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iPhone 6: Will Apple unveil revolution or revamp? - here's what to expect

Today sees the arrival of the iPhone 6, when Apple hosts an event enshrouded in mystery and rumours in Cupertino, California, beginning at 6pm GMT (10am California time).

Smaller Apple launches will leave you scrabbling for Justin.tv links and dodgy video live blogs, but fortunately for an event this size catching it live is relatively easy - Apple are streaming the event here

This evening, the pressure will be on Apple to pull something out of the bag. Not by coincidence, but the past couple of days have seen Motorola, Sony, Huawei and others launch their flagship handsets which will go on sale in the business-critical run-up to Christmas. So what is the iPhone 6 likely to do, and will it help the firm to stay ahead?

Despite the thousands of reports on what will be unveiled, Apple has confirmed literally nothing except a date with regards to the event, but here's some things we'll very probably see:

 A CHANGE IN DISPLAY SIZE

Apple has long been rumoured to be upping the iPhone's dimensions to keep in line with the ever-expanding Android devices. This might irk those who prefer not to have disjointed thumbs however, so Apple could well launch two phones (one 4.7 inch, one 5.5 inch).

IMPROVED CAMERA

The trusty 8MP camera has served the iPhone well so far, with Apple having always taken the stance of not simply throwing megapixels at the problem,  but many think the iPhone 6 will finally make the jump to a 13MP or 16MP sensor.

REVAMPED DESIGN

Expect a slimmer phone and a metal unibody. Other changes are likely to be small however, Apple likes to maintain a feeling of congruency through its devices, the style of the iPhone having not really changed that radically since the iPhone 4.

BETTER TOUCHID

On the iPhone 5s the fingerprint sensor was used solely for unlocking the phone and making App Store purchases, but it should have more functionality on the 6 and work in tandem with NFC.

BEEFIER HARDWARE

A 64 bit Apple A8 processor probably, 2 GB RAM and storage size options up to 128 GB. Sadly a drastic improvement in battery life is unlikely though, as all these new features require ever more energy to run.

IWATCH

A telephone! For your wrist!

Many fashion journalists have been invited to the event this time around, so wearable tech is almost a certainty.

Bonus event certainties:

- Casual slacks

- Speakers to use words like 'distillation' and 'harmoniously' and certainly 'experience'

- Muzak

- Raptuous applause for features people aren't quite sure they want or understand

- Selfies of people rock climbing and hot air ballooning as demo wallpapers

- Everyone trying to avoid that whole iCloud thing as much as possible

Will Apple match the heart-rate sensor found in the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge? Maybe. Or the humidity  sensor found on recent Samsung phones? Don’t hold  your breath. Will it be waterproof, like the Sony Xperia Z3? Sadly not.

 

Upwardly mobile: Latest models’ features

This week’s mobile-phone announcements in Berlin mean the battle lines are drawn. Here’s what Apple’s rivals are doing.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The glam Edge has a super-high-resolution 5.6in screen and extra sloping edge display which works independently. It delivers notifications, works as an alarm clock and even as a tape measure. The best-designed phone at the Berlin IFA trade show.

HTC Desire 820

This is an affordable smartphone that comes in a range of snazzy plastic colours with a 5.5in display and a very powerful processor. All the phones here have bigger screens than the iPhone 5S.

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony’s phone uses a 20.7-megapixel sensor from the company’s advanced compact-camera range. And this phone is waterproof!

Huawei Ascend G7

The Chinese phone manufacturer increasingly delivers strong phones at lower  prices than many rivals.  Although some components are lower-specced, the G7 will offer a lot for a little. Apple, however, has little  interest in producing a budget phone. Its iPhone 5C is more affordable than the 5S but far from cheap.

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