Even before the iPhone 5S was released, Apple has been rumored to be working on the iPhone 6. According to tech analysts, the 2012 Most Valuable Company considers this as a significant milestone, spurning Samsung as their major component supplier of chip sets. There’s no question that the focus of the next iPhone is an A8 chip set, since 60%-70% of the manufacturing will go to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
Aside from the A8 chip set, what can we expect from the iPhone 6 once it hits the market? Let’s find out.
Bigger Screen Display
The Big Red reported in October that there have been “disappointing sales” for the iPhone 5C, simply because it’s the iPhone 5, only clad in a plastic colorful hardware. But with the iPhone 6, Apple is set to grow the device from a 4-inch to a 4.8-inch display. Analyst Peter Misek suggests that the company would likely add an extra row of column, while keeping the 16:9 aspect ratio. Aside from the speculated .8-inch increase in size, Apple is reported to release another handset size, going against the multitude of Android phablet. Meanwhile, the signature Retina display will still appear on this new iDevice, which is complemented by the sharp IGZO display for a 1080p full HD resolution.
As a trendsetter, the Cupertino-based camp will likely make a new shift in the paradigm, in the form of solar technology. The company was granted a patent for solar technology on February 2013, which infuses a touch sensor with the solar panel. Specifically, the panel will boast of electrodes, which receives solar technology for sensing on a touch sensor array. In this connection, speculations have started to brew that Apple is in search of engineers specializing in thin film deposition technology.
Eye Tracking Technology
While this may be wishful thinking, Apple can’t ignore the large potential of this technology to boost the iPhone 6’s technicalities and sales. The International Business Times reported that Apple has tapped the services of uMoove to develop the idea of an eye tracking feature. The speculation only grew stronger, especially when Apple has confirmed that motion control and eye tracking are considered as key players in advancing mobile technology.
128GB iPhone Model
With the new iPad Air sporting a massive 128GB, there is a big chance that Apple will employ the same storage capacity of their upcoming iPhone. Media Markt said that Apple has a pattern of doubling their storage capacity every two years. The transition from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 topped out at 32GB. When it comes to the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5S and 5C, we are given storage sizes of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. If the trend continues, we might be welcoming the iPhone 6 in 2014 with a whopping 128GB storage capacity.
There is a high possibility for the device to sport a 13-megapixel snapper, if it intends to go against most Android handsets. The 5S saw a 33% increase in sensitivity, allowing more light without sacrificing image quality. However, iPhoneographers are keen on witnessing 1/2/3 size sensor, which is supported by most Sony Xperia handsets today. We should expect a real Galaxy S4 contender when that happens.
Processor and OS
TechRadar noted that the processor of the rumored iPhone will be an A8 processor, or a somewhat evolved version of the A7 chip. Specifically, the processor is predicted to be a quad-core, as opposed to the usual dual-core design. However, Apple has yet to release a quad-core CPU, as the latest iPhones are only equipped with a staggering dual-core. When it comes to the OS, an iOS 8 is also feasible, since the birth of a new phone usually comes with a new operating system. Also, a new mobile platform is a necessity, especially if Apple will fill up the iPhone 6 with new groundbreaking features.
From this set of rumored features, it seems that the iPhone 6 has a lot on its sleeves. Will we see it in the near future? As of now, all we need to do is wait and see where Tim Cook’s leadership will take us.
About the Author
Jennifer Birch is a certified Apple devotee. She’s always in the know of the latest iDevices, including the new iPad Air and the rumored iWatch. With her fast 4G LTE from The Big Red, she nurtures her passion for mobile technology trends such as eye tracking, face recognition, and motion sensors.