The week in iPhone: Leaks, peeks and deals

It’s been a strange odds-and-ends sort of week for iPhone news. We’re still dealing with the possibility of Apple jacking up the price of the iPhone 6, alleged pictures of the iPhone 6 faceplate have surfaced (as well as the iPad Air), and now RadioShack has dropped a sweet deal in our laps, especially if you’re still holding onto an iPhone 4s.

Pay more for the iPhone? Are you nuts?
Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. Really? There doesn’t seem to be any evidence backing this, making the claim just another shot-in-the-dark attempt at grabbing attention. If Apple releases a rumored 5.5-inch phablet, I could see them charging a premium for the device, but suddenly charging $100 more for the next iPhone seems ridiculous, especially considering how early and often that retailers have slashed the price on the iPhone 5c and 5s.

An offer you can’t refuse
Speaking of slashing prices, RadioShack on Thursday announced a doozy of a deal. They’re offering the 16GB iPhone 5s for just $99.99. Sound good? Well, the deal is even better if you’re upgrading from the iPhone 4s. Trade in your old 4s for a $100 store credit, essentially making the 5s free. A free iPhone 5s? Count me in! Oh … that’s right. I’ve still got eight months to wait before the contract on my iPhone 4s is over. Sigh. If you’re due for an upgrade, and you can’t hold out for the next iPhone, this deal is for you. I’ll try to keep my jealousy in check.iPhone 6 rumor roundup


iPhone 6 leaks

OK, so I’m not getting a shiny new iPhone 5s for free. Let’s look ahead to Apple’s newest flagship phone(s). Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, with rumors suggesting the phone will be available with a 4.7-inch display at first. A larger 5.5-inch version may follow in time for the holidays or it may drop early next year. Yours truly has even suggested that Apple could shock all of us and announce a new iPhone at WWDC in June.

Along with a larger display, the next-generation iPhone(s) may be thinner and likely sport Apple’s new A8 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an even better camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone 6 is expected to run iOS 8, which may feature a Healthbook app, improved Maps and hopefully a Siri API to allow third-party integration such as a rumored partnership with music identification and discovery app Shazam.
French website released alleged pictures of an iPhone 6 faceplate compared with a current iPhone 5s, which seemingly confirms a 4.7-inch screen on the next-generation device. Nothing too shocking to see in the photos (if they are legitimate), but they do give us a peek at what to expect size-wise from Apple’s next flagship phone.¬†Not to be outdone, One More Thing has similar pictures of a reported iPad Air faceplate.

And now for the eye candy
Several renders have hit the Internet of what an iPhone 6 could look like based on the alleged leak schematics and faceplate photos. These, to me, are uninspiring and not much of a stretch based on the look of the current iPhone 5s. This isn’t an s-upgrade year, people. We’ve got months before a new model is announced, so let’s look at some drool-worthy concepts.
LaptopMag has six concept renderings that’ll raise some eyebrows. My personal favorite is the iPhone Air line, featuring a 3.5-inch Air Mini, a 4.7-inch Air and a 5.5-inch Air Pro.
French site nowhereelse commissioned classy renderings that show a thinner, rounded device.
And, if it’s stunning concept videos you want, take a look at these two, which feature beautiful takes on Apple’s next-generation phone.

About Chris Cox

I love technology, but I could do without the tinkering. I'm a firm believer in technology that just works. If it's intuitive, that leads to greater adoption, which leads to more advances, and that benefits us all. That said, a little tinkering on the front end that helps you every day is worth the effort. I'm all for simple solutions that keep me -- and you -- from reinventing the wheel every day.