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.

Sketchy rumor claims Apple iPhablet won’t use iPhone branding?

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A new report out of Taiwan reiterates that Apple is working on two new iPhone models, one with a display measuring 4.7 inches diagonally and the other sporting a 5.6-inch screen. However, the story surprisingly claims Apple won’t use iPhone branding for the 5.6-inch model because this “non-iPhone” is apparently an “experimental” device.

We’re not sure what to think about this as Apple has always branded all of its smartphone models as iPhones. The claim reminds me of an old rumor which said Apple would release a new kind of iOS device, a cross of sorts between the iPhone and the MacBook Air that would justify a completely new branding…

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is reporting (via Macotakara) that Apple will release the new iPhones in the third quarter of this year, probably in the September timeframe, with mass production kicking off in July.

Apple’s longtime manufacturing partner Foxconn will reportedly assemble the handsets, with Cheng Uei Precision Industry and Simplo Technology also helping with production. The 4.7-inch model is said to feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass, like previous handsets from the company.

Finally, the story alleges that the bigger 5.6-inch model will feature sapphire-strengthened displays via Apple’s new partnership with GT Advanced, which operates Apple’s new sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona. Due to the use of sapphire-based cover glass protection, the 5.6-inch model is expected to be limited at launch.

Apple in January started hiring engineers for the facility, with 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman discovering that the plant has recently started mass producing sapphire layers for unknown large-screen devices.

You’re advised to take the branding claim with a pinch of salt because I doubt anyone in Apple’s supply chain would have any idea about the next iPhone’s moniker.

More claimed next-gen iPhone pictures surface!

The image you see above is a pair of iPhone fronts, supposedly from Apple’s next smartphone. And like the front panels we saw back in May, they depict a relocated FaceTime camera and an elongated display…

9to5Mac points to the photo, which was originally posted on Apple.pro. The site opines that the next-gen iPhone part leaks are starting to become more frequent now that the handset is presumedly in production.

These fronts match up with previously leaked panels, and a set of schematics we saw last month, so it’s possible that they’re legitimate. They also support claims that Apple’s next smartphone will feature a 4-inch display.

On top of the larger screen, the next iPhone is also believed to be thinner than its predecessor, with a new case design, LTE compatibility and other upgraded internals. Apple’s expected to unveil the new handset in late September, or early October of this year.

iPhone 5 Rumors: Changes Worth Waiting For?

What can we expect from the forthcoming, invariably awesome iPhone 5?

The next version of Apple’s revolutionary device hasn’t even been unveiled yet, but that hasn’t stopped experts (and consumers) from speculating on what features it might have, and more importantly, when it’ll go on sale!

Here’s what is known and rumored about the iPhone 5 thus far:

Colors! Apple has filed patents involving carbon fiber, which could also provide more strength to the phone’s body and a potential new added benefit: color.

Durability! Apple acquired rights to use a product from a company called Liquid Metal Technologies, which could offer the frame more elastic properties.

In other words, your piece will break less easily when you drop it on the street.

Bigger Design: Many new Android phones sport 4-4.5 inch screens, so Apple is feeling the pressure to increase screen size from its current 3.5.

Rumors also project a 20 percent thinner iPhone 5, decreasing from the 9.3mm iPhone 4S to a sleeker 7.4mm, plus a new dock connector.

Processor: The new iPad sported the faster A5X processor, some predict an even faster A6 processor with a gig of RAM in the new iPhone.

The inclusion of LTE, a faster processor and a bigger screen all mean a greater drain on the battery, which would likely be addressed as well.

Timing: Every year Apple hosts a developer conference in San Francisco in June, however, analysts are betting on October for a new release.

Steve Jobs hologram: Too soon maybe ?

The new iPhone to launch in October!?

 
If you can’t get the information from Apple, why not try Foxconn? Apparantly, that’s the right tactic to get the release date of the new iPhone. And this time, a Foxconn HR says it’s October.
“We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October,” the head of human resources at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory said for South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper.
To back up the rumor, comes a massive head-hunt apparently going on in Taiyuan. Another media outlet, The Maeil Business Newspaper, phoned the local Foxconn factory that’s said to have been contracted for the new iPhone and it confirmed that it’s hiring big.
“Yes, it’s true we are hiring a large number of workers,” the human resource manager said.
Disappointing for those who’d already marked the summer as a “break the piggy bank day,” but just in line with the release of the 2011 iPhone. Of course, this kind of rumors may or may not be based on reality, so take them with the grain of salt usual for Apple.