Unless you’ve been living in a cave where there’s no WiFi — because some caves surely have WiFi — you’ll know there’s an Apple launch tomorrow. We’ll have someone on the ground reporting all the action, but before that happens, what should you expect?
A bigger iPhone
First thing on the agenda will be a bigger iPhone, with this one not really being a huge surprise to most people.
Currently, flagship smartphones that aren’t the massive tablet-sized smartphones or “phablets” tend to run a display of at least 5 inches in size with a resolution of at least Full HD’s 1920×1080, but not Apple.
No, since the iPhone 5 came into place — which was two years ago, by the way — Apple has been running a 4 inch smartphone, with the 1136×640 resolution marginally smaller than the 1280×720 that acts as a minimum for high definition (HD).
That resolution difference isn’t a huge issue, mind you, as the pixel per inch number comes in a 326 ppi, or what Apple calls “Retina” grade resolution, in that it’s hard for your eyes to pick up the pixels at this size.
But the Retina resolution came before the iPhone 5, with the technology first appearing on the iPhone 4, with a 3.5 inch display supporting 960×640 and showing the same 326 pixels per inch.
Two years after the iPhone 4 first came out, Apple responded to cries for a bigger display by pushing this up half an inch and making the iPhone 5, which later on led to the metal-bodied iPhone 5S and the plastic-bodied iPhone 5C.
Right now, the 4 inch iPhone doesn’t cut it for a lot of customers, and they have been screaming for a bigger iPhone, which has allowed competitors to jump in with parodying ads in the meantime.
That information, as well as the numerous hardware leaks the web has reported, practically suggests a bigger iPhone 6 is on the way, and will be here tomorrow. We’ll be shocked if it isn’t, and frankly, we’re anticipating a 64-bit chip, 4.7 inch display size, fingerprint sensor home button, Near-Field Communication, 802.11ac WiFi, 4G, and storage sizes ranging from 32GB to 128GB.
A huge iPhone
Then there’s the other likelihood, which is a positively massive iPhone, aimed at the audience that wants their iPhone to also be an iPad Mini.
This is the world of phablets, of which Samsung’s Galaxy Note range clearly takes part in, fighting alongside the HTC One Max, the Huawei Ascend Mate, Nokia Lumia 1520, and Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, providing roughly 6 inches of touchscreen with a phone inside.
Apple would be mad not to make one of these, and we expect the company to unveil a 5.5 inch phablet, possibly called the iPhone Air, or even the iPhone 6L, with the “L” standing for “large” just in case you didn’t get it.
…and the same iPhone makes three
Whenever Apple releases a new smartphone, it always keeps an old one around to act as an entry model, and with that, we’re expecting a variant of the iPhone 5 to stick around this year.
That variant will likely be the iPhone 5C, since its plastic casing suggests it’s an entry level option to customers, and it will even keep the smaller 4 inch size around for people who prefer that.