According to VentureBeat, a “source with knowledge” of Apple’s iPhone plans has spilled some beans. In addition to confirming some popular rumors, the source claims to have even more information on the upcoming devices.
The source confirms that Apple will be releasing a 4.7″ model in September, with a 5.5″ model shipping up to a month later. This is good news compared to some rumors that pushed the 5.5″ model to December. The new iPhones will not be sporting sapphire screens, but the material will be harder than Gorilla Glass. This also falls in line with many recent conclusions.
As most probably expected, Apple will be upgrading the hardware of the iPhone as well. An A8 chip with 2.0GHz cores should be expected, according the to source. This is compared to the A7’s 1.3GHz cores in the iPhone 5s. The new iPhones will be supporting 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is an upgrade from 802.11n. The new cellular modem will support Category 6 LTE, which is specified to allow data speeds of up to 300 mbps. It’s also expected that Touch ID will be improved.
In addition to hardware upgrades, Apple should also be making some internal additions to its new iPhones. NFC should be thrown in to support mobile payments. The source also mentions a potential “handshake” feature with Beats headphones that would occur through the Lightning connector. That hardware would be in the headphones, so it probably won’t be released in the next couple of months.
If this source is correct, the next iPhones will be a pretty substantial change from the iPhone 5s. I would have liked to hear some confirmation of larger storage options (ideally knocking out the 16GB option and bringing prices down), but time will tell. How do these improvements sound to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.