If you look around you, you’ll probably notice that every other person owns an iPhone, whether it’s the latest model, or an older iPhone 3, 4 or 4S. Apple has in many ways been the trend setter in the smartphone industry, and has shaped the phones that we see on the market today. However, with only one release per year, the American super-giant has an increased level of pressure to make each new iPhone even better than the last. With Samsung making a huge dent into Apple’s popularity, and with so many impressive Android smartphones hitting our shelves, Apple needs to pull it out of the bag with its 2013 release. So what can we expect to see?
Name: iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S?
The bulk of the rumours circulating around the next iPhone seem to lie in the name of the next Apple device. Rather than releasing the iPhone 5 back in 2011, Apple instead chose to launch the iPhone 4S as an update from the iPhone 4.
Typically, an ‘S’ is added to the name of the existing model of iPhone when the changes between the devices are subtle and retained within the phone’s software, with no alterations to the body, design or features of the device.
However, when Apple fans wait for an entire year to get a glimpse of a new iPhone, it seems almost a let-down to get handed an exact replica of the last model, with just subtle software changes. That’s why I am hoping, almost rather than predicting, that Apple will listen to its fans and release the iPhone 6.
The iPhone rarely tends to falter far from the traditional curved edge design with its physical navigation button. However, the biggest rumour circulating about the iPhone 6’s design is that it will be released in a variety of colours, rather like the iPod. How likely this is to happen, though, is debatable. After all, the one thing that the iPhone represents is style and quality, and producing it in a rainbow of colours might detract from the phone’s original appeal.
Other speculations suggest that the iPhone 6 will continue to up the size of its screen, potentially up to a massive 4.8 inches, to mimic the Samsung Galaxy S3. The current iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen, and this was an increase from the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4’s smaller 3.5 inch displays. However, a massive jump to a 4.8 inch screen might just be a step too far for Apple designers, especially as it will be perceived as a move simply to follow the large-screen trend. And after all, Apple sets the trends, it doesn’t follow them.
All mobile phone manufacturers seem to have the letters NFC on their lips at the moment. NFC (Near Field Communications) is largely designed to enable users to make payments electronically and safely from your phone, and is said to revolutionise the way we purchase either our weekly food shopping, or even our furniture and clothes. While there are rumours about Apple being in talks with an Australian security company over using fingerprint technology to make money transfers even safer, it would seem that Apple might be going that one step further.
According to reports, Apple is working on a grand scheme which will enable us to use our iPhones as an almost cash point. Essentially, the way that the application will work is by telling your iPhone that you need to get hold of, say, £20, because there is no sign of a cash point in the vicinity. Your iPhone will then tell you where the nearest iPhone user is, using GPS, who is prepared to sub you the £20 you need. Once this transaction has been made, the amount will be deducted from your iTunes account and will transfer to your trusty Samaritan’s account, along with a small fee from Apple. And ta-da; your iPhone becomes an instant cash dispensing device.
Finally, a rumour which is likely to become reality regarding the iPhone 6 lies in wireless charging. We’ve seen Nokia do it with the Lumia range, and now news has leaked that Apple has filed a patent to create its own version. However, in true Apple style, the iPhone’s wireless charging device is rumoured to be bigger and better than Nokia’s own creation, with the iPhone wireless charger being able to charge a device from up to a metre away.
So there we have it; just a selection of some of the wild and wonderful rumours circulating the iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5S). With only one release per year, though, Apple knows that it can’t afford to make any mistakes, and a disappointing release which demonstrates few changes might prove disastrous for the American super-giant.
Author: David Khan