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iPhone 6 Rumor News: New USB Adapter, No Sapphire Glass, Not Enough RAM, Release Date

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Sapphire glass? No sapphire glass? Delays. No delays! Built-in coffee maker? Ok, forget that last one, but this summer has been full of wild speculation about just exactly what features and specs Apple's iPhone 6 will have. And this past weekend was no different. So strap in and get your iEars ready for the latest iPhone 6 rumors circulating the interwebs. 

TO SAPPHIRE GLASS, OR NOT TO SAPPHIRE GLASS?

Ok, so I think it's safe to say that no one not in-the-know about the iPhone 6 has any idea if Apple's next smart phone will have some form of Corning Gorilla Glass or the harder, more scratch resistant sapphire glass covering its display. Well, per CNET, the latest rumor comes from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall who claims that if Apple does use sapphire glass on iPhone 6 screens this year, it will only be for a small number of them. 

"At the end of the day we see two possibilities for the iPhone 6--either Apple produces a small number of high end devices with sapphire or they produce none," Hall explained. "Although we have channel indications that some sapphire devices will be produced, we actually lean toward Apple selling no sapphire phones this year." This is most likely due to the high cost of sapphire displays and the difficulty of obtaining enough of it to sustain the iPhone 6's launch this fall and beyond. 

'REVERSIBLE' USB 

Get ready to buy another proprietary cable from Apple! CIO reports that Apple might introduce a new charging cable for iOS devices that can be plugged into a computer in either orientation. Typically with USB cables, the end that plugs into your computer can only go one of two ways, and sometimes it can be difficult to plug a cable in because of this standardized design. 

Apple's new charging cable apparently will seek to end all of this frustration--for a price. CIO also reports that upcoming Mac computers might also feature new 'USB' ports that will only work with this new 'reversible' USB cable design, thus forcing Mac users to fork over their precious dollars in order to use this new 'user friendly' interface. Pass.

ONLY 1GB OF RAM? FOR WHY?

Apple's chief rivals in the smart phone arena--namely Samsung, HTC and LG--have no problem bragging about the screaming fast internal hardware they routinely cram into their flagship phones. Apple, on the other hand, typically has downplayed the iPhone's specs in the past, choosing to focus instead on user experience rather than getting into the particulars of super nerdy tech numbers. 

Well you don't have to be a nerd to know that 1 GB of RAM isn't a lot for a smart phone these days. But according to Apple Insider, that's what Apple is including with the iPhone 6. Reportedly, Apple will pair a single gigabyte of RAM with it's "next-generation" A8 processor. It is thought that by keeping the RAM at 1 GB, Apple is seeking to preserve battery life, as RAM is thought to be a power hog. But power users, and those obsessed with top-shelf performance are understandably worried, and that's because more RAM helps boost performance across the board. 

And when you consider that the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 both have 2 GB of RAM, and that the LG G3 offers 3 GB of RAM, you can see why some are afraid that Apple is sacrificing performance for user experience, and thus--for some--falling behind the competition in the area that matters most.

Apple is expected to officially announce the iPhone 6 on September 9th and it should then be available to consumers in the next few weeks following the announcement event. 

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