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.
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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Cell phone market has reached the hefty number of 30 billion and more is yet to be expected. There is a high demand of highly advance cell phones that function more than just a telecommunication device. Though cell phones are becoming more than just cell phones but there is a room for improvement. Lot of improvement to be precise. To cater the high demand, 3G technology is fast gaining popularity among cell phone addicts and 4G is looming in the corner.
With current mobile user using 2G or 2.5G, even 3G is very new to majority of cell phone users. Only smart phones such as BlackBerry Bold and Apple iPhone uses 3G and they are becoming hot favorite among tech savvy as 3G offers high data transmission speed ranging from 600KBs to 1.4 Mega bytes per second that means faster web browsing or sending emails within seconds. 3G ensure fast data transmission that makes watching TV or downloading a possibility on cell phone. 4G is generally known as ‘Beyond 3G’ as it will enhance the features offered in 3G because 4G in comparison to that means even faster data transmission since its speed starts from 2Mega bytes per second and can reach ten times that speed and higher, that certainly promise real time high quality transmission of voice and data multimedia all the time and anywhere in the world. That makes watching TV or downloading not just a possibility but actually a norm for masses. This will make access to internet easier; compatibility with other wireless services will be seamless with 4G.
There are many speculations about 4G as standards of it are yet to decide and tech gurus are predicting that things are not going to be as smooth as it looks. It took a long time for people to leave the comfort zone of their 2 to 2.5G phones and just recently, the hype of 3G phone is catching up. 4G may have cost issues and how existing cell systems can be backhauled to put this into effect.
Despite reservations and speculations, 4G is indeed the future of cell phones and already many companies are working over this technology. WiMax and LTE, two leading 4G technologies are already vying for their proposed standards. Japanese company NTTDoCoMo has been testing a 4G communication system prototype. Big names such as Bell Canada, Verizon Wireless , Telus have announced that they will cooperating towards building 4G LTE wireless broadband network. Europe and Japan have already plan to launch it by 2012.
4G is the reality of the future and integral for faultless computing and have a lot to offer as it’s the looming upgrade for tomorrow.
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Generation Y is tech-savvy, gadget freak and immensely taken to cell phones. This is the generation that was born in an era that have seen the rapid fire growth in information technology and gadgets that have overnight become the necessity of life, so naturally the youth is adapted to computers and modern gadgets more easily than their parents. Phones which were just a form of communication couple of decades ago have now become more than that, it’s a combination of technology and style statement now along with just a cellular phone.
A useful style statement to be precise as the phone takes pictures, makes video, send emails, it’s a video and music player and every once in a while, it attends calls even. These factors contributed to the fact that now cell phones are the important part of generation Y and any innovation in cell phones is hugely welcome. And among cell phones, touch phones are fast becoming hot favorite of Generation Y.
Touch phones are the latest infatuation among the tech savvy’s due to sleek design and state-of-the-art technology. Until lately, iPhone ruled the touch genre but now different companies are launching their own attractive models that are certainly gaining attention. There are several models of touch phones that are making their entrance in the mobile phone market even despite the recession and competition is stiff among mobile phone companies. Many great features are introduced in touch phone that were not present before and hence are made to be more appealing among the masses.
There are two brands in touch phones that are giving competition to Apple’s iphone; HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung SGH Omnia due to their attractive specifications and style. Here is the short review of these two genre of touch phones to see why they’re becoming favorite of so many people.
HTC Touch Diamond is catching the attention of Y-Generation because its sleek, glossy and offer four keyboards with a camera of 3.1 Megapixel and have impressive 4GB of memory. HTC Touch Diamond is reasonable in price compared to other rival touch phones in the market. It offers simplicity with full functionalities. On the hind side, it collects dirt and oil very easily and has no memory card.
Samsung SGH Omnia is one of the hottest touch screen phone from Year 2008 and resembles iphone very much in looks and feel and offers practically all the features of iphone. It has customizable keyboard, high picture quality and plenty of space. It is stylish and have a sleek smooth look to it. Because of this, Samsung SGH Omnia is certainly gaining widespread approval for it’s efficient functionalities and style.
Besides these two touch phones, there are touch phones in the market that are making a notch for themselves as well. You can review which are the top ten touch phones here in the cell phone market.
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Mercedes-Benz’s current iPod integration kit is pretty weak sauce, especially since the new COMAND nav / multimedia system is so well done, but it looks like the automaker’s newest iPhone cradle will take steps to address some of the more glaring issues and also add some interesting new features. The cradle appears to finally integrate iPod controls with the main nav screen and COMAND controller instead of relying solely on the instrument display and steering wheel controls, and it will charge your phone while allowing you to make calls and listen to music. On top of that, plugging the phone in will apparently increase reception by using the vehicle’s antennas as well as the iPhone’s, and from what we can tell, you’ll be able to access the contacts list as well — something MB’s current Bluetooth system doesn’t allow. If you’ve already got the iPod kit or Media Interface kit, the adapters needed will run you €39 ($60), and the cradle itself is available now in Germany for €249 ($385). Lots more pics at the read link.
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Vodafone releasing iPhone in Australia, Italy, India, and seven other countries
Vodafone’s: it’s signed with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten markets, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. Expect the phone later this year this is news so far which we know.
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