Rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 suggest that Apple is removing the bezel for its next flagship phone release. It took five generations of iPhone releases before the size was increased from the standard 3.5-inches to the 4-inch display found on the iPhone 5 and the latest iPhone 5c and 5s models.
As GSMArena reports (March 2), an image leak surfaced online at a French site called Nowhereelse.fr (translated) showing off the front panel of what is allegedly the iPhone 6. From the looks of the photo, the bezel is completely removed on on the three pictured panels, for the appearance of more screen space.
Apple was rumored to be leaning towards offering consumers a large display device in the future, between the 4.7-inch and 5-inch range. If we are to believe the front panel photo leak, the increase may not be as significant as expected, possibly up to 4.3-inches.
Product release rumors and leaks are best taken with a grain of salt, it’s possible that the photo is fake. As GSMArena points out, the no-bezel display could also be a prototype that Apple rendered for testing purposes.
Another rumor floating around says that Apple intends to step up the camera features for the upcoming iPhone 6 release. According to G4Games Sunday, Apple is throwing in a larger sensor at 1/2.6”, enhanced aperture of f/2.0, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a 6P sapphire lens. This latest detail about the iPhone 6’s 8-megapixel camera specs comes from an insider who spilled the tea on the Chinese microblog, Weibo.
Apple has a challenge on its hands in a competitive market full of larger phones from rivals including as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Sony. The Mobile World Congress event (MWC 2014) in February saw the unveiling of soon-to-be-released large display handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC Desire 816, the LG G Pro 2, the Nokia X series line and the Sony Xperia Z2.