With the quick pace of Apple technology, people are already talking about what could be included in the iPhone 6. While Apple has not yet confirmed any new technology for the upcoming iPhone versions, a few acquisitions by the Apple team are hinting at a host of probable changes in the yet-to-be launched iPhone.
In general, new iPhones will include upgrades that will build on the technology showcased in the earlier versions. Rumor has it that more apps will be available with the new phone and the basic functions will be upgraded to manage growing data demands more effectively.
Enthusiastic reporters have claimed that this camera could change photography forever.
- This camera uses a group of micro-lenses to catch a 4D light field from the frame you are photographing.
- You will be able to capture the field of light in every direction with one quick snap.
- A light field camera will be able to take pictures a lot faster than traditional pictures and refocus them instantly after they have been taken.
Two CEOs from Apple have confirmed that they have been working on light-field cameras and are excited to incorporate these into the new iPhones. Talks are in process with Lytro to produce cameras compatible with Apple products.
Near Field Communication
Near field communication or NFC allows for wireless communication between phones and other devices.
- Apple is currently working with Authen Tec to create fingerprint sensors to incorporate NFC wallet transactions with increased security.
- NXP Semiconductors is also being contacted to start manufacturing the necessary chips to get this mobile technology up and running.
NFC technology is already being harnessed to manage wallet transactions in Japanese phones. In fact, the original plans called for these chips to be included in the iPhone 5 but the acquisition of Authen Tech was delayed, forcing Apple to wait for the newer models to get this technology up and running.
Silicon Nanowire Battery
As has been the trend for iPhones in the past, the i6 is almost guaranteed to see an improvement in battery technology.
- Silicon nanowire technology is currently being developed at Stanford University that would be able to hold a charge ten times the size of a lithium-ion battery.
- Apple is suggesting they may be able to promise as much as 100 hours video playback, 80 hours talk time and 2225 hours of battery life with this new technology.
Current estimates in the development process suggest that silicon nanowire batteries will not be available for mass production in time for the iPhone 5S. Apple is currently hoping to include an early version of this technology with the iPhone 6– with a full-fledged version of the battery guaranteed in the iPhone 7.
Currently, most predictions for the iPhone 6 have little grounding, so it will take a bit of time before Apple chooses to clear up the truth behind the raging speculations. We all have our eyes on it!