Many reports regarding the iPhone 6 live in a back-and-forth, tug-o-war situation, where at any point one rumor could get crushed to the ground while another sees a fresh new stretch in the lime light. According to a new report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that’s exactly what’s happening all over again.
The report was shared with AppleInsider, and outlines Kuo’s updated expectations for the iPhone 6. First and foremost, the analyst believes that Apple will not be using a scratch-resistant sapphire glass panel in the new iPhone 6. And while some reports had suggested that the 4.7-inch variant would skip this feature, but the 5.5-inch model would indeed be getting the sapphire glass treatment, that is reportedly not the case after all. Kuo believes that neither handset will feature the harder surface.
Sapphire glass reports date back several months, including a large report in February (which also boasted that the iPhone 6 could feature a curved display). Since then, we’ve seen plenty of user-made stress tests of the sapphire glass 4.7-inch iPhone 6, including an arrow fired from a bow by Joe Rogan.
It is not all bad news, though, as Kuo believes that both iPhone 6 variants will be getting a 128GB option. Previously, reports had claimed that only the 5.5-inch model would be getting a 128GB option. Lending credence to those earlier reports was a recent leak that showcased 16GB of built-in storage on a logic board, which suggested to many that the 4.7-inch variant would see the same storage models at launch: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
Kuo says that the iPhone 6 will also boast a barometric pressure sensor, which he notes could offer better support for indoor navigation. This would line up with previous reports dating back to June, and supported with leaked documents in mid-August.
If that wasn’t enough, Kuo also believes the iPhone 6 will have a “programmable Power button,” which means it can be tied to certain functions or “specific applications.” Little details were provided other than that, though, so this may be one detail to take with an extra grain of salt.
One bit of recurring bad news, though, is that Kuo still believes the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could see a launch a little while after the 4.7-inch model, despite Apple announcing both handsets at the same time.
Apple has sent out media invites for an event taking place at the Flint Center on September 9, where they are expected to announce the iPhone 6, a new wearable, and even new iPads.
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