iOS 11 Limits Older Devices iPhone 5s & Beyond Safe, Launch Date Could Be Announced Q2 2017

The iOS 11 update may be one that is still quite a long shot to achieve for most Apple patrons, especially with the recent disclosure that came from the company. Moreover, there may be some anomalies among certain applications, if not all that are to come soon.


Known as one of the most popular and efficient mobile operating systems to date, Apple continues to update their versions on a steady basis, showing a growing set of improvements along the way. With the existing version 10.2.1 already in the market, patrons of the successors have been rendered curious on what changes can be expected-whether for better or worse.

As reported by 9 to 5 Mac, the iOS 10.3 update is now on public beta, which as of the moment alerts iOS users with apps that run on 32-bit mode respectively to update them. If the user does not choose to, the apps will not continue to operate further on the future versions, which in this case could be the iOS 11. Other users who use their iPad will be given system alerts that their older apps can affect the speed of the device.

Model-wise, the iPhone 5C is the last 32-bit iPhone that Apple released, implying that models below it will no longer be supported by the iOS 11; thus resulting in only being able to get the iOS 10.3. The iPhone 5s and beyond will be able to bask in the benefits of the future update, unfortunately for those carrying the aforementioned final 32-bit model.

No release date has been announced for the iOS 11 update just yet, but speculations arise that Apple will present the update on a big event this year, presumably by mid-June. A longer process is also expected to take place after the announcement, placing the launch sometime between September and October at the closest.

No other confirmed details have been released for the iOS 11 update thus far, as per Mac World. There were also talks of requested features, but so far, none of which were officially disseminated.

Best Hidden iPhone Secret Codes 2016

iOS is the one of the best mobile operating system.There are many secret and hidden features in iphone. iOS is getting smarter day by day there are many features which are hidden from the normal users which you can access via only hidden iphone secret codes 2015. iPhone developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. It is not meant to be used these backdoor for malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system. In smartphone these backdoor are called hidden secret codes. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which allow you to access system settings for several uses. So here we collected some iphone secret codes 2016. May be some of them not work on specific device but you can try it if you can ! Check out these hidden codes and start exploring your iphone smartphone.


iPhone Secret Codes 2016

It helps to know IMEI Number of any phone i.e. it will work on any smartphone. Everyone knows this iphone secret codes 2015

This code displays information about call forwarding (calls , voice and data)
Information call forwarding if phone is switched off or in case of none of service is available
This code disables all call forwarding!
This code allows or blocks the phone number calling you!
Allows you to hide your phone number
This code will give you a list with multiple configurations like ( call , sms , data etc) and show whether they are enabled or not
This code helps to verify status of call waiting like SMS , Data and Sync data
To know missed calls

So, this is the list of all hidden iphone secret codes 2016 list which are working on all ios 8,7,and on iphone 6,iphone 6 plus,iphone 5s,iphone 5,4 and 3gs also these secret codes working on ipad. I hopes these codes  will help you alot. If you are facing any error or found any wrong codes then just drop it in comment section. Feel free to share these iphone secret hidden codes with your friends.

iPhone 5s vs 50 cal Test

The iPhone 5S, stylized iPhone 5s, is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is part of the iPhone line, The 5S ships with iOS 7, the seventh version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.


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This filmmaker just used an iPhone 5s to shoot his critically acclaimed movie

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, audiences were blown away by crazy comedy “Tangerine,” the latest film from “Greg the Bunny” co-creator Sean Baker.
Baker takes delight in telling stories shot in real settings, taking actors with little to no experience and delve into stories one has probably never seen on the big screen before. That can range from a porn actress befriending an elderly woman (“Starlet”) to a New York garment district wholesaler dealing with fatherhood (“Price of Broadway”).

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“Tangerine” continues that idea as Baker narrates the story of a transgender prostitute named Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) who becomes aware that her pimp is deceiving on her and travels through Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to meet him face to face.

Baker’s decision to shoot the unconventional film only using the iPhone 5S is that what has caught hold of people’s attention.

Last week, Baker told Business Insider in the Manhattan office of the film’s distribution company, Magnolia Pictures that “I didn’t see any other way the film could be done.”

With a extremely small budget of only around $120,000 to make the film, Baker was aware that he had made use of all his favors doing his previous films, and that if he wanted to make “Tangerine” he had to have good imagination or original ideas.

matographer Radium Cheung. However, he was totally sold on shooting with the phone after coming across a new anamorphic lens adapter for smartphones created by Moondog Labs and the app, FiLMiC Pro.

Baker felt the phone would be “elevated to a cinematic level”, as the lens adapter and the app made it possible for the phone to shoot at the level provided by a pricey DSLR camera. While the FiLMiC Pro app costs $7.99, the Moondog lens adapters range from $160-$175.

And his financiers, who included Mark and Jay Duplass (creators of HBO’s “Togetherness”), had the same opinion after Baker showed them his test footage.

Until principal photographer on “Tangerine” started in the February of 2013, Baker did not realize the level of complex shots they could pull off with the phone. As a former bike messenger, Baker utilized his talents to closely weave around his characters as they said their lines. With one hand on the handle bar of the bike and the another holding a smart-phone designed Steadicam called a “Smoothee” ($149), the movie has these sleek, eye-grabbing passing shots of Sin-Dee as she walks extremely angry throughout L.A.

However, the “crane” shots in the film are possibly the most impressive part of the cinematography.

All the way through the film, a small number of scenes start high above buildings and then journeys down to the faces of the characters smoothly. Giant crane rigs used on traditional movie sets that costs thousands of dollars were used to pull this off. Baker was able to do the same shots at a low cost and in a more useful and realistic way.

“We purchased a large painter’s pole and we would rig the phone to the end of it and do these up and down movements,” Baker describes that he stands and copies the movements, which is quite close to painting the walls off the Magnolia meeting room with a long paint roller. “We would do like 10 shots, one after the other, and then look at all of them on the phone and decide if we had to do it again. It was basically like being back in your parent’s yard, 12 years old, doing stuff with the VHS camera.”

Baker confesses that they would have probably used drones for some of those shots had the film been made a few years later.

Baker was reluctant about promoting how “Tangerine” was shot, even though shooting with the phone was a success. Back in January, when the film entered this year’s Sundance Film Festival, he did not let any of the publicity material to reveal that it was shot with an iPhone.

“We didn’t want people to have any preconceived notions about how it would look,” he said. “I have to say, if I had a choice to see a movie between a film shot on 35mm and a film shot on an iPhone, I would pick the film shot on 35mm.”

However, following the premiere screening, Baker was aware that he had to disclose how they shot it. He became the poster child of the future of low budget filmmaking overnight.

“It’s starting to get crazy,” Baker admits. “I’m getting way too many Facebook messages and Twitter DMs from people asking how I made the movie. I just don’t have the time to answer all of them. It’s so easy – you get the phone, you get the app, you get the rig and you just do it.”

Even Apple has welcomed the film. When originally Baker had sent Apple the film treatment, they got the symbolic response that the company did not want to be involved. However, he started hearing from multiple departments in the company after the Sundance premiere with some even praising what he did. Others, not so much.

“A few times they had been really nice to me, but a few times they rubbed me the wrong way,” he said. “One time a department was like, “We’re coming to your apartment and we’re going to shoot the way you edit and shoot and we’re going to spend two days with you.’ I was like no, you’re not.”

Well, it looks like all is well now, as Baker said that Apple had invited the film to participate in one of their Apple Store filmmaker chats recently, and they were all presented with new iPhones.

Baker has no plans to make another film on an iPhone, in the hope that with the next one he would have a much larger budget to work with. However, he believes that in the years to come, audiences would be seeing more movies made on phones.

“I went to Sundance thinking we would be one of many films shot on a phone,” he said. “But a lot of people are starting to use it for features and shots. And a lot have been used for commercials already. It’s about time.”

“Tangerine” opens in theaters on Friday.

Watch the “Tangerine” trailer below, and experience the impressive picture quality yourself.

Republic Day Discounts on iPhone 5s Nexus 6 and More

This week all major online retailers are celebrating Republic Day with flash sales throughout the extended weekend. We’ve picked out some of the best offers from the sales, along with some healthy tips to help you make the most out of these offers.

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Pro tips for Republic Day weekend sales

Almost all major online retailers are running Republic Day sales this weekend. The sales start from today, and will run up to 26 January, 2015. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this weekend’s massive flash sales:

1. Always do a basic price check on other sites before hitting the buy now button on a deal. Most online retailers will match each other’s prices during a sale. A basic rule of thumb is to do a price check on Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal to ensure you get the best offer.

2. Keep mobile apps ready. Online retailers will push their mobile apps to increase usage, and will offer better discounts when you buy using their mobile apps. If you spot a great on the web, add it to the cart, but try and checkout from the mobile app itself.

3. Bundle deals with cashback offers on specific cards. Flipkart has a cashback offer for HDFC Bank cards, while Amazon has a promotion on its mobile app purchases for HDFC Bank and American Express card useRs.You can get similar cashback offers on Snapdeal’s website and mobile apps.

4. Brace yourselves for slower deliveries. It’s simple – if you want it quick, pay for a quicker delivery option if you get one. There’s no point whining about slower deliveries after a massive flash sale weekend.

1. Google Nexus 6 32GB
You can grab a brand new Google Nexus 6 32GB for as low as Rs.40,990 on eBay this week. The Nexus flagship is normally available for Rs. 43,999. The Nexus 6 (Review | Pictures) features a 6-inch QHD AMOLED display running at a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating that should keep the display safe from minor scratches. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. Nexus 6 features a 13-megapixel primary camera, and includes a dual-LED flash to lighten up those dark interiors. The smartphone is a decent choice if you can handle a phone with a large display.

Coupon code: EBAY09DEAL

eBay Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 43,999)

2. iPhone 5s Deals
iPhone 5s prices picked up after the Diwali sale last year. Even with the iPhone 6 launch in India, Apple India pretty much saw to it that the iPhone 5s prices don’t fall to ridiculous levels. But with most online retailers now running Republic Day sales, there’s a slight discount on iPhone 5s prices too. Both Amazon and Flipkart are selling the 16GB variant of the iPhone 5s for around Rs. 37,500. You can bundle this with a cashback offer applicable on both the sites to get another Rs. 2,000 off that price, making it a sweeter deal at Rs. 35,500. That would have to be the lowest price we’ve seen lately. You can use an HDFC Bank card to get an instant discount on Flipkart while checking out, or use an American Express or HDFC Bank card to get a cashback on Amazon’s mobile app. Please note that you’ll need to buy the iPhone 5s using Amazon’s mobile app to avail the cashback offer, and cashback for American Express card users will be in the form of an Amazon gift card only.

Price: Rs. 35,500 (effective)

Links: Flipkart, Amazon

3. Xbox One and video games
You can expect a decent deal on an Xbox One every single time Amazon runs a massive flash sale. This time around Amazon is offering multiple Lightning Deals on the Xbox One console as well as the older Xbox 360 console. You can grab the Xbox One console bundled with Kinect, three games, and an additional controller for Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990) during the sale. Amazon will also sell the standalone version of Xbox One (without Kinect) for around Rs. 35,000 (regular Rs. 39,990) during its Lightning Deals this weekend. Amazon is also selling Xbox One games at a discount this weekend. There are several games being sold for under Rs. 3,000 during the sale. You can get an additional 10% (maximum Rs. 2,000) cashback when you buy them on Amazon’s mobile app, and pay using HDFC Bank cards.

Amazon Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990)

4. Discounts on Amazon Kindle ebook readers
Amazon has slashed prices on its Kindle ebook readers by Rs. 1,000 on its Republic Day sale again. The discounts are valid on all Kindle variants, and are applicable till 26 January, 2015. You can buy the Kindle Paperwhite for Rs. 9,999 (regular Rs. 10,999), Kindle Paperwhite 3G for Rs. 12,999 (regular Rs.13,999), or the all-new Kindle with touchscreen support for Rs. 4,999 (regular Rs. 5,999). The all-new Kindle is the cheapest Kindle e-reader you can buy today, that comes with touchscreen support now. It’s a great device for reading books. If you need an ebook reader with a backlight, go for the Kindle Paperwhite, and if you need 3G connectivity to buy and sync books on the go, get the Paperwhite 3G variant.

Amazon Price: Starting from Rs. 4,999

5. ADATA PT100 10000mAH power bank
If you’re eyeing a decent 10000mAH power bank, possibly an alternative to the Mi 10000mAh power bank, the ADATA PT100 will definitely suit your needs. Amazon is selling this power bank at a lower price of Rs. 999 (MRP Rs. 2500) this weekend. That makes it equal to the Mi power bank in terms of pricing. The ADATA PT100 includes dual USB outlets, that means you can charge up to two devices at a time. It comes with a battery indicator that enables you to see how much juice you’ve got left in the power bank. There’s an LED flashlight too, just in case you were looking for more features. The power bank comes with 1-year standard manufacturer warranty. This is as good as it gets at that price point of under Rs. 1,000.

Amazon Price: Rs. 999

6. Extra discounts on computer components at Snapdeal
If you’re assembling your own PC this weekend, you might want to check prices at Snapdeal. The online retailer is offering an extra 7% discount on computer components above Rs. 1,499, up to 40% off on cabinets, and has a wide range of components to choose from. While all products may not match the offline retail price point, we found some components much cheaper than their offline retail counterparts. Power supply units from Corsair and Zeb are much cheaper than what most offline retailers are offering, and Snapdeal has a decent number of cooling fans to choose from. Snapdeal also has a limited period offer on the AMD FX-Series four-core edition. Bundle these with additional cashback offers from State Bank of India, HDFC, and American Express cards to get even sweeter overall discounts. Link: Snapdeal

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test

User reports and fears that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones are bending in trouser pockets are overblown, according to independent testing by the US non-profit Consumer Reports.

In fact, its tests found that HTC’s One M8 phone bent under the same force as the iPhone 6 – and that the “phablet-size” iPhone 6 Plus was stronger than both. The tests showed, though, that the new phones are substantially less strong than 2012’s iPhone 5, whose body is also used in 2013’s iPhone 5S.

Consumer Reports tested the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPhone 5 against the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One M8 using a compression testing machine to apply a “three-point flexural test”, where a metered force is applied to the centre of the phone while it is supported at each end.


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It concluded that “while nothing is (evidently) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.”

It found that the 4.7in iPhone 6, which is 7.1mm thick, would show permanent bending with the equivalent of a 70lb (31.8kg) weight placed on the centre of its back. The 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus deformed at 90lbs, and the 4in iPhone 5 – which is 7.6mm thick – at 130lbs.

“While not the strongest smartphones on the market, fears of a serious structural design flaw in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seem overblown,” explained Glenn Derene, electronics editor for Consumer Reports in a video of the tests.

Most of the phones continued to work after deforming, and required an extra 20 to 30lbs to bend enough to separate the screen from the phone’s case.

Apple tests its smartphones using a similar method to Consumer Reports by applying 55lbs of weight to the back of the phones to test resilience to bending, or approximately the weight required to break three ordinary pencils.

Apple said that it only received nine complaints about iPhone 6 Plus phones bending and that it tested 15,000 smartphones during its own investigations.

Previous smartphone tests, which showed the iPhone 6 Plus bending, have used a a less scientific method, with a reviewer applying pressure manually with thumbs pushed into the back of phones.

Initial reports by users of bending iPhone 6 Plus phones were followed up by video tests displaying a bent 6 Plus. Some reviewers of the smartphone have also found that their iPhone 6 Plus phones were either bent initially or bent during the course of their testing. The Guardian has not seen bending during testing of the iPhone 6 Plus, though it was not carried in trouser pockets.


“Like a lot of people, I have a bent iPhone 6 Plus. It’s almost imperceptible, but it’s there: a slight warp right at the buttons on the side. Put the phone screen down on a table, and it wobbles,” said Mat Hohan in a review of the iPhone 6 Plus for Wired. “I haven’t purposefully bent it and I don’t recall sitting on it (but I probably have).”

How many iPhone 6 Plus phones have been bent in users’ pockets is still unknown. Apple claims that it is not an issue for normal use, but phones from other manufactures have suffered similar bending issues.

As smartphones become thinner and longer with bigger screens, their relative strength decreases while the force applied to them inside pockets can increase due to a lever effect.

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Compare iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c

iPhone 6 Plus


The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s offering to the fans out there of so-called ‘phablets’ (smartphone/tablet hybrids, dubbed such because of their size). With a 5.5-inch screen, it’s comparable in size to Samsung’s Note 4, although with a higher-end design. It packs all the features and improvements of the iPhone 6, but is a fair bit larger.

With excellent reviews, so far it’s been popular with the media. TechRadar says: “The iPhone 6 Plus answers the ever growing demand for a larger-screened, high definition iPhone – something we’ve been waiting for for years.”

Thanks to its size the 6 Plus houses a bigger battery than the 6, giving it a longer battery life. Optical image stabilisation, which improves results in low-light photography, is another feature that gives it an edge over its little brother.

You’ll pay for these privileges though, as the 6 Plus costs £80-90 more than an iPhone 6 with the same hard-drive capacity. For the phone out-of-contract, prices start at £619 for the 16GB model, going up to a staggering £789 for the 128GB model.

iPhone 6


Apple’s latest iPhone provides what a number of iOS users have been looking for – a larger screen. Reviews have generally been positive and its top-notch design makes it look like a premium product. In summary, it’s a bigger, more powerful iPhone 5S with a better camera and a wireless payments feature.

Tech website CNET says the iPhone 6 is “the overdue screen upgrade and feature boost that last year’s iPhone 5S wasn’t” and concludes it’s “an excellent upgrade for any iPhone 5 owner”.

This year’s new iPhones work with Apple Pay, a wireless payment system that operates through ‘near field communication’ technology. When Apple Pay is rolled out in retailers across the UK (dates yet to be announced), you’ll be able to pay for purchases with any iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, validated using the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone 6 has an improved camera, plus super-slow-motion video capture – another new feature. For fitness fanatics, there’s also an improved M8 ‘motion copressor’ chip, which allows more advanced tracking of physical activity.

Running Apple’s newest operating system iOS 8, in addition to the new A8 processor chip, the iPhone 6 runs smoothly and can handle demanding games and apps with ease. Prices start at £539 for the 16GB model, running up to £699 for the 128GB model.

iPhone 5s


The iPhone 5S was last year’s flagship smartphone from Apple but offered minimal improvements on the iPhone 5. The design is pretty similar with a few new features thrown in. Tech blog Engadget summed it up: “The iPhone 5s is an evolution of the iPhone 5, and isn’t necessarily a must-have.”

New features over the previous year’s model included the faster A7 chip, an improved camera and most significant of all Touch ID – a fingerprint sensor for authorising iTunes and App Store purchases on your phone.

Since launching the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has reduced the cost of the 5S to £459 and mobile networks will likely follow suit with their tariffs soon enough.

iPhone 5c


The iPhone 5C is Apple’s cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5S, with a plastic casing instead of an aluminium body. It comes in a variety of bright colours, and now ships with iOS 8 as standard.

The internals of the handset more closely reflect those of the iPhone 5 than the 5S, which was released around the same time in 2013, with the same processor chip. One advantage over the 5 is 4G capability on all the major UK networks.

Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Apple has dropped the price for the 5C to £319 for the 8GB base model; expect providers to do the same with their tariffs in the coming months.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z & Nokia Lumia 928 Pocketnow U-Review

For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you … read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there’s precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There’s not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail.


For a while, we’ve been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader – to allow you to (virtually) get your hands on a demo device and see for yourself how some feature, or measurement, or tiny detail feels. And -until the advent of holodecks- we think we’ve found the best way to do that.

Introducing the Pocketnow U-Review, a monthly, hour-long Hangout similar to the Pocketnow Live, but focused entirely on letting you get your fill of new mobile devices on your own terms. We keep the demo smartphone or tablet in our own hands, but for your five-minute block of Hangout time, you can ask us to show you anything and everything on that device (within reason). So get ready to ask away, because the U-Review is here to get you as close to hot new mobile devices as any fuzzy webcam can.



Response to it has been a little lukewarm in the comments, but there’s no doubt that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is one of the most aesthetically stunning Android tablets we’ve ever laid hands on – and it’s water-resistant, to boot. We’re not sure if the lack of enthusiasm around here is due to the ten-inch tablet stigma, the Z’s high price, or something else, but it’s time to (figuratively) put it in your hands. We’ve given it the full review, and now it’s time to give it the U-Review.

But wait – there’s more! We also reviewed a smartphone this week. It’s a peculiar confluence of the familiar and the alien, an old friend clad in new robes: it’s the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon Wireless. We’ve reviewed it, we’ve compared it, and now it’s time to answer your questions about it, face-to-face.

So tune in on Thursday, June 6, at 4:00 PM EDT for the second episode of the Pocketnow U-Review! You’ll be able to ask your own questions, share your own opinions, and ultimately give this new Android tablet and Nokia Windows Phone your personal thumbs-up or thumbs-down!

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Two of the biggest rumored devices of the year, the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, appear to be on a collision course. The devices remain firmly inside of the rumor mill but here, with prospective buyers in mind, we want to take a look at how the rumored iPhone 6 is stacking up with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Every year, Apple releases a brand new iPhone. Last year though, Apple went with a two-pronged approach and announced an iPhone 5s, its flagship model, and a plastic iPhone 5c aimed at emerging markets and those that want to save $100 on-contract. With that in mind, it’s not surprising to learn that Apple has a new iPhone, or perhaps, new iPhones up its sleeve for 2014.

Rumors suggest that Apple will be coming to market with at least one iPhone 6 though if rumors are accurate, we could potentially see two new iPhones emerge before everything is said and done. iPhone 6 rumors suggest that the device could arrive with a much larger display than the iPhone 5s and if true, it would help to put the iPhone firmly  in the sights of those who want a ton of real estate for gaming, watching movies and surfing the web.

One of the preeminent devices for those types of activities is the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Every year, Samsung releases two flagship Galaxy smartphones. Last year, it was the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. Both are high-end models though the Galaxy Note 3 is marketed to those that want more screen and a stylus. The S Pen is one of device’s unique features.

With the iPhone supposedly encroaching on the screen sizes on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, consumers are keeping a close eye on the rumor mill. And there has been no shortage of leaks.

The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 are two heavily rumored devices. They are also two devices that consumers are likely weighing as their next smartphone. While we can’t profess to know everything about these two smartphones, they’re still rumored, there is enough credible evidence to warrant an early comparison.

It’s our job to make sure that upgraders are as prepared as possible and today, we want to take a look at how the iPhone 6 rumors compare to the Galaxy Note 4′s.

This comparison aims to help set the expectations of current smartphone owners as we head deeper into the year and closer to both of these launches.


The Samsung Galaxy Note display has always been much larger than the iPhone display and the Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s have continued that trend. While the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a massive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display measures a mere 4-inches. The size difference can be seen in the photo below.


Rumor has it, the iPhone 6 may close the gap a little bit with a sharp increase from the size of the iPhone 5s’ display. Rumors suggest that Apple could be coming out with two different display sizes.

One iPhone 6 model is rumored to have a display that’s between 4.5-inches and 4.8-inches in size. A majority of rumors point to a 4.7-inch display and the general consensus at this point is that this will be the size of one of Apple’s new iPhones. The 4.7-inch model is rumored to have full HD resolution display that’s on par with the top Android devices on the market including the Galaxy Note 3.

Rumors also point to a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 that would directly compete against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung’s other Galaxy Note models. What’s frustrating is that it’s still not clear if both of these iPhones will launch this year. Rumors suggest that the 5.5-inch model could debut in late 2014 or, perhaps, 2015. More on that below.

Apple will also reportedly utilize sapphire for the iPhone 6 display. A Sapphire display would mean a more scratch-resistant display. If true, we could wind up seeing a iPhone 6 that not only comes with a bigger sized, higher-resolution screen but a display with improved battery efficiency and image quality.

So how might the Galaxy Note 4 contend with that? Well, rumors suggest that it could battle large iPhones in a few different ways.


Reports state that Samsung is at least considering a QHD display for the Galaxy Note 4. QHD display resolution translates to 2560 x 1440 resolution and that means sharper looking on-screen content. QHD resolution is rumored to be on board the LG G3 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime but it’s not rumored to be coming with the iPhone 6.

Another other upgrade could be a “bent” three-sided display. Back in January, a Samsung executive told Bloomberg that the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a new display type that would allow for better viewing angles. Since then, a series of Galaxy Note 4 rumors have pointed to a “bent” three-sided display. A recent report suggested that this feature was still in play for the Galaxy Note 4.

Recent patent filings show new form factors that Samsung could be playing around with in the lab but they aren’t a definitive look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

While Samsung is known for putting cutting edge technology on board its smartphones, Apple is known for taking a much more methodical approach. For instance, it waited to put LTE on the iPhone. The company has also has waited to super size the iPhone’s screen. In other words, if the Galaxy Note 4 does come with a three-sided display, don’t expect Apple’s iPhone 6 to match it.

The Galaxy Note 4 display should match the iPhone 6′s in terms of quality, the size difference isn’t clear. Samsung’s Galaxy Note probably isn’t going to shrink so for the moment, consumers should expect there to be an inch difference between the iPhone 6 display and the display on the Galaxy Note 4.


It’s clear that Samsung has begun to shift away from its glossy, polycarbonate plastic designs. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 featured a faux leather plastic design and this year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 arrived with a perforated black plastic matte material that is much improved over the design found on the Galaxy S4. The moves were necessary because the metal designs on the HTC One and the iPhone 5s simply blow away Samsung’s plastic.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors suggest that we’re going to see more change later this year. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, recently told Reuters that the Galaxy Note 4 will be coming with a “new form factor” when it arrives later on this year. There was no elaboration but rumors suggest that Samsung is considering a few different changes.

One report claims that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with an IP67 certification, just like the Galaxy S5. What this means is that it will be dust and water resistant, something that the iPhone 5s does not have, and something that hasn’t been rumored for the iPhone 6.

Again, Galaxy Note 4 rumors, which have been fueled by a pair of patent filings, suggest that this new form factor could be dominated by a brand new three-sided display. The photo above gives consumers an idea about how the Galaxy Note 4 could look if it does incorporate a three-sided display.

The photo below, based on another filing, offers another take on the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

If the iPhone 6 comes with a larger display than the iPhone 5s, it will almost certainly come with a larger overall footprint. And while it may be larger, it still may not come close to the size of the Galaxy Note 3.  The video below will give consumers an idea about how big a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 might look compared to the Galaxy Note 3.

The image below shows a supposed iPhone 6 mockup next to the Samsung Galaxy S5. While the Galaxy S5 is smaller than the Galaxy Note 3, the image will give consumers a good idea of the size. The Galaxy S5 utilizes a 5-1-inch display.

A recent Macotakara report shared two possible sets of iPhone 6 dimensions for both the 4.7-inch model and 5+inch model. Here is how those rumors stack up with the measurements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3′s design. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 dimensions haven’t leaked.

  • iPhone 6 (4.7) -140 x 70 x 7mm
  • iPhone 6 (5.7) – 160 x 80 x 7mm
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Well known leakster Sonny Dickson claims that the iPhone 6 may be as thin as 5.5mm. This smaller size could come in part from new display technology that reduces the thickness needed for display backlighting, as shared in a report on LEDInside of TrendForce.

iPhone 6 design rumors also suggest Apple may be able to deliver a new iPhone that is up to 26% thinner than the iPhone 5s. A recent leak from Ukrainian website suggests Apple is aiming for a smartphone as thin as 6mm, but Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes a 6.5 – 7mm thickness is easier for Apple to achieve.

Alleged iPhone 6 photos and mockups claim to show the exact look of the upcoming iPhone but thus far, they are inconclusive given that they could be based on rumors rather than inside information.

As for the rest of the design, iPhone 6 rumors point to Apple including Touch ID fingerprint technology on the iPhone 6 and on an array of rumored upcoming Apple products. Early Galaxy Note 4 rumors pointed to the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor and the arrival of a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S5 makes one likely.


iPhone 6

  • Apple A8 64-bit processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.5-4.8-inch and 5 -5.5-inch Sapphire displays
  • 1GB/ 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 3.2MP HD front-facing camera
  • 8-10MP rear-facing camera
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC

Reports indicate that the Galaxy Note 4 could come equipped with some powerful hardware as well. The device’s specs are said to possibly include LTE-Advanced for faster data speeds. LTE-A offers faster data speeds for compatible devices but it also requires networks to offer the capability. U.S. carriers have been slow to adopt the new technology though Verizon plans to deploy LTE-A by the middle of 2014.

To compete with the iPhone 5s and rumored iPhone 6, the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a 64-bit processor. 64-bit processors can handle more memory than 32-bit processors, something that is important for high-performance devices like the Galaxy Note.


Galaxy Note 4 camera rumors haven’t been specific but iPhone 6 camera rumors have been. A new rumor indicates that the iPhone 6 could take dramatically better photos thanks to new image stabilization that takes multiple photos which software could combine to deliver a “super-resolution” photo.


At this point, we’re not sure what the Galaxy Note 4 software will look like but we are pretty sure about a couple of things. First, it should feature applications that are related to the device’s S Pen. The S Pen is the stylus that comes bundled with the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note 3′s S Pen experience can be seen in the video below.

Second, it should feature some of the things that Samsung delivered with the Galaxy S5 software. The Galaxy S5′s software is focused on health, camera upgrades, and more. Those that aren’t familiar can check out the Samsung Galaxy S5′s software in action next to the Galaxy S3 in the video below.

As for the iPhone 6, it likely won’t come with a bundled stylus nor will it come with Android. Rumors suggest that it will come with Apple’s brand new iOS operating system, currently known as iOS 8.

The current version of iOS is iOS 7.1 but the iPhone 6 will more than likely run the next version of Apple’s software. iOS 8 is widely expected to debut on June 2nd at Apple’s WWDC 2014 conference in San Francisco though that remains unconfirmed.

iOS 8 is expected to be an extensive upgrade to iOS 7 and those that haven’t been following the iOS 8 update on its journey to WWDC.


In November, shortly after the iPhone 5s release, Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group said that he believed that the price of the iPhone 6 could jump up as much as $100. Caso’s prediction was recently backed up by well known Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who says that he also believes that there is a potential for a $100 price jump. Others believe that the iPhone 6 might stay at $199.99.

In our opinion, if Apple releases two iPhone models, we’d expect the larger 5.5-inch model to the be the device that is priced at $299.99 on-contract. Why? Because that’s where the Galaxy Note series is priced and it’s a potential price point for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the device that it would compete with.

Release Date

These two devices appear to be on a collision course this fall. Galaxy Note 4 rumors point to an arrival in the second half of the year and iPhone 6 rumors all point to a debut after WWDC.

Samsung has all but confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 release for the second half of the year. The company historically has used the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany to launch its Galaxy Note and rumors suggest that it’s at least considering the event for the Galaxy Note 4 launch. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 arrived at IFA, just a few days before the iPhone 5s launch.

IFA 2014 kicks off on September 5th and prospective buyers will want to circle that date in pencil. As for the release date, Samsung usually releases a device three to four weeks after the announcement date. What this means is that Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may not hit shelves until September or October.

Apple could be planning something similar. Several weeks ago, the CEO of a company that partnered with Apple to sell the iPhone in Russia claimed that the iPhone 6 release would land in September. The rumor was extremely interesting given that this is the second Apple partner to point to the fall iPhone 6 release date.

His comments follow a long line of iPhone 6 release date rumors that point to the fall. Here are a few of the more recent reports that point to an iPhone release this fall:

  • iPhone 6 release date as early as September – Nikkei
  • iPhone 6 release date in August or September – Steve Milunovich UBS via Barrons
  • iPhone 6 release in the fall – Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest via Business Insider
  • iPhone 6 scheduled for third quarter 2014 – ZDNet Korea
  • iPhone 6 scheduled for the fall in September – Industrial Commercial Times

Rumors suggest that Apple may have two iPhone release dates up its sleeve. A report from Reuters claims that while Apple is planning a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release for this fall, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed. In fact, rumors are starting to point to two possible release dates.

EMSOne, Reuters, Ming-Chi Kuo, Steve Milunovich from UBS, and a new report from The Commercial Times all point to a delayed release for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The Commercial Times suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could have been pushed into 2015.

A more recent report from The India Times suggests that we could see it arrive in September, just a month after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 arrives on shelves.

So at this point, buyers should expect at least one iPhone 6 to be out to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 and it could be that we see them both arrive in and around the same time this fall.


After absorbing all of that, we recommend doing a couple of things. First, go and get hands-on with the Galaxy Note 3. The device may not look or feel exactly like the Galaxy Note 4 but we’re not expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to shrink down or ditch the S Pen. The S Pen is one of the things that sets the Galaxy Note apart from devices like the iPhone and consumers will want to make sure that it’s absolutely necessary.Finally, be patient. Keep an eye on iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 rumors but try not to let expectations get out of hand. Rumors will often start big and bold before ultimately settling in the latter months of the rumor cycle.


iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 4.7

Sapphire is the birthstone of September, the traditional gift on your 45th wedding anniversary and a material associated with both luxury and ruggedness. It can be found in opulent products like jewelry, camera lenses and fancy watches. Given that, it’s also one of the toughest materials in the world, which makes it ideal for military-grade items like aviation displays and even missiles. So when rumors emerged that a sapphire display may be featured on the next iPhone, a chorus of excitement followed. However, many phone manufacturers don’t share the same sense of optimism that Apple might hold toward this different kind of next-gen display.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display

Earlier this week, YouTube vlogger Marques Brownlee showed what appears to be a sapphire display for the next iPhone. While the use of sapphire won’t be confirmed (or denied) by Apple until the product is released, the idea that it would want to use the material in its next flagship smartphone isn’t too hard to believe: The company announced late last year that it partnered with leading sapphire producer GT Advanced Technologies to build a manufacturing facility in Arizona. And according to a report from 9to5mac, the deal included enough new equipment to make around 100 million to 200 million iPhone-sized displays per year.

There’s one major reason why manufacturers are looking into using sapphire displays: The material is strong. Very strong. Sapphire is about four times as tough as glass. Gorilla Glass, regularly found protecting current smartphone screens, fares pretty well against hard objects too, but in order to scratch sapphire, you’d need to find something higher than nine on the Mohs scale — a system of measurement used to rate mineral hardness from one to 10, with 10 being the highest. (For comparison, Gorilla Glass rates a seven; sandpaper is a nine; and diamond is a 10)


Using sapphire instead of glass for a smartphone display isn’t a groundbreaking concept. The material is already used in the (admittedly far smaller) protective glass covering the iPhone camera, as well as the 5s home button (for Touch ID); and luxury brands like Vertu, Savelli and TAG Heuer use sapphire displays in their existing phones. However, it’s no coincidence that existing sapphire display phones are incredibly expensive — manufacturing sapphire is time-intensive, limited by available quantity and very costly. The price of sapphire camera lens covers is 2.6 times higher than glass. On a large phone display, the difference in cost is even higher; last year, GT Advanced reps estimated the cost for a pane of Gorilla Glass at $3, while sapphire was around $30.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 2014

I reached out to multiple representatives from major smartphone players and while most companies I talked to had already researched and analyzed the possibility of using sapphire, their impressions were much more lukewarm than I expected. “The cost and supply aren’t where we’d like them to be for sapphire to be practical just yet,” said Ken Hong, Global Communications Director for LG. “Sapphire’s durability and scratch-resistance are certainly attractive, but Gorilla Glass isn’t going to be displaced anytime soon.”

There are plenty of other issues associated with sapphire. It’s heavier than Gorilla Glass and the material remains less transparent than glass, meaning it would be more difficult to see the screen unless manufacturers add a special coating to increase transparency. (Even then, it still wouldn’t be as good as glass.) Additionally, each representative I talked to confirmed that while sapphire is durable, it certainly isn’t unbreakable. In fact, the larger the display is, the more brittle it becomes; “The sapphire is too hard to withstand bending,” said a representative of a top-tier phone maker who also asked to remain anonymous. “It’s easier to break during drop tests when the size of sapphire increases.”

Another representative replied, “In a cost-benefit analysis, I doubt [using sapphire] makes sense, unless there is some perceived marketing advantage.” Despite the potential downfalls of using such a material, that’s exactly what Apple would be gunning for by using the display in the iPhone: marketing power. Sapphire’s got a solid reputation; if the new iPhone features the same material used in premium watches, necklaces and earrings, and the company can throw it in without raising the price to consumers, Apple has a great new way to distinguish itself from the competition.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display 2014-Elastic

Even if other phone makers wanted to use sapphire displays, it would be difficult for them to secure enough inventory due to a very limited supply — a problem that the iPhone maker has avoided. “Apple uses its massive cash hoard to fund big upfront commitments for key components,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research. “[It’s] something that almost every other OEM but Samsung will struggle to do.” In other words, only large companies with enough resources and bargaining power will be able to secure enough sapphire for mass production.

This doesn’t mean that sapphire displays won’t be embraced in the future; they might just come in a different form. We wouldn’t be too surprised if multiple hardware manufacturers decided to use the material on smartwatches for now, since the screens — and the number of devices to build — would be much smaller and thus more affordable than smartphones. (The Moto 360, for example, is rumored to have a sapphire screen.) Then, as supply goes up and production becomes more cost-efficient, more doors may open for phone makers who want to give sapphire a shot.