10 Rumored iPhone 6 Features That Make Sense

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-04-14 Print this article Print

The smartphone market is heating up. Samsung's Galaxy S5 is now on store shelves worldwide, the HTC One M8 is arguably the best handset HTC has ever produced, and Sony's Xperia Z2 could prove to be a highly popular flagship smartphone when customers get their hands on it. Meanwhile, Microsoft is making a significant push to improve Windows Phone adoption by cutting all licensing fees, and Google is still out there putting major pressure on Apple. Speaking of Apple, the company has been awfully quiet so far this year. Save for a few small announcements, Apple has been content to keep its products as-is and not make too much of a fuss. But if history is to be our guide, that will soon change and Apple will unveil a new iPhone to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony and Google. As with previous years, the rumors surrounding Apple's impending announcement are flying fast and furious. And while many of those rumors don't quite hold water, there are several that seem to make sense or come from sources that in the past have been nearly spot-on with their Apple-related prognostications. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the current crop of rumors about iPhone 6 features that seem plausible and could actually show up when Apple delivers the handset. If Apple delivers all of the following features, its competitors will be in for a major fight this year.

  • 10 Rumored iPhone 6 Features That Make Sense

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - 10 Rumored iPhone 6 Features That Make Sense
  • Expect to See a Bigger Screen

    The iPhone 6 will come with a bigger screen, just about every analyst and rumor out of the supply chain suggests. It's believed that the iPhone 6 will come with a 4.7-inch HD display, making it slightly smaller than the 5-inch HTC One M8 and the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5.
    2 - Expect to See a Bigger Screen
  • Bring On the A8

    No surprise here: Apple will be ditching its A7 processor in favor of the A8. The A8 will reportedly be much faster than its predecessor, but only come with 1GB of RAM. In comparison, some of the devices the iPhone 6 will compete with come with 2GB or 3GB of RAM.
    3 - Bring On the A8
  • A Redesign Is in Store

    Apple's iPhone 6 will look much different. According to reports and some leaked images from the supply chain, the bezel around the screen is being reduced to ensure users can still tap around the display with just their thumbs. Apple is also making the device thinner and lighter, despite its larger screen.
    4 - A Redesign Is in Store
  • Yes, a Phablet

    Here's a surprise: Apple is planning to launch a phablet in addition to the iPhone 6. It's not clear whether the phablet, which is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch screen, will also be called iPhone 6 or will have another name, but most analysts with sources in the supply chain say that it's coming and will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
    5 - Yes, a Phablet
  • The Same Price--on One Option

    Apple has been loath to change pricing on its iPhone line, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if the iPhone 6 comes with the same $200 starting price as the iPhone 5S. It's unclear at this point what the Apple phablet might cost, but at least Apple will stick to the same pricing scheme with the iPhone 6.
    6 - The Same Price--on One Option
  • iPhone 6 Could Actually Support Near-Field Communication

    This might seem outlandish, given how long we've been hearing rumors about near-field communication, but that technology is reportedly making its way to the iPhone 6. The reason NFC is believed to be coming to the iPhone 6 has everything to do with the rumor's source: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Over the years, Kuo has been right on nearly every Apple rumor, giving him real credibility. And if he says NFC is coming, it might just happen.
    7 - iPhone 6 Could Actually Support Near-Field Communication
  • Health Will Be Everywhere

    The recent leak of Apple's Healthbook, in addition to reports about sensors being built into the iPhone 6 to track health-related information, has all but confirmed that fitness tracking and health tracking will play a crucial role in the iPhone 6. Samsung has made a similar push with the Galaxy S5, so it's no surprise Apple might want to follow suit.
    8 - Health Will Be Everywhere
  • Few Design Changes With Software

    According to several reports, iOS 8, which will come bundled with the iPhone 6 and Apple's upcoming phablet, will not feature too many design changes. Instead, Apple's industrial design chief Jony Ive wants to focus on the software's quality under the hood. Look for a better Maps application, an improved Siri and snappier functionality, but few fundamental design changes.
    9 - Few Design Changes With Software
  • Sapphire-Protected Screens

    Apple has been quietly investing in sapphire for its iPhone design over the last few years, first by using it to protect the rear camera lens on its handset and then to employ it with its TouchID fingerprint sensor. Now there are rumors that Apple will make its iPhone 6 screen with sapphire glass. The benefit is simple: With sapphire, Apple can create a display that's even tougher than Gorilla Glass 3 and nearly impossible to crack. As someone who has a cracked iPhone screen, here's hoping this one happens.
    10 - Sapphire-Protected Screens
  • Two Release Dates

    The iPhone 6 will launch at some point in the third quarter of 2014, according to several analysts. But unfortunately, Apple has no plans to make its phablet available at the same time. Instead, it's believed that the Apple phablet won't hit store shelves until late in the fourth quarter of 2014.
    11 - Two Release Dates

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