Apple's iPhone 6 Dazzles, Disappoints in Pre-Release Leaks

By Mike Schuster  JUL 08, 2014 11:23 AM

While a first look at the iPhone 6's sapphire display shows attention to quality, Apple's next smartphone won't see much battery boost from the 5S.

 


Now that both Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) I/O event are over, all eyes have moved toward the rest of the year for the public releases of all the promised goodies. While we're starting to see some of the recently unveiled products start to trickle in -- Android Wear devices, for example -- it'll be a few months before the iPhone 6 running iOS 8 will hit the shelves. And as with every Apple product release, the pre-release rumors and leaks have been flooding the Web.
 
We already know that Apple will likely release two different iPhone 6 models -- one in the fall and another next year -- and both will sport significantly larger screens than current incarnations. (See: iPhone 6 Leak Seems to Confirm a Much Larger Screen Is Coming.) The first of which will carry a 4.7-inch screen and the latter a 5.5-inch screen, both noticeable jumps from the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5S.
 
But the size of the screens aren't the only exciting part of the iPhone 6.
 
In an exclusive first look, intrepid YouTuber Marques Brownlee got his hands on the ultra scratch-proof sapphire screen and showed off the high-grade durability of the part on video.
 
 

Confirming the 4.7-inch screen size, the screen withstands the jabs, scratches, and stabs from a set of keys and a pocket knife. Brownlee subjected the sapphire coating to prodding that far exceeds what would occur in someone's pocket, but nevertheless, the screen remains impervious to scratches. The video blogger admitted that he couldn't perform a drop test to check the screen's durability from a fumbled grasp, as he only had the front and not the phone to go along with it, but everything looks great so far. Brownlee also pointed out the near-zero-percent opacity of the crystal display, suggesting that colors won't likely be affected by tint or blur.
 
Although the iPhone 6 promises to dazzle users with its screen, a new report seems to indicate that battery life will continue to be less than impressive.
 
According to Chinese media reports, the iPhone 6's battery capacity will be lower than anticipated and provide only a slight boost from the iPhone 5S. For the 4.7-inch model, the battery will likely be between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, and a 2,500 mAh will ship with the 5.5-incher. That's only a slight jump from the iPhone 5S' 1,560 mAh battery and trails competitors in high-capacity power supplies for similar sized phones.
 
While battery capacity plays a big role in the on-screen and standby times for smartphones, Apple's enhancements to iOS performance and optimization could extend the life of a smaller battery. Either way, users who've suffered through a premature dead iPhone battery would still like the assurance of a larger power supply.
 
We're only a couple months from the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6, and considering the larger, high-quality screen and the fine polish of iOS 8, it's sure to be a best seller upon release.
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