Supposedly, and in keeping with tradition, the iPhone 6 will be introduced on September 9th. But Apple hasn’t said anything. The iPhone 6, whatever it will be called, is coming– sooner or later– but what Apple actually said indicates maybe there’s a later date.
The Fun Of Surprises
Back in the summer of ’14, at the WWDC where Apple’s executives hawked the latest in candy coated operating system goodness– iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite– and said something revealing.
When will iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite be released. Apple’s Tim Cook said, ‘In the fall.’ Fall (autumn) doesn’t begin in the northern hemisphere until later in September.
Is it possible that Apple has something else planned for September 9th, even though the company hasn’t said a word? We’ll see.
As to the soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6 model, which will feature iOS 8, here’s what I want and plan to see and use when I finally kick my Verizon iPhone 5s to the curb (thanks Gazelle).
Quick Reply – this little nugget is perfectly made for larger screens, and gives iPhone iOS 8 users controls in the lower right corner. Perfect for Messages, right?
Business – Calendar will alert you to scheduling conflicts, and email can notify others of important updates.
Handoff – This is way cool, in a digitally juicy way. Whatever you’re working on– iPhone, iPad, Mac– can be handed off to the other devices (needs OS X Yosemite; works on newer Macs). Handoff also lets you answer your iPhone from your iPad or Mac. Delicious.
QuickType – Can you say, ‘predictive texting.’ Oh, how I long for Siri (my iPhone) to know what I want to say as I try to say it.
Spotlight – I don’t like to use Spotlight, regardless of the device. But Apple added enough useful functionality, that I’ll give the latest version a try, because it searches not just the device you’re using, but also the internet and Wikipedia.
Wi-Fi Calling – Not every cell phone carrier will have this, but it’s good for the second tier of carriers where coverage might be spotty but where you’re near a Wi-Fi connection.
That’s the basic software lineup. What about hardware? I don’t know what’s coming but I know what I want.
5.5-inch iPhone – Call it iPhone max. That’s fine with me because I have long fingers and a large hand (actually, two of them), and the original 3.5-inch iPhone was a bit snug for me, and so is the 4-inch iPhone. I want a smartphone with some beef (and my iPad mini goes to Gazelle).
Sapphire & Liquidmetal – This won’t happen, but it’s what I want so it’s on my list. I’ll be surprised if there’s no sapphire screen, and more surprised if the case is made of Liquidmetal. Maybe that’ll show up in the indestructable iPhone 7.
HD Screen – Apple has fallen way behind the Android competition with screen dimensions. What’s with that? I suppose Apple needs to buy in larger volumes and the latest and greatest screen technology is only available in smaller quantities. Still, come one, Apple. Give me more pixels that I won’t be able to see anyway.
Battery Life – Actually, I already have battery life on my iPhone. Or, maybe it’s half life. Whatever it is it isn’t enough sometimes, so instead of thinner and lighter (iPhone 5s isn’t thin enough or light enough, Apple?), how about shoving in a monster battery that runs for days. Or, just a day. A whole day– not matter what I use the iPhone for; games to videos.
A World Phone – This will happen. The only issue is when. Instead of making an iPhone for Verizon, a different one for AT&T, and a different one for a bunch of other cell phone companies who cannot agree on the technology in their own industry– how about one phone, unlocked, that I can buy and take to any cell phone company anywhere?
That’s my list. What’s on your list?