A new iPhone 6 coming soon, an announcement is anticipated in September. I usually buy a new iPhone every other year and wife does too. We alternate: one year for me, another for her. I am getting even numbered models while my wife is stuck with the odd numbered ones. So, we always have two iPhones in our family: one the most recent and a previous model. I always look forward to the moment I will receive a beautifully packed new iPhone. And while I am waiting for this moment I compare two models feeling that the older model is a piece of crap comparing to newer one that my wife has. I asked myself how have I been surviving with this obsolete technology for about two years?
This year is quite different: comparing iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, I see a lot of similarity. Actually I see no practical difference. Another thing that I noticed this year is my battery still functioning OK. In previous years after a year and half the battery started degrading and I had to charge twice a day for my typical use instead of charging once a day when my iPhone was new. This time I do not experience battery of my almost two year old iPhone wearing out. I have much less eager to replace my device than before. I believe this is an indication of a market size change for Apple. I think Applle won’t be able sell as many iPhones as anticipated. Remember in 90s people hated Windows 95 and 98 because of frequent crashes. Consumers kept buying new computers hoping that a new computer won’t crash as much. This changed when Microsoft released Windows 2000. It was much more stable experiencing much less crashes. As soon as the majority of consumers replaced old Windows 95/98 computers with new ones, the demand for new computers dropped significantly. People were just praying for no more crashes and did not want to change anything. The market for new computers shrinked and the industry experienced a deep downturn. Apple and perhaps the entire Smartphone industry may face a similar phenomenon: the demand may drop and number of the units sold will be below forecasts.
Said that, let’s take a look what new staff is anticipated in iPhone 6:
Rumors about the next-generation iPhone have been picking up over the course of the last few months, as suppliers gear up for a September launch date. The majority of rumors have been focused on the screen size of the device, which is expected to increase significantly. The size of the iPhone's display grew from 3.5 inches to 4 inches with the iPhone 5, and with the iPhone 6, the screen will grow even larger.
Apple has been experimenting with a wide variety of screen sizes, with the majority of rumors solidifying around a range of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, bringing the next iPhone in line with competing Android and Windows phones that have all adopted larger displays.
Apple is testing a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 with a 1704 x 960 display, which would be a big improvement over the 5s’ 4-inch, 1136 x 640 display. An older report from DisplaySearch notes that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will sport a 1600 x 900 display, with the 5.5-inch model packing a sharper 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Of course, this is merely a projection, so there’s no telling whether or not we’ll actually see an improved display resolution on the next iPhone. But if Apple does decide to breach the phablet territory with a 5-inch or bigger display, it’s pretty much a lock that we’ll see more pixels. Developers will also need to optimize their apps.
Subsequently, a Bloomberg report indicated whatever problems there were have been solved, and the two iPhone 6 models will launch at the same time in September, with production beginning in July.
In mid-July, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Cho Kuo turned the situation on its head again, saying the firm expected Apple to delay the release of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until later in 2014, or perhaps into early 2015. The cause could be supply and quality issues with the larger screens, and “color unevenness of the metal casing.” It’s also suggested if a sapphire crystal panel is used, it may have a hard time passing drop tests.
There are some rumors for the next iPhone as it will feature ultra-sensitive transparent touchscreen in iPhone 6. Also from some sources it is expected that iPhone 6 will have a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen that seems to make the iPhone 6 display thinner, brighter and much clearer.