File photo of an employee showing off an Apple iPhone 5C at a Verizon store in Orem, Utah
The hype around iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C ahead of its release was good like other Apple devices but the upcoming flagship smartphone dubbed as iPhone 6 has started getting so much attention despite months away from being unveiled. People seem to have realized that the new device, which may come with a bigger screen, could do much better than its predecessors.
Apple iPhone 5 created a new record with five million units shipment in its release weekend but its predecessors – iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C – which were released on the same day, sold nine million units in the same period. However, the aura ahead of iPhone 6 release has indicated a possible massive response from gadget lovers.
The stocks of Apple surged to nearly $640 on Friday, as compared to $553 at the beginning of the year. The shares of the company hit a low of $499 at one point of time but the hype around its upcoming smartphone, iPhone 6 seems to have won the trust of the investors. It may be recalled that Apple shares crossed $600 mark earlier this month after one-and-a-half years.
The surge in the stocks of Apple this week could also be due to the company’s acquisition of subscription music streaming and audio equipment company, Beats for $3 billion.
A recent survey by Morgan Stanley Research (reported by Forbes) has indicated that lots of iPhone users might be looking forward to an upgrade. On America’s largest carrier Verizon, 59 percent of iPhone users still use an iPhone 4S or older models, while it is 52 percent on AT&T, 49 percent on Sprint and 35 percent on T-Mobile.
The Cupertino giant has been tight-lipped on the release date of iPhone 6 but several conflicting reports on it have surfaced over the last few months. There are speculations on August launch but most reports suggest that it would see the light of the day in September. The leaked internal documents of German wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom have revealed that iPhone 6 would be unveiled on 19 September, according to a report by German website ApfelPage.
Apple Inc. is expected to launch two variants of iPhone 6 – a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch models with full scratch-free sapphire crystal glass screen. The smaller model may have a 1920 x 1080p (440ppi) resolution while the larger device may feature a 2272 × 1280 (510ppi) resolution, according to South Korean brokerage KDB Daewoo Securities.
The device is expected to be powered by a 20-nanometer A8 chip (64-bit) and run on iOS 8 with iWatch connectivity and several other health-related features. There are also reports that it would run on iOS 7.2 and come with an 8MP camera with several upgrades like flash and Optical Image Stabilisation. Apple Insider reported citing analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the next-generation smartphone would feature low temperature polysilicon in-cell touch panels, Touch ID fingerprint security, NFC and metal casing. Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu had earlier claimed that the device might have sensors that can detect pressure, temperature and humidity.