Apple may not have its iPhone 6 on shelves for another 8 months, but according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Cupertino has already finalised the design.
Arcuri sources Apple’s supply chain and says the iPhone 6 will come with a 4.8-inch display, instead of the 4.0-inch on the iPhone 5S. This upgrade was bound to come, considering the size increases on all Android devices.
Interestingly, Arcuri also says Apple will open up Passbook and Touch ID, alongside stepping into mobile payments. We believe Touch ID will be made available to developers, allowing them to use the extra security for their apps.
PayPal, Amazon and Google all offer mobile payments and we believe Passbook will be remade to handle NFC transactions. Apple is late to the NFC party, but many say when they finally adopt the technology it will become mainstream.
On top of all the changes to the iPhone 6, we have heard it will be thinner and lighter too and come with better camera technology. Apple needs to gain control back from Samsung, who are starting to roll away with Android.
We still do not know when Apple will announce the iPhone 6, around October would be the best bet, but new reports say Apple will unveil the design at WWDC in June.
The iPhone 5C is likely to become the iPhone Color or iPhone Mini, we cannot see Apple sticking to the name. We also may see Apple change the iPhone 6 to the iPhone Air, with the iPhone Pro as a larger and more powerful option.
This may all be lies and the reports we hear daily may turn out to be nothing more than people in China lying, but our view is Apple has to change the size of the iPhone 6 to stay competitive with Android smartphones.