:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android flagships are slower than older iPhones

Because the Android OS is a dog performance-wise. It needs quad-cores, gobs of RAM, and seemingly lots of GPU prowess... all to disguise the plain sad fact that it still lags with the most cutting edge of mobile hardware.

Meanwhile, both Windows Phone and iOS run buttery-smooth on middling hardware that is essentially relegated to bargain-basement budget phones in the Android camp.


RE: it's not just apple
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/4/2014 10:05:40 AM , Rating: 3
All this, yet some people will deny there are any problems at all. I'm fine with people acknowledging problems but that they accept them as tradeoffs for other things that they like.

Nope, everything is perfect and nothing is wrong according to these people.


RE: it's not just apple
By retrospooty on 5/4/2014 12:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, it must be denial. SEe my post below.

I am not saying it doesn't exist, or cant happen. I am saying it's the same. Once debloated its the same as IOS.

So I am left with this question of you. Are you simply not aware of what you are talking about or are you deliberately lying about it? And that begs the question, why?


RE: it's not just apple
By retrospooty on 5/4/2014 8:53:14 AM , Rating: 2
Now I know I have personally explained this to you several times, so I have to assume you are just trolling, but again, for the umpteenth time, for the benefit of anyone reading your false posts... Android is not slow as of 4.1 and has no lag. It's as if you are blaming Windows for being slow when HP and Dell load 20+ bloatware apps into the autostart - It's NOT Windows that is slow, there is a cause and a fix - remove it.

OEM's (Samsung is the absolute worst) adding too much bloat slows it down but it isnt the OS. An OEM ROM debloated is fast as hell even with 2 year old dual core Snapdragon S4.

If you have an OEM ROM and have having bloat, take the 2-3 minutes to root it and remove the bloat and you are gold. If that is too much for you then you have really made a bad purchase.


RE: it's not just apple
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/4/2014 10:03:08 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter if it's a Nexus 5, HTC One, or GS4, I see lag and hitch there that I don't see on WP or iOS.

I understand the difference between bloatware and vanilla, and even stripped bare there are issues that those other OSes don't have. If those issues don't bother you then that's a different story.


RE: it's not just apple
By retrospooty on 5/4/2014 12:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
I have a brand new iPad 4 that lags more than Any android I have and have seen. Other people report the same thing... So, apparently they do have the same issue. Whats this? Even on Apple fan forums?

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5319637?start...

http://forums.imore.com/iphone-5/262244-ios-7-lag-...

https://discussions.apple.com/message/23768816#237...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4unWPhqfp4

I dont have a problem with you stating facts, but you are CLEARLY here misrepresenting facts as truth.

NEXT!


RE: it's not just apple
By Grimer21 on 5/1/2014 11:15:02 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Might as well start adding tv/home remote control capability as a standard

Actually an infrared blaster for TVs, Cable box, etc. is a feature on the LG G2 and the HTC One M8, among others I'm sure.

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_g2-5543.php
http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_(m8)-6074.php

I own a G2 and actually LG's remote control app is pretty awesome! It lets me control my Comcast box (all functions, DVR etc.) and with the touch of a button the interface changes to my TV's remote control and I get all of the functionality of my TV as well, it's pretty slick.


RE: it's not just apple
By xti on 5/1/2014 12:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
yeah - thats why i mention it being standard.
Although integration with things like harmony remote via BT is a decent bridge.

the lack of actual buttons takes some getting used to.


RE: it's not just apple
By CrystalBay on 5/1/2014 6:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I need a spare garage door opener.


RE: it's not just apple
By kmmatney on 5/4/2014 11:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone doesn't need anything but a bigger screen. Better battery life is always useful, but I doubt that will happen with the larger screen.


Correction
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2014 8:50:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
and a higher resolution screen than the 1136x960 display currently available.


In someone's wet dream maybe.

The iPhone is 640p. I know, hard to believe it's THAT bad, but it's true.




RE: Correction
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/1/2014 9:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
You're right, Reclaimer. I was mixing up the old iPhone's 960x640 with 1136x640.

**shaking my head**


RE: Correction
By piroroadkill on 5/1/2014 9:09:43 AM , Rating: 2
p? Why's that important? All TFT-LCDs and AMOLED screens are progressive scan.

However, you are (although in a half-assed manner) correcting the article: the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S screens are 1136x640.


RE: Correction
By invidious on 5/1/2014 9:24:54 AM , Rating: 2
He isn't critizing progressive scan, adding the p is standard convention when talking about quantity of horizontal pixel rows.


RE: Correction
By atechfan on 5/1/2014 9:53:39 AM , Rating: 2
I prefer using both numbers for res, especially for devices with non-standard aspect ratios.


RE: Correction
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/14, Rating: -1
Payments
By aliasfox on 5/1/2014 12:18:18 PM , Rating: 2
Is likely the next new frontier. Google's trying with Google Wallet/NFC, but it hasn't really taken off. Apple has tens of millions of people's credit card information tied to iTunes, it's surprising that Apple hasn't tried to leverage that.

It's a win-win for both the company and the consumer - company handling the payments gets a cut (be that Apple, Google, Paypal or otherwise), and customer gets the added convenience of not needing to carry a wallet in some circumstances. Merchants who accept this will likely lose a bit (just like credit card fees), so who knows what the uptake would be there.




RE: Payments
By jimbojimbo on 5/1/2014 4:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Is likely the next new frontier. Google's trying with Google Wallet/NFC, but it hasn't really taken off
It hasn't taken off because Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and TMobile all BLOCK it! Maybe as KitKat rolls out more it'll pick up but right now it's only because these corporations were blocking the feature in favor of a company they have an interest in, one which only recently rolled out their service.


RE: Payments
By Solandri on 5/3/2014 5:02:38 AM , Rating: 2
NFC payments are already big in Korea and Japan, and picking up in Europe. It's the U.S. which is lagging behind because of carrier capture.


Hmmm
By NellyFromMA on 5/1/2014 10:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
Seems I'll be choosing between a high-end Lumia and an iPhone 6 this summer. I think 5.5 might be a bit too big as 6 was a bit much for me to carry around.

However, Apple has been rather poor in its offering of overall resolution on the iPhone platform. If they do go for 5.5, they've got to bump up the resolution to make the most of it.

Build quality is exceptionally important, and plastic just doesn't cut it. My S3 is so trashed at this point, and I'm rather careful with my tech... No plastic this time, that's for sure. If the S3 had a better trim, I'd probably just keep holding out.

It should be an interesting summer upgrade-wise.




Mini version?
By kamk44 on 5/1/2014 12:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if they will do like others and offer a 4.3 inch mini version for those who want the latest offering without the increase in screen size. My wife just replaced her awful HTC Incredible with a Samsung S4 Mini (S5 Mini is coming soon if not out already). She did not want a larger phone so the mini was perfect. Also has an SD slot which she uses for audio books.




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