If you're an iPhone lover, you'll dig this: Apple is anticipating major demand ahead of the September launch of the new iPhone and they're planning ahead, calling for suppliers to make anywhere from 70 to 80 million gadgets. This is the biggest production of a yet-to-be-launched iPhone ever, and the iPhone 6 — the suspected (and logical) name of Apple's latest smartphone — will feature larger screens. Two separate models of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, apparently, to be exact. That's a decent upgrade considering the iPhone 5S and 5C, of which Apple made roughly 50-60 million before launching last year, only has a 4-inch screen.
There is bad news: Apparently, Apple anticipates that the new gadget's display may fail at a higher-than-normal rate. That's why the company is calling for 120 million new iPhones be made before the end of 2014 to compensate for any problems. The screen display, particularly for the anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone, is complex, according to the WSJ report. But it's certainly in demand, as more and more people are gravitating toward a phone with a larger screen.
A Sapphire Glass Screen
According to Counterpoint Research, the majority of Android smartphones sold around the world for more than $400 each — 98 percent — had a screen that was at least 5 inches. Plus, Canaccord Genuity Analyst Michael Walkley told the WSJ that an iPhone with a larger screen is in high demand.
So, what can be expected from the new iPhone besides a larger screen? The WSJ reports that the smartphones will have metal cases, close to what's found on the iPhone 5s, and come in a variety of colors. Plus, it's suspected that the display of the new iPhone will be manufactured with sapphire glass, which is a crystal that's synthetically grown.
So What'll It Actually Do?
As for capabilities, the new iPhone will very likely feature the iOS 8, Apple's new software, which was announced in June. The new operating system includes: an iCloud Photo Library; new features to group messaging; a new way to avoid AutoCorrect blunders with a feature called QuickType, which learns how you write overtime; the ability to see and answer text messages without leaving the app you're in; new features for Apple Mail; and an upgraded Siri who can recognize any song with the Shazam app, and will allow you to give her voice commands when your iPhone is plugged into your car. Pretty good, huh?
Apple hasn't announced a release date for iPhone 6 just yet, but rumor has it that it'll be sometime in September. If you're an Apple user, don't worry, it'll be here before you know it. Until then, you may giving the side-eye to your friends who have phones with bigger screens, like this guy in Samsung's new ad.