Shatterproof and water-resistant? Full iPhone 6 spec list contains surprises


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Bad news for anyone in the cellphone repair business!

A full list of the iPhone 6 specs we’ve received from a source in China says not only is the iPhone 6 water-resistant but that the screen is shatterproof.

Not “scratch-resistant” or even “scratch-proof,” but “shatter proof,” which suggests the new iPhone is nearly indestructible and could put a few repair shops out of business.

As far as we can tell, the spec list below is the most comprehensive list of features published to date.

No surprise, the spec list says the iPhone 6 — due to be officially unveiled by Apple at a big media event Tuesday — will be available in two models (4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens) and come in three colors — gold, silver/white and space gray.

Both models will feature sapphire screens. The biggest surprise is the water-resistant and shatterproof claims. While a sapphire screen has been widely rumored, early tests suggest it might be a disappointment.

Various third-party tests on YouTube suggest the sapphire is scratch-resistant but prone to shattering, especially if dropped. However, these tests could all be compromised in one way or another. Some use screens not made by Apple, and none test the screen inside the iPhone’s housing, which could provide crucial protection to make it shatterproof.

Other surprises? The spec list says the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a 1,810 mAh battery, which is smaller than previously rumored. That seems awfully small for a device with a high-res, 4.7-inch display, especially when compared to Android handsets with similar-size screens. Last year’s Nexus 4 had a 720p 4.7-inch display with a 2,100 mAh battery, and its battery life was considered pretty poor.

The list also says 2GB of RAM for the 5.5-inch. A leaked logic board obtained by Feld & Volk had only had 1GB, but that was on the 4.7-incher, so maybe the iPhone Plus (or Pro or whatever it’s called) will get extra RAM as another differentiating factor.

Other specs include a dual-core A8 chip — previous rumors say quad-core. There’s also mention of “TV-out,” which might just refer to Apple’s wireless audio/video transmission system known as AirPlay.

The full iPhone 6 spec list supposedly came from some marketing materials or product packaging. We received it from a source close to Apple’s supply chain, and while we trust the source (for reasons we can’t specify), we can’t vouch for its veracity. Proof of the iPhone 6’s waterproof features has been slim, beyond a leaked power button with a rubber seal. However, it looks plausible and nothing jumps out as obviously fake.

We were also furnished some new photographs of the iPhone 6 in three colors, wrapped in protective plastic. Again, they could be fakes or mockups. The only reason we are publishing them is that they come from a trusted source.

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Full iPhone 6 specs

Here are the full iPhone 6 specs, straight out of China (the only changes we made were formatting tweaks to make it easier to read):

4G LTE: all models
Sim: Nano-SIM
Announcement: Sept 9th
Release: Sept 19th
Dimensions: 137.5 x 67 x 7 mm (5.41 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
Weight: 113 g (3.99 oz)
TouchID: 500 dpi pixel density fingerprint sensor (Touch ID on all models)
Display: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 960 x 1704 pixels, 4.70 inches / 5.5 inches (~416 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch: Yes
Protection: Shatter proof sapphire crystal glass, oleophobic coating – water resistant
Sound: Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes
Memory Card slot: No
Internal: 16/32/64/128 GB, 2 GB RAM
Data GPRS: Yes
Speed: DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat6, 300 Mbps DL; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP
NFC: Yes
USB: v2.0
Camera: Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Features Simultaneous video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR panorama, HDR photo
Video: 1080p@60fps
Secondary: Yes
OS: iOS 8
Chipset: Apple A8
CPU: Dual-core 2 GHz
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser: HTML (Safari)
Radio: No
Java: No
Colors: Space Gray, White/Silver, Gold
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– AirDrop file sharing
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– TV-out
– Maps
– iBooks PDF reader
– Audio/video player/editor
– Organizer
– Document viewer/editor
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery (6.91 Wh)

  • milanyc

    Cat 6 300Mbps? Yeah right…

    • Extcee

      There was something going around some time back now.. but, if you get an Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor & a USB powered HUB & a lightning cable into the device, it will take Ethernet over the USB adaptor to the device.

  • Robert Williams

    Staying at 8 megapixels for the camera? That won’t please some people.

    • Curt Mason

      They gotta make iPhone 6s look better some how.

    • Paul

      Can the human eye differentiate between 8 and 10+ megapixels on a phone screen?

      • Wumpus

        I think the idea is people would like the photos to be usable beyond the phone screen.

      • Matt

        Some people still print those photos.

      • Jay Jardin

        No, the human eye can’t tell more than 30fps. :sarcasm font:

    • What were they thinking? It is a phone after all… I’d like to see some of these people trying to make a phone call on a DSLR.

  • Curt Mason

    1704×960 for both iPhones? That would imply the 5.5in iPhone will have a lesser PPI but honestly I couldn’t see a difference. I just hope the 5.5 is released the same day as 4.7.

    • Probably not the entire sheet the battery only shows 1810 mAh and not 2915 for the bigger model.

  • jasonstweeting

    Hope all your specs and speculation are correct. I’ve seen countless of articles claiming it will have “x” then others claiming it will not have “x”

    Only time will tell! Exciting and hopefully Apple does not disappoint… too much

    • Drake Mallard

      Oh yeah?!?!?!!!
      Well i have seen some claiming to have “Y”. so there!

      • a.n.j.a.n

        And some even claimed “Z”. What a strange world we live in !!

  • Aannddyy

    Cult of Mac also has a few movie script for next summers blockbuster movies, wanna see how all the stories end before you go to the theatre?

    • ShitIconSays

      Please don’t let them start posting about true blood again

  • JohnyMyko

    The photos look like empty mockups. There’s no buttons on the side and no camera on the camera hole.

    But what saddens me the most is how ugly the iPhone 6 will look when compared to the beautiful design of the iPhone 4 / 4S…

    • Paul

      Jimmy Ive’s getting complacent

      • fastasleep

        I think you mean Jony Iovine.

    • I think you meant the beautiful design of the 5 /5S. But agreed, I’m not a fan of the rounded beveling :(

      • Matt

        Love the rounded design. Missed it since the 3GS. The 4 and 4s were over rated designs–no thanks to glass backs. The 5 and 5s better, but I’m not into the two tone back color and the sharp edges.

      • JohnyMyko

        I would prefer the 5 /5S if the back didn’t had the two tones and materials. That’s the only problem they had. But anyway, 4/4S5/5S looked and felt like premium classy objects, beautiful with small details. I still need to see the final iPhone 6, but so far I’m not getting those same feelings…

  • Disappointed

    It’s very hard to believe that supposed stickler designer Jony Ive would put out this iPhone that looks for all the world like a Samsung product, or worse.

    • Brandon Franklin

      I know people hate those antenna lines but I actually like them infact instead of colouring them the same as the phone I wish they changed them up like black lines on the space gray white on gold ect. Nothing more generic looking than a blank (plain) back cover on a phone leave that for Samsung

  • Matt

    By commenting that some of the specs and design aren’t great, commenters are basically assuming these are all true specs. So let’s assume that for a minute…. If true Apple made a water resistant shatter proof phone and your responses are… It’s ugly, bad camera, and not good PPI? What!

  • Brandon Franklin

    Nice scoop! Wasn’t the original iPod released on 9/11? Curious why they would pick that day to make announcements.

    • Paul

      Nope – that was on October 23. And this event will be on September 9. That is 9/9 not 9/11. You’re just a big bag of crazy.

    • BusterH

      they’re making the announcement on 9/9

  • Paul Monks

    Still a crap battery

    • Whocares

      like your brain? because you don’t even know how it is performing in iOS 8.

  • Michael

    Oleophobic does not equal water resistant. That just means its screen doesn’t retain finger-oils.

    • Matt

      Man! Ever since they put this on the 3G I was thinking my phone was water proof.

    • juno

      oleophobic haha u mean to say lipophobic hahahaha its so funny how these tech bitches invent words rarr lol love u all <3

  • Paul Monks

    I left iPhone after the 5, I used to be such an apple fanboy( I still am for my mac) but unless they really pull their finger out of their addresses I don’t see the point in buying a phone that is behind the times in nearly every point

    • Whocares

      behind the time like…stretching the apps to fit all screen sizes like Android? lol.

    • Adrayven

      You realize you can use a product and actually not be a fanboy? right? like.. it’s totally possible.

      Really.. not joking..

    • You’ll. Be. Back.

  • CelestialTerrestrial

    Water resistant? To what extent will it work when dropped in water?

    • BusterH

      splash resistant most likely

  • Whocares

    356 dpi on 5.5″ and 416 dpi on 4.7″ are unlikely. I’m not convinced that Apple would put out the resolutions that add no benefit but drain more battery.

  • Adrayven

    Ok, so far, those doing pre-orders are only doing it for 3 prices.. not 4.. so either they are wrong, or no 128, or there is a 128 and the 16gb is gone on the premium version..

    I honestly hope the latter.. we can do w/o the 16gb….

    • I absolutely don’t believe apple will baseline this thing with a puny 16gb of storage again. In this day and age 16gb is just not usable for anyone intending to use it for more than just a phone. Apps, music and video will consume 16gb in a heartbeat. The new phone should be baselined with 64gb minimum with a 128gb upgrade option. If Apple goes another round with 16gb as their base that will be hugely disapointing. Internal storage is DIRT cheap!

      • nclairembault

        Never heard of storage in the cloud? I don’t have music stored on my phone anymore, I use Spotify. I don’t have actual files, I use Dropbox. I’m a very heavy iPhone user and i’m fine with the 16gb version. With iOS8 they will even launch a new subscription service to get all your pictures in the cloud, synced across devices. For the moment, photos are the biggest storage on my phone. In a few weeks, it won’t.

      • Never heard of apps? Apps alone have gained in size tremendously! A lot of them reaching several hundred mb’s in size. This alone eats away 16gb’s in no time. Why would you or anyone assume that everyone always has connected availability to WiFi or cellular making cloud storage or services a viable solution in all cases? I’m well aware of Spotify (don’t use or care for it). Well aware of Apples plans for added available cloud storage and services. All I know is that I take full advantage of all the available cloud services and still always end up fighting storage limitations on my phone and don’t believe I should have to pay Apple a premium added price to get the local storage needed on modern devices. As I mentioned base-lining the new iPhone 6 at the antiquated, legacy 16gb’s of internal storage just wouldn’t make good sense.

  • Mark

    hopefully they step the camera up from 8mp to help justify it protruding can’t wait for a wobbly iPhone :/

    • Liquid Wolverine

      More glass is better than more megapixels

  • AKC322

    “Shatter-proof” is an exaggeration. The larger and thinner the surface the greater the likelihood of shattering. It is hard to shatter smallish, thick pieces of synthetic sapphire such as that used on a watch, but it’s nowhere near impossible to shatter it.

  • sigzero

    …from China. Yeah, I will wait until the launch to get the specs. Everything else is SPECulation.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    Don’t worry, someone out there will test the limits and use a Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle to shatter the sapphire glass and the entire iPhone just to prove Apple is deceiving the public about it being shatter-proof.

    It looks as though a lot of people are getting their wish of 2 GB of system RAM. That should make them jump for joy that Apple is nearly catching up with Android, although there will soon be Android smartphones with 4 GB of system RAM as soon as the 64-bit versions are ready.

    I know the tech-heads aren’t impressed with the specs (they’re not impressed with anything from Apple) but I’ll bet the average consumer will be very pleased with the new iPhone… well I don’t know about battery life, though.

  • The BEST EVER phone

    The newest phone will address the issues of too much loose pocket change by providing the ability to pay for your coffee. The biggest secret ever is the newest and the best phone equipped with a 32 caliber firearm inside the phone to address issues of self defense.

  • Elwood

    These look like “fake” mock up using an iPhone 5C shell. The holes for the volume buttons are long and narrow like the 5C. The 5S has the round volume buttons. The materials even look plastic, not metal. The antenna “lines” look like they are adhesive or painted on. I don’t think that Apple will be adopting a lot of technology from their failed cheap iPhone 5C into their top of the line iPhone 6.

  • disqus_XdmbtvaQog

    The fact that the screens were stated to be sapphire, makes the rest of the information suspect. Neither iPhone screen will be sapphire.

  • I absolutely don’t believe apple will baseline this thing with a puny 16gb of storage again. In this day and age 16gb is just not usable for anyone intending to use it for more than just a phone. Apps, music and video will consume 16gb in a heartbeat. The new phone should be baselined with 64gb minimum with a 128gb upgrade option. If Apple goes another round with 16gb as their base that will be hugely disapointing. Internal storage is DIRT cheap!

    • mayowa

      Tons of people don’t need anything beyond a 16 GB phone. There’s an entire population of elderly people jumping into the smartphone game but merely using it to check email and maybe play a game. Beyond that there’s just people that enjoy the features of having an iPhone (FaceTime, iMessage, Email, Maps, etc.) and don’t really download Music, take to many photos, or anything else that takes up storage. I work with people like this everyday.

      • Matt

        I’ve got a number of family members on my share AT&T plan that are fine with the 16gb. In fact 8gb would probably serve them well.

        But I do think something has to change. Either baseline it at 32gb for the people who do care / need more memory or baseline it at 16gb and go with $50 increases for the next tiers.

      • I agree that there are many who might be fine with 16gb but I also think they are the extreme minority. Apps alone these day’s have gotten very large often several hundred mg’s in size. My wife and I are constantly fighting our 16gb phones for storage and both take advantage of available cloud storage and services. I just don’t want to pay an added price premium to get additional storage which should also be considered a technical advancement and increased by default.

  • Ummm

    The “water resistant” description refers to the display, not the phone… pretty obvious…

  • PMB01

    It’s fake because there’s not going to be a 5.5″ model.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Hello anyone notice tinkly goes 60 FPS not like the 5s 120 FPS!

  • Shiftlocked

    I’m just wondering why quite a few people are saying it’s boring when there’s not actually much information here. Theres no information about the CPU other than being faster, more memory and where’s the detailed breakdown of the GPU (which does a severe amount of lifting to take the stress away from the cpu).

    Also the “leaked” information looks very similarly formatted to that of how GSMARENA posts their specs and stats as well.

  • jasonstweeting

    You all realize this a compiled list of rumored and hopeful specs, right? People are commenting on here as if this is all confirmed. Shatter proof doesn’t mean bullet proof. Water resistant doesn’t mean it’s water proof. Let’s just wait 30 more minutes and find out how much they’ll disappoint us anyways.

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  • Kelseo91

    The designs are so Bauhaus, streamlined, engineered,sleek and smart omg the design team is brilliant.Iphone 6 & plus has great qualities … Horrible shape , it’s pointless now if the phone don’t stand up by itself that was one of the phones best qualities , iphone 6 & plus look like a larger version of the old iPhones 1,2,3,3GS. The later models iPhones 4&5 they had the stand alone device innovation. I don’t know why such brilliant design team would leave this concept out.