The iPhone 6 may have a 2.0GHz A8 CPU, improved fingerprint reader, NFC, and more

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We think we know a lot about the iPhone 6. How big the display is (4.7-inches and 5.5-inches). How thin it will be (really thin).What kind of processor it will be packing (an A8). And when it will be unveiled (September 9th). But do we know everything?

VentureBeat doesn’t think so. The well-respected publication says that a well-informed source has confirmed to them that in addition to all of the above, the iPhone 6 will feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC capabilities, a non-sapphire screen, and a 2.0GHz A8 processor.

Whether or not the iPhone 6 will have a sapphire glass display has been one of the biggest “Will they?” or “Won’t they?” questions about Apple’s next smartphone, but according to VentureBeat’s source, it’s a nay.

Rather, the iPhone 6 will have a display made of a super-durable new material that isn’t as tough as sapphire, but is better than previous versions of Gorilla Glass. VentureBeat doesn’t name the manufacturer, but my guess is this glass is just a tougher version of past Gorilla Glass tech.

As for sizes, VentureBeat claims that when Apple unveils the iPhone 6 on September 9th, they will reveal both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model at the same time, but that the smaller iPhone will launch a month earlier than the big brother. Given the reports we’re hearing about 5.5-inch iPhone 6 delays, that makes sense.

When it comes to the processor, VentureBeat — like everyone — agrees it will be a dual-core A8, but they say it will run at a blistering 2GHz, compared to the current A7 chip, which only runs a clock speed of 1.3GHz. They also say the phone will support faster Wi-Fi and wireless.

Where I get skeptical is VentureBeat’s claim that the iPhone 6 will boast NFC tech. Apple has seemed very bored with the idea of NFC so far, and despite rumors for the last two years that Apple would introduce the technology with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, it still hasn’t happened. We’ll have to wait and see.

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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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