The iPhone 6 Cometh Sept 9 (Reports)

AApple is about to take its war with Samsung (and every other smartphone maker) to the next level. According to multiple reports, the company will finally unveil its big-screen iPhone 6 at a Sept 9 launch event.

Re/code broke the news about the event earlier today, then The Wall Street Journal backed up the Sept 9 date with a report of its own, citing a "person familiar with the matter."

Rumors point to Apple releasing two versions of the iPhone 6, one in 4.7 inches and the other in a phablet-like 5.5 inches. It's possible that the larger version will go on sale later than the smaller 4.7-inch model, but we expect both handsets to be on stage when Tim Cook shows off Apple's next big things.

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Just in case you haven't been keeping up with all the rumors, the iPhone 6 is expected to sport a faster quad-core A8 processor, a much stronger sapphire crystal display, and a more advanced camera (possibly 10 megapixels).

The screen resolution on the iPhone 6 is said to be 1704 x 960 pixels, which is definitely a step up from the sad 1136 x 640-pixel screen on the iPhone 5s. However, Android phones like the LG G3 pack quad HD panels.

The iPhone 6 may also finally get NFC functionality, which would allow Apple to turn the iPhone 6 into a digital wallet for millions and millions of people with iTunes accounts. The device may also be able to detect air pressure and altitude using a built-in barometer.

The smartphone landscape is at an intriguing crossroads. Android now accounts for 85 percent of smartphones sold, and yet Samsung is feeling the heat both from Chinese smartphone makers and the impending iPhone 6 launch. However, Samsung apparently has two weapons of its own on the way in the Galaxy Note 4 (rocking a QHD screen) and the metal-clad Galaxy Alpha.

Tom's Guide will be on the ground for the Apple event whenever the iPhone 6 becomes official, so stay tuned for hands-on impressions and comparisons.

Mark Spoonauer is the editor in chief of Tom's Guide. Follow him at @mspoonauer. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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  • house70
    The article reads like Apple is trying hard to catch up with the other manufacturers, sometimes successfully (implementing NFC), sometimes not (that screen resolution is still ages behind).
  • Intervenator
    This whole pixel race is ridiculous. Why add more pixels (which will decrease battery life substantially) when you can't even physically see a difference?
  • jasonelmore
    I can definitely see a difference between the iphone 5S screen and LG G3. It's night and day.