[Guest Post by Marisa Yin]
There are plenty of rumors flying around the web about the anxiously awaited iPhone 6. You may be wondering what you can expect to find in Apple’s latest smartphone? There is only one thing for certain, as always; we can anticipate the overall user experience and features of iOS 8. Despite all of the leaks, Apple has still not confirmed anything hardware related.
Most sources agree that the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes: a 4.7” and a 5.5” model, although the 5.5” model is not expected to debut until later in the year, or potentially into 2015.
Based on information and demonstrations of iOS 8 released at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2nd, some of the changes found include tools to allow for seamless task transitions between Apple’s mobile and desktop devices, a larger screen and a better camera for greater photo detail. Health monitoring applications have been a substantial focus of Apple’s in iOS 8, and this could lead to further hardware which allows interfacing with a user’s body; through use of in-ear sensors or wrist-watch style devices. New software features displays show improved notification handling, photo editing, support for third party keyboards and upgrades to the auto correct function, called QuickType. This is one of my favourite features. The technology learns each users habits and language to better adapt to the context of what they’re writing and provide suggestions, allowing you to send a message quicker than you could even type it out in full.
In terms of software, it’s expected Apple will take many cues from Android OS, such as widgets and interactive notifications, which we’ve seen introduced into iOS 8. Now the question is whether they’ll follow common Android hardware features. The operating systems share more and more similarities with every update, even if they still differ in look and behaviour.
There are also rumors that the iPhone 6 will be equipped with the following hardware features, though only a few have been confirmed by our sources:
- Wireless charging capability (details unknown)
- Larger battery providing up to 50% more power
- Increased resolution Retina display
- Sapphire crystal display
- 10 megapixel rear-facing camera
- A8 processor (5.5” model)
- NFC technology as part of a mobile payment solution
- Two size versions (Confirmed by TechZany and multiple sources)
- Support for the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard