The middle mark of 2014 is fast approaching and with this comes increasing interest about what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will debut for its newest iPhone yet – the iPhone 6. Donald Bell, senior editor at CNET, rounds up the site’s top five iPhone rumors.
Claiming the fifth spot on the CNET list is the iPhone 6’s new button design and placement. Bell notes that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iPhone could have oval volume buttons and that its power button will be located on the side of the phone as opposed to it being on top of the phone as it has always been since the first iPhone in 2007.
According to CNET, the next iPhone might also have a more expensive price tag. Bell said:
“Rumor has it that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been negotiating with carriers to raise the price of the iPhone by a hundred bucks. Sounds crazy, but with the relative drought of compelling phones on the shelves right now, Apple might be able to have the leverage to pull this off. Assuming that the carrier subsidy will eat up half of that price, you might be looking at just a $50 bump on your phone, so maybe not such a big deal. But if you’re hoping for a less expensive iPhone, I wouldn’t count on it.”
On the third spot is the rumored fall release of the new flagship from the Cupertino, California-based giant. According to Bell, though the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is just around the corner, the iPhone 6 will not be debuted at the much-awaited event which will start this June 12. Tim Cook will likely “stick to the script on this one,” Bells said, noting that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has consistently released the newest iPhone in the months of September or October since 2011.
Next in the list of rumors presented by Bell is a reported “significantly” bigger screen for the iPhone 6, despite Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) being adamant in the past that its phone’s screen size is the most ideal size for the human hand. He notes, however, that the consumer electronics giant may still likely keep producing a smaller iPhone as one of the models of the next iPhone lineup “to keep their small hand fans happy”.
Finally, the most interesting assumptions about the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s product, according to Bell is an expanded model lineup.
“Rumor is that there will be three distinct models of iPhone. You’re going to get the leftovers of the iPhone 5 as the entry-level model, then a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 due out in the fall, and then a 5.5-inch iPhone phablet early next year,” he said.
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