With each passing moment, we get closer to Apple's
next iPhone launch, which is made even more dramatic by Apple's desperate need for a design win. It's not that Apple will go out of business if the next iPhone is a flop, but with Samsung gaining so much market share and BlackBerry's recent reemergence
as a viable platform, along with new Windows Phone devices
, the iPhone 6
really needs to knock users' socks off. Will it?
Time will tell, but if marketing images posted to iPhone-MY.com
turn out to be true, there's going to be some interesting things to discuss in regards to the iPhone 6. The biggest potential talking point is that of a true edge-to-edge 4.5-inch Retina-class display that extends beyond where the bezels would typically be on each side of the phone.
"The only way to create a true edge-to-edge display is to remove the edge altogether," the supposed marketing tagline reads.
One of the slides places the iPhone 6 next to the iPhone 5 and points out, "Your eyes will notice the difference but your hands won't." in the comparison shot, you can see that the iPhone 6 has a longer and wider touchscreen display compared to the iPhone 5, though both devices are the same length and height.
Apple's also (supposedly) marketing a new aluminum-carbon fiber unibody enclosure that's 40 percent lighter and 60 percent stronger. One of the upsides to this hybrid design is that it shouldn't shatter or break if dropped, a trait that could have a negative impact on the case industry.
As for hardware specs, iPhone-MY.com
slides show two 2.8Ghz quad-core A7 processors, 4GB of RAM, 4.5-inch display with a 754x1296 resolution, 8MP FaceTime camera, 20.2MP rear-facing camera with 2K video sensor, and various other odds and ends. Storage capacities include 16GB ($0), 64GB ($199), 128GB ($299), and 256GB ($399).
Also on tap (according to the slides, which could be Photoshopped) is an iPhone Mini that's the same size as an iPhone 4S. Other than the physical size, not much else is known about the device. Interestingly, the slide capitalizes the "M" in "iPhone Mini," whereas Apple uses a lowercase "m" in marketing its iPad mini device, a potential sign that this is all wishful thinking.