Features the next iPhone should steal from the MacBook and Apple Watch

29 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A 4-inch iPhone 6 would be welcomed by many users (but will Apple deliver?).

Some people say the smaller phones are more manageable in the hand, while the larger iPhone 6 is easier to drop. Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop looks at the potential for a four inch iPhone (possibly the iPhone 6C), wondering where the Beats streaming app for iOS is, Becoming Steve Jobs, the unsaid issues of the Apple Watch, Apple’s Chinese trade-in program, did Apple kill the iPad sales, and the conceptual Apple Drone. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read our weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

These products were marketed by the Cupertino-based tech firm after almost a year of speculations regarding Apple’s decision of selling bigger versions of its iPhones. There’s no doubt that the iPhone 6 has been a smash hit, but Apple has sold far fewer of the huge iPhone 6 Plus, suggesting that consumers will go along with the supersizing or their smartphones only to a point. It even went on to state that all the three devices will be equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass and LTPS panels which are being produced at Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display.

Rumors are suggesting that the year 2015 will see the tech biggie launch as many as three new smartphone models namely iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6C. The iPhone 6C, on the other hand, will be an affordable version of the iPhone 6; it will be smaller in size, and will also have lower specifications compared to the other recent models of iPhone. So far so good, but unfortunately there are two stupid flaws: Personally I think that it’s a pretty smart move for Apple to go with a 6C that is a generation behind. Apple is always looking to support an entry-level handset that networks can push as a ‘free’ handset thanks to the two-year subsidy, and the iPhone 5C was an incredibly successful smartphone, no matter what the critics thought.

Succeeding iPod models pointed to better functionalities when used with Mac computers, which led to the Apple product being snapped up by the millions. While the iPhone 5S does have TouchID, it does not have the hardware to support Apple Pay, and Cupertino is putting a huge amount of focus on mobile payments.

The App Store became an indispensable iPhone partner while the iPad entry in 2010 further established the vaunted Apple ecosystem that straddles two platforms – the iOS mobile computing and the conventional OS X desktop environment. This would be a ‘new’ handset, it could be marketed as such by carriers and retailers, and all it needs is a new name to help the message… such as ‘iPhone 6C.’ Apple’s next release of iOS, iOS 8.3, is still in testing with Beta 4 now available to developers and interested parties. The timepiece, as advertised by its maker, has stand-alone features but as users get used to its functionalities, they will be prodded that pairing it with a smartphone is the way to get the optimal benefits. Guess what, it’s not there! iOS 8.3 Beta 4 ships to developers continuing earlier iOS 8.3 beta support for a wireless version of CarPlay, Google 2-step verification, racially diverse emoji, filters for Messages (known/unknown senders), a UI tweak for the iOS keyboard and new compatibility for Apple Pay on the China UnionPay network.

And the genius of Apple is its smartwatch pairs exclusively with the iPhone – most likely with the upcoming 2015 models powered by iOS 9. “Apple Watch … will demonstrate to users the multiplying functionality that users gain through being in the Apple ecosystem. In addition there are expanded voice commands for Siri, including the ability to initiate calls over speakerphone and the ability to skip password entry when downloading free apps. Gordon Kelly wonders aloud if Beats is being pushed back to 8.4, but with the timing of Apple’s WWDC Developer event, squeezing in another iOS release looks unlikely. This patent will allow the tech giant to incorporate a camera module containing three-sensor prisms into chassis of thin wireless devices such as iPhones.

This new camera technology will definitely boost the phone’s camera quality and will ensure that users get better results as far as colors are concerned even when clicking picture or capturing videos amid lowlight conditions. The latest rumours picked up from supply chain sources indicate that Apple plans a three-punch approach for the iPhone 6S release date this 2015 – meaning three models will be unboxed between September and October this year.

It could indeed appear in iOS 8.4 as some hope, though that would seem to a missed marketing opportunity with the hype of WWDC 2015 to follow shortly afterwards. Lots of coverage on the book ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ around the web, with the book being used to heap both bouquets and brickbats on the memory of Jobs and his time at Apple. So a 4-inch iPhone 6 with a smaller screen size and the rest of the technology the same might be possible (a smaller battery would suffice to run the smaller display). You have to admit some of the hardware the Windows folks are putting out isn’t bad, especially when a hybrid computer can go from a MacBook Air form factor into a tablet form factor with a swinging hinge.

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