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Predicting iPhone 6: Size, features and release date

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The next iPhone will feature a larger screen and other improvements. Apple is allowing more information about their new products to hit the news than they used to, as evidenced by this article on Forbes.com dated Feb. 8. In typical fashion, Apple officially keeps all features secret until the product announcement; however, unnamed sources have already leaked believable details about the next iPhone.

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You can predict more by looking at the hottest and most successful phones from Samsung and other competitors. See this article on the Samsung Galaxy Note, for example. Check the video attached to this article for some far-out concepts that Apple is considering for future phones; we don't expect to see all of those this year.

Here are predictions for the next iPhone.

Size: Leaked reports indicate that the iPhone will come with larger screens and more pixels in 2014. WSJOnline.com reported way back in September that Apple was testing screens in the 4.8 to 6-inch range, a significant change compared to the 4-inch screen used in iPhones 5s and 5c today. It's important to note that competitors' most successful phones have been larger than iPhone for some time. Popular Android competitors like Samsung's latest Galaxy series and most of the latest Droids are pretty big. See this article for an example, and check tennis great Maria Sharapova's photo attached to this article. She's holding a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, official phone of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch screen. The Note was the first phone to be nicknamed the Phablet, denoting the fact that it's a cross between a smartphone and a tablet.

Battery life: The best phones we reviewed from Apple's competitors, the Droid Maxx, for example, offered batteries with extended life. The iPhone 5 series has fair-to-poor battery life with heavy use and it's time for Apple to step up to the bar.

Lighter weight: Still a possibility. The iPhone's weight decreased noticeably from iPhone 3 to iPhone 4 and again with iPhone 5 and 5s. Many competing Android smartphones are lighter than iPhone 5 and 5s.

Thinner profile: The next iPhone is not likely to be significantly thinner than iPhone 5s. None of the other phones are much thinner now. Apple does like to make products smaller and thinner. Check out the difference between iPad, iPad 2 and iPad Mini.

Faster microchip brain: A certainty. Microchip capability continues to get faster, cheaper, smaller and lighter every year. The next phone is always faster than the last.

Operating system: We can expect a new version of the iOS operating system with the next iPhone.

New apps: Apple usually surprises everyone with a few interesting and useful apps and that should happen this time, too. Don't expect anything like the Apple Maps debacle again; Tim Cook is too smart to do that twice.

Price: Apple and the U.S. carriers experimented with different prices when Apple released the iPhone 5c. Expect more creativity in this area, with much of it coming from carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint.

Release date: Apple has released the major iPhones in late summer and early fall in recent years. The historic release dates are listed in the video attached to this article. Though others in the media are speculating that something may come sooner, we're expecting a launch in September of 2014. Release dates will depend in part on when the product is available for massive volume distribution.

Check the video attached to this article for some far-out concepts that Apple is considering for future phones; we don't expect to see all of those this year but sure enjoy seeing the ideas.

Copyright © 2014 Susan J. Walker. Subscribe above to receive an email whenever Susan Walker publishes on Examiner.com.

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