With less than a day to Apple s event, the frenzy around the iPhone 6 is at an all-time high. Leaks are coming in thick and fast that steadily clear out the mystery surrounding the forthcoming smartphone. While most of the leaks are taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, some seem too real to ignore. Everything will however be clear tomorrow when Tim Cook takes the wraps off the smartphone, but in the meantime here are 10 common questions we have answered about the iPhone 6.
How many iPhones are there?
While nothing is official, Apple is widely believed to be launching two variants of the iPhone 6. These variants are bigger than any iPhone currently available and are differentiated by the size of the display 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.
There are also quite a few contradicting reports around a variant with sapphire glass display. Apple already uses sapphire glass to protect the camera lens and the TouchID sensor from scratches. But owing to difficulties in manufacturing the sapphire glass display in large quantities, if Apple does launch such a variant, it will be a limited edition and much more expensive than the standard model. There is however no word on which variant is likely to get the sapphire glass treatment.
Will the phone be called iPhone 6 ?
It won t be surprising if Apple ends up calling the forthcoming smartphone iPhone 6. But since there are multiple variants, there would be some differences in the nomenclature. Some reports claim that the two variants could be called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6L respectively, where the L stands for large. Some Chinese carriers, on the other hand, claim that the 4.7-inch variant could be called iPhone Air, while the 5.5-inch variant could be called iPhone Pro.
What will the iPhone 6 look like?
If the scores of leaked photos are anything to go by, the iPhone 6 will feature a completely new design that will set it apart from the current iPhones. For one, it will boast a thinner body with soft curved edges that look inspired from the iPad.
The changes in design include the relocated power button, which has been shifted to the right to make it easy to use the phone with one hand. The volume rocker too has been replaced by pill-shaped buttons, and owing to the thinner body, the row of speaker grilles at the bottom have been reduced to one.
At the back, there is a slightly protruding rear camera. There is not a lot of clarity on the reason behind a protruding camera module, but some reports claim that Apple could be looking at selling add-on camera lenses for the iPhone 6 in the future.
When will I be able to buy the iPhone 6?
The 4.7-inch variant is expected to be available within a couple of weeks of tomorrow s unveiling. But manufacturing issues with the larger variant could have pushed its availability to the end of this year, or early next year. A recent report also suggested that manufacturing seems to have hit a roadblock with last-minute changes to the display design, which could impact the iPhone 6 s availability initially.
Will the iPhone 6 be more powerful than before?
The new iPhones are expected to feature a new and powerful A8 quad-core processor. This is up from the 1.3GHz A7 dual-core processor powering the iPhone 5S. Speaking of which, the iPhone 6 s A8 processor will also be accompanied by an M8 coprocessor codenamed Phosphorus .
Will the iPhone 6 too have a class-leading camera?
The cameras on the iPhones have always set new benchmarks and this time too things are going to be same. While some reports claim that the megapixels on primary camera will be bumped up to 13-megapixel, another report claims that the Apple will persist with an 8-megapixel camera but will feature a new Super Resolution Mode. This new feature is said to use optical image stabilization technology to capture multiple image samples that are then combined to create a high-density end photograph. Reports also suggest that Apple will change the true tone flash for the rear camera.
Will the iPhone 6 battery last for a day?
Bigger size also means more space for internal components, and Apple is expected to fit bigger batteries into the iPhone 6. Reports suggest that the 4.7-inch variant will feature a 1,810mAh battery, while the bigger 5.5-inch variant will feature 2,915mAh battery. This is bigger than the 1,560mAh battery that currently powers the iPhone 5S, and could last more than a day on a single charge.
What is this iPhone 6 Mobile Wallet I keep hearing about?
Apple is reportedly working on making swiping credit cards redundant for its iPhone users. With almost 800 million iTunes accounts synced with users credit card information, Apple wants its users to use the iPhone as a mobile wallet. Using NFC, iPhone users will be able to pay for anything they buy with their phones. The TouchID sensor on the iPhone 6 could be used as a verification process, making the entire process of swiping a card and signing on bills, redundant. The company has reportedly partnered Master Card, Visa, and American Express for its mobile wallet.
Will the iPhone 6 run on iOS 8?
Yes, Apple is expected to release iOS 8 on the iPhone 6. The new OS may not be as revolutionary as iOS 7 in terms of design, but it will bring in a host of new features like Health and HomeKit. A detailed list of features that will release with iOS 8 can be found here.
How much could the iPhone 6 cost?
While it is too early to speculate on the pricing of the iPhone 6, it hasn t stopped the Chinese carriers from leaking what they claim is the iPhone 6 pricing. They claim the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could cost 5,288 yuan in China, which is approximately $861, and 6,288 yuan for the 5.5-inch variant, which is approximately $1,024. We advise you to take this with a big pinch of salt,
Apple s iPhone 6 event is scheduled to kick off at 10:30PM IST tomorrow, where it is also expected to unveil the iWatch and possibly the next-generation iPad Air too. The event will be live streamed on Apple s website. Alternatively, you can also follow our iPhone 6 live blog.