Secret Apple partnership could give your iPhone weeklong battery life.

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The iPhone 6 isn’t expected to get a huge battery upgrade, but in just a few years your next iPhone might be able to go weeks on a single charge.

Apple and British fuel-cell firm Intelligent Energy have supposedly been working on a secret partnership, according to The Daily Mail, that might bring embedded fuel cells with weeks of battery life to Apple’s armada of MacBooks, iPhones and iPads.

 Not only would the adoption of fuel cells free iPhone owners from their wall-hugging bondage, the conversion of chemical energy into electricity is clean and highly efficient. Neither Apple or Intelligent Energy have acknowledge the secret partnership, but according to the report, the two companies are hoping to bring the fuel-cell technology to the market within a few years.

Intelligent Energy just purchased a bundle of patents for the practical application of fuel cells last December. If Apple is able to successfully adopt the technology in the iPhone it would mark a huge leap forward for energy-efficient devices and further distance from Samsung.

Apple and Intelligent Energy already share some connections, with Apple’s former computer product specialist, Joe O’Sullivan, now serving as Intelligent Energy’s COO. IE also recently opened an office in San Jose, California, just down the road from Apple HQ.

Along with the possibility of fuel cells, Apple is also rumored to be adopting new materials such as unbelievably scratch-resistant sapphire glass, and perhaps more Liquid Metal. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to sport a modest 1,900mAh battery when it launches this fall, but it’s beefier brother, the 5.5-inch iBeast, will have a 2,500 mAh battery (if it ever makes it out the gate).

iWatch has complex build, might be delayed.

iWatch has complex build, might be delayed

The iWatch might be on its way, but at least one analyst believes it will arrive later than expected. Apple’s proprietary foray into the wearables sector may not come as quickly as we originally thought, but is still expected to arrive by the end of the year. Why the delay? Apple may be trying to do too much with their wearable.

Information from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo notes issues in just about every part of the process. Hardware, software — you name it, Apple is having problems. The screen, which some believe will be AMOLED to help control battery life, is said to be covered in Sapphire glass. According to the analyst, the implementation of Sapphire glass is giving Apple fits.

The iWatch would have more Sapphire than they’ve put on any product before (the only current application is the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S). That doesn’t quite jive with rumors surrounding the iPhone 6, though, where we’ve got a look at the Sapphire display already. If Apple were having trouble with Sapphire, why wouldn’t it relate to the iPhone 6 as well?

The manufacturing process Apple is using to keep the device slim is one we’ve talked about before. Quite a bit more difficult than simply making a tiny smartphone, the System in Package (SiP) process asks for extra steps — but has some built-in benefits. It will keep components in a tighter package, making water resistance simpler. Wireless charging is also said to be complicating the SiP process.

Kuo also believes the software is giving Apple issues, as they’re working on a newer version of iOS to make available on the iWatch. It’s not yet known how Apple will handle the software portion of the iWatch, so this is highly speculative.

Of course, this is all pretty speculative talk. Analysts have a spotty track record, but often have insight into manufacturing processes. The iWatch is believed to hit around November, which is still in time for the holiday shopping season. It seems that just after an iPhone 6 launch in the Fall, Apple will want a few hundred dollars extra for an iWatch.

Apple reportedly places unprecedented order for iPhone 6 units.

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The iPhone 6 is one of the most eagerly anticipated iPhone refreshes in years, but just how anticipated it is might surprise you.

Taiwan’s Business Weekly is reporting that Apple has orders at least 68 million units of its new iPhone. To put that in perspective, if true this is twice as large as the order Apple placed for the iPhone 5.

The report also states that the device (or devices, if you believe reports that we’ll see both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6) will enter mass production in July. The respective chairmen of Apple’s primary manufacturers, Foxconn and Pegatron, have supposedly known about Apple’s plans since the second week of June.

If these reports come to fruition, it suggests that Apple has a huge amount of faith in the iPhone 6, which is likely to deliver on many of the most-requested demands made about recent iPhones, with a larger display being no. 1.

Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute has previously predicted that the iPhone 6 will sell around 80 million units by the end of 2014, with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 accounting for 70 million of those, while the 5.5-inch “phablet” will sell between 8 and 10 million units during that same timeframe.

iPhone 6 Sapphire glass shows off its flexibility in stress test.

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The iPhone 6’s sapphire glass display could be the secret weapon that gives your device ultimate durability. Apple’s Sapphire glass factory has been busy spitting out displays for the iPhone and iPad (and maybe even the iWatch), and now thanks to Sonny Dickson, we’ve got a little taste of its flexibility.

In a stress test video of an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display, the screen is subject to some limited stress tests, coming away unbroken. Along with some bending action, the hands-on video shows the panel’s measurements and compares it to the iPhone 5s screen size.

Check out the full video below:

We can’t verify if this part is genuine, but Dickson does have a track record of leaking authentic iPad and iPhone parts before launch, thanks to his supply chain connections.

Apple currently uses Corning’s Gorilla glass for the iPhone 5s display, but after investing over $100 million in a new sapphire glass factory in Mesa, the company is looking to set itself apart from Samsung and other OEMs with a display that is more flexible and scratch resistant.

Samsung has indicated it’s interested in adopting sapphire glass, but Apple has already scooped up three years worth of the current supply, making it just that much harder for the Korean company to catch up when the iPhone 6 is released in September.

This iPhone 6 Concept Includes Wireless Charging And A Surprise Accessory.

We’ve been having fun showing off some neat concepts for Apple’s next iPhone(s). We love sharing them with you guys and finding out what you like and what you don’t.

A new concept was just sent to AppAdvice today by Vishal Bhanushali, and we thought it was pretty awesome looking (click the image below to enlarge).

This new rendering shows the next generation of iPhones — yes two, of course — with a super slim profile, a metal body construction, and sapphire glass bezels. The bigger of the two phones, the “iPhone 6 Pro,” also includes wireless charging and gets a new accessory: what Vishal dubs the “iView Cover.”

If you can’t view the above video, please click here.

Although the “iView Cover” looks very slick, I’m not sure it’s something we need, or would even use. But that wireless charging? Yes, please! Overall, I think this design is very elegant.

First comparison photos of black and white 4.7-inch iPhone 6 screen glass.

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Photos of physical mockups and various parts for the upcoming iPhone 6 have been leaking out an almost weekly basis over the course of the past several weeks. However, actual parts for the display cover for the larger phone have yet to leak out. Today, a source has sent us several photos of purported display glass covers in both black and white variations for the 4.7-inch iPhone. Apple is also working on an even larger 5.5-inch “phablet” model, but we do not have photos of the screen covers for that model…

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The above photo shows a comparison of the size between the 4.7-inch display and the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s/5c/5. We previously posted images of 5.5-inch iPhone screen backlighting components. The images do not indicate any breakthrough new features for the next-generation iPhone, but the availability of these parts indicates that the new iPhone is nearing mass-production ahead of a launch this fall. A new hole appears to the left of the ear speaker, but it is unclear if this is a re-located FaceTime front camera or a proximity sensor. The variation in port location from part-to-part could be due to production of parts still being in early stages. It is possible some pieces were produced earlier or later than others. The edges also appear to be slightly curved.

In addition to a bigger screen, the new iPhones will include a thiner and rounder metal case, new sensors, improved cameras, and a more efficient A8 processor. A sapphire crystal display coverhas also been rumored for the larger-screened version.

iPhone 6 mockup showcases silver and space gray variants.

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We’re less than three months away from the iPhone 6, and with more rumors and leaks heaping up about Apple’s next generation iPhone on a daily basis, a consensus view has emerged about what it is that we’re expecting.

With that in mind, Reddit user A_Hard_Goodbye recently put up a new gallery of iPhone 6 mockups on Imgur — giving us one of the best looks at the forthcoming iPhone 6 that we’ve yet laid our eyes on, including silver and space gray colors. Hitting all the expected design checkpoints (curved edges, larger screen, repositioned on/off switch) it definitely makes us more excited than ever about Apple’s biggest iPhone refresh in years.

What do you think of this as a possible iPhone 6? The device depicted here is the smartphone’s 4.7-inch variant, which is expected to be accompanied by a larger, 5.5-inch “phablet”option.

Drop us your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Source: Cult of Mac.