Should you get the current generation iPhone or wait for the next one? This is a problem buyers are faced with every year as rumors start to crop up about Apple's next big thing. Luckily we've reached a point where we are relatively confident of what the next iPhone will offer, so let's take a look at what Apple has in store for us this time around.
It looks like the iPhone is going to be seeing the largest shift in design since the iPhone 4 was released. The iPhone 6 is rumored to be debuting with a 4.7-inch screen (up from just four). In order to keep the size of the device reasonable, they've allegedly reduced the size of the bezel by 10 to 20%. This will make the iPhone size up more comparatively to a modern Android flagship, and will certainly reduce the the amount of tasks you can perform with just one hand. This is a shift that we've been expecting for a while, however.
In an interesting move, Apple might also be ditching the Gorilla Glass screen for one made of sapphire glass. This would make the screen almost entirely scratch-proof, but would also likely make it more likely to crack unless Apple has taken some very big steps to help with shock absorption.
An iPhone 6 "Phablet"?
If rumors hold true, Apple will be announcing a second iPhone by the end of the year with a 5.5-inch screen. Samsung has already proven the potential success of larger devices like this with the Note series, so there is clearly a demand. This might seem like a surprising move coming from Apple, but it's certainly not outside of the realm of possibility.
It looks like Apple is going to be sticking with 1 GB of RAM, despite most competing smartphones moving to 2 and even 3 GB. We're also expecting to see an updated version of the 64-bit A7 processor that debuted with the iPhone 5S. The new A8 processor might not be as monumental a jump as the A7 was, but should still include some important improvements in performance and power draw in order to help offset the increased power use from the larger screen. To further help your time between charges, Apple is apparently going to be increasing the size of the battery by a large margin, possibly between 50 and 70%. Given that the iPhone 5S has a 1,400 mAh battery and most Android handsets have batteries in the 2,500 to 3,000 range, this wouldn't be terribly surprising at all.
It looks like the iPhone 6 is going to have an 8MP camera again this time. Keep in mind, though, the megapixel count matters a lot less than what's going on in with the sensor and software, and it looks like this is where Apple is going to be focusing their efforts. They're reportedly doing a big overhaul on the camera sensor itself, and making improvements that will dramatically improve the amount of light and color information that the camera is able to bring into photographs. There's a good chance we'll see better image stabilization with the new camera as well, which is always a welcome addition.
Those are the most interesting and persistent rumors we've seen surrounding the iPhone 6 so far. There's also the matter of a new version of iOS, but that isn't specific to the iPhone itself, so we're leaving those details out for now. The question you have to ask yourself now is: Are these features a big enough deal to wait for the new phone to drop? In our opinion, they are. If you're looking for a bigger screen and a new design, you're going to want to wait for the iPhone 6. If you prefer a smaller form factor, you should go ahead and pick up a 5S. That is, of course, if you weren't also considering an Android device.
So let us know what you think of Apple's new iPhone. If it shapes up like the rumors are suggesting it will, do you think Apple will have a major success on their hands or not? Let us know what you think.