It’s that time of the year when things in the tech world start heating up a bit. Heavyweights like Apple, Google, Samsung, etc… introduce their latest line of awesome tech gadgets and software. Despite this, a vast majority of attention is focused on “What Will Apple Do?” – rightfully so; because Apple is the one that sets the tone and others follow. This year (2014), the buzz among App Developers is that Apple will be introducing the newest iteration of the iPhone – The iPhone 6.
In this blog post, which will be updated regularly to include the most recent and up-to-date information, you’ll find a detailed list of the iPhone 6 Features – both Rumored and Real.
Now, keep in mind, today is June 1st 2014. At this point, everyone, including me, is just speculating. Apple hasn’t announced anything yet. So until they do, the only thing we can do is speculate.
So, without further ado, let the Hunger Games Being.
Rumored iPhone 6 Features
With the recent focus on Screen Resolution, and the Screen Size acting as a key differentiating factor, it makes perfect sense for Apple to get the size of the iPhone more in-line with its direct competitors – Google Android Devices and Windows. Although this one is a pick-em, according to recent rumors, Apple could consider increasing the Screen Size of the iPhone from 4 Inches to 4.7 Inches. Some Tech Analysts are speculating a Screen Size as high as 5.5 Inches.
The fact that a majority of users are now consuming their media through their Mobile Devices, the demand for larger displays is pretty high. Users want to stream their HD videos directly to their Mobile Device – and they’re willing to pay for it. If you ask me, the idea of carrying a mammoth mobile phone around in my pocket, sounds whacked-out to me. The only reason I’m still using an iPhone, and not an Android device, is because the iPhone is more compact and easy to carry around. I’m not a huge fan of Apple’s decision to increase the Screen Size – but then again, we don’t know if Apple is going to offer an iPhone with a larger display – we don’t know anything. We’re just speculating here.
We’ll have to wait for this one.
Given Apple’s history, they’re always looking to make their devices lighter with each new release. It won’t be any different for the iPhone 6. According to rumors, Apple could use the Sapphire Crystal Glass for the iPhone 6. The Sapphire Crystal Glass offers better protection, and is also lightweight.
With Samsung making a huge push with their latest Waterproof Samsung Galaxy Device, I believe the iPhone 6 absolutely needs to be Waterproof – anything short of that and millions of user will be disappointed. Because of this, I’m not completely sold on the whole Sapphire Crystal Glass rumor.
Processors – Increased Performance and Speed
There are some really conflicting reports regarding this out there. Many Tech Analysts are divided, and although a majority of them believe that Apple with continue with its ‘A’ Series Chip, there isn’t a lot of info out there as it relates to specifics of the chip. Some believe a 20-Nanometer A8 Chip will be used in the iPhone 6. Although that makes perfect sense, I’m not absolutely certain that Apple will stick with the A-Series Chip – or that Apple will use a single processor. I believe if Apple really wants to separate itself from the competition (Samsung), Apple needs to make the iPhone 6 super fast. I believe that the iPhone 6 will have 2 processors, and an improved Graphics Card.
The Battery has been an issue with the iPhone for a while now. And even though I don’t necessarily believe that the Battery will be any different from the iPhone 5s, I think some sort of improvement in the Battery Life isn’t completely out of the realm of possibilities.
This, I can say with absolute certainty that the iOS 8 is going to happen this year. As an App Developer, I don’t necessarily like it, because I have to make all my Apps compatible to the latest version of the iOS, I’m really looking forward to how Apple can improve upon the iOS 7, which is hands down the best version of the iOS so far. According to reports, there won’t be much difference between the iOS 7 and iOS 8 – at least in terms of the look and feel. Apple could however, add some additional features to the iOS 8 – especially a widely rumored App known as “Healthbook”. The Healthbook is Apple’s attempt to tap the Health and Fitness market. The Healthbook App could work in tandem with iPhone 6 – which would imply that The Healthbook App is specifically designed for the iPhone 6.
Here’s a list of the “Rumored” features of the Healthbook App:
- Track Blood Pressure
- Track Heart Rate
- Track Hydration
- Track Glucose Levels
- Medical History Tracker
Release Date and Price Range
It is widely expected that Apple will release the iPhone 6 in Fall of 2014 – right in time for Holidays.
Depending on who you believe, the iPhone 6 could cost anywhere from $650 (For 4.7 Inch Model) to $800 (For 5.5 Inch Model).
Again, these are all RUMORS. Nothing is set in stone yet. We don’t even know if Apple is going to release iPhone 6 this year. We’re like Jon Snow from Game of Thrones – We Know Nothing!
Real (Actual) iPhone 6 Features
Update – June 6th 2014
Well, as expected, Apple introduced the iOS 8 at the WWDC on June 2nd 2014. There were a lot of surprises, and some disappointment among Developers; but overall, the iOS 8 at least in my opinion, exceeded expectations. Despite being similar to the iOS 7 in terms of the Look and Feel, the iOS 8 has some really cool new feature and performance enhancements. If I were to describe the iOS 8 in one word, I’d say: EFFICIENT.
The iOS 8 is Apple’s best effort yet to offer a robust solution to a lot of complaints and problems that iPhone users face. *Golf Clap With Tears of Joy Rolling Down My Cheeks*. But seriously, as an App Developer and someone who truly cares about the end user and the overall user experience, I couldn’t be more excited about the iOS 8.
Here’s a list of some key iOS 8 Features:
This for me is the most important feature in the iOS 8. With Family Sharing, users can now share their purchases (Music, Apps, Books, etc…) with up to 6 Designated Family Members. This is an excellent idea, which will certainly encourage more user engagement, thus benefiting all parties involved.
Another great upgrade to the old worn out on-screen Keyboard. With the new Keyboard, Apple has incorporated the concept of Predictive Typing or Auto-Suggestions, which will save a lot of time, and make sure that people type the correct spelling, as opposed to GR8 Splingsfgdssa.
With this latest upgrade, users will now be able to interact with the Notifications, Type and Reply directly to text messages without having to launch the Messaging App.
Apple has significantly upgraded their built-in Messaging App by adding the ability to share Location, send Audio and Video Messages, and a Do Not Disturb feature on certain threads and groups – so you’re not constantly getting Alerts and Notifications for large groups.
*I’m not a huge fan of the Location Sharing feature. You can no longer lie to your GF or Wife about where you’re at. WTF will you do when she asks you to share your location?
Now you can efficiently manage all your files and important documents (PDFs, DOCs, Spreadsheets, etc…) with the iCloud Drive File Management System. I’ve been wanting this feature for a long time, because the fact that up until now, the iPhone didn’t have a Local File Management System. So this is a huge upgrade. And the best part is: Since all your Files and Documents are stored on the Cloud, you can access them from anywhere at any time.
There are a couple other features, but the once that I’ve outlined above are the most important ones.