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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 27

John Cox | Sept. 30, 2013
What the next iPhone needs, what is has, what it looks like.

The iOSphere this week was filled with iPhone 6 demands, revelations, assertions, and advice, most of it aimed at Apple.

The company was assured, earnestly and solemnly what iPhone 6 "needs" to avoid being accused of the Innovation Deficit and facing Certain Doom. In other cases, bloggers confidently exposed all the specific features that Apple has, obviously, already included in the Next iPhone. Apparently, all we're waiting for is Apple's marketing guru, Phil Schiller, to confirm them a year from now.

Also this week: iPhone 6 fan art spoils the joy of new iPhone 5S buyers; and you won't have to wait 12 months because iPhone 6 will be announced in Q1 2014.

You read it here second.

iPhone 6 "needs" to have six things
The Rollup loves posts with headlines like "What Apple needs to offer with the iPhone 6," which sums up Lance Whitney's recent post at CNET.

We can only hope, and pray, that Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive, and the rest of the innovation-challenged employees at Apple Headquarters have an RSS feed to Whitney's blog.

The quick summary of what Whitney knows is needed: bigger screen, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC (near field communications), higher pixel camera, 128GB storage option, and better battery life.

If these sound familiar that's because most of them have been on lots of "What Apple Needs to Do" lists for the past three years, at least.

For each needed feature, Whitney's rationale is so broad as to cover every possible contingency. Thus, the "bigger screen" needs to be bigger than the 4-inch diagonal screen for iPhone 5S and 5C but not, like, too big. "Apple should avoid the huge phablet' size favored by some companies but still outfit the iPhone 6 with at least a 4.5-inch display," Whitney says. At what point does a smartphone screen become "huge?"

Whitney is among the many who still seem convinced that Apple is just waiting for the right moment -- the moment of "true consumer adoption," according to Whitney -- to jam in a NFC chip and the massive antenna it requires so we can wave our iPhones around and buy stuff. The Rollup is skeptical: Apple's interest seems to lie in crafting a highly functional, secure, and easy to use online transactional experience along with exploiting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, both of which are already far more widely deployed than NFC.

Finally, it's entirely likely Apple will continue to improve its smartphone camera, but doing so in more dimensions than simply increasing the number of megapixels. "But with consumers craving beefier smartphone cameras, next year may be time for Apple to boost the megapixel count to lure in more of those potential Lumia buyers," Whitney says.


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