iPhone 6 Rumors Coming At A Dizzying Pace
'Tis the season—for the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) rumor mill to ramp up production of the latest secret news out of China, artists’ rendition of the next generation iDevice, and analysts fighting for airtime as they release their newest estimates based on those rumors.
In the last week, we’ve seen a bumper crop of iPhone 6 rumors make their way through the media. Here are a just a few.
iPhone 6 Production Beginning in Q2
Pegatron, a Taiwanese manufacturing company, is reportedly opening a new factory and hiring thousands of workers to begin manufacturing the iPhone 6 starting in the second quarter of this year.
The company will share the contract with Foxconn, although the percentage of the order that each company received is unknown.
Current rumors again point to a September launch date despite earlier rumors of Apple’s desire to move the launch date up to the summer months.
iPhone 6 Specs Leaked?
The Apple rumor mill has many sources—some more reliable than others based on the accuracy of their claims in the past. Sonny Dickson is one of the more reliable sources and on March 15, he released what he believes are some of the iPhone 6 specs.
First, the phone will be thinner—around 0.22 inches or 0.07 inches thinner than the iPhone 5S. Second, the phone will feature an ultra-retina screen with 389 pixels per inch.
Finally, he believes that the new A8 processor will run at 2.6 GHz—up from the current 1.7GHz. That’s much faster, much hotter and much more of a battery drain if the rumor is true, causing many to doubt this claim.
He didn’t, however, address the larger screen size.
Giant iPhone Would Create Giant Demand
According to Brian Marshall of ISI Group, a larger iPhone would create huge demand from current users and likely drive a significant amount of Android owners to the product.
Marshall believes that Apple will release a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phone, which could create an extra $3.00 per share due to large-scale demand.
Most of the rumor mill believes that Apple won’t go larger than five inches due to its commitment to keeping phones as one-hand devices.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker was long Apple.
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