There are virtually no real details at this point on the phone that will follow Apple’s 2013 next-generation phone model, which may be called the iPhone 6. The device is supposedly under testing, and reports have suggested that Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs oversaw part of its development. It could have a larger screen (possibly 4.7” to 5”), and might draw upon elements of a rumored “teardrop” design that was said to be in the works in 2011, before the iPhone 4S and 5 were launched. Some have referred to the new device as the “iPhone +”—a name that was apparently mistranslated as “iPhone Math” in rumors that circulated in early 2013.
In any case, very little can be said for certain so far ahead of a release. Rumored features that don’t make it into the iPhone 5S — such as NFC payments or a fingerprint sensor — could conceivably wind up in the iPhone 6. An IGZO screen would also be a possibility, enabling the device to be noticeably thinner than prior-generation iPhones.
Two patent applications from Apple reveal two devices: one with a wraparound display, and another with a ceramic housing. These might have something to do with a future iPhone, but it’s just as likely they’re related to other devices, or to concepts which will never see the light of day.
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