iPhone 6 may arrive with improved Touch ID sensor, sapphire display, 13MP camera, and bigger battery
As the release date comes closer and closer, rumors regarding the Apple iPhone 6 continue popping up like mushrooms after a fresh spring rain. Some are seem pretty reliable, others sound downright crazy. The latest batch of unconfirmed claims suggests that the iPhone 6 may arrive with improved TouchID sensor, harder sapphire display, 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, NFC, health-monitoring features and a bigger 1,560 mAh battery.
Latest claims regarding the new iPhone 6
As GSM Arena reports, the upcoming iPhone 6 may have an improved TouchID sensor. The fingerprint scanner is said to fit utterly with the new design of the iPhone 6, among others thanks to screw holes placed in line with the smartphone’s metal body. Moreover, the new TouchID sensor is expected to be more resistant to damage than the one used in the iPhone 5S and it should also be more accurate.
Another component that will supposedly receive a healthy upgrade is the screen. Rumor has it, that Apple will switch from Corning’s Gorilla Glass to a harder sapphire-glass display in its new flagship. As we mentioned before, the device allegedly will be available in two size options, one with a 4.7-inch and the other with a 5.5-inch screen. Due to higher costs of production, sapphire display most likely will be used only in the most high-end variants of the iPhone 6.
GforGames, on the other hand, brings news about possible employment of a 13-megapixel camera in the iPhone 6. The snapper could be the Sony Exmor IMX220 with a 1/2.3-inch sensor and based on the resolution sampling, the unit will reportedly be capable of 3,840 x 1,080 video capture. It seems that Apple is considering optical image stabilization. It does sound kind of like wishful thinking, but apparently, the source of this rumor has been pretty accurate in the past, so chances are that the said camera will materialize after all.
Finally, the battery. According to the rumors, the iPhone 6 may pack a larger 1,810 mAh battery. For comparison, Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5S features a 1,560 mAh unit. Of course, we gladly welcome any improvement when it comes to battery; however, you should keep one thing in mind – the phone’s size and more powerful components will mean that the device will be more power-hungry so the new battery will be a slight improvement for iPhone users, if any.
The new iPhone is also said to support Near Field Communication which would allow the phone to act as a payment system. A large number of Android and Windows Phone handsets already support NFC payments and Apple is one of the few that still hasn’t made yet the feature available to users.
Last but not least, the iPhone 6 may come with health-monitoring features similar to what Samsung offers in the Galaxy S5. The device might to keep track of its owners pulse and body temperature, though it’s unclear whether the smartphone will be able to do it on its own, or it will require assistance for example from smartwatch.
For now this is all we know about Apple’s upcoming flagship, but as always we will keep an eye out for more. What we heard about the iPhone 6 so far sounds promising; however, we won’t know until September how much of it, if any, will come true. Let the countdown begin.