iPhone 6 to include relocated sleep/wake button and larger, higher resolution display

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Last night, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a monster research note to investors with a timeline of when he thinks Apple will release their new products this year. He also offered details on each product, which he’s learned from his supply chain connections and other sources.

We’ve already covered Kuo’s iWatch predictions, which called for a “fashionable” smartwatch with advanced features like biometric sensors and wireless charging, and now it’s time to look at his iPhone forecasts. The analyst sees two Apple-branded smartphones launching this year…

Again, Kuo agrees with previous speculation that Apple is building two different handsets: a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch model. They’ll have the same internals though—just like the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display—including an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, and of course Touch ID.

Display-wise, the analyst believes the 4.7-inch model will feature a 1334×740 Retina display (326 ppi) and the 5.5-inch a 1920×1080 display (401 ppi). Admittedly, the resolutions are odd, but it looks like both panels have the same aspect ratio as the iPhone 5—meaning no need to redesign apps.

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iPhone 6 concept via MacRumors

As for appearance, Kuo expects both phones to have slimmer bezels around the screen (10-20% narrower) and thinner profiles of just 6.5-7.0mm. He also thinks that Apple will move the iPhone’s sleep/wake button from the top to the side, in an effort to make the larger devices easier to operate.

Finally, Kuo calls for an NFC chip in both smartphones—a technology that Apple has thus far avoided in its mobile products. Keep in mind, though, that the company has filed severalNFC-related patents over the years, and is believed to have pulled NFC chips from the iPhone 5 at the last minute.

The 4.7-inch iPhone is expected to go into production as early as May, ahead of a likely September launch, while the 5.5-inch model is believed to be slated for a later Q4 debut. Kuo sees Apple ending production on the iPhone 4 and 4s, with the 5s and 5c rounding out Apple’s smartphone lineup.

It’s worth noting again that all of this intel came from an analyst report, and despite his track record, nothing is certain.

Apple iPhone 6 curved glass display possibility?

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The Apple iPhone 6 is already the subject of speculation and conjecture, and news and leaks have already started to flow. Now a fresh report suggests that the iPhone 6 could possibly have a curved display and that the display is also likely to be larger.

The idea that the iPhone 6 might step up to a larger display isn’t new. We’ve heard several leaks previously about this prospect, which seems to make sense giving the trend towards larger screens on smartphones.

Another growing possibility for the iPhone 6 is sapphire glass being used in the display, and not just for the iTouch fingerprint sensor home button and camera lens protection. as on the present iPhone 5S. Now a source said to be “familiar with the plans” has told how not only is Apple working on iPhones with larger screens, but that they could also feature curved glass.

The recent Samsung Galaxy Round smartphone features a curved glass display, and some readers may also have heard of the LG G Flex that has a curved display and flexible body. The new iPhones are not being claimed to have flexible casings but are said to use glass that will curve down at the edges.

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The same source claims that two new iPhones are currently being worked on that will use curved class and release in Q3, 2014. The two sizes of display for the upcoming iPhones are said to be 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches in size.

Apple is also said to be working on new sensors that could distinguish between heavy or light taps on the touch display. However, that idea is not thought to be coming to the iPhone 6, but a later iPhone release.

Usually these kinds of leaks so far ahead of the launch of a device need to be taken with a large pinch of salt. However, as the source of this latest news is Bloomberg, the information does have an air of credibility.

Are you pleased to hear that the idea of the next iPhones having larger displays has been further reinforced? Would the addition of a curved display be something you’d like to see for the iPhone 6? Let us know with your comments.

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