Mark your calendar. T-minus two weeks until Apple unveils its next slate of iPhones. The all but confirmed rumor is that you will get a choice of sizes, one with a 4.7 inch screen or one with a 5.5 inch screen. The iPhone is finally making its leap into phablet territory with the larger screen size.
Major rumors are hitting this morning courtesy of French tech website, iGen. The first is the dimensions of the devices. This shows how heavy the devices will be and gives us an idea of how they will look in our hands.
The site says the leaked screenshots of the prototypes comes via a source at Foxconn, and it looks like we will still be able to use the iPhone 6 with one hand. The N61 is said to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and its footprint is definitely increased over its 4-inch sibling. Dimensions from the 5S go from 4.87 X 2.3 inches to 5.428 X 2.63 inches. Apple continues to cut the thickness of the phone, dropping it from .2999 inches to .27 inches.
Weight is listed as unknown, but with the increase in volume some serious magic will have to be pulled off to keep the weight similar. Personally, the iPhone 5S almost feels too light. A little extra weight wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
The iPhone phablet has two prototypes being built alongside one another according to iGen. Dimensions are 6.22 X 2.03 X .275 inches and 6.22 X 3.06 X .279 inches. Weight for the device breaks down to 5.94 and 6.51 ounces respectively.
Here’s where I hope the rumor mill is wrong. Both iPhone 6 devices show a protruding camera. That just doesn’t square well with the sleekness Apple design is known for. It also opens the camera up to some serious abuse. It will instantly become a point of main contact for the phone.
With our generation being picture heavy, this could present problems for Apple if the camera turns out to be a delicate point. Regardless, a protruding camera essentially begs for a phone case.
Investors will have to watch for consumer reaction if the protruding camera is true. Most just want the latest and greatest. But, Apple has billed itself as the beacon on design. This would be a departure from that in a bid to keep the phone as thin as possible.
IMG Credit: iGen