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Hottest iPhone 6 Rumours – Bring Your Ear Closer!

Written by JOJY on February 5, 2014 – 12:17 pm -

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Apple are notoriously secretive about their unreleased products, leaving the tech’ world in an almost permanent state of rumour, wonder and sheer unadulterated guesswork. No sooner does the new and improved iPhone come out than we immediately start speculating on the next one all over again. Of course, last time Apple released two iterations of their phone; the 5S and the colorful, ‘cheaper’ 5C…. so what next? Remember, this is all rumour and speculation, but that’s the fun of it. Will it even be called the iPhone 6? Maybe the iPhone Air? Let the guesswork begin.

First thing anyone notices about a cutting-edge smartphone is, of course, the screen itself. As many of its competitors’ screens grow larger, the iPhone has stubbornly stuck with its 4” screen. That might be about to change. Rumours gaining traction are that the next version of iPhone will not only include a Retina+ Sharp-manufactured IGZO better-than-HD 4.8” screen, but also a version with a larger 5.5” screen; even up to to 6” according to some reports. The real trick is to make the screen bigger without a negative impact on size and weight of the phone. Will Apple release the first phone with a true edge-to-edge screen? Rumours suggest so, even going as far to predict a ‘Smart Bezel’ or a wrap-around flexible screen.  Whilst that might be a wish too far, but with screen real-estate being the first-impression everyone sees and the competition in the marketplace getting tougher, it might be foolish to bet against it.

If I told you the next iPhone was going to be made of Liquidmetal, you’d think I’d be watching Terminator 2 way too much, but it’s real and Apple owns the exclusive rights to use the space-age material. Liquidmetal is an extremely strong and fantastically durable material that can be used in small iPhone-sized quantities, giving an Aluminium-like build quality.

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This might just be the way to making the next iPhone even lighter and thinner than its predecessor. Incidentally, Apple filed a total of 17 patents all relating to Liquidmetal in early 2014 so its fair to assume it will play an important part in Apple’s future.

Liquidmetal isn’t the only innovative, high-quality, space-age material that is potentially going to be on display…literally. The fingerprint sensor and the rear-facing camera on the 5S were both coated in sapphire glass and with Apple’s half-a-billion dollar investment in the technology pointing towards greater things, will the iPhone 6’s whole screen being made from it? It will certainly help solidify the rumour mill with regard to increased screen size. Sapphire glass is more than twice as durable as the current Gorilla Glass and is rumoured to be ‘virtually scratch free’. Maybe the whole screen will become a finger-print sensor, now that would be interesting when it comes to expanding the screen features, not to mention payment options.

Before the 5S was released, an Apple patent was uncovered detailing a chipset that contained both a fingerprint sensor and NFC (Near Field Communication). We all know the iPhone 5 arrived with the fingerprint sensor intact, so will the iPhone 6 complete the package. NFC has long been championed as the next big consumer payment route, without actually really taking off in great numbers.  Is the time right for Apple to take control of contact-less payment, link it with their PassBook feature and change the way we pay for small items forever?  iWallet anyone?

Will Apple’s recent acquisition of PrimeSense, the Israeli developer of Microsoft’s original Kinect and other 3D motion detecting technology, play a part in the next iPhone. Many think it will be more geared to the mythical iTelevision, but perhaps some of the technology might filter down to the phone. For those who think sliding a button to unlock your phone is old-hat, maybe building in some gesture control might be exactly what their looking for. How about moving between apps by waving your hand above your phone, or calling your favourite contacts with the click of your fingers. Patents do exist for Apple to even include, what is effectively, SONAR and additional microphones in the body of the phone. This would allow the unit to become more aware of its surroundings using proximity and audio cues to offer greater accuracy of its location. Imagine what developers could do with that!

The new iPad Air and its mini, retina-sporting, brother both came with 128Gb of storage whilst the iPhone has never progressed beyond 64Gb. Is it time for the iPhone 6 to follow suit? As the phone gets technically more advanced, so its myriad of apps continually strive to take advantage of all the new features. Bigger and better apps mean larger and larger file sizes, so storage is at a premium.  There is a trade-off, of course. Doubling the storage isn’t free, but it is getting cheaper all the time. Naturally, it wouldn’t be the default specification, but would the ever loyal Apple customers willing to pay a premium for what is quickly becoming the norm for everyone else?

There are many other rumours, each one more fantastical than the last. We’ll probably have to wait until September 2014 to see if none, some or all of the rumours come to fruition. The guesswork will only heat up as we approach the release date. One thing we can be sure of is that, despite all our best efforts, there will be some surprises coming out of Cupertino and that’s the most exciting thing.

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