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iPhone 6 launches 2014: 4.7 inch Q3 and 5.5 inch Q4.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo passed along information gleaned from his always-reliable supply chain sources. In doing so, he may have taken all the mystery out of Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone launches later this year.
Beginning with the main flagship iPhone 6 model, Kuo reports that it will indeed feature:
A new 4.7-inch display panel.
The new Retina panel will sport a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels, 326 pixels per inch.
A new Apple A8 processor along with 1GB of RAM.
The bezel on the sides of the display will be reduced by between 10% and 20% so that the phone can still be used comfortably with one hand despite the larger screen.
Kuo believes that Apple will add NFC chips to this year’s iPhone models.
This model will be launched in 2014 Q3.
The new iPhone 6 phablet will feature:
A full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display that measures 5.5 inches diagonally, 401 ppi.
Apple’s first phablet will seemingly sport specs that are very similar to the smaller iPhone 6 model, including the A8 processor, NFC and Touch ID. The battery will be much larger, however, with Kuo suggesting that it will be between 50% and 70% bigger than the current iPhone 5s battery.
This iPhone 6 phatablet 5.5 inch will be launched in 2014 Q4.
The power/sleep/wake button on both new iPhone models will be moved from the top of the phone to the side, so it can be reached more easily on the larger phones.
Many large Android phones have the power button situated on the side as well.
Apple will switch from Gorilla Glass to sapphire crystal to cover the iPhone’s displays, but possibly only on the high-end models with 64GB of memory. This is due to supply constraints, Kuo said, though ultimately Apple will supposedly move all of its iPhone models to sapphire.
Part of the reason for the shift to sapphire, Kuo said, is that Touch ID may soon be embedded in iPhone display panels rather than home buttons, and sapphire is needed to ensure fingerprint reading accuracy.
According to the report, the iPhone 4s and iPhone 4 will be discontinued and the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will occupy Apple’s two lower-end price slots. In the U.S., that would make the iPhone 5c free on contract while the iPhone 5s would likely retail for $99 on contract.
His release timing aligns with a report from earlier this week.