Such was the case with the iPhone 5S which only got a better processor, more features added the camera, and a new color, gold. But the case, design and size of the screen remained the same.
Whether you should wait another six months for an iPhone 6 largely depends on timing. Do you really want or need a new phone now? If so, then having that phone for an extra six months may trump any new features you might get if you were to wait for the iPhone 6 in the fall.
But make no mistake: The new iPhone 6 will likely have big changes. Here's what's been churning out of the rumor mill:
The proposed iPhone 6, or whatever it will be called, is expected to be big, and I don't just mean in terms of anticipation. The phone likely will grow in size finally.
For the last couple of years, other handsets, particularly Android-based phones, have been growing in screen size, from 4.7 inches diagonally to a whopping 6 inches with the recently-released LG G Flex. The increase in sales with the phones have proven that many consumers want a bigger screen. Yet, the iPhone has remained relatively small at 4 inches diagonally.
Count me as one of those customers who would love to see an iPhone with a bigger screen and a higher screen resolution to go with it. The bigger screen is what had me forego the iPhone last year and get an HTC One Android-based phone, which has a larger 4.7-inch screen. Eventually, I gave up on the Android phone because I much preferred the elegance and ease of use of the iPhone's operating system.
This year, all evidence suggests that I'll finally get what I want Apple will finally allow its phone to grow up.
There have been reports that Apple is testing at least two different sizes of screens, one around 4.7 inches diagonally and another that is more than 5 inches. Some pundits believe that Apple won't release two new sizes but only one, and if they do, I would bet on the smaller 4.7-ish display. Hopefully, Apple will also raise the screen's resolution along with the size.
The new phone also will have the requisite faster processor, which is an upgrade that happens with every new version. There's also the strong rumor that the camera's resolution will finally be bumped up from its current 8 megapixels to something that is around 13 megapixels. Apple has been bullish about improving its camera by upgrading the quality of the senor and its ability to let in light rather than the number of megapixels, which is a smart move. The iPhone 5S camera is still the best of any mobile device, regardless of how many megapixels there are.
So if you wait for an iPhone 6, be prepared for the biggest upgrade the iPhone has seen in quite awhile.
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