Very few recent iPhone 6-centric reports have been as specific as today’s slew of fishy rumors, hinting at Apple’s use of an improved 13 MP camera with Exmor sensor, larger 1,810 mAh battery and almost identical Touch ID fingerprint recognition device.
Whether you expect it them in September, November or early next year, and whether or not you choose to buy Jimmy Lin’s claims of having dealt directly with one of the futuristic models already, the imminent coming of iPhone 5s sequel(s) is indisputable.
Also crystal clear – it’s a time of crucial change for Cupertino, so forget everything you knew about iPhones. The next-gen “iPhablets” will be pioneers, or they won’t be at all. The question is exactly what does Apple intend to upgrade aside from size?
Short answer: everything. Long answer: screen resolution, the processor, RAM (hopefully), camera, battery, display protection and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But let’s insist a little on a few of these specific tweaks.
Apparently, last year’s humble 8 megapixel rear-facing camera will be replaced with a bolder 13 MP photographic unit, adorned with a Sony-made IMX220 Exmor sensor and 1,080p video recording capabilities. Needless to say we’d have preferred a bump to 16 or 20 MP a la Samsung or Sony, but it’s not all about the pixel count.
Moving on, a source just as sketchy as the one tipping us on the shooter sensor has somehow entered in the possession of a pic allegedly “confirming” the battery capacity of the iPhone 6: 1,810 mAh. Wait, the 4.7 or 5.5-inch version? Let’s hope the former, since the 4-inch iPhone 5s packs a 1,560 mAh cell.
Another image, exactly as hard to corroborate, claims to show the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6 alongside its iPhone 5s counterpart. There’s virtually no physical difference between the two, so even if it’s real, who cares?
Well, you should care about the forecast of a big-shot NPD DisplaySearch analyst, who says Apple may only be able to use 45 million iPhone 6 sapphire-covered displays at first. Sounds like a lot, yet the iOS-based bad boy is expected to be produced in 70 million units right off the bat.
Hence, there’s a good chance sapphire will be restricted to high-end 64 GB variants of either the 4.7 or 5.5 incher, whereas all the others shall stick to Gorilla Glass. But don’t panic, that’s merely a guess.