The rumor mill is already churning out reports about Apple's next smartphone, likely called the iPhone 6. We're collecting every rumor, whether wacky or plausible, that CNET has reported about the iPhone 6 here, so you can stay on top of the latest reports on its release date, specs, and special features. Let us know in the comments below what you're hoping to see from Apple's next iPhone.
What we think we know
This early in 2014, we don't know much about what Apple has up its sleeves for the next iPhone. That said, some trends are already popping up in the rumors. Analysts and sources claim that Apple will give us two phones this year, just like it did in September 2013 with the 5S and 5C. There will be a large iPhone model, likely with a 5-inch or larger screen, and also a smaller, possibly lower-end, device closer in size to the iPhone 5S.
Apple hasn't even confirmed it's even working on a new iPhone, let alone what it will be called, but following the pattern the company has used to name its previous phones, we are guessing it will be dubbed the iPhone 6.
When we will get it
Despite one report that says Apple will launch the iPhone 6 at its June 2014 Worldwide Developer's Conference, it's much more likely that we won't get a new phone until the fall. That's because since 2011, Apple has announced its new iPhones in September and October.
Editors' note: This post was originally published on January 23, 2014. We will continue to update it when new rumors surface.
April 16, 2014
Early productions of cases intended for the Apple iPhone 6 show that the rumored larger screen is definitely in the cards, and the power button will have a new home.
April 15, 2014
The Web is abuzz with talk of a larger Apple iPhone, and a new mysterious image has popped up online to fuel the fire. The speculated iPhone 6's larger screen is held up to an iPhone 5 for comparison and it looks like, well, a bigger iPhone screen.
April 9, 2014
More rumors about a staggered launch for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones have surfaced. The smaller one is expected in July, with the largest iPhone to date expected in September.
March 31, 2014
According to Reuters, the 4.7inch iPhone will launch before the 5.5-inch model.
March 28, 2014
A major supplier of iPhone displays just announced a new 5.5-inch WQHD screen, with shipping availability starting in April.
March 27, 2014
According to a Japanese publication, the iPhone 6 will land in September in two different sizes.
March 27, 2014
Orders that could imply mass production of batteries for the iPhone 6, suggest that the new smartphone will be available later rather than sooner.
March 18, 2014
One of Apple's manufacturing partners is opening a new factory space and recruiting workers, which is stirring up production date rumors for the upcoming iPhone 6. If true, production in the second quarter is expected.
March 17, 2014
The iPhone 6 could come equipped with its own barometer for monitoring weather conditions. Samsung added this features to the Galaxy S4 a year ago, and this could be an attempt from Apple to play catch-up.
February 12, 2014
Alleged photos of the unconfirmed Apple iPhone 6 are cropping up with more frequency. Whether these photos are the real deal or not is still up for debate. But if they are, they unveil a larger iPhone screen and a thin profile to match its thin bezels.
February 12, 2014
One hopeful source claims that Apple will release two new iPhones later this year with bigger screen sizes than before. One model is expected to boast a 4.7-inch screen and the other a 5.5-inch display. The rumor posits that these new iPhone 6 models will drop in September. We'll see about that.
February 11, 2014
The next generation of Apple iPhones is now linked to a recurring rumor about the smartphone's design: no bezels. The choice would allow for more screen space -- something many Apple loyalists have patiently waited for -- and is assumed to require the fingerprint scanner that debuted on the iPhone 5S.
February 11, 2014
A Japanese source claims that Sony is going to start making a few additional components for Apple's next iPhone camera. Sony already makes CMOS sensors for the rear cameras on iPhones. However, this report claims that the order will double soon, due to speculation that Apple will begin to use a Sony CMOS sensor on the front camera as well.
January 23, 2014
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will give us two new iPhones this year, just as it did when the company announced the iPhone 5S and 5C in 2013. This time around, the two phones will have different sizes, one around 4.7 inches, and another that's supposedly larger than 5 inches. Apple is also said to be doing away with the 5C's polycarbonate case in favor of using metal for both new devices.
January 22, 2014
Though there's been a lot of buzz about the iPhone 6's size, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri is claiming that the next iPhone will have a 4.8-inch screen and that the design is already "locked down." He also notes that the new iPhone will have higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
January 20, 2014
Following earlier reports, Chinese analyst Sun Changxu told Chinese-language Web site QQ Tech that the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes. First, at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June 2014, the company will release a 4.7-inch iPhone with a 1,136x640 pixel display, which is only slightly larger than the screen on the iPhone 5S. Shortly after that first release, Changxu says that Apple will unveil a larger, higher-resolution 5.7-inch iPhone.
January 14, 2014
Forecasts from market research firm DisplaySearch predict that Apple will release two new iPhone models in 2014, both with higher-resolution screens that would trump the current iPhone's 4-inch 1,136x640-pixel display. The "high-end" model of the new iPhone would have a 5.5-inch screen with a 1,920x1,080 low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCD display, which is the same kind of screen used in the 5S. The other iPhone model could have a 4.7-inch screen with a 1,600x900 resolution display.