Posts Tagged ‘iOS 7’

With the new model is being referred to as iPhone 6, it had briefly surfaced some new features.

iPHONE 6 SCREEN
It’s pretty safe to assume that the iPhone 6 is going to have a larger screen size than the existing iPhone 6. Most of the rumours are that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.8in screen (4.5in and 5in screen sizes have also been put forwards), which would make the phone similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. At this screen size, Apple could then move to a Full HD (1,920×1,080) resolution or even go beyond.

While Apple has not previously made a large-screen phone, upping the screen size for the iPhone 6 makes a lot of sense. It means it can compete with the large-screen phones from other manufacturers and keep the iPhone 5S as a smaller alternative, giving iPhone users more choice.

Tim Cook has said, “Some customers value large screen size, others value other factors such as resolution, colour quality, white balance, brightness, reflectivity, screen longevity, power consumption, portability, compatibility with apps and many things. Our competitors had made some significant trade-offs in many of these areas in order to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist.”

What that statement says, to us, is that Apple won’t ship a large-screen iPhone until it’s managed to iron out all of the trade-offs. A thinner screen, to make a lighter phone, could well be the right way to go, then.

It’s no wonder, then, that Apple may also be considering the screen technology that it uses, with a Sharp IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screen top of the list. This new technology allows for screens that use less power and are considerably thinner. Rumours certainly picked up when the Sharp IGZO technology was demonstrated at CES 2013.

iPHONE 6 GAZE DETECTION
A bigger screen requires more power, so any technology that can increase battery life has to be good. For the iPhone 6 Apple could be about to revisit gaze detection technology, where the phone can tell if you’re looking at the screen or not. If you were to look away, the phone could pause a video playing and turn the screen off. Patently Apple has dug up the full information on how the technology is likely to work.

Given that Samsung has similar technology in its Galaxy S4 smartphone, we’d say there’s a high chance that Apple will follow suit and implement its own version.

iPHONE 6 iOS 7
We already have iOS 7, so it makes sense that this operating system will be used for the iPhone 6. It’s possible, given that the iPhone 5S has features specific to it, that the OS will be updated to introduce new features with the new handset. For example, it could enable NFC is Apple decides that it wants the technology to use for mobile payments; we wouldn’t bet on it, though, as it seems steadfastly against it.

iPHONE 6 CAMERA
For the iPhone 5S Apple upped the physical size of its 8-megapixel sensor, meaning that each pixel gets more light. In addition, it upgraded the lens from an f/2.4 model to an f/2.2 model, increasing low-light performance again. Combined with the A7 SoC, the camera has a couple of neat modes, including a 10fps burst mode that goes on until the phone’s memory is full, and a 120fps slow-motion mode.

It would make sense if Apple was to use this sensor in the iPhone 6, although, given it’s a bigger phone, with more room inside for components, it could well up the pixel count, with a 12- or 13-megapixel on the cards.

iPHONE 6 STORAGE
In terms of storage, 64GB has been the top model for a couple of years, and continues to be so for the iPhone 5S. We’re not expecting this to change for the iPhone 6, although we know that the Apple can make a 128GB model, thanks to the recent launch of a 128GB iPad 4.

The new model doubled the maximum capacity of the previous high-end iPad (64GB). This update was said to be about increasing the variety of uses for the tablet, with Apple stating that more storage was good for large files for use in applications such as CAD and music production. It’s also a more useful amount of storage for photos and videos.

iPHONE 6 TOUCH ID
Touch ID, the fingerprint reader, was the one of the big talking points for the iPhone 5S. Recent rumours suggest that Touch ID will also come to the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, so we’d really expect it on the iPhone 6.

Touch ID works brilliant and encourages people to be more secure, as using it requires a passcode to be set. At the moment, Touch ID can only be used to unlock the iPhone and to authorise iTunes and App Store payments, but it would make sense for Apple to be thinking about new applications for the technology. We can easily see a future where banking apps, for example, are authenticated through the phone.

For the technology really to be taken seriously, we’d expect to see it in as many mobile devices as possible, which obviously includes the iPhone 6. The only real question is, will we see Touch ID open up any new features? If Apple was to include a NFC chip, then Touch ID could be used to authenticate payments. We’re not necessarily expecting NFC, though, as Apple has so far been dead set against including it.

iPHONE 6 A7 SoC
Apple has just released the A7 SoC chip for its iPhone 5S, which is proving to be very fast. It’s got some great custom features, too, including the Image Signal Processor for the camera, which lets the iPhone 5S shoot fast bursts and slow motion video. Given that this 64-bit chip is brand-new, we can’t see Apple completely changing it for the iPhone 6.

Instead, we may get an upgraded version for the iPhone 6. This could include more cores, perhaps moving from dual-core to quad-core, and perhaps a faster graphics core, similar to how the current iPad has an A6X processor, which is the iPhone version with quad-core graphics.

Leaked shots, before it was released, of the iPhone 5S correctly showed that it had a brand-new processor, the A7.

iPHONE 6 PRICE
Apple typically releases its new models at the same price as the old ones. If that holds out, then, and assuming that the 16GB model is dropped, we’d expect the 32GB model to cost £529, the 64GB model £599 and the 128GB model £699. However, if the company continues to sell the iPhone 5S, we could be in for some new pricing, with the iPhone 6 a premium model that sits above it, in which case all bets are off and we have no idea how much it will be.

Alongside new iPads and Macs, Apple on Tuesday quietly released an iOS update that brings new features and fixes others.

iOS 7.0.3, which went out as a free update today, brings back iCloud Keychain — a feature that was originally slated to launch with iOS 7, but did not make it into the final release.

iCloud Keychain stores information like logins and credit card information synced up and available between devices. That comes with a new feature in Safari for iOS that can generate complex passwords.

Alongside the new feature, Apple also beefed up an older one that disabled some of the snazzy new visual effects in iOS 7. That includes the parallax shifting that occurs while users move their device around, as well as the animations that have app icons fall down onto the screen every time the device is unlocked.

Those animations were causing issues for some users, who found them to be dizzying. The new option ditches the zooming between apps and other system menus, in favor of a simpler cross fade effect.

Other fixes include a tweak to the lock screen that delays when it pops up the “slide to unlock” language for iPhone 5S users with the Touch ID system enabled, as well as bringing back an option to search from the Web and Wikipedia from within the built-in Spotlight search tool.iOS was was released to users last month. Prior updates focused on ironing out some early kinks, including a security issue that allowed users to unlock devices without a passcode.

Apple’s new iOS 7 mobile operating system has been wildly popular

As big as the lines outside Apple stores were for the launch of the company’s two new iPhones were last week, the virtual lines to download iOS 7 may have been even more impressive.

After iOS 7 became available to download last Wednesday, Internet traffic from Apple.com tripled to more than 13% for the average customers of Sunnyvale-based Blue Coat Systems. The company makes hardware and software that helps companies monitor and optimize their Web traffic.

Though streaming media services such as Netflix and YouTube can consume large amounts of bandwidth, the rush to download a single, fairly large file was virtually unprecedented, according to Blue Coat director Jeff Brainard.

In a blog post Thursday on the Blue Coat website, Brainard wrote that customers who usually get about 4% of their traffic going to Apple.com experienced a spike of more than three times that, to 13%.

For one customer, traffic to Apple.com spiked to 32% of Web traffic.

“During that period, iOS 7 downloads accounted for the second largest volume of traffic behind only YouTube videos,” Brainard wrote.

That means that in offices and schools across the country, IT managers were struggling to keep their systems working as employees as attempted to download the iOS 7 to their Apple devices.

And that also resulted in a busy day for the folks at Blue Coat, who scrambled to help their customers manage the surge of traffic and figure out ways to reduce its effect.

Of course, anyone who tried to download the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system when it became available on Wednesday knew there was a stampede to get it. Users experienced error messages or long download times.

On Monday, Apple confirmed that iOS 7 had been downloaded onto 200 million iOS devices. And other third parties reported that the adoption had pushed past 50% of all iOS devices, a far faster clip than previous updates.

Brainard said IT managers have grown accustomed to seeing big spikes in Web traffic around major events such as the World Cup or the death of a major celebrity. But it’s one thing for people to be posting lots of short tweets or Facebook posts and another thing for millions of people to suddenly try to download a large file from a single source, he said. “There was a ridiculous amount of popularity for this update,” Brainard said in an interview. “I think in the case of a big file update that’s had this kind of impact, no, I have not seen this in the four years I’ve been here.”

Carl Icahn tweeted that he and Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook would talk over dinner about the size of the company’s stock buyback. (Associated Press)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is scheduled to meet with shareholder activist Carl Icahn on Monday in New York City, according to a report.

On Thursday, CNBC reporter David Faber said he had confirmed the meeting will take place. Last month, Icahn tweeted that he planned to meet Cook for dinner to discuss Apple’s stock buyback plans.

“That planned meal, which no longer may be a meal, will take place on Monday,” Faber says.

Yes, you read that correctly. According to Faber, Icahn is more of a “late-night kinda guy” who “likes to have a couple of martinis with dinner.” And Cook, Faber discovered, is “more of an early morning guy.”

Last month, Icahn revealed that he had taken a large stake in Apple. And although the company announced a record stock buyback program earlier this year, Icahn would like to see it increased even more.

Since Icahn announced his campaign, Apple has launched its two new iPhones and new iOS 7 mobile operating system which have been big hits. However, the stock price has been mixed during the past two weeks.

The stock closed at $506.17 the day before Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A week later, it had fallen to $450.12 as investors expressed disappointment that Apple did not introduce a cheap iPhone that many had expected.

On Thursday, in midday trading, Apple’s stock was up $5.34 or 1.11% to $486.87.

But the question on everybody’s mind is now this: What kind of alcohol might the two men consume Monday? And just what might that meal be technically called? (If there is a meal.)Watch here for the fascinating discussion on these, and other urgent topics related to Apple.