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iPhone 6: What CNET Knows Of Release

iPhone 6: What CNET Knows Of Release
September 10
09:22 2014

Ever since the release of the iPhone 5S, Apple addicts have been awaiting the arrival of the next iPhone like kids on Christmas morning. The ambiguity surrounding the highly anticipated smartphone fuels a rumor mill strong enough to blow away a tsunami. And now that Apple has sent out invitations for an event this September 9, the winds are growing even stronger.

What will it look like

Apple is sticking to its usual M.O. by staying mum on the details, but a slew of leaked photos, factory orders, designer mock-ups, and analyst speculations paint a prospective picture.

Last year, Apple released two new iPhones, and it’s expected to do the same in 2014. Its standard 4-inch model is expected to see s small bump in size to a 4.7-inch size, and rumors suggest that Apple is hopping on the larger screen bandwagon by offering a speculated 5.5-inch model. If true, the phablet (a combination phone and tablet) will be Apple’s biggest iPhone release to-date.

A safe bet is the reappearance of TouchID, a fingerprint sensor, at least one model with a sapphire screen — a hard, scratch-resistant material currently used on the iPhone 5S’ home button — and the freshly announced iOS 8.

The release of iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 subtly hinted at a few things we can expect from the upcoming generation of iPhones, though reading between the lines is necessary. Thankfully, CNET’s Scott Stein did all the hard work and outlines the clues in his post about what iOS 8 tells us about the next iPhones and iPad.

 When will it be available

After intense speculation that Apple will hold a keynote on September 9 (yesterday), the company confirmed rumors and sent out official invitations for an event on the very same date.

In true Apple style, the invite didn’t reveal much information, so it’s still unconfirmed whether or not the keynote will unveil the iPhone 6.

However, if we go by Apple’s recent history, iPhones are usually announced in September, with a release date to follow a week and a half after — just in time for the biggest gift-giving holidays.

Whatever the case, the iPhone 6 will have to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5, which features a waterproof build and heart-rate sensor, and the HTC One M8, an equally stylish handset with an aluminum back and excellent speakers.

The iPhone has yet to provide a few standard features, like widgets and NFC capabilities, so in some ways the tables have turned and it’s Apple’s turn to catch up to Android smartphones.

 

 

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