The Biggest Smartphone Launch is Just Weeks Away

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The iPhone 6. Regardless of what you might think of Apple, you can’t deny the hardware they produce is just exceptional. Most people’s argument against them is that their products simply cost too much.

It’s rumoured that Apple will hold an event on the 9th of September where they will unveil the next-generation iPhone. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not we’ll see one or two models of iPhone that will support different screen sizes. The sizes in question are a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch. The fact is, whether we see one or two models, the iPhone 6 will be the biggest smartphone launch to-date.

We will, of course, see the basics, a thinner profile, improved camera’s and new internal chips. There may however also be a couple of brand new features. Again, it’s all rumours at this point, but the high-end models may have a sapphire glass display. Sapphire glass is very difficult to scratch. On the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, sapphire is a 9.

If you don’t know how the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness works, I’ll explain because it’s very interesting. The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness characterises the scratch resistance of various minerals. It has 10 hardness levels.

We’ll take sapphire as an example which, as I just mentioned, is a 9. This means anything below it on the scale can be scratched by sapphire but anything above it means it can’t scratch anything that’s higher on the scale. (That doesn’t really make much sense so here’s an easier explanation.) If we take apatite which is numbered 5 on the scale, apatite can scratch minerals numbered 1-4 but can’t scratch minerals numbered 6-10.

So from that (if you understood it) you can see that sapphire is very tough indeed. Only diamond which is positioned at the very top of the chart can scratch sapphire. However, sapphire is very expensive compared to the glass used on the current iPhone’s. This will probably result in a price increase but I’d be happy to pay extra if sapphire glass featured.

Next, the battery. We all know that the battery life on the iPhone 5s isn’t great, it’ll last one day if you’re lucky. It’s rumoured that the 4.7-inch will feature a 1,810 mAh battery which is an improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s. Apple’s new A8 chip is also expected to optimise battery life all-round. It’s rumoured that the 5.5-inch will feature a massive 2,915 mAh battery.

Next, a brand new lightning cable. If you follow news in the tech world then you may have heard that the next version of the USB cable is ready. USB Type-C cables as they are called are now reversible and Apple may ship them with the next iPhone, so, no more messing about inserting USB ports!

Finally, availability. Hopefully this year Apple make enough iPhone’s for launch, when the iPhone 5s was released we could only order it and not pre-order it. I’m hoping this year we’ll be able to pre-order again to guarantee we get it on the release day. If we can only order it again, I’ll order it but still queue at my local Apple Store. If I manage to get my hands on one from the store I’ll cancel my online order.

It’s not long now and I can’t wait to see what the next iPhone looks like, if there will be multiple screen sizes and whether we’ll see sapphire glass included in the high-end models. Also, I’m hoping that Apple change their capacity range, drop the 16GB and add a 128GB option because for me, 16GB is not enough. Apps are getting bigger, the amount of music available is endless and photos are taking up more memory.