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Apple’s iPhone 6 line will sport faster Wi-Fi, improved fingerprint reader, A8 chip confirmed (exclusive)

Above: An iPhone 6 mockup based on leaked schematics

As anticipation builds in front of the announcement of the new iPhones this fall — yes, that’s multiple phones — new details about the devices are emerging.

As rumored, Apple will release two new phones this fall, one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a large 5.5-inch screen, a VentureBeat source with knowledge of the plans says. Reports Tuesday said Apple will announce the new phones at an event September 9.

However, the 4.7-inch model will be ready to ship mid-September, our source says, while the 5.5-inch model is likely to ship several weeks or even a month later.

We’ve also heard rumors that the new screens will be made of ultra-durable sapphire glass. Our source says the screens are made of an extremely hard material that’s slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire. That corroborates an earlier video report showing that the purported iPhone 6 screen is harder than previous models’ screens but softer than sapphire crystal.

Our source confirms that the upcoming iPhones will contain the new A8 chip. The A8 will run at a frequency of 2.0 GHz per core and will create noticeably faster response time and graphics rendering in the new phones, the source says. By comparison, the A7 chips in the iPhone 5 run at only 1.3GHz per core.

The new phones will support a faster flavor of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac. As in earlier iPhones, the Wi-Fi chip will come from Broadcom. Apple is said to have been working on its own Wi-Fi chip, using a team of engineers that it hired away from Texas Instruments, but our source believes Apple hasn’t been able to get the kind of range and performance from its own chips that it needs.

The cellular modem in the phone is the latest version of Qualcomm’s MDM9x35. Our source believes that this modem will remain in future generations of iPhones, at least until Verizon retires its CDMA technology. The new modem will support Category 6 LTE, a faster wireless technology that allows top speeds of 300 megabits per second.

A socket is reserved for a near field communication (NFC) chip that will make the new phones able to do mobile payments (finally), our source says. Apple will populate the socket with a chip made by NXP. The NXP chip’s element and radio reserve enough memory to encrypt, decrypt, and sign data packets coming from financial applications on the phone.

The fingerprint reader in the new phones will boast some minor improvements to speed up read times, cut down on false rejections, and improve security for mobile payments and biometrics.

Our source adds that Apple has also been playing around with some technology that would form a special “handshake” between iPhones and Beats headphones. This consists of a chip that would authenticate Beats headsets on iPhones using the Lightning connector. Whether or not that feature materializes is anybody’s guess.

Our source stresses that the above represents the picture of the devices today and that, in the past, specific features have disappeared from the shipping product in the final weeks before launch. So this may not be the final spec list for the shipping phones.

But for now, this is the most complete picture we have yet of the next-generation iPhones.

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58 comments
Hot ART
Hot ART

I can't wait.  My 4S is like a giant paperweight.

Bob Black
Bob Black

at $100 more a phone,, I'll take 2 /s

David AllisØn
David AllisØn

Make a modern Classic iPod. Something with above 64GB capacity and support for apps

william roll
william roll

I hope exofab.com makes a protective case for the new iphone 6. Its really cool, and doesn’t add bulk or weight to the phone. I love the colors and that I can stick it to glass for hands free selfie pictures. I want to keep using one when I get the new iPhone.

Moshe Shekhter
Moshe Shekhter

I think he can use samsung S5- with it superior Alarm to wake up;)

Savoy Warren
Savoy Warren

Still boring, I'm tired of overpriced apple gimmicks, I'm loosing interest fast in apple and I loved it. Now it's getting old. What's next, give me more for lots less, and things I want, with better design, faster speeds, updated open source softwares

Roger Macqueen
Roger Macqueen

But it's still an iPhone and will have a tiny screen again

Steve Meyer
Steve Meyer

some people sleep through anything, and then whine and hate because they are ignorant.

David welch
David welch

How about a voice /Data option for us darn Verizon people!!!!! I bought the lg g3 because of this issue. And the worst part is I am really loving the g3 and the iPhone 6 will really have to be a beast in order to switch back..

Jal Lim
Jal Lim

Thea Cuaso Angelique Uy

Kevin Trammell
Kevin Trammell

Everything apple is coming out with is years behind android.... Nfc has been in android for years, bigger screens, blah blah... Apple is wayyy behind in the game, but yet iphone lovers think what apple is adding is new technology, well i guess it is to them but for us android lovers, apple technology is like a beta max vcr....while android is riding the galaxy lol

Bob Fairbanks
Bob Fairbanks

Hey Apple! How about a left handed setting. I can reach the buttons on my 5S, let alone on a bigger screen!

Adam Sculthorpe
Adam Sculthorpe

The screen size of iPhone has always prevented me switching, but I do love my iPad so I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

Rick Nunez
Rick Nunez

Technology improvements, that's very funny. Always the same old hard home button.

Matthew Kinman
Matthew Kinman

Can we just get a battery that lasts more then 2 ph calls!!! Whats the point of a phone that can't function first and foremost as a phone...

jr holmes
jr holmes

 Hey Mark, just wondering... are you pulling these claims out of your axe, or you actually know what you're talking about? How's Apple going to secure 80 million Qualcomm's MDM9x35 when they've been struggling to supply a few hundred thousand Korean S5 LTE-A?


C'mon dude...

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

You mean like a 64bit processor and proximity sensing, where you can read a document and when you walk next to your computer, it pops up on your computer screen so you can keep working? I don't see any other phone platform having that?

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

You mean like a 64bit processor?

William Su
William Su

All old stuff androids had for a while

Jim Wolfson
Jim Wolfson

It's just a phreakin' PHONE, lemmings, with all the attendant expenses, limitations and restrictions of the iCult.  Bar jewelry.

Settle down now.

Brant Emery
Brant Emery

Improved fingerprint reader = one that's not hacked the first 30 minutes after release?

Jamison Kortas
Jamison Kortas

anything about wireless charging? that is a deal breaker for me.

Jurjen Söhne
Jurjen Söhne

what about the battery life, anything known about that too?

hjbknm, jknlm/
hjbknm, jknlm/

Because Samsungs is so much more exciting ... also Apple's goal is to make the hardware and UI fade into the background leaving only the content in your hand... yes it is boring, its meant to be. 

Virgil Vergara
Virgil Vergara

@Kevin Trammell No one cares for NFC and if Apple wanted to use it they could have. As for bigger screens I don't see whats wrong with Apple wanting to do it now and it has nothing to do with innovation. I like how Apple make sure they do it right before they ship it. Samsung on the other hand doesn't care if it isn't working, they just want to ship it for bragging sakes. I like all the features that the Iphone offers and it integrates well with my iMac and laptop. 

hjbknm, jknlm/
hjbknm, jknlm/

Faster specs... just like the PC's you keep buying? What kind of "features" are you looking for?

David welch
David welch

Google has has that for a while now. I for one get really annoyed when my iPhone ,iPad and mac all have the same notifications and I have to delete it three times. Hopefully the new phone will perform better then the 5s 

Steffen Jobbs
Steffen Jobbs

@Jim Wolfson Apple isn't making it a big deal as they haven't announced a single thing.  It's these bloggers who simply desire attention that continually rehash the same old nonsense over and over.  It's a smartphone.  It's bigger and faster but it still pretty much does the same things it did for years.  People keep writing about it because they want clicks.  Apple will undoubtedly sell a lot of iPhones because of their large and loyal customer base.  I doubt it will be light-years ahead of every other smartphone but I'm sure it will be of fine quality.

David Wu
David Wu

@Jim Wolfson Apple and iPhone paved the way for today's smart phones. It's a big deal, because many people will be switching over, and Apple is the single most dominant hardware player in mobile.

Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins

Oh and please don't embarrass yourself by saying something really stupid like "oh, Samsung has eye-scrolling technology" no... It has "tilt your phone at the correct angle technology" wow.. Great innovation there. Yeah, obviously I'm an apple fan, but not just because it's Apple or because it's the iPhone. I've tried the last 3 samsung galaxy phones.. I've tried the last 2 HTC phones. All of them simply lack a solid, descent, reliable OS. Features really don't mean anything when the operating system is jacked!

Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins

The only reason there are OTHER so called "successful" smartphones IS because APPLE innovated with its first iPhone... Pretty sure every other company & smartphone followed suite. What's wrong?? Now that it's 7 years later & all of the iPhone competitors try shoving and stuffing nonsense that hardly works, freezes up, etc... Come on. If it wasn't for apple starting it's 'Innovation' where would the rest of these companies be right now???

Steffen Jobbs
Steffen Jobbs

@Jurjen Söhne It is rumored to come with a larger battery of around 2100 mAh (about 45% larger than the 5 but that doesn't tell anything about battery life.  The larger display could use more power but the A8 may be a lot more efficient.  Who knows?  Only personal use will give you that answer.  Apple is trying to build an efficient smartphone but with current battery tech it almost seems futile.

Mark Wright
Mark Wright

@Steffen Jobbs 

An efficient SP? maybe? but nothing here says it will last any longer than the current ones...

a pity, you just add a larger battery the weight difference is less than the change in you pocket.

screen 90% of power use ... so the A8 wont change anything  enough to fix this.