Apple will officially announce the next-generation iPhone in August, one month ahead of expectations, according to reports from Taiwan, backed by anonymous supply-chain sources, but also confirmed by the usually very reliable Reuters.
The next iPhone is expected to be called the iPhone 6
and feature a 4.7-inch display, much larger than the currrent 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s.
Apple is also reported to quickly follow-up on that first announcement of the 4.7" iPhone and unveil another, 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch phablet-sized iPhone a month later, in September.
We have seen countless leaks for the 4.7” model
and what most of those preliminary images seem to agree on is a design language, reminiscent of the style of the iPad mini series. The new iPhones are also expected to bring us the new iOS 8 operating system
with the Healthbook fitness and wellness hub
, and chances are that Apple will equip the devices with new, custom-made 64-bit Apple A8 chip
The large-screen iPhones are coming
Moreover, Cupertino is said to ramp up production of these two new versions of the iPhone 6 to reach a cumulative 80 million units by the end of the year. Let us stress that 80 million is the number of units to be made, while the actual sales number will differ, depending on consumer interest.
Finally, having iPhones with larger displays is largely seen amongst analysts as one major factor that will help Apple regain market share from companies like Samsung. Apple continues being the single most profitable company in the industry, but in terms of volume of sales, its market share has been on the decline for a while. Can it reverse this trend with the new larger-screen iPhones? Take a look at the concept images for of the alleged iPhone 6, and let us know your thoughts on it below.
Apple iPhone 6 concept