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Whenever Apple releases a new iPhone, talk immediately turns to what the next model will be like, what type of spec it'll use and how it will carry the iPhone brand forwards. The next big smartphone from Apple is currently referred to as the iPhone 6, although it's entirely possible Apple could drop the number convention on its next flagship, just as it did with the iPad Air.
The handset itself -- whatever it is eventually called -- isn't likely to launch until fairly late on in 2014, meaning we have around 12 months of waiting. That's a long time in tech, even more so when you consider Apple hardly touched the design of its most recent handset, the iPhone 5s.
No other manufacturer makes punters wait two years for a redesigned handset. No other manufacturer, in all likelihood, could probably get away with it. Apple does because it's Apple -- the company is kind of a law unto itself in this regard. Say what you want about Apple, but the sales figures (9 million sales during opening weekend) speak for themselves.
As far as we can tell the iPhone 6's big USPs are likely to be the overall design of the handset, its display, the chipset and potentially a new means of unlocking the device with a new security feature designed to compliment the existent TouchID aboard the 5s.
We'll also likely see iOS 7 updated to iOS 8, just don't expect many visual changes, and hopefully an extension of Apple's iBeacons technology into a wider ecosystem of products. For most though the big deal will likely be the redesigned chassis and potentially larger display.
Below is everything we currently know about the iPhone 6 ahead of its 2014 launch. We'll be editing this article from time to time, amending aspects, adding new leaks and stories, as well as removing ones that turn out to be false or just complete BS.
iPhone 6: Display and form factor
First let me state that this is all speculation and conjecture on my part. But given where Apple has come from and where technology in general is heading, it's reasonable to assume some basic features of the next iPhone as "givens"----starting with the display and form-factor.
You can bet the iPhone 6 will have a larger display. This will probably take the form of a 4.8-inch "Retina+" Sharp IGZO display with full 1080p resolution. The new display will necessitate an entirely new form factor for the iPhone 6 ---- so expect the body to look physically different that the iPhone 5 and 5s.
Phone 6: M7X and A7X processors
I'm not so certain Apple will have A8 processors next year, as it's hard to outdo the 64-bit A7 in just one generation. What will probably happen is the iPhone 6 will sport an upgraded A7 -- the A7X -- with better cache and graphics handling.
The big processor bump will come from the current M7 motion co-processor. By the time the iPhone 6 rolls around with its new M7X, the motion co-processor will be even more power efficient and be able to offload more tasks from the A7X, which will help overall performance
iPhone 6: iOS 8
Yes, iOS 8 is a given. But it won't look any different than iOS 7. One of the biggest features of iOS 8 will be Maps -- Apple is working hard behind the scenes on this as you read.
iOS 8 will also probably sport integrated mobile payments software, something I'll get to in a bit.
iPhone 6: Battery
Look, no matter what anyone ever says, the most important technology for any mobile device is the battery -- because without a battery, your phone can't function.
Though the iPhone has increased its battery life by about 10% each year, battery technology has actually increased greatly. The reason you don't see 50% battery gain in your mobile devices is because each year we add more and more tech to our mobiles, which eats up even the bigger power reservoirs. If we didn't add more tech to our phone and, for example, you could put the iPhone 5s' battery into the original iPhone, that iPhone would probably run for four or five days now without a recharge.
A 24-hour+ battery life on the iPhone is Apple's Holy Grail. Will it happen with the iPhone 6? Perhaps. A larger surface area (to fit a larger screen) means you can put a bigger battery in. It also means that screen needs to suck more power, however, which means any battery gains from the larger battery could be negligible.
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