In lieu of any new iPhone news this morning, Bloomberg open proceedings with the rumour of a 12.9-inch iPad. “According to people with knowledge on the matter”, Bloomberg writes, saying Apple has been working with people to develop larger touch screen devices for at least a year. It’s not the first time we’ve heard a rumour like this before, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. But given the busy latter half of the year Apple already have planned, I probably wouldn’t put any money on such a tablet being out before 2015, at the earliest.
Phosphorus is the name, and barometric pressure sensing is the game. A previous rumour claimed the “Phosphorus” component of the next iPhone was Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor successor, but a post on the MacRumors forums quickly debunked that theory as inaccurate, thanks to the part labelling it as a Bosch barometric pressure sensor. Meanwhile, AppleInsider claims a spike in Apple’s manufacturing costs mean the company is gearing up for huge iWatch and iPhone launches in the coming months.
Dimensions of both upcoming models of iPhone have been shared thanks to the leaked schematics that revealed the small camera lens protrusion last week. The details on the new iPhone includes the exact length, width, height and weight measurements down to the millimetre and gram, respectively, also revealing Apple wanted to include a 2.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone (presumably for thinness), but scrapped it to avoid complaints about compatibility with existing audio accessories.
Photos of the rear shell of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone have surfaced and been compared to the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone. It’s nothing you haven’t seen a thousand times before. In other news, leaked schematics suggest the possibility of an iPhone with 128GB of on-board storage, something that only the most dedicated of app and media hoarders will enjoy. Oh, and people coming from 128GB of storage on their iPads.
If something stuck out from the iPhone rumours yesterday, it was the photo which showed off a strange protrusion on the rear of the next iPhone. It isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this bulging mass, which looks suspiciously like the one on the back of the iPod touch. Speculation says it’s because the camera/lens needs a thicker housing than the iPhone 6 will actually be, but honestly, maybe it’s because Apple want to show off their anti-scratch sapphire lens covers.
When you put two and two together, you get the front and rear shells of the next iPhone for the first time. I wouldn’t click on the link if you don’t want to know what the next iPhone will probably look like, because it’s pretty much there for the world to see: a design not too dissimilar to the iPod touch, but perhaps slightly thicker. The display of the next iPhone has also been closely examined, revealing a possible resolution of 828×1472. Another sketchier rumour from yesterday claims the next iPhone may feature support for faster LTE networking.
A leaked schematic of the upcoming iPhone points to possible NFC support and an unknown amount of RAM. Previous rumours reported the RAM as 1GB, but those were later dismissed as inaccurate due to the schematic pointing to an amount of NAND storage, not RAM. AppleInsider uses a lot more words than I do to explain the same thing.
Apple has released Developer Preview 6 of OS X Yosemite, and interestingly enough, MacRumors points out that Apple aren’t updating the public beta as often as they are the developer preview builds of Yosemite. Visible changes in this preview include a new look and feel for System Preferences, new wallpapers, and a number of icon updates.
Photos and even more photos of the battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone surfaced over the weekend, which means there’s a pretty good chance a 1810mAh capacity battery will make an appearance in the next iPhone. The capacity differences between the current iPhone 5s and upcoming iPhone amount to no more than 250mAh, which seems about right for a battery that may be physically bigger but also thinner.
And on the even larger iPhone, what in the world is an iPhone 6L? L for leaked, perhaps, but also L for larger. New photos of the unit show an even larger battery capacity — 2915mAh — as well as a wider display panel. Looking at the leaked photo doesn’t make the screen seem all the much bigger than the 4.7-inch model it’s compared to, but perspective could be playing a part in that.
Photos of what’s purported to be the fully-assembled iPhone 6 logic board have surfaced, and AppleInsider says it all looks pretty legitimate. The mounting holes line up with rear case leaks, and the overall size and shape matches up to previous circuit board leaks. Sadly, all the components are covered up, but if we’re getting this close to production of the next iPhone, then these kinds of leaks are only going to be all the more common.
Another day, another set of high-quality photos of next-generation iPhone parts. The front panel, power button, and mute switch of the next iPhone have been shown off on camera, and interestingly enough, the front panel appears to have a taper we haven’t seen on any other Apple device before. The new mute switch also appears to have a different switching mechanism compared to previous iPhones.
In Thailand, Apple has received approval to sell two different models of the upcoming iPhone. A1586 and A1524 are the two model numbers that have received certifications from the relevant authorities, but they likely don’t mean anything beyond identifying two separate models just yet.
Rumour has it Apple’s iPhone is at the final stage before mass production. A new report claims the devices will be on track for a September 9th debut, or whenever Apple decide to take the wraps off their latest and greatest. You might have expected Apple would have begun production by now, but I guess the timing is about right if they want to launch the devices next month.