Over the past few weeks, especially since Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 to compete with the iPhone 5s, we’ve been treated with article after article of everything we know about Apple’s iPhone 6.
The problem with the approach to list everything we truly, deeply, madly know about iPhone 6 is that the article would be rather short. Apple’s history has a future trajectory, and the company leaves a few signs here and there, but we don’t really know squat about iPhone 6.
Since nobody but Apple and a few privileged vendors know what the company really plans to do with the iPhone 6 line, lets look at both the trajectory and expectations.
The trajectory of features is obvious. It seems to me that a 4-inch iPhone 6 in plastic, including the A7 CPU and Touch ID fingerprint sensor is a compelling entry level product.
Yeah, I know, the iPhone 5 might really be entry-level, but I like my idea of using the iPhone 5s as an iPhone 6c much better.
That means iPhone 6, like iPhone 5, would become the new standard bearer of Apple’s flagship line, packed with refinement and a few holier-than-thou, anti-Samsung options.
Speaking of anti-Samsung, would anyone be surprised if the iPhone 6 sported a larger screen; one not made by Samsung. Or, a faster, quad-core A8 CPU not made by Samsung?
What many of us expect and would appreciate in the iPhone 6 is a variety of screen sizes. My female Asian friends from Koreatown love to whip out their big Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Is it any wonder that about half of the world’s largest smartphones are sold in Korea?
I’m expecting multiple iPhone models in 2014. We’ll still have the iPhone 6 with a 4-inch display, but I’d bet on something similar to 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. As the lady says, size matters.
Speaking Of Screens
Closely related to screen size is screen material, and Apple is already on record with a huge investment into making sapphire screens. That’s a given, but upon what device will the screens be placed?
The executives at Gorilla Glass have been dissing sapphire more than Republicans punish the president for being elected. Twice. Their hard-nosed knock on sapphire tells me that at least some of the sapphire Apple makes later this year will see light on an iPhone.
Or, maybe an iWatch. Or, iSomething-or-other.
Apple has this thing about usability and battery life, so it’s also probable that iPhone 6 will be larger, but with thinner bezels, left, right and top and bottom, so the one-hand-management of the iPhone, at least a smaller larger version, will still be possible. My Korean friends are two fisted smartphone users.
Apple also has this crazy, messy, convoluted issue about screen resolution. Apps for both iPhone and iPad these days are developed with a single resolution in mind for each device. A larger screen could mess that up if the screen’s resolution is not capable of quadrupling the Retina display pixel count.
Finally, the real reasons we should expect bigger and faster is because it’s time. Apple’s recent history with iPhone models put the jumps in technology and change on full numbered models. iPhone 4, iPhone 5, with incremental refinements in iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s models.
With iPhone 6 it’s time once again for Apple to break the mold and move ahead, again leapfrogging the Samsung copycats.