Apple Bytes: iPhone Models Leaks & New Kickstarter App Metalalia

This week: upcoming iPhone models leaks on the web, and a new Kickstarter App, Metalalia!

Our current favourite Kickstarter campaign which launched on April 8th, is Metalalia, an immersive e-book platform for mobile devices that uses text, art, original music and narration in panel format to tell updated versions of classic fairy tales like Rapunzel and Pinocchio. Drawing on rich settings such as Ghibli-style dieselpunk, fin de siécle European steam punk, and pulp space western to bring these stories to life. We’ll bring you more as we know more, but in the meantime check out this screen-grab:HairWovenRopePage1Demock out

And currently circulating the interweb are predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Apple’s upcoming releases. Ming-Chi Kuo has made a name for himself as his predictions are virtually always correct, as he gleans from his always-reliable supply chain sources, so let’s check them out:

iPhone 6 model: it will feature a new 4.7-inch display panel, with a new Retina panel giving a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels, which works out to a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.. The iPhone 6 will feature a new Apple A8 processor along with 1GB of RAM, and will have a big design overhaul that is much thinner, and the bezel on the sides of the display will be reduced by between 10% and 20% so that the phone can still be used comfortably with one hand despite the larger screen. Kuo believes that Apple will add NFC chips to this year’s iPhone models. The iPhone 6 will launch late in the third quarter… and here’s a concept photo of what the phone may look like:

iphone-6-concept

The new iPhone phablet: it will feature a full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display that measures 5.5 inches diagonally – that works out to a pixel density of 401 ppi. Its specs are very similar to the smaller iPhone 6 model, including the A8 processor, NFC and Touch ID. The battery will be much larger, suggesting that it will be between 50% and 70% bigger than the current iPhone 5s battery. The iPhone phablet will launch late in the fourth quarter.

Other big changes include the power/sleep/wake button on both new iPhone models being moved from the top of the phone to the side, so it can be reached more easily on the larger phones, and claims that Apple will switch from Gorilla Glass to sapphire crystal to cover the iPhone’s displays, but possibly only on the high-end models with 64GB of memory (this is due to supply constraints, although ultimately Apple will move all of its iPhone models to sapphire). Part of this shift to sapphire, is that Touch ID may soon be embedded in iPhone display panels rather than home buttons, and sapphire is needed to ensure fingerprint reading accuracy.

According to Kuo, the iPhone 4/4s will be discontinued and the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will occupy the two lower-end price slots. I may finally invest in the 5S this year… 🙂

Source: MacRumors,

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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