Early in May 2014, Reuters broke the news that Apple’s iPhone 6 was rumoured to be launching in August 2014 (and not in September, which is the month typically associated with iReleases). It doesn’t seem like that long ago that a big hullaballoo was being made about the iPhone4, 4S, and 4C, and then it was massive news that Apple was releasing the iPhone 5 – and all iFans rushed out to get the updated model on new cell phone deals. In the meantime, Samsung has launched their much anticipated Galaxy S4 and S5, with great reception. Do we really need another smartphone release so soon?
It turns out, we do.
The new iPhone 6 will be released in a version with a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen, with the smaller version being found in stores before the larger version. Reuters claims that a source in iPhone’s supply chain has confirmed the releases, and that 80 million of these new handsets will be produced this year. Why the increase in screen size? Apple wants to level the playing field when it comes to snatching up customers who prefer a larger display, and it wants to win back the customers it potentially lost to Samsung for their larger screens.
Aside from the iPhone 6’s new sizes, iFans are excited about the power of iOS 8, which will powering up the new release’s features and functionality – one of which is a more finely-tuned iTunes service. Users can look forward to new and exciting menu items and other functionality that will finally set it apart from other competitor software.
Another feature to get excited about is the massive upgrade on Apple Maps, which has been a sore point for iPhone and other Apple devices for far too long. Users can expect big improvements in indoor navigational tools as well as accurate information services for public commuting.
Health-conscious iPhone users will have a new bit of software to look forward to in the Healthbook app, which is reported to connect and integrate with the wearable device, iWatch. Keep in mind that this is all based on a heavy dose of speculation, but it will be a refreshing addition to the iPhone lifestyle, to have a device that’s immediately available to provide health and physiological information such as blood sugar levels, heart rate, and other indicators of health and fitness.
iOS 8 is also purported to boast touch ID and mobile payments, with biometrics taking off as a secure method of smartphone operation, while also enhancing users’ experience of their technological environment. Users can also rest assured that they’ll meet Siri once again in iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, but that she’ll be more responsive and will “learn” quicker in her new version.
We’ll just have to wait a little while longer to see if all the rumours are true…