9 Apple Rumors From Last Week: iPhone, iPad, and More

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Apple’s next-generation iPhone models are expected to be unveiled in less than three weeks. However, that hasn’t stopped the perpetual rumor mill from churning out more details about the company’s highly anticipated iPhone 6. Based on previous component leaks and supply chain information cited by multiple media sources, it is widely believed that the upcoming iPhone models will be available in two larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Some, if not all, of the next-generation devices are also expected to feature sapphire-covered screens. While several new tidbits of information about the devices’ hardware emerged online last week, many of the latest leaks simply affirmed previously heard rumors about the iPhone 6 models.

Although rumors about Apple’s next-generation iPhone models have been receiving the lion’s share of media coverage, the Cupertino-based company is believed to have several other products in the works, including follow-ups to last year’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. New information about the production of the long-rumored iWatch wearable tech device also surfaced last week. Here’s a roundup of the latest rumors circulating about Apple’s many upcoming products.

1. Apple’s iPhone 6 may feature up to 128GB storage and an NFC chip

The source: Various leaked iPhone 6 schematics obtained by a Chinese repair company called GeekBar and highlighted by GforGames early last week revealed several interesting details about the hardware for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The first schematic purported to reveal details about the RAM capacity for the so-called “A8” processor. Although it was first believed that this schematic showed that the A8 processor would only feature 1GB of RAM, subsequent clarification revealed that this information most likely referred to a component for the device’s flash memory.

Another leaked schematic provided by GeekBar and obtained by GforGames suggested that the iPhone 6 would feature a 128GB capacity version for the first time. Previously released iPhone models have topped out at 64GB of storage. The schematic also detailed 16GB and 64GB capacity devices, while the 32GB option was strangely absent. Finally, the schematics provided by GeekBar also appeared to confirm that the next-generation iPhone models will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology via a PN65V chip supplied by NXP Semiconductors.

The background: While all rumors about unreleased Apple products should always be taken with a grain of salt, GeekBar has previously provided images of various iPhone 6 components that appeared to be genuine. It should also be noted that the information in these schematics appears to align with several previously circulated rumors about Apple’s iPhone 6.

The introduction of a 64GB capacity iPhone 6 was previously reported by Chinese website Feng. Feng’s information was allegedly based on an insider supply chain source. Previous rumors reported by BrightWire have also suggested that the iPhone 6 would include an NFC chip in order to enable a new mobile payments system developed by Apple. Although BrightWire’s sources did not specify a manufacturer, a report from The Wall Street Journal in June of this year mentioned NXP Semiconductors as a potential NFC chip supplier for Apple. It should also be noted that Apple already has nine separate NXP Semiconductors facilities on its 2014 supplier list.