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iPhone 6 release date, price and specs

Updated Everything you need to know about Apple's 2014 flagship smartphone
Mon Sep 01 2014, 13:30

APPLE'S iPhone 6 is, perhaps unsurprisingly, one of 2014's most hotly anticipated smartphones, with the firm looking to fight back against Android's growing marketshare. 

Building up to its launch of Apple's next smartphone(s) the online rumour mill has spat out rumour after rumour what we can expect from the so-called iPhone 6, which likely will arrive in both 4.7in and 5.5in models.

Here, we round up everything we know about the anticipated iPhone 6 handset so far. Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it with every new detail, feature and rumour about the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 release date

Apple finally sent out invites to its much anticipated Autumn event last week, confirming the date as 9 September, as expected. While the invite gave little away, simply stating "Wish we could say more" and the date of 9.9.2014, the event is almost guaranteed to see Apple launch its next-generation iPhone.

If the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is anything to go by, Apple's iPhone 6 is also likely to ship later in September 2014. Last year, for example, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C went on sale on 20 September, 10 days after they were announced.

iPhone 5S iOS 8

 

German operator Deutsche Telekom thinks it knows when the iPhone 6 will debut on shelves, telling staff to advise customers that it will go on sale on 19 September - a date which falls 10 days after the handset's mooted launch date.

However, it's worth noting that speculation has suggested that the larger iPhone 6 model could be delayed due to manufacturing issues, and might not see a release until next year. Reuters reports that a glitch with the iPhone 6's backlight could even force Apple to delay the handset's 9 September unveiling, and could lead to a limited supply at launch. 

Since, fresh rumours out of Macrumours claim the device might go on sale on 14 October following an unveiling on 16 September

Despite this, however, Apple reportedly has ordered "70 to 80 million" iPhone 6 units ahead of its launch, which means its expecting it to be its best-selling smartphone yet.

iPhone 6 specs
The latest rumours swirling around about the iPhone 6 centre on a new mobile payments platform. According to a report at Wired, which quotes the standard familiar sources, the next iPhone will feature Apple's own payment platform that will involve NFC and will be a key feature of the device.

Bloomberg has since claimed that this payment system will be based on a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers. These include the three sector giants, Visa, American Express and Mastercard.

If true, this will be the first time Apple has included NFC in its devices, previously claiming it saw no need for the technology.

There have been many conflicting rumours about the iPhone 6 screen, but almost all have claimed that the handset will launch in two versions. If these rumours are to be believed, Apple's iPhone 6 will launch in 4.7in and 5.5in models. 

iPhone 6 sapphire display

 

There's also talk that Apple will improve its Retina display screen resolution with the next generation iPhone, with the firm reportedly set to out the even higher resolution Retina display+. This, if the latest rumours are to be believed, will weigh in with a resolution of 1704x920.

The screen's material is also set for an upgrade, with Apple expected to equip the iPhone 6 with a sapphire crystal display. This, one leaked video showed, could make the the iPhone 6 "impossible to scratch," with a display reportedly from Apple's production line managing to withstand keys and a knife. However, a more recent clip has shown that it won't be entirely-scratchproof - failing to pass the sandpaper test - suggesting that the phone's screen will feature a sapphire/glass blend. 

iPhone 6 leak backplateIt's likely that the iPhone 6 will feature a new design compared to the iPhone 5S and previous iPhone 5, especially if leaked images (left) are anything to go by.

There's talk that Apple's iPhone 6 will be crafted from Liquidmetal, lighter than the aluminium that's used for the iPhone 5S. This will allow Apple to make it slimmer too, with rumours claiming that the iPhone 6 could measure just 7.6mm thick.

This same design has been echoed in images leaked by a Taiwanese pop star on Weibo - the same person who leaked legitimate images of the iPhone 5C ahead of its release. He spilled some more details about the design too, saying, "4.7-inch screen, power shifted to the right, no built-in antenna coated outside, in addition to the previous right-angle design, feel more rounded."

We'll likely find the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner as debuted on the iPhone 5S, with multiple reports claiming that Apple will bring the technology to all future iOS device. Rumours have  also suggested that Apple might take things one step further by equipping the iPhone 6 with a built-in iris scanner.

Much like the Samsung Galaxy S5, it's expected to have some fitness-focused features too, with the latest rumours claiming that Apple will integrate a heart rate monitor into its next generation earbuds that will ship with the iPhone 6.

There's also talk that the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple smartphone to feature a light up Apple logo on its rear, with the below image showing the redesigned casing. This, if the rumour is to be believed, will light up when a user receives an SMS or email, for example. 

iPhone 6 reportedly will feature a light up Apple logo

There are not many rumours yet regarding what we can expect under the bonnet of the iPhone 6, with last year's iPhone 5S debuting Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor and M7 co-processor. However, some reports are claiming that the iPhone 6 will be the first to feature Apple's yet-unannounced A8 processor, which reportedly will offer longer battery life and subtle speed improvements.

While it's still hazy as to whether the handset will feature upgraded components, we do know, however, that the iPhone 6 will feature Imagination Technologies graphics, with the two firms having extended their multi-year agreement.

We likely will see an improvement in the camera, however, with speculation suggesting that the iPhone 6 will sport an upgraded 8MP or 13MP rear camera.

Further speculation has suggested that the iPhone 6 will be the first iPhone to support wireless charging, much like the Google Nexus 5, and the first to ship with 128GB storage. While wireless charging is a mooted feature, the handset reportedly also will ship with a redesigned Lightning cable that will be reversible at both ends

iPhone 6 software
iOS 8 leak on iPhone 5S reveals iWatch Utility applicationOf course, the iPhone 6 is expected to run a yet to be announced version of Apple's mobile operating system, which will likely launch as iOS 8 at WWDC on 2 June.

Thanks to the online rumour mill, we already know quite a lot about Apple's next generation iOS release. Speculation suggests that the software build will have a greater focus on fitness, with Apple looking to challenge Samsung's Galaxy S5 with its own Healthbook app. Mapping will be another focus, with the firm reportedly overhauling its Maps application with more accurate locations and public transport information.

Thanks to a leaked image of iOS 8 allegedly running on an iPhone 5S handset, that's not all we know. The software will also likely launch with Preview, Textedit and Tips applications, alongside a dedicated wearables app named iWatch Utility. You can read everything you need to know about the iWatch price, release date and rumoured features by following this link.

Split-screen multitasking is also rumoured to be introduced in iOS 8, a feature which would allow iPad users to use two applications on the tablet's screen at once.

However, the leaked images also suggest that Apple won't be redesigning iOS, despite the criticism iOS 7 received.

iPhone 6 price
The price of the iPhone 6 is still unclear, but it likely will fetch around the same as Apple's flagship iPhone 5S. If so, expect 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the handset to cost £549, £629 and £709, respectively.

However, speculation has suggested that the iPhone 6 could cost around $100 more than Apple's 2013 flagship, due to its rumoured larger screen size. Similar reports have claimed that the iPhone 6 will be more expensive due to its sapphire screen, which will reportedly cost Apple $16 per device, as opposed to $3 for Gorilla Glass. 

If previous launches are anything to go by, the iPhone 6 will also likely get a clean sweep of the major UK mobile operators. On contract, the iPhone 5S was available from around £35 a month at launch. µ

 

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