iPhone 6: Well-sourced analyst lays down his predictions for all-new design 4.7″ and 5.5″ models


iPhone 6 renderings via MacRumors

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.

What do you think of all the news surrounding the iPhone 6 and other new Apple products today? Do the specs of the next generation of iPhone excite you? And, importantly, which size iPhone will you be hoping to buy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter: @TiP_AdamO.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Bill Thomas

    Sounds like a winner to me!!

  • awareunlikeu

    They HAVE to increase battery life in these new iPhone’s. I don’t care if the iPhone 6 is the same size of the iPhone 4 to make up for the battery size within, it has to happen! The same Supposed 10 hour battery life being introduced year after year in the iPhone is just unacceptable! Apple has the money to either research or hell, even create new and drastically improved battery tech. Look at both the SGS5, and M8 with the Snapdragon 801, and both of those devises can just about last a whole day (from 6am till 10pm or so) with very heavy usage, while my iPhone 5 has to be charged at least twice a day. I really hate to say it, but if Apple doesn’t get its shit together with the iPhone 6’s battery life, I will be forced to jump ship, while crying, to an Android device which really sucks because I’ve taken the plunge to Android a few times in my smartphone owning life, and I ALWAYS come back to drink more Kool-Aid in the end.

    • TBN27

      Don’t worry. It will definitely have a bigger battery to keep up with the bigger screen and more powerful processor

    • Anthony Snyder

      It will. Every iPhone to date has included slightly more battery life. I expect a larger jump with the 6 since it will physically be bigger.

  • TBN27

    I am going for the 4.7″ one with the 64GB storage option. If the 5s comes still in 64GB option then I will take that instead for I like the size more.

    • Adam Oram

      I’ll probably go for the 4.7″ one too. Can’t see myself using a 5.5″ phone but would like a little larger screen.

      • Anthony Snyder

        I like my iPhone, but a bigger screen with a similar form factor seems perfect to me. Nothing to big and fancy, just feels good without a case on and fits in my pocket comfortably. (meaning I don’t feel it constantly)

  • Anthony Snyder

    No NFC, sorry…

  • Whiskers

    Those screen specs on the 4.7 is very odd.
    Hello Apple it’s 2014 , why not make 1920X1080 screen with atleast 440ppi like everyone else has been doing for a few years now.

  • Felix

    I don’t see Apple offering two different sized iPhone 6′. A 5+inch screen is a huge jump from 4 inches, and it would be unlike them to make that drastic increase in phone size. However, I think Apple will be forced to increase the screen size by roughly .5 inches or so.