iPhone 6 Rumors: Smartphone Ready to Enter Production Phase

Pegatron could be manufacturing the iPhone 6 as early as the second quarter of this year at its Kunshan, China plant.

A report from Taiwan's Commercial Times states that the company opened up a new factory space and is recruiting workers in China in an effort to meet orders to manufacture the new Apple device. It was reported back in January that Pegatron had received the contract to produce half of the iPhone 6 supplies. Pegatron worked on assembling the iPad mini and iPhone 5c. Apple's main supplier Foxconn handled most of the iPhone 5s units.

The report did not give any information on the phone's release date.

The iPhone 6 could feature temperature, humidity and pressure sensors when it is released later this year. Electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu recently reported that the next iPhone will add these components in a recent post on her Weibo account.

Xu also predicted that Apple might use optical sensors to measure heart rate and oxygen levels with the rumored iWatch device. These sensors would make both of them more like the Samsung Galaxy S4 which featured similar components.

Other recent rumors point to the iPhone 6 model being a variation of the iPhone 5c and not the iPhone 5s.

News that originated from Mac Otakara states that this bigger version will function as an extension of Apple's lineup and will not replace either of the current-gen models. The site also claims that Apple decided on 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch displays as screen sizes for the models it would want to release later this year.

The new iPhone's design will be similar to the current model, however, it is said to be partially inspired by the iPod nano, which comes in a range of colors like the iPhone 5c, but has an aluminum body instead of a plastic one.