10 Features to Watch for in Apple's iPhone 6

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-07-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When Apple held its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this year, many had hoped that the company would unveil the next generation in its line of devices. Instead, Apple spent the entire time on software and platforms and didn't even mention an impending smartphone launch. Some mobile market analysts said they expected some discussion about a new iPhone. And some investors were hoping Apple would fire a shot over the bow of competitors like Amazon, Samsung and LG with some talk about the next-generation iPhone. Despite Apple's decision to ignore iPhone hardware at the show, there's little doubt that the next generation of Apple smartphones will make its way to market this year. Because iOS 8 is scheduled to launch in the fall, most believe that the iPhone 6 will be available at about the same time. The question on most minds now, however, is what users can expect from the iPhone 6. Apple has of course remained tight-lipped, but a recent flurry of rumors about the iPhone 6 display has provided hints about the features in the next iPhone. So let's take a look at features the rumor mill believes will make their way into the iPhone 6.

 
 
 
  • 10 Features to Watch for in Apple's iPhone 6

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - 10 Features to Watch for in Apple's iPhone 6
  • Sapphire Will Be Everywhere on the Device

    Sapphire will quite likely play a crucial role in the new iPhone 6, according to rumors and recent leaks. Over the past week, images have surfaced of what is purportedly a sapphire crystal-based screen that is entirely scratch-free. Apple has previously used sapphire in its camera lenses and TouchID, but according to reports, it'll play a central role in the device's new design.
    2 - Sapphire Will Be Everywhere on the Device
  • Expect Two Screen Sizes

    Apple could be preparing not one, but two screen sizes for its next iPhone launch. The first device is expected to measure 4.7 inches diagonally, topping the 4-inch display available in the iPhone 5S. In addition, Apple will reportedly unveil a 5.5-inch smartphone aimed at the phablet market. Both products are expected to launch this year.
    3 - Expect Two Screen Sizes
  • Apple Will Keep the Same Pricing

    Apple will reportedly maintain the same pricing model of $199 and up with two-year agreements on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. What's not clear right now, however, is how the company plans to price the 5.5-inch iPhone model. It's entirely possible that the bigger screen will require Apple to charge customers more.
    4 - Apple Will Keep the Same Pricing
  • The Same Three Colors Are on the Way

    A few leaks out of China have shown three colors are again coming to the iPhone—black, gold and a silver-and-white. The devices look to be quite attractive, with the gold model especially improving upon the version available now. As for the iPhone 5C, there's no telling whether that will stick around or if Apple will try other flashy colors in other products it sells.
    5 - The Same Three Colors Are on the Way
  • TouchID Will Still Play a Role, of Course

    TouchID, the fingerprint sensor that attempts to add more security to the iPhone 5S, will be coming back to the iPhone 6. Recently leaked images show that, along with a sapphire screen, TouchID included in the device. Apple believes TouchID is its secret to security success, and it's going all-in on the technology.
    6 - TouchID Will Still Play a Role, of Course
  • Apple Is Expected to Work With Taiwan Semiconductor on the A8

    A report surfaced just a few days ago saying that Taiwan Semiconductor has started shipping new processors to Apple, reducing the iPhone maker's reliance on Samsung for its chip needs. It's believed that those chips are Apple's A8 processors, which will be faster than previous models and more capable of handling high-end apps. We shall see.
    7 - Apple Is Expected to Work With Taiwan Semiconductor on the A8
  • Near-Field Communication for a Mobile Payment Platform?

    Near-field communication (NFC) has long been a rumored feature in Apple products, but it has yet to surface in any products. Lately, however, rumors have surfaced claiming that Apple is working on a new mobile payment platform to take on the likes of Google Wallet, and that would require NFC integration. If Apple announces a mobile wallet, expect NFC to be in the iPhone 6.
    8 - Near-Field Communication for a Mobile Payment Platform?
  • The Latest and Greatest WiFi Service

    Apple has reportedly decided, like many other companies in the mobile marketplace, including Samsung, to bundle 801.11ac WiFi in the iPhone 6. The technology provides faster potential throughput and has a longer range to offer Web service than 801.11n. Expect it to be available in all Apple mobile products launched from this point on.
    9 - The Latest and Greatest WiFi Service
  • Liquidmetal Integration for Onboard Sensors

    Since Apple acquired Liquidmetal Technologies in 2010, reports have suggested that the technology would be coming to its products. So far, however, it hasn't. That might change this year with the iPhone 6. Recent patent awards show that Apple is trying to use Liquidmetal alloys to improve the use of sensors in mobile devices. Those sensors would be health-related and work with the company's recently announced HealthKit.
    10 - Liquidmetal Integration for Onboard Sensors
  • The Same Camera, but Better Features

    Apple isn't expected to change the megapixel sensor in its new camera, but it will improve its functionality. Apple is expected to add optical image stabilization to the upcoming iPhone 6 camera, and could include separate sensors that would capture brightness and color to maximize image quality. Given the race for mobile photo supremacy, Apple should do something to try to catch up to Nokia's PureView.
    11 - The Same Camera, but Better Features
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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