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Rumor: iPhone 6 Won't Arrive Until 2014

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Previous reports indicated that Apple would launch an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 6 during 2013. We've heard that rumor before actually, only it was in the shape of an iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 in 2011. Apple proved iOS know-it-alls wrong by merely releasing the iPhone 4S late that year and the oblong iPhone 5 on time in 2012. That said, Apple has yet to release two phones in one year… just two tablets.

Regardless, psychics tuned in to the fruity iPhone maker have changed their prediction, and declare that the iPhone 6 won't appear until 2014, leaving the rumored iPhone 5S to hog all the 2013 spotlight to itself. The supposed reason for the "delay" is based on problems with display yield and "substantial" other changes for the iPhone 6 form factor. This model will supposedly have an even larger display than the iPhone 5, putting it in a better position to compete with Android and Windows Phone 8-based phones.

"We think in-cell is having difficulty ramping to 4.8-inches, which is making Apple look at switching to on-cell (a different integrated touchscreen technology) and OLED (despite Apple’s suppliers being well behind Samsung in their OLED capabilities) or IGZO," said Jefferies analyst Peter Misek on Wednesday.

Sharp's IGZO display would be a good match for Apple because the technology doesn't rapidly suck the battery dry like typical smartphone screens. Instead of constantly refreshing images even when the screen is inactive, IGZO displays a static image until the user interacts with the screen. Reducing the amount of screen refreshes allows the display to stay on substantially longer while reducing the battery drain in the process.

In addition to the display, the iPhone 6 setback may be due to producing Apple's chip with 20-nm processing. "Apple’s current iPhone app processor is on 32-nm," Misek said. "For the iPhone 6 we think Apple will likely skip over 28-nm and go to 20-nm to facilitate adding more cores (4 or even 8). While TSMC is targeting a 2014 ramp in its 20-nm production we think that issues like double patterning could make it a more complicated transition than the 28nm ramp, which had its own substantial ramp and yield issues."

The iPhone 6 delay may also be related to a revamp of iOS so that the software will better utilize more cores. The company may also make a major upgrade to the way iOS interoperates with iCloud, gestures controls and advertising.

According to Misek's roadmap, the iPhone 5S and a possible low-cost iPhone (Mini) will be launched this June. The phones will be followed by the iPad 5, the iPad Mini 2 and the rumored iTV in September. The iPhone 6, which may feature a 4.8-inch screen, will be launched in June 2014.

Looking back, the rumored low-cost iPhone may be what was originally called the iPhone 4S: a cheaper, all-plastic device that shuns the glass screen and glass back plate with hard plastic, making it somewhat lighter in the process. Apple may be looking to enter the low-end smartphone market in emerging markets, and/or the pre-paid arena.

 

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    reprotected , February 14, 2013 10:52 PM
    "It's another Apple rumor. Yay."
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  • 13 Hide
    reprotected , February 14, 2013 10:52 PM
    "It's another Apple rumor. Yay."
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    del35 , February 14, 2013 11:08 PM
    Lucky we. enough stupidity out there to add more.
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    SneakySnake , February 14, 2013 11:16 PM
    so brave! I can't believe someone had the nerve to predict the iPhone release schedule would match what it's done in the past.
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    fearless1333 , February 14, 2013 11:34 PM
    Yes, clearly Apple randomly picks 2013 to diverge from their normal yearly pattern of releasing the "new" generation of iPhones, which, despite their laughably minimal improvements and repetitive marketing full of colorful, downright offending to intelligence language, somehow enables Apple to repeatedly generate a reprehensibly exorbitant amount of revenue. Why would Apple deprive themself of a massive yearly revenue source? These rumors are getting more ridiculous every day.
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    fearless1333 , February 14, 2013 11:35 PM
    fearless1333Yes, clearly Apple randomly picks 2013 to diverge from their normal yearly pattern of releasing the "new" generation of iPhones, which, despite their laughably minimal improvements and repetitive marketing full of colorful, downright offending to intelligence language, somehow enables Apple to repeatedly generate a reprehensibly exorbitant amount of revenue. Why would Apple deprive themself of a massive yearly revenue source? These rumors are getting more ridiculous every day.


    Nevermind... I read the article too quickly.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 12:02 AM
    I'm glad I left the bandwagon after the 4 and never looked back. Was tired of waiting for a bigger screen better options and getting the same old phone over and over. Galaxy Note 2 ftw. They can keep it!
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    downhill911 , February 15, 2013 12:35 AM
    Thanks!
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    redeemer , February 15, 2013 12:43 AM
    I cannot stand Samsung's cheap build quality and crappy touchwiz, Apple never appealed to me. Holding on the My One X wating for the HTC M7 (One) upgrade. This year is all about 1080p displays and my god Apple is too far behind the rest!
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    CaedenV , February 15, 2013 1:43 AM
    redeemerI cannot stand Samsung's cheap build quality and crappy touchwiz, Apple never appealed to me. Holding on the My One X wating for the HTC M7 (One) upgrade. This year is all about 1080p displays and my god Apple is too far behind the rest!

    wait a sec... your complaint about Sammy is build quality... yet you are sticking with HTC which has consistently worse build quality because you think it is better?
    I am not implying that there are not good reasons to get something other than a Samsung... but build quality is not typically on that list.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 5:01 AM
    I have a better idea. Apple should launch 4 versions of iphone per year. That way we'll all go to hell sooner.
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    tinmann , February 15, 2013 8:15 AM
    Does the world really need another iPhone?
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    darkavenger123 , February 15, 2013 9:49 AM
    Cheap plastic iPhone. Steve Job will rise from the grave and eat Tim Cook's brains...LOL. Who cares...better delay it till 2040...or better yet...NEVER.
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    xero141 , February 15, 2013 10:10 AM
    nobody saw that coming
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    cats_Paw , February 15, 2013 12:51 PM
    Grumpy cat: GOOD.
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    eklipz330 , February 15, 2013 1:27 PM
    who the hell starts these rumour mills? they shouldn't be allowed to reproduce
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    g-unit1111 , February 15, 2013 4:47 PM
    And it will just be the same crap with a new hat. Wake me up when Apple actually creates something new and innovative. Or creates a massive screw up like they did with Apple Maps. Whichever comes first. :sarcastic: 
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    Idonno , February 18, 2013 8:39 AM
    They (Apple) may not do anything new but, they will probably still be exceptional at marketing and creating sheeple. Like L Ron Hubbard Jobs may be dead but, his cult of mindless followers are alive and well!
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    g-unit1111 , February 18, 2013 8:07 PM
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    They (Apple) may not do anything new but, they will probably still be exceptional at marketing and creating sheeple. Like L Ron Hubbard Jobs may be dead but, his cult of mindless followers are alive and well!


    So if we extrapolate this, if Steve Jobs is L. Ron Hubbard, would that make Tim Cook, David Miscavige? :lol: 

    Although if we're going to compare Apple to Scientology here, they're the one company I could easily see building their own version of Sea Org. :lol: 
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    Idonno , February 18, 2013 10:23 PM
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    So if we extrapolate this, if Steve Jobs is L. Ron Hubbard, would that make Tim Cook, David Miscavige? :lol: 

    Although if we're going to compare Apple to Scientology here, they're the one company I could easily see building their own version of Sea Org. :lol: 


    +1 :lol: 
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    zvmanning , February 19, 2013 9:42 AM
    i saw that someone said HTC has bad build quality, and i couldn't help but Lul because they have the best build quality out of any phones. I also laughed at the see through iphone 6 design haha pretty.. interesting. By bigger screen to compete with android phones do you mean make it even longer and not wider? Because apple never really understands the concept of bigger screen, they just keep making their phones longer which solves nothing
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