iPhone 6 Features: Ear Proximity Measurement, Double Pixels

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The iPhone 6 rumor mill won’t stop churning out the tall tales anytime soon, so here are the latest tidbits. Now Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor-ites are saying that it could have twice the pixels of the iPhone 5. Recent patent filings also indicate that it might be able to measure the distance between the device and the user’s ear for the purposes of volume control.

iPhone 6 Features: Ear Proximity Measurement, Double Pixels

Will The iPhone 6 Have Double The Pixels?

WeiPhone reports that the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6, depending on which name Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) uses this year, will have double the pixels of the iPhone 5. According to this rumor, the display is also expected to take up more space on the handset, which is likely to have a narrower bezel that’s similar to that of the iPad Mini’s design. In this version of the alleged iPhone 6 story, the device is being prepared for a September shipment.

Mac Rumors’ Eric Slivka notes that Apple did change its resolution last year when it released the iPhone 5, which require all app developers to make changes to their apps because of the taller screen. It may be unlikely that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will want to do that again a second year in a row. In previous versions of the iPhone, the company went two years between resolution changes—from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5.

In addition, other rumors have claimed that the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 5S will have the same display as the iPhone 5, which would go against this new rumor.

iPhone 6 With Ear Proximity Measurement Capability

And then there are those who like to jump to conclusions based on Apple’s recent patent filings, like this one, which indicates a form of technology which measures how close the user’s ear is to the iPhone 6 and adjusts the volume accordingly. Phones Review spotted the patent, which was filed five years ago.

Of course it’s important to note that many patents which are filed never end up being used in the end products, but it’s fun to consider what such technology would be like if it ever did show up in a consumer product.

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