iPhone 6 specs and features

Read on for rumours about the technology you can expect to find inside the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 specs, when it launches later this year, including a new camera, wireless charging capabilities, improved Touch ID and more. You'll also find price rumours on this page. If you're looking for other information about the iPhone 6, follow the links below.

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iPhone 6 rumours: barometic pressure sensor

There will be a barometric pressure sensor in the iPhone, according to analyst Ming Chi Kuo. He believes this will provide more than weather related data, also providing support for indoor navigation and health related apps that can measure lung function.

iPhone 6 will have NFC

Rumours that Apple will introduce a mobile payment system – dubbed iWallet – have been ongoing for years. In fact Apple has filed for patents in the area. Now, as the iPhone 6 release date nears, numerous reports have emerged to suggest that this year really will be the year that Apple introduces a mobile wallet to the iPhone. In fact rumours also suggest it may add NFC to the rumoured iWatch.

Now Wired sources have also suggested that mobile payments using NFC are coming with iPhone 6.

NFC is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology that enables the exchange of data between devices up to 10cm apart, the set up time is significantly faster than Bluetooth, it doesn’t require battery power, and it is considered more secure because of its shorter range.

There have been rumours that Apple would bring NFC to the iPhone for some time, predating the iPhone 5s, but Apple instead appeared to be focused on it’s own solution using iBeacons (which Apple began talking about with the launch of iOS 7) and Passbook (launched with iOS 6). However, reports back in 2012, suggested that Apple didn’t think that NFC was a secure solution.

At the time, Apple was said to be looking for newer, more secure technology that employed the internet rather than use NFC. Apple was also said to be concerned that squeezing in the required chip and a new antenna may severely impact the iPhone's battery life. Apple’s rumoured NFC-based payment system is said to take advantage of a new secure enclave coprocessor that is built into the new A8 chip.

It seems that Apple has been in discussions with credit card companies regarding this “secure element” that will be incorporated into the process. It is likely that Touch ID will also be a part of this secure element. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor already found on the iPhone 5s is expected to play a huge part in making mobile payments on the iPhone 6 secure, too.

Reports that arrived at the end of July suggest that Apple is in talks with partner companies to launch a mobile payments system that challenges Google Wallet alongside the iPhone 6 in September. According to Bloomberg's source, Apple is working with "major payment networks, banks and retailers," including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

While mobile payments have been around for years now, including Google's own Google Wallet, it's believed that Apple's entry into the market will be a turning point for the technology, and that Apple could lead the way to a future in which mobile payments are prominent.

The NFC chips are said to be provided by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors, the same firm that supplies Apple with the M7 coprocessor, according to the FT. NXP is a semiconductor that already supplies the M7 chip found in the iPhone 5S. 

What evidence is there that NFC is coming to the iPhone?

An Apple patent published by the US Patent & Trademark Office suggested that Near Field Communication (NFC) technology could arrive with a future iPhone. The patent describes an iWallet transaction system that could work with the technology.

The US Patent and Trademark published another new Apple NFC technology patent application in May, covering a range of features including a new focus on methods and systems for establishing an NFC session with an electronic device.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks NFC is on its way with the iPhone 6, too.

Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach suggests that Apple is finally ready to introduce NFC to the iPhone this year, as part of a push to improve the mobile payments industry, according to MacRumors.

"NXP is well positioned to participate in Apple's mobile payments ecosystem," said Hettenbach. "The company signed a licensing agreement with a customer in Q4'13, who we believe is Apple, related to its emerging ID business."

Apple watchers had been expecting NFC to arrive in the iPhone since as far back as the iPhone 4, though, so we're not sure whether Apple is convinced that the technology is worth pursuing just yet.

Photographs that emerged from China in July appear to show a logic board for Apple's iPhone 6, seemingly revealing that the device will have support for 802.11ac WiFi and NFC.

The photos were published by French site Nowhereelse.fr on 26 July, sent in by a "particularly reliable" Chinese source.

How will iPhone 6 mobile payments work

It is thought that iPhone users will be able to store credit card details on the iPhone and tap it on a point of sale terminal to make a payment. The mobile payment solution is likely to be designed to leverage credit card data stored in millions of iTunes

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor will likely be Apple's means of making sure payments are secure.

iPhone 6 rumours: 128GB model

We've heard rumours about a 128GB iPhone 6, but apparently that option will only be available for the 5.5in device, rather than the 4.7in iPhone we've been hearing about.

Chinese Apple blog Feng.com claims to have spoken to sources familiar with Apple's supply chain, who say that the 4.7in iPhone 6 will have a maximum capacity of 64GB, while the alleged 'iPhablet' will have an addition 128GB model.

Now analyst Ming Chi Kuo has issued a note to investers saying that he believes that both the 4.7in and 5.5in iPhones will offer 128GB storage options.

iPhone 6 rumours: Wi-Fi chip

Apple's next iPhone is rumoured to have faster Wi-Fi than ever before thanks to a new chip from Broadcom.

Broadcom has announced a new 5G 802.11ac WiFi chip which may be used in the iPhone 6. Apple has traditionally used Broadcom chips so the continued relationship looks likely.

According to Broadcom, the new chip should improve range and performance in congested environments, increase Wi-Fi coverage by up to 30%, and improved power efficiency. It will also offer 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), which means that Apple will be able to choose between several antennas for sending and receiving data, therefore obtaining the best signal. More information here.

iPhone 6 new motion copressor - M8 chip

The successor to the M7 may be a Phosphorus co-processor, according to a TechBuffalo report.

Schematics of the new motion co-processor chip, published by Geekbar, suggest that this Phosphorus co-processor will provide the link between third party accessories and the HealthKit app in iOS 8. 

iPhone 6 baseband chips

Rumours claim that Apple is working on its own baseband chips for the iPhone 6 as part of its strategy to bring its manufacturing processes in house. (The baseband chip manages the radio functions - all functions that require an antenna - although it may not include Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). Currently the chips are supplied by Qualcomm.

However, the chips may not ship until 2015, so it seems likely that they will not appear in the iPhone 6, which we expect to ship in 2014. 

iPhone 6 speaker

NowhereElse also has images of internal components that indicate that the internal speaker in the new iPhone 6 will be larger than the one inside the iPhone 5s. This could hint that better sound quality will be offered by the new iPhone, or perhaps it will be capable of playing audio louder – no more placing your iPhone in a bowl or cup to amplify the sound.

iPhone 6 rumours: Wireless charging, battery improvements

Frustrated by the ever-decreasing battery life offered by your current iPhone? One day you may be able to fully charge an iPhone in less than a one minute, or even charge it wirelessly. Unfortunately the iPhone 6 is unlikely to sport these new technologies.

There have been rumours that Apple could be planning to introduce wireless charging to its iPhone 6, though, following in the footsteps of Nokia, LG and HTC. The Broadcom chipset mentioned above may make this possbile: Business Insider even suggests that the new Broadcom chip could bring wireless charging to the iPhone 6. There's a version of the BCM4354 that supports the Alliance for Wireless Power's "Rezence" wireless charging standard, claims that report.

Plus, according a DigiTimes report that emerged in March, the iPhone 6's battery could be assembled on a fully automated production line in China, replacing humans with robots in the manufacturing process.

Another new battery tech that could find its way to the iPhone would allow the phone to charge up incredibly quickly too. According to a report on Cult of Mac, by 2017 your iPhone could completely charge from 0% to 100% in just 5 minutes. The technology from StoreDot was demonstrated at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference. The company claims to have found a way to blast energy at a battery and not have to slow down as it nears capacity – something that is impossible at the moment and the reason why the last 20% of charging takes longer than the first 80%.

According to The Daily Mail, Apple is working closely with British fuel-cell firm Intelligent Energy to bring week-long battery life to the iPhone 6.

The battery could also be just 2mm thick, claims Digitimes. That's thinner than the iPhone 5S's 3mm battery. The thinner battery could be causing yield problems, though, according to the report. 

Various photos of the iPhone 6's battery have appeared on Nowhereelse.fr, showing a battery with a capacity of 1,810 mAh, a slight improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s.

The new iPhone 6 will offer faster battery charging and a new USB power adaptor, according to reports. A new Lightning cable may be released along side it.

The image of the new USB adaptor was shared by a user on Weibo.

iPhone 6 rumours: Camera

The iPhone 6 could have a 10-megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture and an improved filter, according to sources from Taiwan cited in a report from Chinese website IT168.

Apple's iPhone 5s has an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, so it would be a considerable upgrade to the iPhone's camera should the rumours be true.

However, it's also recently been reported that the iPhone 6 will sport an 8-megapixel like its predecessor, as opposed to a 13- or 16-megapixel camera like some of its rivals (the Nokia Lumia 1020 actually boasts a 41-megapixel camera).

Instead, Apple is expected to focus on camera improvements in other areas, rather than upping the pixels. This could include better image stabilisation, according to The China Post.

Sources cited by Apple Insider have stated that Apple is indeed likely to stay out of the mega-pixel race with the iPhone 6 camera, instead focusing on tweaking other image-enhancing components to improve the quality of photographs.

The iPhone camera and the megapixel myth

This rumour was reiterated in March when a rumour originating on Weibo claimed the iPhone 6 would keep the 8-megapixel rear camera but boost the aperture to f/2.0.

The iPhone 6 could also have Optical Image Stabilisation, if a recently published Apple patent filing is anything to go by. The patent application, titled "VCM OIS actuator module" details Apple's interest in the camera feature that would help with focusing of images in future iPhones.

It's not only the rear-facing camera that might get an update, Sony is said to be providing the front-facing and rear-facing camera sensors for the next iPhone. Previously the front facing Facetime camera was provided by Omnivision and was just 1.2 megapixels (Sony has provided the rear-facing camera since the iPhone 4s.) This rumour was reiterated by Korea Herald in February.

A slightly less believable rumour about the iPhone 6 camera but still largely possible is that the iPhone 6 will have a detatchable lens. This rumour is based on several Apple patents that describe such technology, each of which explores different ways to attach camera lenses to the iPhone 6 including using magnets and a bayonet attachment mechanism.

In addition to the rumours that the 5.5in iPhone 6 will have a 128GB version while the 4.7in model will not, new rumours say that the 4.7in iPhone 6 will also miss out on optical image stabilisation.

That's according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that the 4.7in iPhone's camera will still be better than the current one found in the iPhone 5s, and will be a solid rival to Android and Windows Phone competitors. 

Further rumours about the iPhone 6's camera have emerged on a Chinese forum, claiming that the next iPhone's camera will be 13Mp, and will use a Sony Exymor IMX220 sensor.

A render that allegedly comes straight from an Apple insider appears to show an iPhone 6 with a rear camera lens that protrudes from the back of the device by less than 1mm.

There have been other similar rumours to suggest that the iPhone 6 will have a protruding camera, but the theory we think could be more likely is that these leaks are actually for the next generation iPod touch.

iPhone 6 rumours: Home button & Touch ID 

There were several rumours that claim the Home button on the new iPhone 6 will be removed, but we're pretty certain this isn't going to happen, especially following Apple's WWDC 2014 announcements about the TouchID. The company is expanding the use of the fingerprint sensor to allow developers to use it for their apps, so we can expect a lot more secure apps in the future when iOS 8 arrives.

iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint scanner

The display could become one giant Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 6, though. Apple filed a patent back in January 2013 that outlined a method for including the fingerprint scanner into a display.

So, while it is highly improbable that the Home button will be removed, there is a possibility that the home button will be replaced with multi-gesture touch support at the bottom of the phone. Additionally, it is rumoured that the bottom left and right portions of the screen will also be “tappable”, and will be used, for example, to switch between tabs in Safari. It will also be beneficial for app developers who will be able to customise these buttons for their apps. 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is believed to have supplied Apple with the first batch of Touch ID fingerprint sensors in May, ready for next generations devices including the iPhone 6 and perhaps even the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Apple is apparently working to make the Touch ID fingerprint sensor more durable, according to China Times.

iPhone 6: A8 processor

The iPhone 5s boasts a powerful A7 processor, but if Apple sticks to its traditional iPhone update behaviour the iPhone 6 will be even more powerful, with an A8 chip. Most reports and speculation agree that an A8 chip is on its way, but as the A7 chip is already so powerful it's unlikely we'll notice much of a difference in day-to-day use.

DigiTimes that claims Apple has placed packaging orders for its A8 processors with four different semiconductor product-packaging companies. The report also claims that TSMC has secured wafer bumping and foundry orders for the processor, and is expected to ramp up production of the chips using a 20nm process technology in the second quarter of 2014.

The A8 chip has hit the headlines recently, with reports suggesting that TSMC has been approached by Apple to manufacture the iPhone 6's processor after Samsung struggled with low yields of the chip. Previously, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple's processors, but rivalry between the two companies is said to have put a strain on the relationship so Apple has been forced to look elsewhere for a chip manufacturer.

In March, further rumours about the partnership between Apple and TSMC arrived, claiming that the Taiwanese chip maker has already begun producing quad-core A8 chips for the iPhone 6.

Rumours that emerged mid-way through March from sometimes accurate Sonny Dickson suggested that the iPhone 6's A8 chip will have a clock speed of 2.6GHz. Dickson also says the iPhone will be 0.22 inches thick compared with the 0.30 inches of the iPhone 5s.

Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri believes that the iPhone Air may have a more powerful processor than the iPhone 6's expected A8 processor.

According to a Venture Beat source, the iPhone 6's A8 processor will run at 2GHz, and will have 802.11ac WiFi provided by Broadcom. LTE Advanced is also expected, as are improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor the publication's report says.

New details about a mysterious new chip codenamed Phosphorus, allegedly destined for the iPhone 6, emerged in August. It's thought to be a barometric pressure sensor that could allow for enhanced GPS and indoor/outdoor navigation functions.

It could also be used to help provide a localised real-time weather forecast, allow the iPhone 6 to measure altitude and possibly even measure the user's breathing (via MacRumors).

iPhone 6: iOS 8

Apple's iPhone 6 is likely to run iOS 8, the new version of Apple's mobile operating system that was unveiled on 2 June at WWDC 2014. You can find out everything you need to know about iOS 8 here, but the highlights include a new 'HealthKit' service, improvements to Notifications, Messages and more, and a slew of new features that'll mean our apps can communicate like never before.

iPhone 6 rumours: New Lightning connector

Apple might be launching new Lightning cables with the iPhone 6, too, which come with allegedly reversible USB connections.

 

In August 2014, rumours about a new iPhone 6 charger emerged, suggesting that the USB part of the charger could be reversible, just like the Lightning connector is.

A video showing what's believed to be a new charger for the iPhone 6 with a reversible fully reversible USB Lightning cable has emerged on the web. It shows the USB being plugged in to the adapter both ways, in the same way that the Lightning connector itself is reversible.

The charger should also be slightly quicker at charging up an iPhone or iPad than the current charger, according to Cyril Chang of Moca.co who says the charger has a power output of 2A.

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