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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 25

John Cox | April 28, 2014
Aesthetics reared its ugly, or beautiful (depending on your side of the debate), head in the iOSphere this week, as commentarians contemplated the question of whether real iPhones have curves.

Redmond Pie's Paul Morris posted that Mac Otakara "is claiming that the soon to be announced next-generation model will ship with a design overhaul in favor of rounded edges and accompanying curved glass, very much akin to Samsung's Galaxy S3."

And that the "same sources are suggesting that whatever device is announced later in the year will also feature a revamped display made of slightly curved glass that will be implemented to accompany the rounded edge design."

Jacob Kleinman at TechnoBuffalo says the post means "the upcoming device will feature a curved glass design around the edges, offering some sort of hybrid between the iPhone 5s and 5c design."

At CultOfMac, John Brownlee gives the Mac Otakara a pop culture spin. The iPhone 6 will "have a curved display. And that's not where the curves stopped: like Marilyn Monroe, the iPhone 6 will also have curves that fit nicely in the hand." In case you're too young to know who Ms. Monroe was, here's a clue.

"Every iPhone since the iPhone 4 has featured straight edges, but with the iPhone 6, Jony Ive wants a more organic feel in the hand, which makes a lot of sense, given that the device's increased size will likely make it harder to hold," Brownlee confidently declares, based on his telepathic insight into the mind of Mr. Ive.

AppleInsider's Mikey Campbell takes a swing at what "curved glass" might mean. "To accommodate the rounded edges, a slightly curved display glass is also said to be part of Apple's design plans," he writes. "Based on what can be gleaned from the report, it seems like the top glass will not feature a convex face, but rounded edges to sit flush with the chassis.

In other words, your guess is as good as anyone else's.

5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be delayed

The larger version of the iPhone 6, with a 5.5-inch screen, is going to be delayed until 2015, according to a Chinese language post at Taiwan's Commercial Times, as picked up by GForGames.

The reason: it's hard to find a battery thin enough to fit inside it.

"Accord to a recent report coming from the Taiwanese media (or Taiwan's "Commercial Times" to be exact), Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (which has been referred to as the "iPhone Air") might not be ready for the masses by the end of 2014," writes GForGames' Mihai Matei. "Supposedly, Apple's biggest challenge is to create a very thin device, and the main issue is that the battery cell suppliers are currently unable to meet the Cupertino giant's demands."

Matei has numbers. "In general, smartphone batteries have a thickness of roughly 2.8 / 2.9 millimeters, but in Apple's vision, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 must have a slick profile which can only be achieved by fitting a battery that measures only 2 mm or less," according to Matei.


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