The iPhone 6 "Prime" with sapphire display may not come out until summer 2015

The iPhone 6
There is a trend these days for a so-called "Prime" version of a flagship to come out between the release of the original and the release of the next model. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is essentially an S5 Prime (and was known as such for a while), there is also an HTC One M8 Prime, and rumors of an LG G3 Prime. Now, it seems Apple might be jumping on that train with the iPhone 6 Prime in the summer of 2015.

There have been plenty of rumors claiming the iPhone 6 would feature sapphire glass, and even a report recently that sapphire glass production has begun. In that report, The Guardian claimed the glass would be for the iPhone 6, but that makes little sense. iPhone 6 production began last month, and the release is expected to be about one month away. If sapphire glass production is "expected to begin" this month, there is no way that it would be included in the upcoming iPhone 6. Apparently, someone at J.P. Morgan realized this, and is now predicting that Apple is actually planning a "premium" version of the iPhone 6 for the summer of 2015, with no sapphire iPhones coming this fall.

Unfortunately, there is no word on what would make the device "premium" aside from the sapphire glass. It might be something of a limited edition iPhone, or it could also include refreshed specs. Maybe even a bump from the rumored 1GB of RAM expected in the iPhone 6. 

source: AppleInsider

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27 Comments

1. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Anybody else getting annoyed at people calling LTE-A devices "Prime" devices? Erica Griffin and MKBHD did it and it was absurd, these two are some of the best on YouTube and they're both making lengthy, very misinforming videos about something that's just barely becoming a thing. Just flat out embarrassing. I could maybe excuse this as a minor mistake if LTE-A devices weren't being released LAST YEAR. But they see the leaks pointing towards these upgraded flagships and rush to throw the designation of "Prime" at the first device they see with a few better on paper specs than the original. If we weren't calling LTE-A devices "Prime" devices last year, why are we trying to now? Rant over.

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Well, in many ways the S5 LTE-A can be considered an S5 Prime. Definitely more so than the crappy S5 Alpha, which was a huge disappointment for me...

23. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Regardless, the Galaxy Alpha IS the "Prime" device that leaks have been pointing towards. Calling the S5 LTE-A the Galaxy S5 Prime is just misinforming to their audiences. What exactly was disappointing about the Galaxy Alpha?

24. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Biggest disappointment: 720p Pentile display...

25. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Pentile I can agree with, but 720p won't be that bad, especially with how powerful the SoC is. They probably could have pushed 1080p but 720p will make it one of the best performers of the year.

2. AndroidTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Iflop

3. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

AndroidTroll

10. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

iCrapjunk

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Such an innovative comment lol.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There has never been an iPhone that flopped. Your comment wreaks of butthurt hate. Even the 5c did decently well.

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

People with brains over muscles are finding out that the iphone is not what it used to be... The "magic is gone, the snake oil salesman is gone, the truth behind the curtain is revealed... iMaps we wait, iphablet is late, 1GB of RAM oh great. Nobody will camp out for the next iphone except a dummy. O.o

15. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

No you're right. The first will flop because anyone with any knowledge will wait a couple months for them sapphire model

21. 1701nino unregistered

Thats true alot of people are going to jump ship from android to ios this year including me.Why you ask,well as a nexus 4 user im happy with android,but i don't need or wan't tweeking or changing the look of my phone every 2 weeks.If the iphone gets bigger and with ios 8,including that i have never seen a phone with as good camera as an iphone you can take my money apple.

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Anyone else kinda tired of all these "rumors". The other day PA wrote about a rumor that there will be 1gig of RAM. Today there was a leaked document showing that there isnt 1gig of RAM. This is one of many false rumors. I'm gonna laugh (and hopefully all of you will join me) if the iPhone 6 doesnt even look like what we have been seeing. Why cant we just all wait til the damn thing gets announced (┛`д´)┛ (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Spyderco, Sweet DD.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This Rumor doesn't even make sense. Next Summer? They might as well wait for the iPhone 7 if that was true.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

iP7 = iP6S. I suspect a 'Prime' edition will be based on higher spec'd (64+ GB RAM, for example) versions of the iToys.

7. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

so samsung started with this 'prime' thing and now apple is copying it? Lol Or maybe they're building a prime version to compete with galaxy alpha?

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You're holstering the word copy in an article that is based upon a rumor about a phone that has not even come out yet. Yup. You're a genius all right. /facepalm

26. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Was just trying to have fun. Guess I offended you !

27. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Thought you were one of them angry fandroid people who take like to serious. Cheers to you.

9. Withtechfriends

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

How stupid... eh. All these sites need to stop with these stupid... hey this device is being considered and tested but will never come out. Stop with the far fetched rumors, especially if it's unlikely we'll ever see it.

14. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I really think that JP Morgan better get some new analysts who actually can: 1) Keep up to date with financial reports from key companies in the Apple value chain. 2) Analyse that report, look for something unusual and then decide on the possibilities based on other information they have. 3) Come to a logical conclusion. On the basis of that...http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/iphone-6-will-have-sapphire-glass-thanks-to-gtats-hoard

17. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Just after their fall release, Apple begins leaking rumored new features for the next iPhone and a rumor that the next release will be in the spring or summer. Feature leaks continue through the winter and spring while release date leaks begin to group around late summer. In the summer the release date turns out to be in the fall and Apple begins to leak rumors that features will be delayed until the next release which will happen in the winter. Nearer their fall release, the next release is pushed back so as not to affect the new iPhone's sales. That's where we are now. In two months, we'll go back to square one. Apple's marketing department has been playing the tech press exactly like this for years and you can search Apple rumors here or elsewhere to see it played over and over again.

18. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The Galaxy Alpha can in no way be considered an S5 Prime. It is inferior to the S5 in the specs department, especially the display. Just because it has a metal trim doesn't mean its a "Prime" device...

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Shame there isn't a Prime version of the LG Optimus series :)

22. HamzAmin

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

That is pretty obvious as you cannot expect Apple to manufacture and install the glass in the devices on the eleventh hour as the launch date is in just 20 days. The 5.5" would probably arrive with a sapphire display.

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