The iPhone 6 is starting to take shape. Make that two shapes. The latest from Japan’s Nikkei is Apple will “likely” offer the next iPhone in two sizes, a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch version. Production is expected to hit full throttle soon, and the timetable for global launch may happen as early as September. Apple has launched a number of its iPhones during the month in the past.
It seems dubious Apple would offer the same phone in two sizes without other significant changes between the two. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C both replaced the iPhone 5, and while they have the same 4-inch screen size, there are distinct differences between each handset. According to Nikkei sources, mass production of liquid crystal display panels could start in the April – June quarter at a Sharp factory and other locations. LG was pegged as the panel supplier, and parts for the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and chips for liquid-crystal drivers has reportedly also begun. The publication noted the iPhone 6′s display resolution is expected to be much higher than current models.
The iPhone 6 mold appears to be taller and a bit wider than the iPhone 5S, just as previous rumors have said it would be. And the new iPhone’s bezel looks smaller than ever on this monotone mold. Additionally, it looks like there are some other, more subtle changes, such as the light sensor possibly being moved above the ear speaker and next to the front camera. Interestingly, if this mold proves accurate then some of the more outlandish iPhone 6 rumors – like that it will feature a flexible display or lose the home button – will be debunked. The latest rumors peg the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, Apple’s 2.6GHz A8 processor, and just .22 inches of thickness. An even larger version reaching above 5 inches as also been suggested. We may not need to wait quite so long to find out, in any case, since multiple reports have said that Apple will unveil a phablet-sized smartphone as soon as June.