The latest buzz in the tech industry suggests that Apple will finally release its much anticipated iDevice this 2014 – the alleged iPhone 6. This time around, rumor has it that the Cupertino Company is launching a much bigger handset with an ultra-tough sapphire crystal screen. It is also expected to sporting a massive design overhaul, a new biometric sensor to complement the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, updated camera optics, next Gen mobile operating system, and a robust hardware profile. Rumored to debut on the market as early as June 2014, we’ll give you the latest bits of various insiders’ tips we’ve gathered so far.
The iPhone 6 Screen Size
Perhaps the most wanted feature of the next iDevice is a much bigger screen. If you can recall, the current line of Apple smartphones (5c and 5s) have retained the 4-inch Retina display of its predecessor. They haven’t made a significant change in their iDevice’s screen size ever since their very first iPhone that was released in 2007 with a 3.5-inch profile. This time around, the upcoming handset will most likely feature a much larger 5-inch display, joining a wide array of Android “phablets” (hybrid phone and tablet) on the market. This speculation surfaced after snapshots of the alleged casing and frame was posted online by a reliable Chinese source named CTech via 9to5mac. Though Apple did not confirm the leaked images, 9to5mac’s Sr. Editor Mark Gurman described it as “incredibly sketchy, thin, and large.”
New Biometric Feature
As one of the defining features of the upcoming iDevice, Apple is reportedly integrating an eye-scanner to beef up its security feature. In 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the Cupertino Company with a patent called “Electronic Devices With Gaze Detection Capabilities,” which will allow them to create a hardware that can detect your retinal action. If it happens, this will serve as a valuable addition to the existing Touch ID sensor, which is now available on the 5S. The iPhone 5S on O2 page highlighted that this feature operates as a two-step authentication measure for iTunes and App Store purchase as well as for unlocking the handset.
Sapphire Crystal For Its Display
In the past, the company has been using a robust sapphire crystal material to protect the small components of their iDevices — the home button protecting the fingerprint sensor of the iPhone 5s and the cover of the iSight camera lenses. Based on theweek.co.uk’s insider story, analysts are suggesting that the same material will also be used for the display of the next iPhone. This claim is supported by the fact that Apple has paid GT Advanced Technologies (a sapphire crystal manufacturing company) with $578 million to gear up for production on a large scale. The inclusion of this material will make the handset’s screen more durable, even when rubbed against concrete.
Behold The NFC technology
Short for Near Field Communication technology, this critical smartphone feature has long been rumored since the iPhone 5s pre-launch. It will enable the iDevice to perform tap-to-pay mode of mobile payments and peer-to-peer file transfers. The big question now is: What will happen to the newly launched AirDrop that does the same function for Apple to Apple devices?
The current flagship includes a brand new A7 processor that is actually 40 percent faster than the previous Dual-core A6 processor. It was built with a 64-bit architecture, however, it’s still the same Dual-core CPU clocked at the speed of 1.3GHz. We’d expect this to evolve in the upcoming handset. The next generation A8 chip will be a Quad-core CPU with a 64-bit configuration.
iOS 8 Operating System
Considering the company’s history of product launches, every new iPhone model features the company’s latest mobile operating system. With the iOS 7 introduced in the 5S and 5C variants; it is likely that their successor will debut with the iOS 8. Since the existing mobile operating system is still in its infancy, it is expected that the new operating system will simply enhance the current one. With the iOS 7 bringing the much-needed design overhaul, it is unlikely that the Cupertino firm will steer the wheel so soon.
Great news for iPhoneographers, the next Apple smartphone might boasts of a 16-megapixel main camera. According to Patently Apple, the company “will likewise adopt Sony’s next generation 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor in 2014.” However, this claim is contradicted by The China Post, quoting from Nomura Securities that it “may adopt an 8 megapixel camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16-megapixel upgrade anticipated by industry observers.”
These are the latest buzz about the upcoming iPhone 6. Contrary to their usual fall, analysts are expecting that Apple will launch the gizmo on its World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2014) in June. Do you have other insider tip you wish to add?