iPhone 6 – what we want from Apple’s upcoming phone

by , Phones 05/07/2014
What we want from the iPhone 6

There was a time when the thought of a faster iPhone with a sharper display would have left us hot under the collar. But, with the iPhone 5s already delivering enough of the above, these issues are of much less interest than they used to be.

With Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement likely to happen in 2-3 months, we thought we’d set out the five features that we really want to see in Apple’s next generation of iPhone.

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A bigger display – the most consistent rumour about the iPhone 6 is that it will be available with a choice of 4.7 or 5.5-inch displays (both larger than the current 4-inch screen on the 5s). We’d welcome a larger iPhone with more screen real-estate; but would certainly opt for the 4.7-inch variety in the hopes it will still be comfortable to use with one hand.

Longer battery life – the current iPhone’s compact size means there’s little space for a high capacity battery and so it tends to run out of power far sooner than its rivals. Our second wish is that the iPhone 6’s increased size means it’ll come with a larger battery, so bringing it up to parity with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and the LG G3.

A smaller price tag – Apple phones are incredibly expensive. We’d hoped that the iPhone 5c was going to be a more affordable option, yet the cheapest version of this phone still costs £429. While we doubt that Apple is going to change the habit of a lifetime and offer a good value option, we live in hope.

Expandable storage memory – while we’re in an optimistic mood we’ll also add the wish that Apple will finally include a memory card slot in the new phone. This would mean we could easily, and cheaply, boost its storage space for apps, movies and songs. However we’re not holding our breath – Apple charges a huge premium for its larger capacity phones and we doubt it’s going to offer a cheaper alternative.

A surprise or two – Apple’s last few iPhones have been seen the company refine its design rather than coming up with anything revolutionary. We’d love to see Apple surprise the industry by producing something genuinely jaw-dropping – be that a bezel-less display or… well, who knows what? All we know is that we want a return to the days when Apple press events were genuinely exciting.

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Angelo

Tons of issues with this article. Firstly, I have friends & colleagues with both iPhones & android devices. Battery life on the iPhone is much better than Androids. For the most part Android users don’t use their phones as much as iPhone users, the Android users are always charging their devices or are all together turning off their data when their phone is not in use.
With Cloud services, Apple has shown & proved there’s no need for external media cards.
You say Apple hasn’t innovated besides design: let’s see:
AirDrop – this is going to be huge down the road
AirPrint
Maps keeps improving
Siri drastic improvements
Passbook, notification centre, Touch ID, Do not disturb setting, Reminders… Etc..

You obviously haven’t used an iPhone very long, there have been huge improvements & that’s why iPhone users are so loyal

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OUSCA2007

iPhone battery not as good as the better {not even the best/flagship Droids} Android handsets..I also used both concurrently previously
iOS overtly expensive in several ways
restrictive
sharing experience tedious to non-existent
CLOUD PRINT = < Airprint ….3 years and still running fine
Maps….GOOGLE owned, i.e Native to Android, iOS can't get it better than the source
Reminders, Notification….all rip offs of Android's Calendar, Keep-it, blink feed,

iOS just renames and rehashes already existing features from Android and Android manufacturers system{s} and handsets…. it's just about people who are scared of adventure to try new systems/features different from their first experience in technology which iOS provided in all truth as a trailblazer… we indeed thank them, but WE HAVE MOVED ON….

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culled from this website ….

…Icons, notifications and synchronisations – Google Android and Apple iOS seem to come closer together with each update.

While Google, with its history of sweet-themed iterations – including Cupcake, Gingerbread and Jellybean – keeps us guessing on what Android’s ‘L’ means (‘Lollipop’, ‘Liquorice’?), we have already had a peek at the OS. Once again, Google is claiming plenty of ‘firsts’ and ‘cutting edge’ developments. Just as Apple did when it released iOS8. But there’s a hint of flattery from both sides – increasing similarities between the two operating systems. iOS8, for example, has finally joined Android in offering battery monitoring, while Android ‘L’ will support 64-bit processors.

With so many similarities between iOS and Android we look at what’s really new and what’s actually more of a copy and paste.

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New with Android ‘L’
‘Material Design’

Like a Scandinavian sweater the current trend for operating systems is for flat, minimalist designs. Each Android OS has a stock design, available to Google’s Nexus devices and open for phone makers to develop for their own handsets – Samsung’s ‘TouchWiz’ and HTC’s ‘Sense’ are examples. Google’s stock Android is already the simplest and Android L seeks to make it even simpler. A sleeker stock OS will hopefully ensure less customisation by manufacturers, a more consistent look for apps and menus across different phones, and faster updates.

Who was first? Apple introduced a flatter, minimalist design in iOS 7.
Trusted environments touch-free unlocking

Instead of requiring a PIN or pattern code to access your phone, Android L will unlock to a basic screen without you having to enter a password if it detects a ‘trusted environment’, such as a home wi-fi network or nearby smartwatch. If you’re somewhere new or not wearing a smartwatch, it’ll still present a lock screen that requires authentication.

Who was first? Google for trusted environments – having already given the iPhone 5S a fingerprint scanner Apple could have something similar up its sleeve.
Laptop, smartphone and multi-device synchronisation

Google’s Chrome browser can already sync pages and settings between devices, but Android L offers greater synchronisation with Chromebooks, including ‘trusted environment’ unlocking, screen mirroring and notification sharing, like your Chromebook alerting you when your phone’s battery is low. It’s designed to work across tablets, smartwatches and TVs, too.

Who was first? Apple’s iCloud, iOS7 and Mavericks are already great examples of ecosystem integration between different devices. iOS8′s ‘Handoff’ and ‘Continuity’ features will build on this, letting you take apps and files to other devices simply – say a document from your Mac to your iPhone, or handle calls and messages on your Mac.
iOS 8
Interactive notifications

Notifications will pop-up on top of apps at the top of the screen and will be ordered according to importance. Users will be able to pull-down and interact with notifications, such as typing into a keyboard within the Notification Center to respond to an SMS, rather than having to open the app itself.

Who was first? Android has a long-established system that lets users pull down, access and clear individual notifications. Android ‘L’ will build on this with its Heads Up feature.
Widgets

iOS has never really had widgets (shortcuts or app extensions) – unless you count ‘stocks’ and ‘weather’ which lurked in the iOS5 and 6 Notification Center before being replaced by iOS7′s ‘Today’ view. Instead, you had to pop in-and-out of full-screen apps to use them. However, in iOS8 users can add app widgets, including third-party widgets to the Notification Center. It’s part of Apple’s ‘Extensibility’ feature which also brings a new QuickType on-screen predictive keyboard and supports third-party keyboards, too.

Who was first? Android has long-featured widgets as well as Google’s predictive and third-party keyboards.
Smartwatch compatibility

The rumoured iWatch is yet to become reality but iOS8 is geared-up for it. An updated Health app features a dashboard bursting with health and fitness information to track progress, while a new HealthKit tool allows developers to bring health and fitness apps together.

Who was first? Android was ready for the recent smartwatch wave, and Android L will have dedicated Android Wear apps.

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David

I have to say that this is one subscription I have kept going on account of its superb value. While the occasional review may be errant, most of what Which provides is great. In case anyone is thinking of subscribing…

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Jen Jones

I would like to see an icon like the alarm set icon on the screen so it is easy to see the phone is on silent. That is one of my wishes on the new iphone. I’ve missed so many calls cos Ive forgotten it was on silent. Also needs better a better battery life. If you are using it for map directions it runs down too quickly.

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Drywsdad

Go to settings – notification center and you can select badges and banners for alerts that can show on a locked screen on silent for each individual app :)

I’m still using iPhone 4 with no complaints but my network provider us upgraded us to 4g for free and to take advantage of it we need a newer handset and we’re holding off getting a newer model until the launch of the iPhone 6 I’m just hoping it will be sensibly priced and have a better selection of colours I hate the gold and silver iPhone 5′s
What about solar recharging ?

Over the years we still feel which? are biased in the blogs and reviews we think apple product have revolutionised the way we use technology it’s exciting user friendly logical innovative and fun we closed the curtains on windoze years ago! We use iMacs iPads iPhones and Apple TV and the all talk to each other which makes life to much easier.

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David

I like the gold colour of the iPhone 5S, but would never see it if bought one, as I always add an external battery to power and protect my phone.

I’d like to see Apple make the phone thicker and add a BIG battery, and maybe make it more rugged but still elegant.

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Taibhse

My wish is for a light on the iPhone which shows missed calls or the presence of new texts. Androids have always had this and what’s more they’re programmable so you can choose which events have which colour lights.

I’ve never found battery life a huge problem and I have reservations about the proposal to make the minimum size bigger than the current 5S size.

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Mark from Bristol

I have an iPhone 4 with IOS6 as I hate the look and functionality of IOS7 (which is on my work iPhone 4S) and I don’t see any need to change yet for a new iPhone just yet.

Having been careful not to charge and use my iPhone at the same time so the battery life is still.

The new 5c or s is just not THAT much better that I need to fork out stupid money for a new phone.

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Mark from North Somerset

I would like to see a new iPhone no bigger than it currently is. And have a much better camera. My wife’s Nokia camera is soooo god in comparison to an iPhone one and there is no reason for this

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DerekP

Having just tried (and failed) to help a buddy who has broken the charging lead for his (now temporarily inoperable) iphone5, would a standard usb interface and charger setup be too much to ask for?

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