We have heard a lot of iPhone 6 rumors over the past few weeks. Rumors and media reports suggest that the next iPhone is likely to have some breakthrough features such as wireless charging, “tougher than concrete” sapphire screen, a larger display, water and dust resistant, edge-to-edge screen, more pixels, gesture technology, iOS 8, and of course a higher price tag.
However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could set the benchmarks even higher as its competitors are catching up fast. Tim Cook has said in the past that his teams are working on a number of revolutionary software, hardware and services that should be launched in 2014. We are sure one of those products is iPhone 6. Apart from the features mentioned above, the iPhone 6 is rumored to sport certain features that most users might not have thought of.
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Gaze detection technology in iPhone 6
There have been consistent reports that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s next smartphone will sport a bigger screen, between 4.8-inch and 5.7-inch. A larger screen consumes more power. On the other hand, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working to increase the battery life of its devices. Each subsequent generation of iPhone has seen at least 10% increase in battery life. So, the Cupertino-based company is likely to use any technology that can enhance the battery life of iPhone 6. That’s where gaze detection technology can help. PatentlyApple has reported that the tech giant is revisiting its gaze detection technology.
This technology can detect whether a user is looking at the screen or not. If you are looking away, the iPhone 6 would automatically pause the video and turn off the screen. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has used a similar detector in Galaxy S4. So, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has the chance to use this feature, at least to enhance the battery life of iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 with NFC
This was long expected. With Near Field Communication, the iPhone 6 can work as a payment system. The user can simply waive his device over a receiver to pay bills at restaurants and shops, or to transfer money to friends. The feature is already available in many Android and Windows Phone devices. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) hasn’t made that leap yet, but fans expect it in the iPhone 6.
A few months ago, there were rumors that the iPhone 5S would come with the eye tracking feature. It would track a user’s eyes, allowing them to scroll through pages without even touching their smartphone. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5S didn’t include this feature. So, fans and observers expect it in the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 with eye ID scanner
One drawback of the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S is that users leave their fingerprints on almost everything they touch, which criminals and fraudsters could use to their advantage. But imagine your eyes acting as a security feature. Set Solution recently unveiled a concept video showcasing the eye ID retina scanner in the iPhone 6. It can be used to unlock the smartphone, gain access to iTunes and their online banking accounts.
Lytro camera in iPhone 6
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could go into an entirely new direction if it uses the recently awarded patent in the iPhone 6. The tech giant has patented a refocusable light field camera technology that will allow users to refocus the images even after the picture has been taken. Instead of taking a 2D image of the moment, this technology captures light fields. So, the image taken is not a fixed capture, and you can select the part to refocus the image around.
Let’s see how many of these expectations are fulfilled. The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced in June or September 2014.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares were down 1.40% to $547.22 in pre-market trading.