According to a research note by Cowen & Co analyst Timothy Arcuri, Apple has “locked down” the design for iPhone 6. He says that the model will have a 4.8-inch screen and will be compatible with the faster Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless standard.
Citing sources in the supply chain, the analyst also says that though the launch of iPhone 6 is likely to be in September, a June roll out is also “not out of the question.” Several earlier reports have claimed that Apple may unveil the next iPhone in May or June this year, around the time that it hosts the WWDC developer conference.
Arcuri says that Apple will introduce “key software innovations” with the next iOS update as well. Prominent among them is expected to be mobile payments, which will use existing technologies like Passbook, Touch ID and iBeacon.
He also said that the iPhone 5S, with technologies like fingerprint scanner and 64-bit processor, was a “set-up” for the next generation smartphone. He said that these technologies will enable the iPhone maker to debut new services that will give it an edge in the smartphone market.
Apart from iPhone 6, Arcuri also mentioned the next-generation iPad in the research note. He wrote that the next model will have a 13-inch screen and will “blur the lines between tablets and PCs.” This is in line with previous reports about a large-screen, professional-grade iPad that will replace the Macbook Air.