September 9th, 2014. That is the date of the upcoming iPhone event. The quintessential reset to the world of smartphone technology. But what are we going to see? Will a watch be part of it?
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
That came from the man who helped bring the iPhone into our world, Steve Jobs. It wasn’t the first Smartphone – they have been around before any iPhone ever came out. Nonetheless, it was the iPhone that made the smartphone. With Jobs vision, the first device was both mesmerizing and confusing.
Fast forward to 2014 – over seven years since the first device came out and people are still clambering for what Apple is going to do – Even though it doesn’t have the latest cutting edge features.
Steve Jobs always said he wanted to have a fully functional phone that didn’t suck the power out of it. Thats the reason why 3G wasn’t added on the first model. The people wanted the speed of 3G, then 4G LTE. Add to that apps that could take a device from 100% to nothing within no time and we find this is not as much an issue anymore – its a way of life.
The New iPhone – September 9th, 2014
So the new iPhone 6 is to be announced on the 9th and probably for sale at the end of the month – if they follow the same pattern from the last couple years.
iPhone 6. Why is it called that? Its technically the 8th generation iPhone. Last year the phone split into two.
The numbering system was never that. The original iPhone turned to the iPhone 3G – not the iPhone 2. 3G went to 3GS because of better Internet connection. 4 seemed to be the only iPhone that was truely that.
Why don’t they just call it “iPhone 8” like its suppose to be? Either that, or get rid of the numbering convention and do what they are with Mac OSX. Since the big feature is the synthetic Sapphire glass made in the US, why not call it “iPhone Arizona”.
I would suggest “iPhone Mesa”, but unfortunately the city name does not transfer that well.
Features of the iPhone 6
Let’s talk a little about the features of this new version. Rumors suggest 2 models with different size screens – 4.7 and 5.5 inches – although the larger screen is rumored to not be announced on the 9th. Maybe it will get announced a month later with the new versions of iPad?
NFC is expected to be added. Its similar to Apple airplay, but adds capabilities of pay-by-touch for mobile payments, wireless charging and secure touch to login capabilities.
The biggest rumor though is the Synthetic sapphire glass face. This will help keep your phone from cracking and breaking when it slips from your hand. Sapphire glass has been in previous iPhones, but not to this level.
I expect both phones to have an A8 processor and replacing that M7 co-processor is a device codenamed “Phosphorus” (but probably going to be called M8). The co-processor is key for the new wave of “Wearable technology” such as Glasses, watches, clothing and more.
It also is rumored Apple is bumping up the on-board storage – a 128 GB iPhone could be part of the list. Hopefully they retire the 16 GB models and offer 32, 64 and 128.
If you are a gamer, the iPhone might not be for you. With only 1 GB of RAM expected in this phone, the graphics might not keep up with a Sony Xperia or Samsung S5. The GPU is expected to double the specs of the iPhone 5S, but giving it such a small amount of RAM might show bottlenecks in faster paced games.
This is one of two things I would expect Apple to have increased. The other – the phone’s battery. The 5S contained a 1,440 MAh battery and the new one could go up to 2,100 mAH. Compared to the Galaxy S5 removable battery of 2,800 mAh, you might want to stock up on portable battery chargers.
Finally, there is question as to the cameras on the device. Some sources say a new 13 MP camera will be in the phone whereas others believe it will still be the 8 MP primary camera with f-stop of 2.0.
That means you can be in pretty dark environments and get a better picture. It also could mean the higher MP camera is not as necessary, unless you are planning to print out a wall sized photo of yourself…
So that is it – the 8th generation iPhone 6 in a nutshell. Of course these specs are all rumors at this point and could change without notice.
Are you planning to buy one? Are you sticking with the phone in your pocket? Let me know!