by Brent Dirks
January 22, 2014
According to at least one analyst, the final design of the next-generation iPhone has already been "locked in." The news comes from AppleInsider, reporting on information from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company. In a note to investors, Arcuri says the ‘iPhone 6’ will feature a 4.8-inch display. That information comes from checks within the supply chain. The new handset will also feature the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking standard, which is a big step up for the 802.11n found in the iPhone 5s. Speaking of Apple’s current flagship handset, the note said it is a “set-up” for the new products hitting the market in 2014. Despite earlier reports saying Apple might surprise with a May or June release, Arcuri believes the company will follow its usual release schedule and introduce the new handset in September. Apple is also planning some major improvements with iOS 8, according to the report:
Aside from hardware tweaks and design changes, Arcuri also said that Apple is planning "key software innovations" with the next major release of its iOS platform. He expects the company will leverage iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook as part of a push into new services with mobile payments.Arcuri also believes that Apple will release a larger, 13-inch iPad sometime later this year that will "blur the lines between tablets and PCs." That lines up nicely with current speculation pegging the so-called iPad Pro as a hybrid device with both iOS and OS X. Photo: 4.8-inch iPhone mockup compared to an iPhone 5 from Marco Arment.