Signs that this year could bring a majorly rethought iPhone appeared today, after what appears to be a tell-tale product listing was sighted on Vodafone’s UK cash till system.
The gadget-fanciers at Stuff magazine have been sent a snap of a Voda in-store inventory that lists a handset dubbed the ‘iPhone 6’, suggesting that the next edition will be a significant upgrade from the current-gen model.
Previously, Apple has marked out phones that are relatively minor updates by retaining the number of the existing edition for the title and adding an “S’’. Think: iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS, both of which were no-one’s idea of a seismic step up from their predecessors.
It isn’t clear to what lengths Stuff has gone to verify the image and its provenance. But the site's story certainly tallies with separate reports that Apple will respond to stronger competition in the smartphone market with a game-changing kit.
According to the tech rumour mill, the next iPhone will showcase a much-changed, ‘flatter’ version of the iOS operating system, with rethought apps and less in the way of cutesy, skeuomorphic touches.
Apple is also thought to be equipping the handset with a larger screen, which brings the iPhone more in line with the current crop of super-sized, Android-powered phablets.