On Friday, a major supply chain revealed that a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 would be unveiled in August--that's one month earlier than expected. The highly-anticipated smartphone would go on sale in select markets only, though the specific markets weren't mentioned. A 5.5-inch phablet version of the iPhone is scheduled to go on sale a couple months later.
Most of the rumors point to the fact that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone will have a 1334 x 750 pixel resolution screen--this isn't full HD like most Android smartphones. This is a major disappointment from Apple, who has always been ahead of the curve. The 5.5-inch version is rumored to have a full 1080p screen. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will feature a much higher screen resolution, will be released around the same time.
It looks like Apple will finally add NFC capabilities to the new iPhone. However, other specs don't sound completely promising. The iPhone 6 will only have 1GB of RAM, even though most smartphones have 2 or 3GB of RAM. The camera won't receive any megapixel bump, although optical image stabilization will be added. Unfortunately, there will be no 4K video recording capabilities, which most higher-end Samsung headsets offer.
For all the shortcomings, the iPhone 6 will still be a huge seller. Apple still has the ability to put out products that are behind the curve, but market them as if they are the first products of their kind. The iPhone wasn't the first smartphone, but you would never know that. The iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, but who remembers any MP3 players before the iPod? The iPad certainly wasn't the first tablet, but it was the first successful tablet.
2014 will be an interesting year for Apple to show they haven't fallen behind. Along with the new iPhones, the company will also refresh their MacBook Pro computers around December. Start saving those dollars!