With Android leading the smartphone race, Blackberry dwindling out, and Nokia catching up fast with its Lumia range of phones, Apple is in dire need of an ace-in-the-hole. The iPhone has managed to hold fort for so long, but unless Apple pulls out a rabbit of Easter Bunny proportions for the low-end smartphone market and introduces some variety to its tried and tested model, it's going to take a heavy toll on that humongous safe deposit box of theirs. Are you as eagerly looking forward to September 10 as you were to the launch of the first iPhone?
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Only a few months back, in January 2013, Apple stocks plumetted like never before. Industry experts believe that investors the world over are hoping for the Cupertino based company to "completely amaze the world again." CEO Tim Cook doesn't seem to be thinking along similar lines, though. Considering the amount of work Apple is (probably) putting into the iPhone 5C, it seems unlikely that Cupertino will have anything different to play with.
Putting together what we have heard about the iPhone 6 - a better (and possibly larger) 4.8 inch screen, a more powerful 13 MP shooter with improved image processing, possible choice of colourful casings, a brand new operating system - iOS 7 , a fingerprint scanner that Apple is out to patent, Near Field Communication and better battery life. Are you ho-humming already? We don't blame you.
One feature that is seeing some major speculation is the home button being moved to the side/s. If Apple actually does that to fit the hypothetical larger screen onto the frame, how big a laugh will it be for Android smartphone manufacturers?
Sifting through Apple patent documents led people to another surprise - a camera that controls illuminating devices in the room. Not surprising, considering Apple always did have a good camera that evolved with the iPhones. The new iPhone could also sport an ultra-sensitive display that Sharp has been working on.
Coming to variants of the iPhone, there also is a lot of buzz about Apple launching a mini version of the iPhone, a large version, an impact resistant version, and an <enter cool sounding adjective> version. But that's just that - buzz. What Tim Cook and company are really up to, we'll find out only when he walks onto that stage and starts pulling bunnies out of his hat.
Note: Peter Zigich at ipac3d.com has done some cool "design exploration" on what upcoming versions of the iDevice will look like.
More and more people are beginning to believe that the future of electronic communication lies in wearbale tech. Google is already pumping money into Project Glass, with the promise of viable smart glasses for everyone. Apple's friend-turned-foe Samsung is also making quick work of getting patents on a smartwatch prototype, while Apple (apparently) remains blissfully unconcerned with future market demands.
So, do we really need Apple to go ahead and launch another iPhone for Apple evangelists to go crazy over? Or would you rather have Tim Cook's lads do some overtime and come up with some actual innovation? Let us know in the comments section.