Apple's iPhone 6 will hit stores September 19 according to recent reports as Apple gears up for production this July. Nonetheless, aside from the release date and Apple's usual bag of updates for its hardware, the iPhone 6 remains a standout for its upcoming features. Analysts have been offering record-breaking predictions about the device saying it may be the biggest release from the company yet.
As with previous claims, the tech giant plans on releasing two variants namely a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch device. The company will jumpstart production this July as partners like Foxconn started hiring people to fulfill the 100,000-employee requirement. More importantly, as more details of Apple's iPhone 6 production surfaces, analysts predict the new series will be a killer possibly giving Android players like Samsung Galaxy S5 a run for their money. The upcoming features of the iPhone 6 suggest that it will more than just a smartphone for users but an all around system offering convenience and functionality unlike any other.
3D Guided Tours
Developers have been hinting at interesting iOS 8 features not discussed during the Worldwide Developers Conference. According to MacRumors, those with access to the beta version uncovered a feature called the "Flyover City Tours." The feature works with the maps app giving people an aerial city tour in a three-dimensional perspective. Previously, Apple secured a patent for 3D navigational feature that can allow iOS devices to display floor numbers and plans. The feature was discovered by developer Pierre Blasquez after he found a way to unlock the function within the beta code. It appears Apple has been testing the feature on select locations like Bordeaux, Perth, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Stockholm, Rome, Glasgow, Cape Town and Barcelona.
Mobile Enabled Payment System like Tap on Paypal
During the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple shed light on actual information about the features of the iOS 8 eventually hinting what hardware devices like iPhone 6 will feature. During the keynote session, Apple said that it will be opening the Touch ID to third-party developers. From its release, the users have only been able to access their phone via touch authentication features from Apple Store. However, the feature has been limited to that.
Opening the Touch ID will allow developers to experiment with it with a variety of applications. The touch feature will allow developers to take advantage of the response time and avoid unnecessary keyboard tapping and wasted time. Business Insider Keith Griffith reported about Apple's possible partnership with PayPal. According to Griffith, PayPal's senior director of global initiatives Anuj Navar did confirm PayPal developers' attendance to Apple's session. PayPal stands to gain from the partnership if the company chooses to take advantage of the touch-enabled feature according to Forbes.
Super Accurate Local Weather
The iOS 8 seeks to transform the weather-forecasting capacities of iOS devices switching to more accurate functions than granular weather predictions. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be including an update to its CoreMotion APIs for better smarthome integration. This will make it possible for people to check the weather before they leave the house. According to Forbes, climate information will be more accurate using a combination of air pressure barometers capable of tracking outside conditions. The new barometers will also take fewer tolls on the device than the current combination of motion chips and GPS on the iPhone 5 and 5s.
Super Tough Screen
By this time, the sapphire-based screen is no longer a secret as reports indicate that GTA Advanced Technologies has enough sapphire to sustain production. Aside from its name, what makes sapphire stand out? The approved patent, Patent No. 8,738,104 for "Methods and systems for integrally trapping a glass insert in a metal bezel," allows Apple to combine liquidmetal with sapphire to produce more flexible displays. This means despite its glass structure, the display will not immediately scratch or shatter upon impact.
The iPhone 6 continues to draw positive predictions including one from Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt. According to the analyst: "Apple will likely charge a $100 premium for the 5.5 inch version that media reports have suggested will be available a few months after the 4.7 inch version," James said in his research note.
"Our June consumer survey points to continued growth in the willingness of iPhone users to pay $100 more for a bigger screened iPhone, with now a full one-third of survey respondents willing to pay a $100 premium," he added.