Apple Ordering 90 Million iPhone 6 to Meet Huge Demand,It’s no secret that the iPhone 6 is going be a big launch, as Apple will finally offer a bigger display to better challenge the likes of the Galaxy S5 and other flagship Android phones and phablets. In anticipation of huge demand, Apple has reportedly ordered 90 million iPhone 6 units from Foxconn.
To put Apple’s reported order in perspective, the company sold 51 million iPhones during its fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 28th, 2013. Is Apple really anticipating that large a leap in sales?
The iPhone 6 is expected to sport a super-strong sapphire crystal display, a more advanced camera and perhaps even wireless charging. In addition, there are rumors that this sequel will feature an even faster A8 chip with a quad-core CPU and graphics.
According to a Citigroup Global Markets analyst, cited by the Commercial Times in China, Apple’s smartphone shipments are expected to rise a whopping 23 percent in 2014, compared to 13 percent last year.
Overall, analyst firm IDC predicts that smartphone growth will slow in 2014 to 19.3 percent, down from 39.2 percent in 2013. The reason: average prices keep dropping as demand shifts to China. In other words, the iPhone 6 will likely be a huge seller, helping it stay ahead of the industry average in terms of growth.
iPhone 6 Features: What We Want From Apple
When Reuters reported that Apple had been experimenting with larger 5.7-inch displays, we had hoped to see an iPhablet added to the iDevice lineup. Apple increased the screen size of its smartphones from 3.5-inches to 4 inches with the iPhone 5 last year, but it stuck with that size on the iPhone 5s. This size is still significantly smaller than other successful smartphones on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 (5 inches) and HTC One (4.7 inches).
A larger screen would make the iPhone 6 a better device for watching movies, surfing the web and playing games. You’d also get a bigger keyboard, which would make it easier to type. With iWork, iPhoto and iMovie coming to iOS 7 for free, we could use a little more real estate. We’re also hoping and expecting that Apple will up the resolution on the iPhone 6 to at least full HD (1920 x 1080) up from today’s standard def affair (1136 x 640).
Apple has already made it easier to make virtual purchases from the App Store or iTunes with the 5s’ new fingerprint reader. Unfortunately the iPhone 5s still lacks the NFC support necessary to enable mobile payments, even though three out of the four major carriers are rolling out an ISIS service that uses NFC. Mobile payments isn’t the only benefit for NFC, either. There’s also a wide range of NFC gadgets available (from speakers and headphones to keyboards) that make it easy to pair with compatible phones with a tap.
IR Blaster for TV Remote :
Flagship phones like the Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG G2 all come with built-in IR blasters, which means they can control your TV. The S4 and the One go a step further with built-in program guides, making it easy to find something to watch. It seems like a long shot, but we would love to see Apple build this feature into the iPhone 6, especially if it integrates with Apple TV. We could also imagine Apple launching an entertainment-focused Apple TV app for the iPhone to go along with an IR blaster and its set-top box, letting you search among live shows and iTunes content.
Water Resistance :
How many people do you know who accidentally ruined their smartphone by letting it drop in a puddle–or the toilet? How many times have you ignored phone calls in fear of ruining your iPhone in the rain? Other major vendors such as Samsung and Sony have begun making water resistant or waterproof smartphones, and it’s about time Apple did the same. The good news is there are a slew of waterproof iPhone cases to choose from, but it would be a lot better if Apple launched an iPhone that could be fully submerged, similar to the Galaxy S4 Active and Xperia Z.
Solar or Wireless Charging :
A decent amount of iPhone rumors originate from Apple patents, and such is the case with the long-mythed solar charging iPhone. Apple currently holds a patent describing an iPhone display that doubles as a solar charging panel. This panel would include “electrodes that are used for both collecting solar energy and for sensing on a touch sensor array.” More fuel for the solar fire: According to 9to5Mac, Apple recently posted a job for an engineer with experience in the solar industry, specifically someone with “extensive experience with thin-film technologies.”
At the same time. other devices use wireless charging, such as Nokia’s line of Lumia handsets, HTC’s Droid DNA and the Google Nexus 4. We’d be thrilled if Apple made it so that we would never have to hunt for outlets again
Unbreakable Design :
Last year it was discovered that the Americans had spent $5.9 billion on broken iPhones since 2007. If that doesn’t sound troubling enough, a report from earlier this year found that a quarter of iPhones users in the U.S have broken their screens.
While Samsung is the brand that comes to mind when it comes to experimenting with unbreakable displays, Apple holds a patent for technology that could make the iPhone virtually invincible. The filing describes a system that would wrap the device with sapphire, with a piece of glass sandwiched between the layers of sapphire. Since sapphire is one of the hardest stones second to the diamond, this would make the iPhone essentially unbreakable. Another patent from earlier this year describes a self-protecting iPhone that could change its orientation mid-air so that it doesn’t fall on a sensitive area, such as the display.
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