Made up nonsense or truly an inside source? you be the judge.
It’s that time of year (basically the first six months of every year) when rumors fly wildly on the upcoming iPhone release. Usually the rumors are taken with a grain of salt, however considering the source is rather reputable, this particular rumor carries some weight. Renowned investor analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company has released details of “locked down specs” on the new iPhone 6, expected in September. Cowen analytically cites Apple’s supply chains as his source to the claims.
Most intriguing of the specs is the growth screen size. The new screen is a 4.8-inch form factor. The size would speed Apple up to current standard smartphone sizes, just short of the popular competitors like the Galaxy S4 (5-inch) and Note (5.3-inch).
That’s not the only detail shared. According to Arcuri, we can expect the iPhone 6 to sport a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity which integrates well with Apple’s newly released Airport Extreme 802.11ac and Time Capsule routers. Current iPhone 5s models use the older 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity. The change is estimated to be 2.5x faster as 802.11n average 450 Mbps, versus the new 1300 Mbps 802.11ac speeds.
Aside from hardware tweaks and design changes, Arcuri also said that Apple is planning “key software innovations” with the next major release of its iOS platform.
He expects the company will leverage iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook as part of a push into new services with mobile payments. – Apple Insider
That news is bigger than you may think at first glance. If you’re not aware of the potential of iBeacon, it is an alternative to near-field communication (NFC) which can communicate within a close proximity with devices without much power consumption. As market trends have shown, near field communication is set to be the next big tech in the home. Imagine being able to control your whole home remotely. We are already seeing the popularity of devices like Nest’s (now acquired by Google) thermostat and fire alarm, making follow ups inevitable.
Touch ID and the slowly growing Passport abilities are also expected to become the “next big thing,” despite a rocky start. Popularity of Passport has only lately come into use with things like purchases of airplane tickets, and retail stores as consumer confidence rises.
Last morsel of information given is that even with the success of the lower-end iPhone 5c, Apple will not be looking to release a economical version of the iPhone 6.
Wrap-up of iPhone 6 Specs:
- New 4.8-inch screen
- New 2.5x faster 80211ac Wi-Fi with new Airport integration
- Expansion of iBeacon (NFC alternative)
- Continued push of Touch ID integration
- discontinue of low-end 5c type device