It’s never too early to start talking about Apple’s next iPhone, so let’s get to it.
Here’s everything we’re hearing about the next iPhone.
It’s still early so we’re only hearing a minor rumblings, but it’s enough to start thinking about what’s next.
Historically speaking, Apple does a hardware redesign every other year. Since the iPhone 5S is the same as the iPhone 5 on the outside, we expect something new this time.
Samsung proved that consumers want big screens for their smart phones. We think Apple will make the screen bigger this year. Interestingly, Apple might make more than one big iPhone. It's possible Apple makes a 4.7-inch iPhone, and a 5.5-inch or 6-inch iPhone. And, we would expect Apple to keep making the 4-inch iPhone. So that's 3 iPhones, up from 2 last year.
Every year Apple upgrades the chip inside the iPhone making it significantly faster than in the past. We're not sure the iPhone can get much faster, but we're expecting an A8 chip. (Last year was an A7 chip.)
We're not entirely sure. The easy answer is iPhone 6. But, if Apple is going to have 3 phones, then it would probably need new names. There's chatter about Apple calling one of the phones the iPhone Air, just like it has a MacBook Air, and iPad Air. Maybe a 6-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone Air.
If you're a consumer, you probably don't care, but for people that obsess over Apple, this is going to be one of the more interesting things to watch.
Will Apple still make the iPhone 5C? Or will it stop making the C and only make the 5S? Or will it keep the 5C shell and stuff the guts of the 5S in the C?
The 5C has not been a big seller for Apple according to reports, so we'll be interested in seeing how it adjusts the line over time.
Apple has been buying transit mapping companies. So, we expect Apple to add subway and mass transit directions to Maps. This isn't exactly iPhone 6 specific, but it will probably be out at the same time the new iPhone is out.
There will be a flurry of reports about when the iPhone comes out. We're already seeing reports suggesting it could be out in May. For the most part, you can ignore those reports. We expect the phone to be released in September, like it has been for years now.