Rumours and supposed ‘leaks’ concerning the new iPhone 6 have been floating around the internet for months now, and a wave of fresh photographs could have confirmed what some have been thinking for a while.
The new images appeared on Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, and were apparently posted by Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin – who previously leaked photographs of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini ahead of their formal releases by Cupertino-based software giant Apple.
Given the fact that Lin’s previous leaks were completely accurate, many believe the new images actually depict the new handset.
In the photographs the iPhone 5 has been placed side-by-side with the next mutation of the device to give anybody browsing an idea of the size difference. The new model appears to house a larger display and has softly contoured edges compared to its predecessors brushed metal casing.
Previous rumours have all seem to suggest the phone will have a 4.7 inch display – images of dummy handsets could be seen as confirming this speculation. As well as being longer, the iPhone appears to be wider, with a 7.6mm thick chassis.
Leaked images and information allude to the device being fitted with a redesigned set of keys and a rounder, smoother body. Other photographs that have appeared on the internet depict contrasting metallic edging to the two end cap shapes.
Industry experts believe it’s a certainty that Apple will fit the new iPhone with an improved A8 64-bit processor and a Touch ID scanner, though it appears that the headphone audio port has not been substituted for a lightning port – something that had previously been suggested by the overactive rumour mill.
It is expected that the iPhone 6 will come in its usual array of storage variants, which are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
In the wake of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 reveal of iOS 8, insiders are fairly confident that the software will be installed on the new device, including crossover functionality with Mac OSX Yosemite.
In addition, a leak originating from Venture Beat suggests the new model will come with CAT 6 LTE, an NFC chip for mobile payments, as well as being fitted with wireless charging capabilities.
If indeed the new model comes with the NFC chip it could be hugely significant for the Cupertino-based firm, its consumers and the wider mobile industry at large. This piece of computer wizardry is a short-range, low power wireless link that is able to transfer small amounts of data between two devices held a few centimetres from each other, which means owners of the new iPhone will be able to use the device to pay for goods. This could prove useful in situations where people have lost their wallets or their bags have been stolen as they would still be able to carry out small transactions while waiting for a replacement bank card.
It is still unknown how Apple will perform these payments, as the firm would either have to join an existing scheme or create its own. However, insiders are pretty sure the latter will happen, given the firm’s history of developing bespoke software for its products.
In terms of the release date, many are still confident that Apple will stay true to its habit of releasing new devices in the Autumn.