With the iPhone 6′s expected September release date bearing down on us, it’s time to take a look all of the iPhone 6 hardware.
As always there are some crazy leaks and rumors that are fakes, or prototypes never meant to see the light of day, but there’s also enough legitimate leaks that we can construct a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 6 will be. In much the same way that a wealth of rumors pointed to the introduction of the iPhone 5C, it looks like the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen — probably 4.7 inches, but possibly up to 5.5 inches. The most recent data suggests that this larger-screen iPhone 6 would have a display resolution of 1704×960 (or triple the “base” resolution of 568×320).
A larger screen is one thing, but with pressure on Apple to innovate in the mobile space, and Android (and Samsung) continuing to steal away market share, the iPhone 6 will need to be seriously impressive on multiple fronts — which could be difficult, considering this may be the first iPhone designed without help from Steve Jobs. What else can we expect from the iPhone 6? A wildly different form factor? A sapphire screen? Integration with an as-yet-unannounced iWatch?iPhone 6 Hardware Specs
As far as hardware specs go, we don’t know a whole lot about the iPhone 6. If there is indeed a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, the display will probably pack more than the 1136×640 resolution found in the iPhone 5S. Stepping up to 1920×1080 or 1704×960 would be the most likely resolution, but Apple might go for something crazy — like 2560×1440 — to retake the Retina resolution/PPI crown.
The fingerprint sensor will still be there, of course. I doubt the underlying hardware will change much (it’s already far superior to other sensor designs, like the one found on the Galaxy S5). We will probably see some changes on the software side of the equation, in iOS 8 (but more on that later).
There will almost certainly be a new A8 chip in the iPhone 6, but there’s no hard data on what specs the chip might have. Both the A6 and A7 were big departures from previous Apple SoCs, but I’d be surprised if the A8 continued that trend. As we’ve covered previously, the A7 is a beast of a chip, with a lot of performance gains to be realized by turning the clock speed up. In Intel chip release parlance, I’d expect the A8 to be more of a “tick” than a microarchitectural overhaul “tock.” I’d expect the iPhone 6′s CPU to be clocked at around 1.5GHz, and perhaps to feature a new or tweaked GPU, but otherwise it’ll be mostly unchanged.
Finally, the camera: The iPhone 6 will almost certainly have a new, advanced camera — but the rumors don’t seem to agree on what form that camera might take. Apple recently hired Nokia’s camera engineer Ari Partinen, but that’s more likely to have an affect on the iPhone 6S or 7. Apple received an optical image stabilization (OIS) patent, and it’s about time that the iPhone gained OIS (Nokia and HTC have had OIS tech for a while now). You can count on there being a bigger or better imaging sensor, too — not necessarily more megapixels, but bigger and better pixels.