There's a long list of functional and design updates predicted for the iPhone, some of which seem quite possible while others feel like a stretch.
- Enhanced Screen - Apple is currently testing larger iPhone screen options so it's quite possible that the screen on iPhone 6 will be 4.5 to 5 inches, and the rumor mill claims that a 6-inch screen is not out of the question, allowing for full HD resolution of 1,820 x 1,080 or more.
The company has filed a patent to research the idea of curved, wrap-around AMOLED screen that uses thin-film technology for sharp images with less power drain. In addition, hinges may be added to create a screen that can unfold to double its size if desired.
Also included in the patent were possibilities for a gesture control, facial recognition, and a 3D screen option.
- Near Field Communication (NFC) - It appears that Apple is ready to join other smartphone manufacturers and equip the iPhone 6 with NFC using fingerprint technology.
- Improved Power - There are two possibilities being discussed. One is that the iPhone 6 will house an A7 chip to more efficiently use battery power; the other is that the phone will be solar powered because Apple secured a patent in February 2103 for running portable devices with solar panels.
- Upgraded Camera - Apple's online ads tout iSight Pro technology in the iPhone 6 offering a camera that snaps at 12 or 13 megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture for extremely high-quality photos.
- Faster Connection Speed - The technology gurus are expecting iPhone six to have improved 4G LTE. Still in speculation is the addition of 802.11ac chips from Broadcom which would provide super-fast "5G WiFi" capabilities. In January 2013, Apple partnered with Broadcom to use these chips in its technology, but it's questionable whether they will show up in iPhone 6.
- Brisk Processing Performance - It's a good bet that the phone will start at 128GB. Performance and graphics are expected to run two times faster than today's iPhone.
When To Get In Line
Since iPhone 5s and 5c have just made their appearance, it's expected that the iPhone 6 won't make its debut until the first quarter of 2014 at the earliest. Normally, Apple takes up to a year between product launches, so this is a quick turn-around by their standards. However, history has shown that any number of things could delay the kickoff, so keep a close watch if you want to be the first of your friends to own an iPhone 6.
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