iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors: Next Generation Phone May Come With Trackpad, Touch ID Display, Facial Recognition

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By Vanessa Francisco | December 5, 2013 7:31 PM EST

The iPhone 6 is rumoured to be released by mid-2014 and since the release of iPhone5S, speculations have already floated around the Internet, suggesting what features the iPhone 6 should have. The most recent batch of reports suggests that the phone may be equipped with a full-screen touch I.D. display and trackpad.

Reports say that Apple submitted a patent application and its 600+ pages reportedly contain details of the upcoming phone's touch I.D. fingerprint scanner display and home button track pad. While the track pad function is still new to the iPhone, it was already a major part of the QWERTY devices BlackBerry created.

Rumour has it that the iPhone 6 will feature a bigger Retina display screen too. There are speculations that a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen are being tested. Apple fans now wonder if one or both bigger screen models will hit the store shelves in 2014. Other rumours say Apple will get rid of the Gorilla Glass screen this time and will replace it with a scratch resistant sapphire coating.

The iPhone 6 is also said to have a touch, wrap around screen with longer battery life and improved plenoptic camera. Siri is also claimed to have some improvements as Apple uses PrimeSense technology to improve Siri's ability to recognize a voice. Siri's intelligence will also place a notch high with more accurate answer to user questions.

Apple has also been recently awarded rights for another security patent for facial technology, a personal computing device control that uses face recognition and detection. This facial technology could unlock select features on the smartphone, keeping anyone whose face is not register with Apple as an authorized user out. Again, though this is new to Apple, Samsung Galaxy has already used facial recognition software on its devices in the past.

The newly acquired patent includes three distinct features "the facial detection that identifies faces no matter the background, the actual facial recognition that identifies authorized and select faces, and the application that allows Apple to act on the facial data it gathers - either to lock out or allow phone access."  

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