Apple is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones with the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6, according to a report yesterday by The Wall Street Journal.
The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter.
The tech giant is heavily rumoured to be launching the iPhone 6 in two sizes – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch – this fall, in a move seen by many as an attempt to lure consumers drawn by larger screens on its competitors’ smartphones.
New photos of an alleged 4.7″ iPhone 6 rear casing is making the rounds on the net, after being leaked by tech site uSwitch earlier today.
The most notable feature of the purported rear shell is the presence of an Apple logo-shaped aperture in the centre, seemingly confirming earlier speculation that Apple could be using light-up notifications for the device.
Last week, tech blogger Marques Brownlee posted a video showing an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire display panel being put through a series of rigorous bend and scratch tests.
While the display came out unscathed in that video, Brownlee has now uploaded a new video putting the same display through an even more rigorous scratch test using sandpaper with varying results.
As seen from the video, both types of sandpaper left visible scratches on the iPhone 6′s display panel. Brownless also uses the sandpaper on an iPhone 5s display, which is made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, leaving even more significant scratches.
Without citing sources, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claims that Apple’s iPhone 6 will be entering mass production this month, as picked up by Reuters in a report published Thursday.
Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. Production of a 5.5-inch version will begin during the second week of August, it said.
Photos of alleged batteries for Apple’s next-generation ‘iPhone 6′ hit the web on Thursday, seemingly confirming recent rumours that Apple would be increasing the battery capacity of the handset from the current 1,500 mAh to 1,800 mAh.
The photos, which originated from sources in China, were posted online by French site Nowhereelse.fr. The dimensions of the battery are unclear from the photos, but the capacity of 1,810 mAh can be seen from the back.
As we approach the iPhone 6′s rumoured fall launch date, Apple’s suppliers are reportedly hard at work trying to resolve previously-reported issues with the device’s battery yields.
Today, a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via GforGames) claims that Apple has roped in a new supplier, Simplo, which has reportedly solved the battery conundrum.
The good news is that, according to the Taiwanese media, Apple has now signed up with a new supplier which has already solved the battery design bottleneck. The supplier in question goes by the name of Simplo and it is currently one of the two battery suppliers for Apple’s iPhone 6 – the second one being Desai. However, while the latter supplier still hasn’t solved the issues concerning the battery, Simplo has supposedly already provided a flexible thin unit that meets Apple’s demands.
In the latest twist to the ‘iPhone 6′ rumours, well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed in a new research note (via Appleinsider) that the 5.5-inch model of the device could be delayed to 2015.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, issued a note on Sunday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. In it, he revealed that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still expected to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could be introduced at a later date.
Kuo attributes the delay to production difficulties related to the device’s in-cell touch panel, warning that these problems have plagued both models of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The analyst added that colouring issues related to the device’s metal casing have further bogged down production.
Earlier this week, a couple of videos purporting to show a sapphire display panel for the upcoming ‘iPhone 6′ hit the web. In them, the display was put through a series of deformation tests, only to come out unscathed in all of them.
We now have a new video from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily that shows the alleged display being put through another series of torture tests, with the final method of having a car over it eventually breaking the panel.
A new report out of China claims that Apple will be utilising an advanced form of haptic feedback in its upcoming ‘iPhone 6′, according to a translation by tech site GforGames.
According to sources, the new tactile feedback linear motor is more intelligent and capable of producing different types of subtle vibrations in correlation with the application’s scenario. It can even emit different vibrations depending on the area of the touch screen that is being pressed.
Haptic feedback is the use of vibrations to provide information to a user on his or her interactions with a user interface. In smartphones, for example, the device could vibrate slightly in response to the user’s activation of an on-screen control, providing a more immersive and interactive experience.