Looks like we've got a good handful of iPhone 6 and iOS 8 rumors cooking out there these days. No surprises to us. 'tis the season after all. As we move closer to WWDC, as we move closer to that traditional fall drop date, things start to percolate out there in the rumor mill world. So let's have a look at those and a few other tasty treats in this week's news roundup.
One of the big questions surrounding Apple's rumored transition to larger iPhones centers on what Apple plans to do with the device's screen resolution, and now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman claims that Apple is testing a 1704×960 display for the units. (The current resolution for the iPhone 5s is 1136x640.) With those new specs, the new rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones should be able to give us better images than what we're familiar with from Retina displays.
Amidst persistent rumors that Apple plans to introduce a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in August followed by a larger 5.5-inch model the following month comes word that retail employees are being restricted from taking vacations in September.
Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote is now less than three weeks away, and while speculation has run amok about iPhone 6 and iOS 8, at least one of the company's accessories is getting a slice of the rumor mill this week.
A lot of mockups of the so-called iPhone 6 have been making the rounds ever since the rumors started flying not long after the release of the iPhone 5s, and now (unless Apple is really pulling a fast one) we now have enough information for creative minds to make some impressive mockups. The latest one comes in the form of a video from Italy's Macitynet (via MacRumors), which shows how the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone will look compared to the iPhone 5s.
Near-field communication (NFC) has wound up in a lot of Android devices over the last few years, enabling retail shoppers to pay with a tap. With each passing year, Apple has been rumored to finally adopt such technology, so it should come as little surprise to see it surface again in 2014.
Amazon kicked off the weekend by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...
Apple chose to pass on the opportunity to incorporate Touch ID fingerprint sensors into the latest iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display models, but a new rumor suggests that oversight may get rectified later this year.
A sketchy rumor posted overnight to Taiwan-based Industrial and Commercial Times claims that supplier Pegatron has already received 15 percent of Apple's orders for the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 ahead of a September launch. Apparently the supplier will produce something in the neighborhood of 50 million iPhones this year, which includes the current generation as well as the new model, which just so happens to pop up again in today's recap...
Just a few short years ago, this time of year would have been one of anticipation for the arrival of a new iPhone. Instead, eager buyers have to wait out the dog days of summer — or cave in to a potentially lucrative offer on a current model that's hard to resist.