Since Apple recently announced the dates for their annual Developer Conference (WWDC, June 2 2014) there has been much speculation about the unveiling of Apple’s rumored newest products: the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. What will they be like? Will the iPhone get a bigger screen? Will iOS 8 get Adobe Flash? Currently, this information hasn’t been released to us, but the big unveiling is scheduled to be at WWDC.
From some research I’ve been doing, I’ve drawn some pretty interesting information from sites like MacRumors, as well as some conclusions I’ve drawn myself.
MacRumors has some “specs” for the iPhone 6 on their website, and although we don’t really know anything for sure, they came up with some plausible specs for a new iPhone:
- 2 models, one with a 4.7″ screen (due for release in September), the other (following a little later) with a 5.5″ screen.
- A sapphire crystal screen (as opposed to the Gorilla Glass II formula used in previous models). This would make it very hard to scratch the screen, as well as giving it better drop resistance.
- “A faster and more efficient A8 chip”
On their website, MacRumors has this picture of what they speculate the new iPhone will look like:
Personally, I agree with almost all of the “specs” that MacRumors put out, but there is one that I don’t agree with MacRumors on. I’m going to go over what MacRumors put out, and add some comments of my own.
I definitely agree with MacRumors on the upgrade in screen size. Since Samsung has put out their S4 and S5 models, phones have simply gotten bigger, and people like the larger screen size. In order for Apple to stay in the game, they need a bigger phone.
I also agree with the A8 chip specification. People will always want faster and more powerful, and Apple will almost definitely take advantage of that.
Now the specification that I’m not sure about is the sapphire crystal screen. In previous Apple devices, the ‘Gorilla Glass’ formula has been used. Gorilla Glass is an extremely tough glass that can withstand shocks such as being shot with a paintball gun (the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube did a video on it) or being dropped. Although it’s not indestructible, it is pretty tough, and not very expensive. Sapphire, on the other hand, is NOT cheap. If you’ve seen watches with sapphire crystal display covers then you know what I’m talking about. Making a phone with 4.7″ or 5.5″ of this material would raise the production cost significantly. Since I personally don’t think Apple would want to raise their production cost (or the consumer price which would lower sales), I think Apple will probably stick with their Gorilla Glass II screens they have been using.
Now I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the iPhone 6 part of this post, but I’m going to move on to iOS 8 speculations, (possible) new features, etc.
MacWorld says that one of their biggest frustrations over iOS 7 is the Mail service. Although Apple revamped the application for iOS 7, people continue to have issues with this service. New additions to the Mail App in iOS 8 might include sending all types of files, on-device spam filtering, mail groups, better security, and more.
TechRadar speculates that Apple will add an app called Healthbook, which will track your weight, sleep, exercise, or whatever else you enter into it. It would be similar to the fitness apps on Samsung devices. Other speculations from TechRadar and other sites say that Apple will add TextEdit for more powerful document editing, and Tips for better usability of the device. Speculations suggest that Preview will also be added. TechRadar suggests that Apple might add compatibility for an iWatch that could appear in 2015, getting rid of Game Center, and adding split-screen capability (multitasking) for iPads.
MacRumors concurs with the other two sites, also saying that a revamp of Apple Maps is in store for iOS 8. Apple Maps went downhill due to its lack of functions when compared to Google Maps or other applications. MacRumors speculates that Apple will upgrade its iTunes Radio function as well as add HD Audio.
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MacRumors: “iPhone 6: Apple’s 2014 Phone”
Macworld: “iOS 8 Changes We’d Like to See: Mail”
MacRumors: “iOS 8: Healthbook and Much More” Check out this article for a timeline of iOS 8 activity.