iPhone 6 Release Date and Rumors Roundup
New rumors regarding the iPhone 6: Apparently it will sport a glossy, two-sided screen and a cheap processor
Because of the extended celebration of the July 4 holiday, the rumors regarding the iPhone 6 were stopped for a while, but before that the iOS engineers discovered a way to double the size of the iPhone display without enlarging the size of the smartphone.
And they decided to simply add a rear facing display.
Other news claim that Apple is currently working on a glossy new chassis, which looks and cheap. Besides this, a new deal signed between Apple and a Taiwanese company – which is apparently a semiconductor replacement for Samsung – brings to light the A8 processor which will be ready in 2014. A new A8 processor is on the way, but we still have no confirmation for the A7 micro-processor.
So, according to the sources the back plate of the smartphone is considered a waste of space and so far, it has only served as a completion to the embodiment, but besides holding the camera support it offers nothing else. Considering this, the company found a way to double the screen size by continuing it on the rear end of the smartphone. As they claim, this would bring new development opportunities and would allow the touchscreen surface to be redesigned.
Phil Moore from StableyTimes stated that this is a huge step for Apple, even if they are not concerned with what millions and millions of users would think about the double screen, especially when they seemed satisfied by the one available at the moment.
An iPhone 6 sporting a curved, two-sided screen?
One of the rumoring laws says that the more depth-less a scuttlebutt is, the more baffled is its origin.
We have to admit that all these rumors seem headless, especially when Apple hasn’t filled any iPhone 6 patents. The company has been filling patents for all sort of inventions which might appear some day on a tablet, a smartphone, or even on a laptop. However, none of those patents filled by Apple didn’t refer specifically to an iPhone model.
The question present in every analyst’s mind is: If you are a company such as Apple and you have already manufactured an iPhone device whose display is as dense as the human eye can perceive, how do you come up with something better?
Moore has also answered that question: Manufacture an iPhone 6 which sports a screen wrapped on both sides of the handset, if a flexible display patent feels plausible. As he also mentions in his article, the patent describes a curved chassis style, quite similar to that of the middle generation iPod nano where we can see both the rear and front plates shaped to meet around the edges and features no siding. Thus, we would have a display twice bigger and new development opportunities.
More precisely, he used the expression a world of possibilities, meaning you could come up with almost anything, because when you’re Apple almost any idea can be transformed in reality.
If you would believe that Moore or another person from StableyTimes would give you a link to a relevant filling, or maybe to a source that would explain such a patent, you’re wrong.
Moore also used in his report the expression if one patent filling could be believed, which is peculiar thing to say. Is Moore believing that Apple would fill up a counterfeit patent application? Or that the company would send to US government a real filling for a dummy invention?
You all remember last fall’s big number of applications filled by Apple, regarding all sort of display technologies from press-able and stress-able screens to curved and flexible screens. We’re actually wondering why Apple doesn’t blend all these technologies into one screen which has the characteristics of natural rubber such as high resilience, large stretch capacities and why not waterproof?
For instance, we have seen last September’s post from the UnwiredView related to an Apple application for flexible displays conjoined with an arrangement of piezoelectric gimmicks underneath the screen which can be activated on demand for tactile reactions. Thus, an user could enjoy a smooth navigation surface when browsing the web or reading mails. When accessing the keyboard those gimmicks are enabled so that the letters can be felt when typing.
Other patent fillings from Apple:
- On March 28, 2013 PatentlyApple posted the article Stunning Future iPhone with Wraparound Display Revealed, completed by an image of the incredible handset as well.
- On May 21, 2013, another post made by the same website points out a Double-sided Touch Panel for the iPhone. And after only nine days, PattentlyApple tells us that Apple reveals a new Flex Screen Feature with Force Detection.
- This year in March 2013, we read some news regarding a patent application from Microsoft which described a smartphone with a two-sided screen.
Moore didn’t mention in his posts from which source he obtained the new information. Besides, he didn’t give much attention to the concept endless possibilities brought by a second display, either. His focus was directed towards another aspect.
He writes that the back plate of the iPhone and of other smartphones isn’t used for anything. If it wouldn’t have been holding the camera lens, it would have been completely a total wasted space. The entire touchscreen surface could be rethought, opening a world of possibilities.
So, which means more? Endless Possibilities or a World of Possibilities? Regardless, we could still go through a big number of Possibilities anyways.
Moore did touch an interesting point in his argument, which is probably the only one worth debated. He tries to imagine how would it be useful from an user perspective. How could the flip could help the user? Well, for instance he could use one side of the phone to play a game, and receive notifications and text messages on the other side. Thus, all he would have to do would be to flip the phone to access them. This is a more intuitive gesture than that of having to exit the game or video to be able to view the messages or notifications.
And from this point of view, he is right. But these kind of features would involve a new redesign in the hardware section and also software and user interface. Besides, this kind of modification would also impact not only Apple but also it’s large scale manufacturing lines such as assemblers and contract suppliers.
Another subject touched by Moore, in a delicate way though, was that of the heat dispersion when running two displays instead of one. However, he didn’t mention anything about the incorporated displays, for instance would both of them be Retina displays, or would the one on the back be used just for interacting with the received alerts and notifications.
It seems that the either the 2013 iPhone or the one from 2014 could go through major redesigning.
iPhone 5S or one of the next iPhone models will be cheaper and have have glossy colors
The French website NowhereElse.com have recently entered in the possession of some images that seem to contain an iPhone model which is made from polycarbonate.
The iPhones in the photos published by the French website seem to have five colors: dirty white, a peachy red, yellowish green and industrial green. The photo has been analysed as it would allegedly belong to the long expected low end iPhone.
The Chinese source of the editor Steve Hemmerstoffer provided a photo in which there are captured some iPhone designed plastic shells, in multiple colors. Even though there is no physical confirmation of the fact these shells will be used in the alleged low-budget iPhone. However this new image confirms us that some of the manufacturing jobs have been distributed towards China.
On the other hand, in the same period of time Tiernan Ray from Barron discussed on his blog the analysis made by the stock analyst from UBS, Steve Milunovich. The analysis questions if Apple would leave all those traces behind and if the embodiment is actually the one we’ve been seeing so far.
Milunovich also said that when you feel the high end device market slowing down, the best move would be to direct your efforts toward a lower priced market. Even though every analyst is now anxious at the thought that the iPhone series might broaden, Apple should be really careful with their next step. This brand can not lower its quality standard as the minor wins from a short term period could transform into a long term loss. But we know that the company management is already aware of this reaction of the market, especially since Tim Cook stated that Apple would rather be making the best devices than the most.
He arguments that a good move for Apple would be to create a separate brand or even a subsidiary owned by the group. He is also aware of the fact that is hardly likely for Apple to change their strategy at this point.
The author explained that the low end iPhone shouldn’t have a price lower than $350 or $400. Peter Oppenheimer said that at this price level the gross margin is going close to the 30% cut off, so this could be looked at as an example of the company’s willingness to accept lower income margins in order to penetrate easier a new market. In the publication Figure 9, they supported the supposition that the $300-400 price will bring only 10% of the market next year. Even though this number would still bring a big number of new buyers in the developing markets, it won’t change by much the Apple market share.
Returning to the leaked photos, which have remained without an answer, and assuming they are real we have to question ourselves: Are those final products of a prototype used in the development process? Are those only test-products? Or do they really belong to an upcoming iPhone model? Can we hold these as an evidence towards the existence of a plastic cased iPhone?
Hemmerstoffer believed that this picture is a part of the pattern which leads a person to answering yes, even though it does that with caution. He also says that the Chinese copy of the iPhone threw a vulgar touch over Apple’s colorful iPhone.
The iPhone 6 processor will be a TSMC A8 chip
As Filip Truta from Softpedia suggests, the iPhone 6 will be released in 2014 sporting an A8 processor manufactured by the TSMC company. The first chip of this sort to not be manufactured by Samsung.
As a response to a recent subject discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Truta wrote the article Apple Signs with TSMC for iPhone 6 A8′s Chip Production and Beyond. Aside from that, Truta also suggests that the iPhone 5S will be powered by the unconfirmed A7 chip with improved capacities.
Samsung will handle the manufacturing of its last A-chip with the A7 processor, or at least this is what we’ve understood from a report posted on the Wall Street Journal, which had more insights from the partnership between Apple and Samsung.
But even though July’s article in the Journal takes a deeper look into the relationship between Apple and Samsung, it doesn’t mention anything related to the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 5S. Actually, the article mentioned that despite the collaboration with TSMC Samsung will be Apple’s basic supplier in 2014, as one of the executives stated.
The article says that Apple is finally signing a contract with TSMC, after negotiations that took around three years. The company will be handling the manufacturing of some A-series processors designed by Apple, beginning with 2014. Since the apparition on the market of the iPad and iPhone, Samsung has been the only manufacturer to deal with the Apple processors. As mentioned in The Journal, the process has been delayed due to some glitches with the TSMC chips that couldn’t perform at Apple’s standards and speed, according to officials from TSMC.
People believe that the relationship between the two smartphone manufacturer giants have soured as a result to the numerous patent battles and the growing success of Samsung Galaxy S series. Thus, Apple decided to search for other suppliers, However, there is no proof that Apple would have anything practical to complain about regarding Samsung’s pricing, manufacturing process or delivery of the key mobile parts.
In another order of ideas, it is pretty important for Samsung to keep Apple satisfied as a customer. According to the Journal, the component orders from Apple were expected to bring $10 billion in 2012, said Mark Newman, one of Sanford Bernstein’s analysts from Hong Kong. This figure represents a huge part of the 67.89 trillion which Samsung declared to have won from component selling such as chips, displays and so on. Apple’s chip only – where Samsung is the only manufacturer – brought them $5 billion in 2012.
As mentioned in the Journal, Apple’s first chip manufactured by TSMC will be made through the advanced20-nanometer silicon process, which should bring improved performance, maybe a smaller size and a more efficient use of energy if iw were compared to the current A chips, which use from 32 to 45 -nanometer.
If the TSMC company will be able to use the 20nm process in big scale volumes at the beginning of 2014, we might see those chips in mobile devices programmed to appear in the second half of 2014. However, the 32 and 28 nanometer versions of the A6 chip and the unconfirmed A7 chip could be everything Apple needs for the 2014 devices.