Analyst offers more iPhone 6 rumors, sleep/wake button could be moved

The iPhone 6 could be the biggest launch for Apple's smartphone product since the original was released in 2007. Today, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who has made accurate statements about previous iPhone launches, sent out a new research note with lots of info and predictions about the two new iPhone 6 models.

Both iPhone 6 models are supposed to be much bigger than the current 4 inch IPhone 5s.

Previous rumors have claimed Apple is working on a 4.7 inch and a 5.5 inch version of the iPhone 6. Ming Chi-Kuo's research note, as reported by MacRumors, confirmed those sizes, saying that the 4.7 inch model will have a 1334x750 resolution for its display at 326 ppi, while the 5.5 inch version will get a 1920x1080 screen at 401 ppi.

One interesting change in the basic design, according to Chi-Kuo, is that the sleep/wake button will be moved from the top to the side on the iPhone 6, so it can be handled better by consumers who will likely hold the phone in one hand. His note added that the bezel will be 10 to 20 percent narrower, and the iPhone 6 could be between 6.5 to 7.9 mm thick, compared to the 7.6 mm case on the iPhone 5s.

Chi-Kuo also believes that sales of the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 could eat into the sales of Apple's own iPad mini. In order to run the larger display, the battery on the 5.5 inch version is supposed to have 50 to 70 percent more watt hours than the iPhone 5s. The 4.7 inch version is rumored to launch first later this fall, while the 5.5 inch model could go on sale later in the holiday quarter.

Source: MacRumors | Image via Apple

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Moved wake button? THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Haha, I have no problems with Apple working on the design, but the level of news reporting on every detail from Apple is astounding. I'm saying that as an iPhone 5 owner.

The kicker is that it's not even sourced from Apple, but, get this... an ANALYST.

An analyst -- a person not working for Apple -- is saying that maybe a swipe button might be moved: news story.

I've noticed how even design sketches by random people on the Internet is making the news these days too. I wonder what the next step is?

"One interesting change in the basic design, according to Chi-Kuo, is that the sleep/wake button will be moved from the top to the side on the iPhone 6"

Once again. This. Changes. Everything.

I personally know many techies who left the iPhone for a Galaxy just because of the screen size. A bigger iPhone will win back some folks. Me, I enjoy my Note and iPhone. Best of both worlds.

JHBrown said,
I personally know many techies who left the iPhone for a Galaxy just because of the screen size. A bigger iPhone will win back some folks. Me, I enjoy my Note and iPhone. Best of both worlds.

On the flipside though I know many MANY people who left HTC/Motorola/Samsung phones for the 5/5s solely because the screen was smaller and much more comfortable to hold.

Nogib said,

solely because the screen was smaller and much more comfortable to hold.

If you have little girl hands it would be!

That's great! I wouldn't mind messing around with a 5.5inch iPhone. Is the jailbreak community still doing its thing or is that over? I'm with the galaxy right now and the screen size is amazing. I know people say it's too big but I can now use it for everything I do! use SwiftKey to change the keyboard size so it's easier to type with one hand

Not so sure they'd offer a screen with ppi lower than rival handsets from Htc or Samsung.

I'd love to be an analyst as people just pay you to make up nonsense

-T- said,
Not so sure they'd offer a screen with ppi lower than rival handsets from Htc or Samsung.

I'd love to be an analyst as people just pay you to make up nonsense


Except lately Apple hasn't cared about actually being better, only appearing that way.

The RDF compensates for many things.

Forjo said,

Except lately Apple hasn't cared about actually being better, only appearing that way.

The RDF compensates for many things.

The only thing they really need to add is wireless charging, better camera and a nicer screen. The rest of the gimmicks you find on something like a galaxy either don't work half the time or you never use them anyways. This coming from someone who owns an S3.

I don't really believe this.

Apple is all about the finer details. Having a sleep button on the side is great - as long as you have it in a specific hand. Not everyone uses their phone in the same hand, and it'll be awkward to use from the "other" hand.

And a 1.69 scaling ratio? That's not Apple.

sleep/wake button on side is actually great for both hands, try any Lumia and you will see. the button on top of bigger devices is very hard to handle, especially on bigger devices. I used to have 3,8" phone with button on top and it was good. now I have Lumia and it's much better to have the button on side.

Brian M. said,
Not everyone uses their phone in the same hand, and it'll be awkward to use from the "other" hand.

left handed I use my middle finger to hit power, right hand I use my opposable thumb. Lumia's have double tap though, it would be nice if Apple doesn't rip off that feature!

Edited by Brian M., Apr 11 2014, 8:37am :

Last time they explain how the size is comfortable to hold in hand. Wonder how they can explain this time with bigger size iPhone.

I actually kind of like the idea of the sleep/wake button being on the side. I tend to hold smartphones in my right hand, so it would be a bit easier to access. I think this is how the Galaxy models place their sleep/wake buttons, and it's not a bad design. Would also be in favor of a slightly larger model.

Am I the only one that wishes the mystery of Apple products from the Jobs era was back..? It's no fun and actually annoying knowing every bit of news months before the reveal. I mean granted there were always little leaks every once in awhile but it just seems most every detail gets out beforehand now. Apple survived just fine without needing leak publicity...

trip21 said,
But in a completely original way that they'll then start a lawsuit over!!!

Apple can't sue MS and vice-versa

The 1920 x 1080 resolution for the phablet is unlikely.

Although it maintains an aspect ratio compatible with the iPhone 5, it would induce an about 1.69 ratio for scaling. This would end-up with far less than desirable results in terms of scaling artifacts.

Apple never chose this route for a reason. Why would they start now?

TheCyberKnight said,
Apple never chose this route for a reason. Why would they start now?

Desperation.... We'll see them swinging wild soon in an attempt to bring people back

frankly, does anyone care or excited about new iphone?

who gives a crap about rumorse about where it may or may not move the button.
the immediate answer: lifeless analyst.

BTW
is it me, or the galaxy 5 Launch passed without we know it launched?
just saw it for sale.

I am excited. I can finally rid myself of this Android madness and enjoy quality apps in the walled garden. More importantly, I welcome 5.5" display on an iPhone.

honestly both iPhone and Galaxy series are just money trap for consumers, every year they force you buy a new one and old versions just get slow and slower with software update. this nonesense has to end at some point. iPhone 4 is 2 years old and its technically not usable anymore after iOS 7. same goes to galaxy series.

I have a secret for you. No one forces you to upgrade. New cars come out every year with minimal upgrades too.

Not everyone updates phones at the same time. I do a 3 year rotation on mine.

moloko said,
I have a secret for you. No one forces you to upgrade. New cars come out every year with minimal upgrades too.

Not everyone updates phones at the same time. I do a 3 year rotation on mine.


except old cars continues to operate with no issue. smartphones you have to upgrade your software to be able to get apps/don't get security problems etc... and those updates, unlike PC for example that Windows 7 or 8 can be installed on machines as old as windows xp, is designed for new devices and old devices wont operate well.

trip21 said,
When Apple finally make one it's be the biggest, grandest, slickest, bestest thing since sliced bread though!
This gets old!

trip21 said,
When Apple finally make one it's be the biggest, grandest, slickest, bestest thing since sliced bread though!

Too true! iCultists flip-flop faster than politicians, when Apple does something it is perfection lmao.

And where are these iCultists? All I see is this site drowning in an anti-Apple crowd. These so-called iCultists are practically a myth in comparison to the rest of the folks who want to sit on the internet and tell you that a phone they DON'T USE sucks and why your opinion should align with theirs.

(Sorry, I'm an Android user but goddamn do these dishonest opinions get old)

dead.cell said,
And where are these iCultists?

The majority of them picked up S3's on the cheap given the 5s was such a painful joke!

trip21 said,

The majority of them picked up S3's on the cheap given the 5s was such a painful joke!

Sorry, I love my 5s. I can see the screen clearly in broad daylight, unlocking it with TouchID is quicker than even unlocking your phone without password. I can go on but I don't want to be an iCultist :)

Who can't see their phone in broad daylight? I can see my screen in direct sunlight and it's a year older than the 5s :?

wotsit said,
Meh - big phones suck!

That's what I thought until I bought one. I prefer iOS to the Android set I have now, the only thing stopping me from going back is the small screen.

trip21 said,

The majority of them picked up S3's on the cheap given the 5s was such a painful joke!

I'll take, "Proving his point," for $400, Alex!