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iPhone 6 May Lose Sapphire Display Cover, Gain 128 GB Storage Option

In a research note released today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be announced next week at Apple's iPhone press event. Kuo believes Apple will stagger the launch with the 4.7-inch model arriving in mid-September and the 5.5-inch model following 5 to 10 weeks later.

Kuo believes both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will face supply constraints at launch as demand likely will outpace Apple's ability to manufacture the device. Labor shortages at Foxconn will impact the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the 5.5-inch faces an additional hurdle due to production issues with assembly and other components.

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In line with earlier reports, Kuo says Apple will boost the internal storage of the iPhone to 128 GB. Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will ship with this higher capacity option. It is unclear whether Apple will add the 128 GB as a fourth storage option or drop the lower 16 GB model, selling the iPhone 6 only in 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities, although a 16 GB module has been seen on a leaked logic board and the earlier leaked schematic had referred to 16, 64, and 128 GB options..

Though he previously has stated select premium iPhone 6 handsets will ship with a sapphire glass option, Kuo, in this latest report, addresses the possibility of a sapphire cover, which he claims Apple is abandoning due to drop test issues. Kuo also claims the iPhone will have a programmable, side-mounted power button and an internal barometer sensor for navigation and health-related purposes.
Key spec forecasts – No sapphire cover lens, 128GB, built-in barometer pressure sensor & programmable power key

(1) Due to drop test issues, neither 4.7-inch nor 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a sapphire cover lens, we believe; (2) as Apple has strong bargaining power on NAND Flash price, and in a bid to meet the large capacity demand of consumers as well as to differentiate themselves from competing models, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with 128GB; (3) a built-in barometer can provide more indoor navigation applications and health-management applications relating to spirometry; and (4) we predict (discussed in an earlier report) that the power key will be moved from the upper position to the side. We now further predict that the power key could be programmable to be integrated with specific applications, giving more input options in addition to being a power switch.
Apple's iPhone 6 event will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California. Besides the possibility of a 128GB model, Apple may also add a new A8 processor, an improved camera with image stabilization and an enhanced Touch ID to its next generation iPhone.

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7 weeks ago
That presentation will be hilarious:

"The iPhone 6 is so thin, that we had to build a protruding camera and therefore drop the Sapphire lens cover we were so proud of!"
Rating: 20 Votes
7 weeks ago
I think the benny hill theme should be played on MR in a loop until the 9th.
Rating: 19 Votes
7 weeks ago
128 Gigs, finally!! Let's hope 32 Gigs is the new entry model.
Rating: 17 Votes
7 weeks ago

128 Gigs, finally!! Let's hope 32 Gigs is the new entry model.


Dream on!
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago

Don't kid yourself, he forecasted 2013 pretty damn well!

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/16/apples-2013-product-roadmap-predictions-multiple-iphones-retina-ipad-mini-all-retina-macbook-pros/


Seems like he has made predictions that cover every conceivable option that could happen with the iPhone 6 and iWatch. Easy to point to a "see, he was right!" if all the wrong ones are ignored.
Rating: 7 Votes
7 weeks ago
One of the dumbest rumours yet…
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago
I assume "cover lens" means the screen cover, not the camera lens cover??

Confusing term.

EDIT: Seems they already changed the headline.....good!

EDIT2: Now seems confusing again as someone posted another article stating that it really is the camera lens cover that is now vulnerable to shattering due to the protruding lens.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago
The iPod Touch 5th Generation has sapphire, so I would assume this phone has it too, even though the camera is raised.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
"iPhone 6 May Lose Sapphire Cover Lens..."

How can a product that hasn't been released lose something we never knew it actually had?

And stop posting analyst "predictions" as rumors. They're just unsubstantiated drivel spewed by some douche talking out of his @$$... like me!
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
Don't get too excited about 128GB. Remember, this is Kuo. We can't laugh at his predictions and then get excited about them when it's something we want. The guy is inaccurate across the board, so his guesses are all pulled out of his ass.
Rating: 5 Votes

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