So, it’s nearly upon us. The long wait for the iPhone 6 is about to end as the launch will be on 9th September.
What can we expect? One unnamed but “trusted industry source” who has actually laid hands on the flagship smartphone told PC Advisor magazine last month that it looks like a scaled down version of the iPad mini. Those flat, square sides are out and smoothly rounded edges curving gently to the front panel are in.
Unconfirmed rumours that Apple will release two models – one with a 4.7 inch display and the other with a 5.5 inch display (both significantly bigger than the iPhone 5’s 4 inches) – are gaining currency. This alone could drive greater consumption of digital content, including the fruits of video production, to the mobile channel. And the 64GB version is likely to have the glass screen upgraded to sapphire.
There’ll also be new “wallet” capability: reports suggest that Apple has done a deal with American Express, MasterCard and Visa, and according to Bloomberg the phone will incorporate a near-field communication chip like the ones you find in contactless bank cards. It’ll also ramp up the security for such payments with a cutting-edge Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Tech journalist Steven Bertoni of Forbes is sceptical about whether this will take off with either consumers or businesses companies: the current system of cash and card payment works pretty well. But when you consider that Apple (thanks to iTunes) already has over 800 million user credit card details logged on its system, this feature has the potential to push the whole industry toward mobile payment in one fell swoop.