We’re just hours away from the much awaited Apple keynote where the company will finally unveil the iPhone 6 at Cupertino’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts. The next flagship smartphone from Apple has been privy to many rumors and leaks leading up to the event. People have already started queuing up outside Apple stores, in hope of grabbing the device as early as possible and the tech giant is also said to have begun shipping large volumes of iPhone devices. The stage is set and all eyes are on Apple’s big unveil tonight. But before the rumors are put to rest, we give you a complete lowdown on 10 features that are most expected to be included on the iPhone 6: Also Read - Here's why Apple will pay Rs 1,820 to some iPhone usersAlso Read - Apple fined over Rs 178 crore for slowing down older devices including the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE
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There is little doubt on Apple’s plans to release two variants of the iPhone 6. Both these variants are bigger than any iPhone currently available and are differentiated by the size of their display screens. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants are designed to give competition to all the large screen Android devices in the market.
Shatterproof and Waterproof
Reports indicate that both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants will have sapphire glass protection. These smartphones will however be available in limited quantities and will be more expensive than the standard variants. A recent slip by a former GT Advanced Technology employee also pretty much confirmed the use of sapphire glass on the new Apple handsets. The new iPhones are also expected to be resistant to water.
‘Super Resolution Mode’ on camera
Rumor has it that Apple will continue with the 8-megapixel camera but will feature a new ‘Super Resolution Mode’. This new feature is said to use optical image stabilization technology to capture multiple image samples that are then combined to create a high-density end photograph. There are however other reports that claim, with iOS 8 bringing in manual camera controls, Apple could opt for a 13-megapixel camera sensor. Reports also suggest that Apple will go back to true tone flash for the rear camera.
We expect the iPhone 6 to have Apple’s new A8 quad-core processor along with an improved M8 co-processor codenamed Phosphorus. In comparison, the current iPhone 5S is powered by a 1.3GHz A7 dual-core processor. A benchmark leak claims that Apple will offer 1GB of RAM on the 4.7-inch variant, while the 5.5-inch variant will have 2GB of RAM.
The new iPhones will run on iOS 8, which brings in a host of new features. These new features include Health, HomeKit, and Handoff among others. A detailed list of new features is available here. Additionally, Siri too will get certain improvements like support for hands-free activation and music identification using Shazam. The update also sees an improved keyboard with predictive text feature. The device search bar Spotlight also gets smarter on iOS 8 and considers things like context and location to give you comprehensive results. For example, if you’d type in a movie name, Spotlight will tell you the nearby theaters, showtimes, and even ratings. The new Health app acts like a hub that gathers all your personal data on fitness, diet, sleep, medication and more. You ll also be able to connect it to wearable fitness bands or Apple s rumored wearable device of its own.
The current iPhone 5S is powered by a 1,560mAh battery and users complain that it does not last for more than a day on a single charge. Reports suggest that the 4.7-inch variant will feature a 1,810mAh battery, while the bigger 5.5-inch variant will feature 2,915mAh battery. With both the devices slated to be bigger than all its predecessors, a large battery for both variants makes sense.
More storage option
Apple will boost storage space and reports claim there is a new 128GB storage variant in the works. Both the phones will have this storage option and Apple might strike out base 16GB storage option completely. However, another report suggests that Apple is likely to persist with the 16GB variant as a cheaper option, and will replace the 32GB variant instead.
Leaked photographs have indicated that Apple has completely revamped the design of iPhone 6. It is expected to be slimmer and boast soft curved edges. These images also indicate that the power button will be moved to the side. In addition, owing to the slimmer profile, the speaker grille at the bottom will be reduced to one row.
Finally warming up to NFC technology, Apple’s iPhone 6 will have NXP’s NFC chip embedded into its hardware that will allow the device to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems. Apple is working with NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the iPhone 6, enabling new pay-by-touch capabilities. Apple has partnered with companies like Master Card, Visa and American Express for its mobile wallet feature.
Apple will give in to competition and move on to bigger displays, but it also wants to retain consumers that are happy with the current device. The new and bigger iPhones will have a one-handed mode that can be toggled on or off to make their large screens easier to use. This isn t new technology, and is seen on Samsung s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note II.