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iPhone 6 Rumor Round-Up ⬆️ A Really Big Launch in 2014 ⬆️ Initial Supply Order 90 Million Units ⬆️ 2 Display Sizes ⬆️ 4.7″ & 5.5″ Displays ⬆️ 5G WiFi Connectivity ⬆️ 3 New Sensors: Humidity-Temperature-Atmospheric-Pressure ⬆️ True 802.11ac Gigabit Speed ⬆️ NFC Communications for Retail Store Payments using your iPhone Wallet, no more Credit Card Swiping is upon us with Apple. (7th Update) 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

April 10, 2014

Apple will release two new iPhones this year, with an all-new redesigned 4.7″ model and high-resolution “phablet” type 5.5″ version poised to take the high-end smartphone world by storm this fall. I believe it, as Apple is reported to have placed their initial order for 90 million units! Looks like FOXCON is going to be very busy. Recall that there are over 475,000,000 iPhones in circulation, and there are going to be a huge number of UpGrades this year, plus sizable percentage of migrations from Android too.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, He is in it, to Win It, Period! This intensity and commitment is terrific for Apple product users, as we are all going to receive better products, and great for Apple’s stock holders.

🍎 Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says, Apple is planning to debut two new iPhone models with two distinct screen sizes in 2014, an unprecedented move for Apple that traditionally has shied away from screen size wars. However a very large survey of iPhone owners, over 60% of their installed-base desires larger display sizes. The graphic of an iPhone may depict the ICON Layout for the new iPhone 6 releases.

🍎 Aside from obvious size differences, the top-of-the-line 5.5″ model will sport a high-resolution display of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, which represents the same resolution as your large Flat-screen HDTV, translates to 401 pixels per inch, (ppi) in the palm of your hand. The 4.7″ iteration will use a 1,334-by-750 pixel-display to maintain scalability with existing iPhone Apps, representing a pixel density of 326 ppi, meeting or exceeding the “Retina” resolution, Apple set several years ago.

🍎 Both handsets will use Apple’s next-generation A8 system-on-chip with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM, low temperature polysilicon in-cell touch panels and Touch ID fingerprint security.

🍎 Importantly, a near-field communications chip-set (NFC) and a metal casing are also part of the build. An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with the same f/2.2 aperture found in the iPhone 5s is expected, though Apple may improve the camera system to include an optical image stabilization to improve low-light performance, an exciting feature new to the smart-phones, taking the “camera shake” for low light “party” photography.

🍎 As to aesthetics, the iPhones’ bezels are said to be 10% to 20% narrower than the current iPhone 5s, while thinness is pegged at 6.5mm to 7.0 millimeters. Kuo also says Apple may move the location of the Top of the iPhone’s sleep/wake button to the side of the iPhone, to facilitate one-handed operation. This button-relocation may indicate a new feature that requires frequent pressing of the power button for other functions. Good we could actually need one more button, to eliminate too many soft-menus on the display.

🍎 While the 4.7″ iPhone 6 will be within Apple’s guidelines of one-handed operation, Kuo believes Apple may position from a product line-up perspective the 5.5″ version as a higher-end Phablet, perhaps with a $100 premium. Good, I’ll go for it.

🍎 Kuo also believes the 4.7″ iPhone 6 will be Apple’s main driver of handset sales in late 2014 and full-year shipments could exceed 60 million units. My guess it will be double or triple this estimate.

🍎 The 5.5″ iPhone Air model may cannibalize some of the sales of the iPad mini, but if the company can marginally reduce the price-tag of its iPad mini, its iPad line-up should remain strong.

🍎 IMHO, its better to cannibalize the iPad mini to yourself, than to be cannibalized by the Competitors, by not having the 5.5″ iPhone Phablet, as has happened over the last 18 months. This is probable the only “mistake” IMHO, Apple has encountered recently. However, who am I to say that Apple made a “misstep” when Apple is delivering 200 million iPhones/year currently.

🍎 We may likely see a terrific migration from Android ➡️ Apple this year and next, perhaps at a rate of a 35% shift ➡️ Apple, with these two larger display choices in Apple’s iPhone line-up. Presently, Android users are migrating ➡️ Apple’s way at a rate of over 20% or more.

🍎 Kuo expects both iPhone 6 models to hit store shelves in the 3rd Quarter of 2014, with Apple keeping the iPhone 5s and 5c on board as mid-tier and low-tier offerings. Due to the expanded handset lineup, the iPhone 4S and 4 will reach end-of-life in 2014.

🍎 Details on Apple’s plans for the 2014 iPhone lineup were published on Tuesday by Japanese blog Macotakara. Citing a trusted source, “Apple has designed two larger iPhone models, sporting 4.7″ and 5.5″ displays, which are final candidates for launch in 2014.”

🍎 Apple’s New iPhone 6 is without a doubt one of the most hotly anticipated smartphone launches of 2014. A dozen or so independent reports suggest that the handset will feature a new larger 4.7″ display and a fresh new design that is thinner than ever. The iPhone 6 is also expected to be accompanied by a new iPhone phablet that will include a 5.5″ screen to help attract new business over from the Android camp.

🍎 Another day, another set of iPhone 6 rumors trickles out from the East Asia. According to the latest report, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is ready to enter its mass production phase in May, 2014, with 90 Million Units ordered. The timing would align perfectly with a launch in the 3rd Quarter of 2014. This timing is as expected by most of the other industry watchers. Interestingly, this new report suggests that Apple’s second new iPhone for 2014, the iPhone Air with its 5.5″ Display may be in mass-production until later in the 3rd quarter, 2014 which obviously suggests that it won’t debut until sometime later in 2014.

🍎 We encourage Apple to release both iPhone 6 Models, the 4.75″ and the 5.5″ displays simultaneously. There is such a huge expectation that Apple will be coming out with a “Phablet” (a term Apple despises). If Apple delays the iPhone Air, it may significantly erode the launch of iPhone 6, folks waiting to see both devices, so to choose between the two. Personally, I would wait, and would recommend to my friends, to delay updating until both are announced and visualized. It would be better to delay the iPhone 6, so that it is released with the iPhone Air, than to bifurcate Apple’s iPhone 6 releases.

🍎 According to a report relayed by EMSOne, Taiwan-based Industrial and Commercial Times claims that Apple’s manufacturing partners will begin mass-producing the new iPhone 6 in July. With three months of lead time, that certainly could align well with a late September launch that keeps Apple’s fall iPhone launch pattern alive.

🍎 Interestingly, however, the report claims that Apple’s larger iPhone Phablet may not enter mass-production until sometime in September. If accurate, the device may not debut alongside the iPhone 6, but instead perhaps in later 2014 or early 2015. Remember all these remarks are rumors and “deductions” from supply-line insiders.

🍎 Despite the potential late-start for Apple’s iPhone Phablet production, Industrial and Commercial Times claims that both new iPhones will launch sometime in the fourth quarter this year.

🍎 Apple’s new iPhone 6 is expected to feature an entirely new design with a 4.7″ display, a thinner housing and an upgraded processor. The iPhone phablet is expected to sport a similar design with a larger 5.5″ screen.

🍎 If the reports we have been reading, even come close to representing the handsets Apple actually launches in the 3rd quarter of 2014, we may expect APPLE to crush the sales records the Company set in the fall of 2013, when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C debuted together, Apple’s first announcement of 2-model on the same Day.

🍎 Recall Apple sold 9 Million iPhones on the opening weekend, 50% greater sales than its previous release weekend of 6 million units. Remember about 55% of All American smartphone users are carrying Apple iPhones.

🍎 Total iPhone sales since its beginning in July, 2007 is presently in excess of 475,000,000 units, Add to this 175,000,000 iPads, the total Apple iOS devices in use equates to roughly 650,000,000. Extend this figure to year end, 12/31/2014, Apple could be sitting with 800,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation.. sometime in 2015 Apple may be crossing this 1,000,000,000 threshold (yes that’s One-Billion) globally.

🍎 IMHO, this is exactly what the iPhone Market needs, two serious screen sizes to choose between. The choice of either the 4.7″ display or the 5.5″ display will be perfect Selections to choose from, and will certainly silence the Apple critics for not having a choice of displays. Assuming Apple retains the current Model iPhone 5S, with the New Models, The iphone 6 with its 4.7″ display and the iPhone Air with its 5.5″ display.

Apple offering Four iPhones Models, covering a variety of Display Sizes

🍎 iPhone 4S… 3.5″… Display, Subsidized Price:… 99¢
🍎 iPhone 5S… 4.0″… Display, Subsidized Price:… $99
🍎 iPhone 6….. 4.7″… Display, Subsidized Price:… $199
🍎 iPhone Air… 5.5″… Display, Subsidized Price:… $299

🍎 Lets assume for the moment that Macotakara Publication is accurate regarding the two new display sizes. Lets further assume that Jimmy’s subsidized price “quesstimates” will range from 99¢ for the 3.5″ iPhone 4S to $299 for the 5.5″ iPhone Air, as shown above.

🍎 iPhone 6 Rumor Round-Up ⬆️ A Really Big Launch in 2014 ⬆️ Initial Supply Order 90 Million Units ⬆️ 2 Display Sizes ⬆️ 4.7″ & 5.5″ Displays ⬆️ 5G WiFi Connectivity ⬆️ 3 New Sensors: Humidity-Temperature-Atmospheric-Pressure ⬆️ True 802.11ac Gigabit Speed

🍎 The Graphic Above: Based upon leaked schematics (blue-line graphic below) discovered by Macotakara of the forthcoming 4.7″ and 5.5″ variants of the iPhone 6, Nowherelse teamed up with concept designer extraordinaire Martin Hajek to create what may be the most plausible look (graphic above) at what Jony Ive’s next iPhone design would look like yet,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

🍎 “All the proportions here are perfect: although it features a larger profile, a super thin design, and an edge-to-edge display, the design still features a beautiful internal symmetry that seems worthy of Apple,” Brownlee writes. “There are some changes: the edges are curved, more organic, and the volume buttons have been unified into a single rocker, but otherwise, it looks like an evolution of the current iPhone 5s. Which is exactly what the iPhone 6 would look like.” The Graphic below is the “leaked schematic blue-print.”

🍎 The BIG Question is: Will iPhone Up-Graders pay-up $299 for the base model of the 5.5″ iPhone Air; Plus paying an added $100 for each step for 32GB, 64GB, 128GB Memory upgrades.

🍎 What’s Jimmy Think: From my perspective, and knowing how valuable my iPhone is as a communications device, and the added utility of the iPhone, as a business tool, thanks to the 100+ amazing Apps that I use frequently, I may be “pleased” to pay $500, subsidized, for the 5.5″ iPhone Air with 64GB of storage. (The iPhone Air name is also an assumption).

🍎 Lets look at “JimW’s iPhone 5S” Usage, I have about 22.9 GB remaining of the 64GB iPhone. It could be assumed with the iPhone Air’s larger screen, it may double as “my miniature iPad mini” perhaps needing to step-up the onboard storage to 128GB, matching my iPad mini’s capacity. Unfortunately, one cannot upgrade later, so this is “a one-time decision” of paying-up that extra $100 for Twice the storage, going from 64GB to 128GB, assuming this choice is available. Since I have 128GB on my iPad-Mini-Retina, I’d likely keep the storage on both devices uniform.

🍎 iPhone 6 should be a Really Big Launch in 2014 with Two Display Sizes, this quinella of iPhones will be Longer and Wider, Diagonal Measure: 4.7″ and 5.5″ Display Sizes ~ 5G WiFi Connectivity ~ True 802.11ac Gigabit Speed ~ Three New Sensors measuring ambient Temperature, Humidity and Atmospheric Pressure.

🍎 iPhone reports have it, that the 2 New iPhones may have internal components to measure Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure and Humidity sensors. It will be interesting how Apple’s engineers “shields” these three sensors from the internal ambient-effects of the warm electronics and that of the liON Polymer battery, as the iPhone’s circuitry operates and the battery discharges, which tend to become warm…

🍎 iPhone Release Schedules. Historically, Apple released its original iPhone in June, 2007 with over a million units sold in its opening weekend. The next iPhone iteration, the iPhone 3G was released in July, 2008. (Notice that we’re focusing your attention to the “Major” releases, not the interim “S” releases).

🍎 The next major iPhone release was June, 2010, with its iPhone 4, the date and model Marilyn and I bought our first iPhones. Subsequently, the iPhone 5 was released in September, 2012 with 6 million units sold in its opening weekend. The “September” release month was somewhat “off schedule” from the other June timings. This 90 delay delay, may have occurred due to some quality-control and/or supply-line issues, pushing back the release a few months; Total guesswork on my part.

🍎 iPhone 6 is upon us reportedly, and interested folks are wondering when will the iPhone 6 be Announced and Released. My guess, Apple may return to the June, 2014 timing schedule, so that Apple has more time for the Sales of this likely “Block Buster” release with its reported larger 4.7″ brilliant display.

🍎 I’ve predicted that Apple may have a 12 million iPhone weekend, with iPhone 6 new Two-Sizes Release. Also reported, Apple placed its initial order for the iPhone 6, ordered 90 million units from their experienced Apple supplier, Foxconn. Now That’s Confidence.

🍎 The secondary questions, will Apple release Two Phones, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone Air on the same Day, similar to the release of iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C in September, 2013.

🍎 These new models are reportedly expected to have similar button shapes for volume and mute as the iPhone 5c, as well as the same rounded back edges. In addition, it was said that the holes on the bottom of the handset for speaker and microphone will also follow the design established by the iPhone 5C.

🍎 In looking at the leaked blue-prints, for the iPhone 6, the rounded edges give an appearance of the iPad mini, but thinner, without the angled-edges of the present iPhone 5S.

🍎 The larger 5.5″ model is said to be 7.5 millimeters thick, which would be the same as the iPad Air. This thinness would reportedly may require the rear iSight camera to protrude slightly from the case, much like with the fifth-generation iPod nano. Last year the Apple had to revise its “thinness” from 7.0mm to 7.5mm to avoid the slight protrusion.

🍎 Macotakara, sourced for the story above, has a respectable track record in “predicting” Apple’s future iPhone plans. Last year, Macotakara revealed
(A) the 2013 iPhone lineup would come in a new range of colors, and it was also
(B) the first to claim that the iPhone 5s would feature a dual LED flash for more natural looking photos, and was
(C) the first to state that the new pill-shaped flash module would be accompanied by a
(D) the circular rear-facing microphone located between the flash and the iSight camera lens.

🍎 The anticipated larger iPhone is rumored to be a high-end iPhone 5c, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will continue to have a plastic back, as the iPod nano achieves its colors with anodized aluminum. The new models are apparently a cross between the design of the iPhone 5c and the seventh-generation iPod nano. According to the source, the new larger iPhone won’t be a replacement for the existing iPhone 5c, but will be akin to a higher-end model.

🍎 iPhone 6 is going be a really Big launch this year. Apple will finally offer, its reported, a bigger display to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S5 and other flagship Android phones and phablets.

🍎 It’s not that Apple’s iPhone underperforms in any measure, its strictly that 69% of Existing iPhone Users desire a Larger Display, self included. In anticipation of this huge anticipated demand, Apple has reportedly ordered 90 million iPhone 6 units from Foxconn.

🍎 News is picking up momentum and spreading like a viral disease, as a new report indicates that the iPhone 5C’s sales failure could move-up the Release Date of the iPhone 6, to a date earlier in 2014, than initially anticipated. Of course, only Apple knows, everyone else is guessing, and extrapolating.

🍎 One thing for sure, Apple will release the iPhone 6, when its ready for a huge release. Since Apple’s release of the 5S and 5C simultaneously with a 9 Million release-weekend, Apple will surely be capable of having 15 Million of the iPhone 6 models available for its opening Weekend.

🍎 According to the Australian rendition of the International Business Times, there’s a brand new report that has come fast and furious out of DigiTimes, indicating that there are more than a million iPhone 5C handsets sitting on retail and ISP’s shelves the around the world world, where Apple is having trouble designing a plan to move these units economically for the delivery source and Apple’s balance sheet.

🍎 As noted by IBT… “Some consumers believed iPhone 5C failed to prove that it is a cheap iOS device. But the tables could turn when carriers and retailers drop the existing prices to clear the remaining inventory once the iPhone 6 will be released.”

🍎 The 5C issue (this is a media-invented issue) could spell big trouble for Apple if the iPhone 5C proves to be a hamper in their profit-stride and the “Wall Street Expectations game.” One Duck writes an absurd story and the rest of the Quacks repeat it. (Take a look at an Article I’ve written regarding what I believe is an iPhone 5C success story http://tiny.cc/e5jhdx) However, Apple could “make up for the 5C matter” with very strong quarterly sales by the release of an Exciting iPhone 6, particularly if Apple gets to or Close to a 5″ Display combined with the very successful and popular golden iPhone 5S.

🍎 iPhone is due to be released later this year. The iPhone 6 seemingly will be packed with amazing features that will make it fly-off the shelves.

🍎 Several innovative features are likely to set-up the iPhone 6 as the new Leader in the smartphones market, significantly outperforming (Galaxy’s S5 a similar dud as was Apple’s 5C) along any other releases from its competitors coming out the next few months.

🍎 Since even Samsung being disappointed with the apparent “flop” of the Galaxy S5, this leaves the “Door Wide Open” for Apple to capture a relatively large number of folks ready to migrate from Android.

🍎 Rumors have it that Apple is going for a wider and bigger display for the new iPhone 6. But that’s not the only thing that’s changing. Apple now has a new patent called ‘Systems and Methods for Preventing Light Guide Plate Scratching Artifacts‘ which leads us to believe that the iPhone 6 display technology will be truly innovative.

🍎 Apple has stated that iPhone 6 will probably have “the most gorgeous display rendering ever in a mobile device.” Not only will it look modern and chic but the screen may come with a neat protection layer.

🍎 It looks like the Retina display panel will be replaced with Quantum Dot technology which will come with sharper, crisper colors and improved brightness renditions.

🍎 Knowing how important battery life is, apparently, iPhone 6 will come equipped with a battery that not only will it last longer and give users longer talk-time, but will also feature a source of energy that will replenish its electrical power very quickly.

🍎 There have also been rumors about wireless charging, no need to elaborate on what a great feature would that be and how iPhone 6 would become the public’s favorite. Wireless Charging typically means that the device (the iPhone) would have a flat-thin-coil inside the rear cover.

🍎 If you placed the iPhone onto a charger-platform, alternating current is electro-magnetically transmitted through the rear cover, “exciting” the internal flat-thin-coil. This energy is then converted into DC, direct current, which is managed and stored into the LiON battery. You may recall the Palm-PRE had this capability a decade ago. The charging platform and the iPhone could have internal ceramic magnets to that the iPhone is held in position on the “charger.”

🍎 Wi-Fi signal improvements with the famous 802.11ac (a/k/a 5G WiFi) offering break-neck speed, and longer connectivity range, is rumored to be featured on the new iPhone 6. If this is true, users will be able to download or stream HD films in a matter of seconds even for very large HDTV video movie files. Gigabit speed equates to roughly 250,000,000 bYtes per second.

🍎 In perspective, a typical 8 mega-pixel camera captures that have a file size of 5 Mega bYtes, thats a 5,000,000 byte file size. An iPhone that can transmit or receive data at Gigabit speeds, means that one could upload (or download) 50 full resolution images in ONE second. One one could download a full-length, 2 hour High Definition Movie in about 15 seconds.

🍎 By design, 802.11ac is intended to operate only in the 5 GHz band. This avoids much of the interference at 2.4 GHz, including Bluetooth headsets, microwave ovens, and provides a strong incentive for users to upgrade their mobile devices to be dual band so that the 5 GHz band is more universally usable. This choice also streamlines the IEEE process by avoiding the possibility of contention between 802.11 and 802.15 proponents.

🍎 Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless, at $189 these new Routers handle 5G. RT-AC66U offers very fast Wi-Fi on the 5GHz frequency band, both with Wireless-N clients and AC clients. In fact it’s the fastest of the few 802.11ac routers currently available on the market. The router also has very good range and its USB ports provide more than just the support for external storage and printers.

🍎 To put Apple’s reported order in perspective, the Apple sold 51 million iPhones during its fiscal quarter ending Dec. 28th, 2013. Apple is anticipating a very large a leap in sales.

🍎 The iPhone 6 may be fitted with a super-strong Sapphire crystal display, a more advanced camera, lens, image stabilization, an f2.0 aperture, and perhaps wireless charging. In addition, there are rumors that the iPhone 6 will feature a faster new A8 chip with a quad-core CPU and graphics.

🍎 According to a Citigroup Global-Markets analyst, cited by the Commercial Times in China, Apple’s smartphone shipments are expected to rise a whopping 23% in 2014, compared to 13% increase in sales last year.

🍎 IMHO if Apple delivers the iPhone 6 with a Display that contains a meaningful increase to 4.75" or 5.0" Apple iPhone will sell in huge numbers.

🍎 Overall, analysts in IDC predict that smartphone growth will slow somewhat in 2014 to 19.3% growth, down from 39.2% growth factor in 2013.

🍎 The reason: average smartphone prices keep dropping, as demand shifts to China. In other words, the iPhone 6 will likely be a huge seller, helping it stay ahead of the industry average in terms of growth and profitability.

🍎 Note that Galaxy S5 was a big flop, disappointing users, investors, and Samsung, as demand for Samsung’s newest offering was not very exciting. If the iPhone goes to a 5" display its Demand will Explode.



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