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Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature Curved Display, All-Aluminum Rear Shell

Apple's next-generation iPhone may feature rounded edges and a curved glass display, according to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate].

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The Squair Curvaceous Bumper

Citing "reliable sources", the publication notes that the iPhone 6's cover glass will sit flush with the device's rounded corners, departing from the straight edges seen on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5s. The report likens the device's profile to the Squair Curvaceous Bumper, a Japan-made aluminum bumper for the iPhone that features a rounded housing.

The report also claims that Apple will do away with the rear glass antenna breaks found on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s in favor of an all-aluminum design. Such a move would likely mean that Apple is incorporating significant changes to its overall antenna layout, perhaps positioning current radios in different locations.

Throughout the past few months, various reports have indicated that the iPhone 6 may feature slightly rounded edges. However, only a few reports have claimed that the device will feature a curved glass display, with Bloomberg noting last December that the company was working on two iPhones with large curved screens for this year. That account however was contrasted by The Wall Street Journal this past January, which said that Apple would not be using a curved display in its devices.

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Renderings of the iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") based on leaked schematics

Apple will likely unveil the iPhone 6 later this year in two different sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. It is also likely that the smaller 4.7-inch version of the phone will ship first in the third quarter of this year, while the larger version is estimated to ship later due to challenges with the device's display technology and battery life.

In addition to a larger display, both versions of the iPhone 6 are expected to include a thinner, bezel-free design, faster A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization. The device is also expected to debut with Apple's latest iOS 8 mobile operating system, which will likely feature enhancements to Maps, Siri, and iCloud in addition to a new "Healthbook" app. Apple is also said to be negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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14 weeks ago
So a $750 iPhone with 16GB of storage? Can't wait. :rolleyes:
Rating: 20 Votes
14 weeks ago

I think it's about time you guys here on mac rumours to actually start picking your news sources more thourouly.


If I'm not mistaken, Mac Otakara actually has a decent track record.


It seems that you just post whatever you find and label it as 'news'. Even if it's conflicting with something you said just one week ago..


Two different often-reliable sources can still have conflicting information. The site is MacRumors, not MacFact. If you only want to read about things that are 100% certain, may I direct you to http://www.apple.com (http://www.apple.com)
Rating: 17 Votes
14 weeks ago

Maybe.

It's amazing that a device that fits in your pocket can connect to a cell tower miles away... but it seems weird that a human head weighing 8 pounds would cause that much of a problem.

:)


Pointing a mobile phone antenna directly at your brain seems not to be a very good idea and may exceed the SAR value (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_absorption_rate).
Rating: 16 Votes
14 weeks ago
All-aluminium? Antennagate 2, here we come! :D
Rating: 12 Votes
14 weeks ago

All-aluminium? Antennagate 2, here we come! :D


:rolleyes:

Rating: 9 Votes
14 weeks ago
Beveled/curved edges to meet edge exactly, not a curved display.

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say it now...
aluminum


Spell it now...
aluminium
Rating: 8 Votes
14 weeks ago
Just for folks who don't understand what a curved display is....

This is a Lumia 800 and a Nokia N9




Both feature a 'curved display'... The N9 was released in September 2011.
Curved displays are NOT NEW.

The HTC One X from 2012 also featured a 4.7" curved display



This is what Apple is likely to utilise.

It is near the same as the Lumia 1520 (albeit that on a much bigger scale) which also features a curved display meaning the glass and the edges of the device blend together is a soft, natural taper.



What to understand is... This is not the same things as the 'Curved Glass' that LG & Samsung utilise in the
Samsung round or LG Flex.

Thumb resize.


So can we stop with the comparisons or Apple is copying Samsung posts... if anything they are copying nokia... ;) :p .... It will just make a bigger devices screen 'flow' into its bezel / enclosure.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago
A curved display would be nice, but I can't see it offering any real benefit other than aesthetics. If anything it may make it harder to use the device, and that is something Apple aren't likely to do.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago

A curved display would be nice, but I can't see it offering any real benefit other than aesthetics. If anything it may make it harder to use the device, and that is something Apple aren't likely to do.


Probably would be better for one-handed operation on a large(r) screen.

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The first iPhone had a plastic cutout... and the iPhone 3G and 3GS had a plastic back to allow the antennas to work.

The iPhone 4 and 4S had a glass back... and the iPhone 5 and 5S had a glass window for the antennas.

But since all iPhones have a glass front... what would prevent Apple from putting antennas beneath the glass on either side of the earpiece and home button?


Your head interference?
Rating: 6 Votes
14 weeks ago

You know? The 16GB unlocked model in my country costs $850... When the 5S was first released, the 16GB costed $1,200.


Price is ridiculous isn't it? If only it has micro-SD support but that's never gonna happen.
Rating: 5 Votes

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