This Week’s Chitter Chatter – iPhone 6, a Premium (Metal) Smartphone from Samsung and Cortana’s Coming to the UK

Let’s kick off this week with the iPhone 6 and, frankly, the rumours concerning Apple’s new flagship phone are showing no signs of slowing down. We’re expecting the iPhone 6 to sport a fairly major design overhaul which could include a bigger screen, a more slim line shape with smooth and curved edges, a sapphire display and possibly an upgraded TouchID fingerprint scanner.

The latest reports emerging this week hint at the iPhone 6 boasting a 13-megapixel camera which will feature a Sony Exmor sensor and record video in 1080p resolution. It’s thought that Apple will bring out 2 versions of the iPhone 6, the smaller handset is rumoured to come with a screen measuring 4.7-inches and the larger smartphone will be phablet-sized with a 5.5-inch display. It’s likely that we’ll see Apple unveil both handsets at a special event sometime in mid September and, to be honest, we just can’t wait!

Not to be outdone Samsung are concentrating their considerable efforts on their forthcoming flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. There are rumours circulating that Samsung may completely revamp the technology and the latest Note could feature a flexible screen, premium metal design and a camera which boasts image stabilisation.

There’s even been speculation earlier this week that Samsung will bring the release date forward to early September – which could mean it possibly launches before the iPhone 6. Previous Galaxy Note handsets have been launched at the IFA Expo held in Berlin and this year’s is happening between the 5-10th September. The Note 4 is expected to feature a QHD resolution display (1440 x 2560), some sort of iris or eye scanner and a beast of a 16-megapixel camera.

Samsung-Galaxy-AlphaWhilst we’re talking Samsung, it’s worth mentioning that they have another new smartphone on the horizon, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – a premium version of the S5. The main things that differentiates the Alpha from other Samsung handsets is its rumoured metal design. In that respect, it is a step up from the S5 but in terms of the ‘innards’, it’s a notch down. Informed speculation also has it coming with a 4.7-inch display (which bridges the gap in screen-size between the Galaxy S5 and the S5 Mini), a 720p resolution screen, 32GB of onboard storage and will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will also feature the same fingerprint scanning technology as the Galaxy S5 but is not thought to include the heart rate sensor. There’s speculation that the Galaxy Alpha could be with us before the end of August so we should have more details for you very soon.

Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, made news during the World Cup by predicting virtually every game from the Round of 16 onwards correctly. The exciting news reaching us this week is that Cortana is coming to the UK. Previously Cortana was only available in the USA on Nokia Lumia phones which run on Windows Phone 8. The UK version of Cortana will also speak with a British accent (she learns quickly!) It’s thought that the UK Cortana will be available sometime later on in 2014.