Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 has been surrounded by hundreds of rumors. And the latest one making the rounds is that the iPhone 6 may feature a heart rate monitor. That seems realistic because Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently patented a heart rate monitor. It will measure cardiac signals of a specific user with a high degree of accuracy. The heart rate monitor in the iPhone 6 would be useful for users with heart diseases, obesity and those engaged in strenuous physical activities.

iPhone 6 patent

Other iPhone 6 features

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has also patented a hover gesture technology that will let iPhone 6 users operate the device without even touching the screen. It’s not an entirely new technology because Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has already used a similar technology in the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, though it performs only limited functions.

The iPhone 6 is also rumored to feature a bigger screen between 4.8-inch and 5.7-inch, a 64-bit A8 processor, iOS 8, M7 graphics, a Lytro-style camera and a fingerprint sensor. Recent reports suggest that the iPhone 6 may sport a unique feature that would allow you to tag and sort images by speaking. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has talked down a large screen smartphone several times. He argues that a bigger screen consumes more battery, requires more pixels to maintain the Retina resolution, and developers have to rethink their apps for a bigger screen. But experts say Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) can fix all these problems and bring a larger screen iPhone 6 to compete with the Galaxy S4, upcoming Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, Moto X and Xperia Z.

iPhone 6 concept design

A concept design by Fabrizio Bianchi shows the iPhone 6 with 5-inch screen, edge-to-edge screen and thin lower and upper bezels. The Home button is completely redesigned, and the volume and power button are relocated to keep the size of the iPhone 6 close to that of the iPhone 5S despite a bigger screen.




The touch sensitive Home button in the iPhone 6 concept will allow gesture controls such as volume, power, lock and other functions. The iPhone 6 is expected to hit the markets next year. Some analysts say that the Cupertino-based company may launch it in May 2014 to compete with the Galaxy S5. But others argue that the device is likely to come in September or October to give component suppliers, manufacturers and distributors sufficient time to get ready for the big launch.