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iPhone 6 rumors: Launch date, specs, characteristics and price of Apple’s next generation iPhone

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With just few days earlier than the iPhone 6 digs up its official launch, the rumor mill is officially in overdrive.

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Leaked pictures, specifications and assumption about new functions and features have sent the Internet into a frenzy of excitement.

Between the much mooted larger screen sizes, the sleek exterior seen in photos and the talk of iWatch wearable devices on the way too, Tuesday will be like Christmas for Apple fans.

Here’s a roundup of the whole thing we make out – or think we know – about Apple’s big announcement.

Everything we have seen so far points towards Apple gearing up to release two models of iPhone – one with a 4.7″ screen, and another with a 5.5″ display. While it was rumored the devices would mark a near-scratchproof sapphire crystal display, scrutiny of the Apple manufacturing chain has since suggested the expensive material will not be standard – at least at launch.

While it was rumored the devices would feature near-scratchproof sapphire crystal display, inspection of the Apple manufacturing chain has since suggested the costly material will not be standard at least at launch.

There is talk of a premium model, with higher stipulation which would include the sapphire glass along with a costly price tag but at present this is speculation. Microscope pictures claimed to be of the iPhone 6 screen suggest a much sharper display than the current model. The retina screen on the current iphone 55 has a density of 10.5 pixels per mm. The 1704×960 display suggested by the photos would be a much sharper 16 pixels per mm.

The iPhone 6 will feature a new super-fast WiFi chip, improving internet speeds dramatically. It will also feature Apples’ next generation A8 processor, which should give the smartphone a huge performance boost.

The iPhone 6 is projected to have a more curved body than the 5S with a design that harks back to the original first-generation iPhone. A video has been released online which claims to show an entire iPhone 6 constructed from parts leaked from the production line. An alleged leaked graphic recommended the new phone will be 7mm thick and the 4.7″ model has a code name of N56.

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The tech giant are reportedly working with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to develop an ‘iWallet’ payment system, allowing users to pay for things with their phone. It’s thought this will use Near Field Communication (NFC) the technology used for contactless payments. Apple’s system would allow users to link their iPhone with their credit card, using it to make purchases with a swipe of their device.

As well as a huge performance boost, the A8 processor is expected to improve power efficiency, and therefore increase battery life. On top of that, leaked photos supposedly showing the iPhone 6 battery suggest the charge capacity of the two models will be vastly improved. The photos show two batteries presumably for the 4.7″ and 5.5″ models with whopping 1810 and 2915mAH capacities. That’s much bigger than the present iPhone 5s battery, which is just 1560mAH. The high resolution screen is by far the biggest power consume on iPhone devices, which explains why the 5.5″ model needs a larger battery.

Apple’s new device is also expected to have an enormously enhanced camera, with a 13-megapixel sensor provided by Sony. The new design is anticipated to feature a camera which protrudes slightly from the iPhone 6’s new slim line body. Although the 4.7″ model is thought to be slightly thinner than the 5.5″ iPhone, the measurements when the camera is included are the same, pointing towards the two models having the same camera sensor and lens.

The iPhone 6 release date has not yet been announced, but most rumors put it within a month of the launch event on Tuesday, September 9th. Some have suggested the 4.7″ model could be on shelves as soon as a week or two after the event. But it’s thought the 5.5″ model will be held back either because of manufacturing delays or as a deliberate move to prevent causing competition between the models.

Apples’ pricing is usually kept fairly well under wraps you can never tell when they are going to pull a surprise drop. But if we base it on last year’s pricing, the 4.7″ model with the smallest capacity (16GB for the 5S) will cost 549 Euro, the next up (32GB) 629 Euro and the biggest storage (64GB) 709 Euro.

If Apple upgrade the maximum storage to 128 GB as is rumored, it’s likely they’ll make the minimum amount 32GB. That’s all based on the current screen size we are expecting the price to shoot up for the 5.5″ version, perhaps even more for the “premium” version with Sapphire glass.

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