Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has a big research report out today with his late-minute predictions for Apple’s September 9th media event.
It’s a doozy of a note, mainly because it lays out not only juicy iPhone 6 and iWatch details, but the revelation that Apple is expected to introduce the second-gen iPad Air at the event as well.
Kuo, who nailed most of the details surrounding the iPhone 5s/5c launch last year, is saying that both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will be announced. On top of that, both will have a 128GB storage option. He also makes some interesting predictions regarding Apple’s sapphire plans and iWatch specs.
A hot stew of Apple rumors has been boiling all week…
The iPhone 6’s official unveiling is less than a month away, and even though we pretty much know what it’s going to look like, the rumor mill hasn’t let up on new details that could make their way into the iPhone 6.
Once again, we’re donning our finest gypsy apparel and stepping behind the crystal ball to divine the truth behind this week’s most plausible and impossible rumors to see if NFC really is coming to the iPhone, whether the iPad Air 2 will get a RAM upgrade, and if it’s true that iWatch is too hopelessly behind to launch in 2014.
Come stare into our crystal ball to see past the rumors and into the future…
The Rumor: This partially assembled iPhone 6 is the best glimpse we’ve seen of the new device.
The Verdict: True. Feld and Volk shared images of an assembled front panel and rear shell this week that show pretty much exactly what Tim Cook will announce next month: a curvy iPhone with big display, recessed volume buttons, tweaked speaker holes, and a sapphire glass display.
The Verdict: True. The iPad Mini got a bump up to 1GB of RAM last year, putting it on par with the iPad Air 2, but 2014 will be the year the iPad Air gets bumped up to 2GB of RAM. And for good reasons too, as Apple needs all the power it can get to run the split-screen multitasking feature it stripped out of iOS 8.
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will get up to 128GB of storage.
The Verdict: Believe it. Leaked schematics point to this being the year that Apple beefs up physical storage on the iPhone, and with NAND Flash modules being so cheap, adding a lot extra storage is the least Apple can do this year if sapphire displays are delayed until 2015.
The Rumor: These are photos of the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell.
The Verdict: Finally. We’ve been inundated with leaked parts for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 all summer, but BestTechInfo got their hands on the first 5.5-inch shell we’ve seen. It looks like it’s now safe again to believe the iPhablet will land in 2014.
The Rumor: iPhone 6 will use Qualcomm’s MDM9625 for 50% LTE speeds.
The Verdict: Most likely. The guys at GeekBar claim the iPhone 6 won’t support LTE Category 6 like previous rumors suggested, but it will still get an LTE speed boost, topping out at 150Mbps, instead of the super-fast 300Mbps some fans were hoping for.
The Rumor: iWatch is running too late for a 2014 launch
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated his position that the iWatch won’t land this year because it represents a much higher level of difficulty for component and system design. Apple could launch it at the beginning of 2015, but there’s no way they’ll miss out on a massive holiday shopping season, even if it means launching the iWatch with limited supplies for the first few months.
The Rumor: Lightning cables are about to get a reversible USB end too.
The Verdict: Definitely, and they may even be ready in time for the iPhone 6. The new USB Type-C standard imitates Lightning with a reversible plug, but Apple’s found a way to make USB Type-A cables reversible too by simply removing a buffer section.
The Verdict:INCONCEIVABLE! The NFC rumors just won’t die this year. You’re telling me Apple could have added an NFC chip to any iPhone over the last four years, but for some reason they’ve decided to wait until the end of 2014, when NFC has been practically forgotten by consumers?
It sounds slightly crazy, but there’s been so much evidence pointing to its inclusion in the iPhone 6, that even I am pretty much convinced it’s coming. If Apple is rolling out a new mobile payments system, NFC could be the star player.
Alleged iPad Air 2 components (from left to right) Wi-Fi module, microphone, and LTE antenna
iPhone 6 leaks have stolen most our attention lately ahead of next month’s big reveal, but a new set of leaked images may have just given us our first look at some of the iPad Air 2’s internal components.
Other leaks have shown the next-gen iPad Air’s rear shell and front display, but alleged images of the iPAd Air 2’s Wi-Fi module, GPS antenna, and microphone were posted today by Chinese Apple blogger Xiaolong Cahakan, indicating full production on Apple’s next tablet is about to get underway.
Details of the iPhone 6 have been leaking like a broken water balloon the past few weeks, but while details on the upcoming iPad Air 2 have been scarce, a new report claims Apple plans to increase the next-generation iPad Air’s performance with a big RAM upgrade.
Supply chain sources from China have told TechNews in Taiwan that Apple will double the amount of RAM in the iPad Air 2 to 2GB, but the iPad mini with Retina display will continue to pack only 1GB of RAM.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been four years since the reveal of the original iPad. Over the years the iPad has gone from “just a big iPhone” to becoming a common staple in the household, the office and everywhere in between. With four years behind us, four different iPad models and a new mini generation, this fall calls for yet another addition.
Take a look at today’s video where we rundown all the latest leaks, rumors, and other iPad Air 2 tidbits, to give you an early glimpse at the design, possible specs, and more.
First debuted in November last year, the iPad Air is coming up on a year old. In Apple terms, that means it’s due for an upgrade, but we still don’t know what the iPad Air 2 will be. Will it be a spec bump, or will it be a redesign?
According to new leaks from China purporting to be the rear shell for the iPad Air 2, the correct answer is: “A little bit of column A, a little but of column B.”
Could this be the next generation iPad Air? New pictures showing up on the Japanese online news site ASCII Plus depict what appears to be a mockup of Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2, including images of it next to the current iPad Air model.
The images show a tablet that looks around 1mm thinner the current iPad Air, and features the expected addition of Touch ID, which has been the basis of multiple previous rumors.
This week's Apple rumors were all iWatch, all the time.
No one has seen a single hardware leak of the iWatch but that didn't stopped the rumor mill from going ape-shit crazy for Apple's future wearable device this week. We saw whispers of sweat sensors, problems with the feds, and even celebrity athletes testing Apple's future fitness device.
Once again, we're taking the black cloth off our crystal ball and shining it up to see if we can spot what Tim Cook really has in store for the future of Apple. Come see which rumors are guaranteed to materialize and which are about to vanish like ghosts.
Stare into our crystal ball to see past the rumors and into the future...
The rumor: iWatch will have a "slightly rectangular" 2.5-inch screen.
The verdict: Sounds promising. We've seen rumors that the iWatch will have a round screen or a square screen, but according to Reuters, it'll actually be rectangular and feature wireless charging and a pulse sensor. It'll also be able to handle calls and texts when paired with an iPhone. None of this would really be that surprising, plus Apple's been making interfaces for its other 2.5-inch wearable device for years.
The rumor: Apple plans to release multiple sizes of the iWatch.
The verdict: Too early to tell. One size doesn't fit all when it comes to smart watches, so the The Wall Street Journal says Apple will release multiple screen sizes of the device and load it with 10 sensors. Other wearables like Nike's FuelBand and the Jawbone UP both come in multiple sizes so they fit as snuggly as possible for everyone, but they don't have to worry about fragmenting the app experience with different screen sizes. Will Jony Ive be able to deliver multiple iWatch sizes without making app development a nightmare?
The rumor: Apple plans to add a barometer to the iPhone 6.
The verdict: Maybe. Code in iOS 8 and Xcode 6 that references a new sensor for determining altitude was dug up by 9to5Mac. Apps can already calculate altitude using GPS and motion chips, but a dedicated sensor would improve accuracy and provide new information for fitness tracking. It would also make a riveting addition to Apple's lonely Compass app. Who knows, we might even see it in the iWatch if The Wall Street Journal's 10-sensor rumor is true.
The rumor: The Food and Drug Administration is holding up the launch of the iWatch.
The verdict: Hold until October. Apple is still waiting for government certification before entering mass-production, says Chinese site Laoyaoba. With July being the targeted month to start churning out iWatches, Apple still has time to wait for FDA approval if it's going to announce the wearable in October, and the wait might be worth it.
The iWatch's features are expected to be years ahead of other smartwatches; getting certification as a medical device would make it more appealing than just another gimmicky fitness band. It might even have a sensor that can taste and analyze your sweat if Laoyaoba's sketchy rumor turns out to be true.
The rumor: The iPad Air 2 will have recessed volume buttons and a new speaker grill.
The verdict: Probably not. NowhereElse loves publishing pictures of dummy Apple units more than Kanye West loves talking about himself, but their latest iPad Air 2 dummy, based on "leaked schematics," looks a bit off. The recessed volume buttons could be an idea Apple was experimenting with in production, but the allegedly new large speaker grill holes look better suited for grating cheese than channeling tunes to the masses.
If you’ve previously felt left out by the lack of Touch ID on non-iPhone 5s devices, have no fear: according to well-resepected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the fingerprint sensor will be featured as a standard in all new Apple devices– including the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
With yet another week in the past your host Joshua Smith is here to give you a wrap-up on some of the latest and biggest news features. Touch iD coming to the iPad, Apple to buy Beats by Dre and more iPhone 6 rumors are among just some of the featured stories in today’s rundown. Take a look at the video and be sure to return next week for another.
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