11 things we want to see in the iPhone 6

11 things we want to see in the iPhone 6

Summary: Apple's next major smartphone should land in fall, along with iOS 8. Here are some of the features and technologies we want to see in the long-awaited device.

TOPICS: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad

 |  Image 9 of 11

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Thumbnail 9
  • Thumbnail 10
  • Thumbnail 11
  • Eye tracking technology

    Samsung brought out eye-tracking technology to help users scroll up and down pages. Apple could take a similar approach with a high-resolution FaceTime camera (more on that in the next slide). The capability already exists loosely in third-party software form, and would be a benefit to heavy email or ebook reading users.

    Image via CNET

  • A better front-facing FaceTime camera

    We've all taken a selfie in our time, no more so than on our iPhones. But the front-facing FaceTime camera is poor at best — particularly in low-light conditions — even if it's the better camera on the market. From selfies to video calling, Apple could set the trend for high-definition video calling if it included a 3- or 4-megapixel camera in the front.

    Image: CNET

  • Faster transfers over Lightning connections

    Apple's Lightning connection is faster than most other cables and connectors on the market, allowing a device to perform a full sync in a matter of seconds. But could it be faster? Especially if we see more storage, such as a 128GB iPhone, the connector will have to be significantly faster to keep up-to-speed with our increasing demand for space and content.

    Image: Apple

Topics: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • 401 pixels per inch

    Quote: "pushing the already super-sharp display to 401 pixels per inch. That would be one of the highest resolutions on any smartphone ever produced."

    Well, just have a look at the old/current generation (no Samsung S5 and so on)

    HTC One: 468 ppi
    Huawei Ascent D2: 443 ppi
    LG G2: 424
    Google (LG) Nexus 5: 445 ppi
    Oppo Find 7: 538 ppi
    Samsung S4: 441 ppi
    Sony Xperia Z: 443 ppi

    Apple 5S: 324 ppi

    401 ppi is just something every other producer has already in his line up..
    • Apple might come to 520 ppi in iPhone MAXI (5", 2272x1280)


      But rumoured 4.7"-5.3" bigger screen will be NOT in iPhone 6, it is going to be separate model. Apple will not be stupid to forgo the size of the most popular phones in the world.
      • As to other Zack's wish list items:

        "A stronger, sapphire crystal-based glass"

        Sapphire crystals are harder, but not stronger. In fact, sapphire is more brittle than glass. So going to sapphire will radically improve scratch resistance, but will not improve strongness at all. (The weakened strongness will be compensated by Apple's patent to couple together outer super thin layers of sapphire crystal and glass).
        • "A lighter, stronger Liquidmetal case"

          Unfortunately, Liquidmetal is dramatically pricier than aluminium (due to cost of metals that come to it). This makes probability of Apple making enclosures from it low. At best, Apple might offer it only for prime, flagship models, without discounting it next year. Though even this unlikely.
          • "NFC capabilities for wireless payments"

            Will never come, as Bluetooth 4/LE does not same thing, but only better. It can work from distance of 5-10 cm, as NFC, but it can also keep distance to yo 15 meters. No point in NFC at all.
          • "At long last, all-day battery life?"

            Unlikely, due to size and weight constrains and slow temp of advances in battery manufacturing.

            "Apple will need something more than the 10 hours on 3G talk time to really wow its customers."

            10 hours 3G talk time is useless measure. No one uses smartphone this way.

            What more useful is, for example, 4G/LTE browsing time: iPhone 5s/5/5c is much better than competition:
          • "Eye tracking technology"

            If you read reviews, this is unreliable and annoying gimmick. There is no way Apple will do that.
          • "Faster transfers over Lightning connections"

            According to Apple's specifications, Lightning is an "adaptive interface". So while currently it only certified for USB 2 speed levels, technically nothing limits it from being much faster, considering it easily handles HDTV 1080p signals, which require 1.5 Gbps speeds.

            So maybe Apple will update specification, or maybe not, since there is 128 GB iPad, and the speeds are not so burdening. Especially considering that not many people use anything other than wireless to move or synchronize the data.
          • Correction to previous post:

            1080p x 60 mode requires 3gbps
          • Yup

            The Lightning connector is just a set of eight wires (eight on each side, but each signal goes to two pins, so that the orientation doesn't matter) ... the device connected determine which signals get routed to those wires. There aren't enough signals for Thunderbolt but, it could technically fit either USB 3.0 superspeed or USB 2.0, but not both at once without leaving out proper grounding. If the Lightning connector itself delivers sufficient ground return, they might fit the whole USB 3.0 on it. There's also enough for PCI Express, which only requires four signals for a x1 link.
          • That is the problem

            The fact that it can work from 15 meters is part of the problem. NFC are PURPOSELY limited to very very short distances to reduce the ability to hack them. Anything that can be coded can be hacked.

            iBeacon is actually a really cool technology and kodos for Apple for rolling this out in their devices for years and now just turning it on and making it ambiguous enough to allow very creative solutions with it. But money transfers over BT... that's not a good use.
            Rann Xeroxx
          • I make fully safe encrypted banking transactions via cellular networks, ...

            ... which have range of hundreds of meters without issue.

            This is why Apple never built in NFC in iPhone. With Bluetooth 4/LE, it is not needed.
        • Sorry ddersss, that's not quite the full story.

          Glass is held together by surface tension, and loses the MAJORITY of it's anti-shatter strength when it gets one or more scratches which always occurs even with Gorilla Glass 3. That is the reason glass-cutter tools are designed to simply score the surface.
          ---- Sapphire is second only to diamond on the Mohs scale, rating 9 vs 10 for diamond. Gorilla glass comes in at about 7 - 7.5. That is why the space shuttle used sapphire for windows, and it is used in various similar and critical military applications.
          ---- The summary is that if it does not get scratched it is very unlikely to break even with a significant impact. Your brittleness scenario only pays off if Gorilla glass NEVER got a scratch; but in the real world, your Gorilla Glass 3 display screen cover will have scratches within a few days of going into service.
          Paul B. Wordman
          • The difference between glass and crystal

            The latter is not held by surface tension. And Gorilla Glass is hardened glass, which is almost fully crystallized. Because of this, it is not really a glass in true sense, it is not amorphous much any more. Sapphire just breaks into pieces and that is it, you do not need scratches for it to fall apart. There are chemical additives which allow to make artificial sapphire crystal less brittle, but they make it less transparent, so it is no-no for optical quality material.

            So we have basically two crystalline translucent materials, but sapphire Al2O3 is many times harder but more brittle than SiO2 crystallic Gorilla Glass.

            Apple's way to fight the brittleness is to couple very thin layer of sapphire over layer of glass. This will both make whole thing cheaper than if all of it would be done from sapphire, and it will make whole two-layer structure stronger.

            But overall, Apple's way will not make the cover stronger, the trick will only help mitigate more brittle nature of sapphire. But you will not be able to scratch the screen any more just by putting it face down on a table with a mere grit of sand on it for scratch to appear, if you press on it.

            You will have truly ever perfect face side of device, but this is the only advantage of that solution.
  • All the time you see iPhones with cracked screens, more so than others

    Also, an phone with 128GB storage would be very niche. I can't see it coming.
    • Sapphire screens are a necessity---

      Zack, I fully understand if you don't want this post. Here's some info on sapphire display screens. In March 2013 I was positive all major OEMs would be forced by the marketplace to use them, as you can see here:
      Paul B. Wordman
    • 128GB is not niche... please.

      The device is constantly FULL... when used as a music player. Seriously, 10 YEARS ago I had a 160GB iPod. It has been a step backward for 6 years since the better interface and functionality came along, but decreases in capacity. The price for the tiny amount of extra space that Apple charges is also insane. The base model should be 64GB, with 128GB and 256GB models in the current pricing model. In Fact, if Samsung had any brains, the new S5 would be offered up with these capacities.
      • Per sales figures, a 128GB iPhone is a niche

        Its just way too expensive for most people to justify the added GBs. What would really be "innovative", from an Apple perspective, is if they put a SD Card port on their phones. I bought a 64GB micro years ago and I have used that card now in 4 separate devices. But then Apple could not rack in the billions by doing that.
        Rann Xeroxx
        • 128GB iPhone

          I bought my iPhone 3GS with the maximum memory allowed and today the phone is worthless......I suspect that the extra memory will only be used when people go on vacation, etc. So removable memory is a much better idea for people who travel.

          With removable memory people will not be as concerned about large megapixel cameras.

          Personally, I hope Apple comes out with a low light camera and image stabilization.
          But, a 5.7 - 6" phone / phablet is the most important.
  • This is all "me to" tech.

    Apple needs to start pushing the envelope again. Every thing listed here is out already and would be nice but not worth making an article on. I want to see some thing I have not thought of, this is what makes Apple great, not playing the me to game.