The extremely well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already laid out his expectations of what Apple’s 2014 product roadmap will look like, and has provided additional details as to what the biggest changes will be in the next generation iPhones, as reported by MacRumors.
Passing along information from his usually reliable supply chain sources, Kuo detailed what we could see in relation to the iPhone in 2014. Starting with the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model, Kuo believes that the retina display of the device will have a resolution of 1334×750 at 326 pixels per inch. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model is expected to feature a 1920×1080 Retina display at 401ppi. Both iPhone models will maintain the aspect ratio of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s meaning that apps will not need to redesigned for a second time in three years.
The iPhone 6 models are said to include a new A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, Touch ID, a narrower bezel by 10 to 20%, and the phone thickness to be thinned to 6.5-7.0mm (down from the 7.6mm thickness of the current iPhone 5s). Kuo also expects Apple to include NFC chips in the new smartphones, something that has previously seemed unlikely.
One handed operation is said to be possible in the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 due to the narrower bezel. Kuo believes that this model of iPhone will ship up to 60 million units by the end of the year.
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will not be operable with one hand but Kuo states that some users will prioritize the visual experience of the larger iPhone over one-handed use. He also believes that this phone will be more profitable and could cannabalize sales of Apple’s iPad mini and smaller tablets and phablets from competitors. Kuo expects the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to debut later in the holiday quarter, with shipments just below 9 million units for the year.
The 5.5-inch iPhone will reportedly see a significantly larger battery – 50% to 70% more watt-hours than the iPhone 5s – to power the larger screen, made possible by the increased space inside a larger device’s casing. It is unclear if the larger screen will utilize all the extra battery or if device battery life will improve.
Kuo also provides details on the screen coverings of the new iPhones. He says only high-end iPhones, like the 64GB 5.5-inch iPhone 6, may include a sapphire screen cover due to supply constraints. Kuo goes on to say that Apple will want to begin integrating Touch ID sensing capabilities into the screen itself in the future and will need sapphire glass for accuracy when that time comes.
With regards to the camera on the new iPhones, we previously heard that the sensor is likely to stay pegged at 8 megapixels with improved optics for better images. Kuo corroborates this and expects the iPhone’s rear camera to remain at 8 megapixels and f2.2 aperture, but it will see an adoption of optical image stabilization technologies to improve image quality without increasing pixel count, something we’ve seen Apple achieve in the past.
Finally, Kuo expects production of the iPhone 4s and 4 to be ended, with the iPhone 5s and 5c filling becoming the inexpensive options in Apple’s smartphone lineup.
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