The iPhone 6 is one of the most talked about smartphones of the year. So, here we've rounded up everything there is to say about it until Apple actually announces the device. We've looked into the iPhone 6 release date, price, spec and new features but have the salt pot ready to take a pinch or two.
We've been covering iPhone launches and release dates for longer than we care to remember, it has stood us in good stead for what to expect from Apple with reagrds to its new smartphones. The most obvious thing that jumps out to us is that Apple hasn't launched a new iPhone outside of the five months between June and October - with a particular foundness for September.
While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, recent rumours are starting to gather pace that Apple is set to launch the next generation iPhone as early as June this year.
This rumour is from Chinese analyst Sun Chyand Xu, and is reported on by respected tech site GSMArena. What adds weight to this rumour is the fact that Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is taking place on from June 10-14, although traditionally this event focuses onsoftware rather than big hardware launches.
But intriguingly the iPhone 6 may not be the next iPhone to hit the market. Currently, the iPhone is in the minority among high-end smartphones in that it can be operated with a single hand. There are reports that Apple may release an iPhone phablet - smartphone / tablet hybrid before the next normal-sized iPhone.
iPhone 6 rumours at a glance
iPhone 6 Release date: September 2014
iPhone 6 Screen sizes: 4.7- to 5.5-inches
iPhone 6 Price: Same as existing: 16GB £549, 32GB £629, 64GB £709
iPhone 6 possible new features:
Up to 128GB internal storage or expandable storage
Higher megapixel camera
New iOS 8 operating system
Heart rate EarPods
iPhone 6: Screen size
According to Forbes, Timothy Acuri, the managing director of Cowen and Company, which "concentrates on the most dynamic industries and provide in-depth analysis of the sectors", has produced a document for his investors stating that his supply chain sources have confirmed that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.8-inch screen and that this is "locked down". It is understood that the new 4.8-inch iPhone 6 would keep its current 1136 x 640 pixel resolution. Read more about this from the .
There are other screen sizes rumoured for the iPhone 6 including 4.7-, 5- and 5.5in so which one Apple goes for is anyones guess at the moment.
iPhone 6: Different models
Since there are so many screen sizes being rumoured for the iPhone 6, it's unsurprising that many rumours suggest that Apple will release more than one iPhone this year - emulating what it did last year with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
iPhone 6: Price
We won't know the price of the iPhone 6 until Apple announces it, but it's thought that the firm will keep the same pricing system as the iPhone 5s for the next generation of iPhone. That means the iPhone 6 will cost from £549.
iPhone 6: iOS 8
One thing which isn't so hard to work out is that the iPhone 6 will almost certainly come pre-installed with iOS 8, Apple's latest mobile operating system which it will likely reveal at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.
Until recently the idea of having an iPhone with NFC technology was desirable, but ultimately wishful thinking. Well, it looks as if the tide may have changed with sources now suggesting that the iPhone 6 could feature some sort of NFC chip.
Until now Apple has set the top limit of its smartphone storage at 64GB, which is pretty good internal storage for a smartphone. However, if you are using your iPhone as your main camera and primary source for music consumption, then this will soon fill up – if Apple choses not to equip the iPhone with expandable storage then 128GB would be a welcomed addition to its lineup.
iPhone 6: Solar Sapphire screen
This one gets 10 out of 10 for crazy… but at the same time there is evidence to back up its plausibility. Digitaltrends.com report on the possibility of using a sapphire screen that not only makes the iPhone "nearly indestructible". The website goes on to reveal that there are rumours of Apple and the sapphire screen company, GT Advanced having a $578m contract, with Apple looking to build its on facility in Arizona to make the screens.
Where this rumour goes back to 100 percent crazy is when the solar charging screen is mentioned again. 3M and SunPartner demonstrated screens at MWC that do exactly that, but it is understood that the technology won’t be ready to market until 2015, which according to our maths makes it a bit of a long shot for the iPhone 6. Take a look at Digitaltrends.com to find out more about the sapphire and solar screens and
According to the Forbes article mentioned earlier, Apple are also looking to expand Touch ID further by using it to replace the Home button in the iPhone 6. Apple removing the Home button has been a rumour that has been circulating for a while, however with the introduction of Touch ID in the iPhone 5S it could now become a reality.
Concept credit: Arthur Reis
iPhone 6: Heart rate EarPods
Instead of sticking a heart rate monitor on the back of the phone like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple is rumoured to be integrating the technology into its EarPod headphone. According to secret.ly, they will also measure blood pressure and iBeacons to avoid losing them.
"Apple's new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate & blood pressure. Also iBeacons so they don't get lost. They will require the lightning port, it's why the audio jack was moved to the bottom," says the site.
iPhone 6: Expandable storage
This is a contentious issue, because Apple have both a very successful pricing structure based on storage options and also an ever developing iCloud. But expandable storage is still the most popular way and unrestricting way that the majority of people would chose to expand the storage capabilities of their smartphones. An iSD card and slot would be a great way for Apple to tackle this current flaw of the iPhone. It almost definitely won't happen though.
iPhone 6: Wireless Charging
This is almost too Apple, it's almost shocking it hasn't been included yet. Apple's big rival, Samsung, already has the feature and other smartphones are sure to catch up soon also.
iPhone 6: Flexible screen
A flexible screen, that's crazy talk! Apparently not. Those chaps over at Samsung are already making noises suggesting that there will be a smartphone with a flexible smartphone coming out in 2014. If it's a hit, then it won't be long till Apple joins the party. God knows enough people have smashed their existing iPhone screens.
Go to the next page to see our 2013 iPhone 5s/iPhone relase date round-up.
At a dedicated press event held in Cupertino, California, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his buddies introduced the world to the impressive looking iPhone 5S. The most notable features of the iPhone 5S are the A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, a brand new M7 motion coprocessor, iTouch security fingerprint scanner, and of course the new iOS 7 operating system. See also iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 comparison review.
After months of speculation we can finally confirm that Apple has set the iPhone 5S’s release date in the UK for Friday, 20th September. The iPhone 5S will be available to buy from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorised Resellers. Take a look at Apple launches iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C: as it happened.
Touch ID is the iPhone 5S's brand new fingerprint sensor that is located in the smartphone’s home button. “Touch ID uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle”
The new Apple A7 chip is will run on 64-bit architecture and is said to deliver up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of its predecessor, all while being kinder on the iPhone’s battery.
M7 motion coprocessor
“Every iPhone 5s includes the new M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. Developers can also access new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7, so they can create even better fitness and activity apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer. The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for pedometer or other fitness apps that use the accelerometer all day.”
iPhone 5S camera
The 8MP iSight camera in the iPhone 5S has undergone some serious improvements. It now features f/2.2 aperture, a larger 1.5μ pixels and comes with the world’s first True Tone camera, Apple has this to say “[True Tone] variably adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations, so photos taken with a flash appear more natural”. The new iSight Camera also feature a new burst mode and Slo-mo video capture at 120fps.
Apple has made the iPhone available in three different metallic finishes, these are: gold, silver and Space Grey. Apple has also launched a brand new leather case for the iPhone 5S, these cases are available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and (RED)—with soft, colour-matched microfiber lining.
Go to the next page if you want to take a look at our original iPhone 5S release date and specs rumour round-up
Update - 4 September 2013: Apple has finally sent out its invites to a press event-taking place on 10 September at the Town Hall in Apple HQ, Cupertina for 10am local time (6pm UK time). It is here where Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and its subsequent release date, specs and UK price. Previous iPhone have usually had a release dates set for roughly a week after the press events, so expect to be able to get an iPhone 5S around Wednesday 11 September. See iPhone 5S preview. See also: Live coverage of Apple 2013 iPhone launch event from Cupertino, California. See also: iPhone 5S price in the UK.
iPhone 5S release date fever is now in full swing, and the result is people who are are due a smartphone upgrade are all looking online for the latest iPhone 5S release date information. Well folks, you've come to the right place, we're all over the iPhone 5S release date here. See also: Google Nexus 5 release date: When will the new Nexus smartphone arrive?
Previous new iPhone release dates
iPhone 1st gen: June 29, 2007
iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008
iPhone 3GS: June 19, 2009
iPhone 4: June 24, 2010
iPhone 4S: October 14, 2011
iPhone 5: September 21, 2012
iPhone 5S release date in UK
Now, before we start, you need to know that Apple threw everyone a curve ball when it released the iPad 4 less than eight months after releasing the iPad 3 (which it subsequently dropped like a bad habit, yet kept selling the iPad 2). Visit: What happened to iPad 3?
So, while Apple's previous formbook shows that Apple releases a new iPhone roughly every 12.5 months – suggesting that the new iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 will have a September/October 2013 release date. This just so happens to be what IDG Tech Media's (PC Advisor, Macworld and TechAdvisor) general consensus seems to be too, with an expected announcement being made at a dedicated event. Admittedly we're basing this solely on Apple's previous tendency to launch iPhone at the time and in this sort of fashion in the past.
International Business Times seems to back up our thoughts with a very convincing and precise theory we came across. IBT pointed out that last year saw the 19th Sept iOS 6 release come exactly 100 days after said operating system was initially announced (back on 11th June), the iPhone 5 was release two days later in 21st Sept. See also: iPhone 5S price: PCA predictions.
Applying that logic again, IBT came up with an iPhone 5S release date of Saturday 20th September 2013, given that they expect iOS 7 to again launch 100-days after the initial announcement of Apple's next mobile operating system, making it an 18th September release for iOS 7, as the first unveiling took place on 10th June.
Will it be the new iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6?
This is a bit of an impossible question to answer as Apple will neither confirm nor deny even the existence of another iPhone being in the pipeline. However, we're pretty experienced in tracking Apple's new smartphone leaks and developments and the fact that there has been very little noise coming out of the Apple barracks suggests that the next iPhone's specs won't be a million miles away from the current iPhone 5's. So if you were to force us to guess whether it will be an semi-updated iPhone 5S or a completely new iPhone 6, we'd have to put out money on the former. See also: iPhone 6 concept image shows curved flexible screen.
History sides with us too, as ever since 2008, Apple has released a new generation of smartphone followed by a "S" launch of the phone roughly a year later. Take a look at the previous iPhone release dates below to see the obvious pattern. Take a look at: Budget plastic iPhone shown in concept image.
It's also worth mentioning that there is talk that Apple might launch a budget version of the iPhone this year too. However, we need to stress that there has been very little to suggest this other than mere internet rumours so far...that said, the iPad mini was just an internet rumour so far. Below is the concept image that is currently doing the rounds. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
Go to next page to see Chris Martin's original iPhone 5S release date round-up from 22/3/13
We've had plenty of new smartphones this year but the Apple iPhone 6 is nowhere to be seen. Here we round up all the leaks and rumours about the Apple iPhone 6 release date.
For starters it's not definite that the next generation of iPhone will even be called the iPhone 6, despite the last model being names the iPhone 5. Apple has traditionally followed each model with a hardware upgrade but the same design – the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S, for example.
Now we've got the Sony Xperia Z,HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, eyes are firmly fixed on Apple and what it has to offer to compete. The smartphone market is much more fiercely contested between manufacturers than it used to be.
The next-generation iPhone is probably the most confusing launch to date, with rumours flying around about various different models. Some suggest that Apple will launch multiple iPhones for the first time ever, so we could see an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 6.
There's also talk of a cheaper, budget friendly iPhone made with a plastic casing instead of aluminium - an iPhone mini perhaps.
Early rumours suggested a launch early in the year despite the iPhone 5 arriving in September. February was the marked month but it's been and gone. See also: iPhone 5S to arrive early 2013.
So, looking forward the most likely dates for an iPhone 6 announcement, with possible other iPhones, is firstly March. This is if Apple decides on a six-month cycle which is not its usual practice.
Apple holds its worldwide developer conference (WWDC) annually in June and it's here that it could reveal the iPhone 6. This is the least likely as the event is focused on software. However, Apple has announced hardware at the event (last year was the MacBook Pro with Retina display) so it could use this to launch an iPhone.
If June comes and goes then September or October is the next likely time for an iPhone launch. The former would be a year after the iPhone 5 and be announced at a specific event. We say October as this was the month the iPhone 4S arrived.
The launch is very much up in the air but we'll keep you up to date with the information as and when we hear it.