The year may have just started, but already the smartphone domain has been treated to a number of top releases from big game players that has set the ball rolling for what seems like an exciting year. However, one brand of device that has regularly been trending on the web all this while has been Apple's next iPhone.
When we talk about game changing players, it is to be kept in mind that primarily there are only two most popular operating systems currently on the planet, the first one being the Google-based Android offering which, due to its open source nature, has been adopted by a host of different smartphone manufacturers all around the planet.
The second one, and somewhat included in our topic, is the Apple-developed iOS which is only limited to all the devices that come with the Apple tag. But keeping aside iOS for the moment, we are currently concentrating on the new iPhone that's soon coming from Apple.
While the device is yet to be revealed publicly, it has been making rounds on the web for quite some time now with a host of leaked or rumored reports about how the device will come sporting better specs than its immidiate predecessor.
But be it a greatly improved camera or a device running a futuristic operating system, there's hardly anything known about the new device apart from the boatload of rumors and leaks that are arriving almost everyday.
And while there are a host of rumors related to the next iPhone (dubbed iPhone 6, for the moment), which are really the ones that are worth your time and interest? So let's take a closer look at the top 6 rumors related to the next iPhone.
The display segment of the currently rumored device has been on top of the charts, as far as reports of leaks and rumors are concerned. While some say that the company will look to incorporate new technolgies for building the display, others have argues that Apple will continue using its Low Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) technology for the iPhone 6.
And this makes sense since LTPS already offers better electron mobility than IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screens that are used for a number of smartphones these days.
If you remember correctly, Apple previously adopted the the IGZO technology for the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini in order to create thinner displays that will consume less power.
As of now, the iPhone 5s comes powered via a 64-bit A7 28-nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung. However, rumors in the past have pointed toward the iPhone 6 being powered by a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC, which will be smaller in size and more energy efficient.
While details about the A8 chip is still in rumored stated, but it has been said that it will include both a quad-core 64 bit processor and quad-core graphics. Even the production for it is said to be underway already as of February of 2014.
All the camera rumors related to the next iPhone have been somewhat dull since most of the reports have claimed that Apple will not shift from its projected course of offering cameras with an 8-MP module.
However, let's not feel dissatisfied since Apple is expected to offer a number of improvements to the camera module. And this can be derived from how Apple improved camera quality in the iPhone 5s via an increased pixel size, a larger aperture, a more.
Apple has a history of offering new handsets with an improved operating system, and there's no reason why we should be expecting anything different this time around. And all reports related to that have pointed to the release of the iOS 8.
While we don't know what kind of improvements will be arriving with the iOS 8, still rumors have pointed toward improvements to Maps and a possible Siri API.
If initial rumors related to the same are to be believed, the iPhone 6 might just arrive with a curved display. However, rumors have later indicated that the device will continue using its usual flat screen design for the new device for the time being.
Also, there have been reports about how the upcoming iPhone could take on a design that has been heavily inspired by both the iPhone 5c and the current iPod nano. And if that's so, we could see the new phone adopting the rounded back edges, arriving with colorful casings, and more.
As far as miscellenous features are concerned, the new iPhone is expected to continue featuring the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that first came around with the iPhone 5s.
Apart from that, Apple's next-generation iPhone may also support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard that first came into being only last year.