Apple has been quietly preparing a second new iPhone to be released in 2013, according to multiple leaks and reports. According to most, this device will be called the iPhone 6 and be radically different from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, which we recently discussed. Here are 5 expected features rumored to be included in the iPhone 6.
1. Different Colors
Aesthetically, the iPhone's standard white or black has gotten a little boring and monotonous. But, the iPhone 6 is expected to have some brightly colored designs. The concept art, which you can see above, replaces the black monochromatic back for something a little more fun. Apparently, the colors can range from red to purple, and everything in between. Letting consumers choose the color of their device adds another level of customization that most iPhone users will appreciate, which could help Apple's customer satisfaction numbers too.
2. A Much Bigger Device
Another thing we can expect is a much bigger device. Outlets like the Wall Street Journal have already reported rumors that Apple is planning on unveiling a device with a screen size much larger than the puny 4 inches in the iPhone 5. The previous screen upgrade saw the device jump from 3.5 inches in the iPhone 4S to 4 in the iPhone 5, but more are expected a more drastic change between the iPhone 5/5S and the iPhone 6. How big of a change are we talking about? It could be up to an inch or more. This would propel the iPhone 6 to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other similarly sized devices.
3. Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is an interesting concept that has already started showing up in other devices. Nokia has started producing a wireless charging pad for their Lumia 920 smartphone, and have created attachments so that wireless charging works on older Lumia devices as well. Apple could really benefit from implementing wireless charging in the iPhone 6. They would manage to include a trendy new feature that companies like Google and Samsung haven't implemented in their smartphones yet. Beating competitors to the punch should be reason enough for Apple to include wireless charging.
4. Expect to See iOS 7
iOS 7 is an upcoming software update for Apple's mobile operating system. There's not much that's been leaked about it, but the reports that have surfaced have been pretty interesting. Most recently, WSJ reported that Jony Ive, one of Apple's most popular executives, was leading the development for iOS 7. Here's what the WSJ report said:
Some suggested that in Apple’s next mobile operating system, Ive is pushing a more “flat design” that is starker and simpler, according to developers who have spoken to Apple employees but didn’t have further details. Overall, they expect any changes to be pretty conservative. For the past few years, Apple has unveiled versions of its mobile operating system in the summer.
Design is one example of the increased “collaboration across hardware, software and services” that Apple said it was aiming for when Cook pushed senior vice president and mobile software chief Scott Forstall out of the company last year.
5. Updated Internal Specs
As we mentioned in our article about iPhone 5S features, Apple historically updates their internal hardware with every new device. In terms of speed and efficiency, the iPhone 6 will definitely be the best yet. Apple may also decide improve the battery life, considering one of the biggest complaints about the iPhone 5 is the dismal battery life and the device's poor power efficiency. Also expect the still-in-development A7X processor to be included in the iPhone 6 as well.