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4 reasons why smartphone consumers will pay $100 more for iPhone 6

June 20, 2014 by Omar Sohail

The level of success that Apple has had with its current flagship smartphones; the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (total units sold during 3rd quarter of 2013 were 33.8 million units), shows that even though the company is against overwhelming odds from its closest adversary; Google’s Android based smartphones, you can never kick out a company such as Apple from the smartphone war. In fact, Apple’s iPhone 5s was so popular that it managed to overtake Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in the popularity category with the most number of units sold. Perhaps the biggest news in the smartphone industry happens to be the release of Apple’s next flagship smartphone; the iPhone 6. Now, by no means was the iPhone 5s a cheap smartphone; with the cheapest model going for $649 (16 GB internal capacity and unlocked), you’d probably have to skip lunch and dinner meals to compensate for an early purchase of the phone. The iPhone 6 is said to have a price tag of $100 higher than the cheapest model of the iPhone 5s. Now if my math knowledge serves me right, that puts the iPhone 6 at a starting price of $749, which is not considered to be a resourceful purchase for those burdened by financial constraints. Even so, with the $100 price increase, consumers would still love to get their hands on Apple’s latest offering. Here are four reasons why.  

1. Larger screen size

Larger Screen Size

After the release of the iPhone 4s, Apple had decided to increase a negligible amount of 0.5 inches to the smartphone screen size to its iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. Now, in a world that is being consumed by phablets (large screen smartphones), you cannot expect the Apple to retain the same small inch form factor it has done with its previous smartphones. Large screen smartphone sales have increased to 56 million, from 45 million in 2013, marking an increase of 24 percent. This statistic alone would be sufficient enough to give Apple the necessary motivation it needs to bring out a larger screen iPhone that will be able to stand amongst the other smartphones. Now, there are several rumors flying around that the Cupertino based company is going to release two variants of the iPhone 6; one is going to have a 4.7 inch screen size while the other is going to have a 5.5 inch screen size. Both smartphones will have a resolution of 1704 x 906 pixels. The plus side of owning a large screen smartphone is that companies can incorporate larger sized batteries in to its housing granting them additional battery life. With the iPhone 6, you can expect the same advantage.


2. The iOS 8

The Ios 8

If you thought that the iOS 7 operating system was on a whole new level, then you haven’t tried out Apple’s latest operating system; the iOS 8. Being miles better than its predecessor, the iOS 8 brings something brilliant to the table. With new features such as the quicktype keyboard, a whole new platform for the iMessage messaging app, not to mention the new and improved SIRI interface, iPhone users are going to have a colossal treat waiting for them if they opt to display patience, save up money and purchase the iPhone 6. Given below are the previous iOS devices that will be compatible with the iOS 8 operating system.

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad 2
  • iPad with Retina display (iPad 3 and iPad 4)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini
  • iPad mini with Retina display
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

Unfortunately, if iPhone 4 users want to experience the capabilities of the iOS 8, they are going to have to ditch their current iPhone 4 and purchase a better iPhone. Last but certainly not least, the iOS 8 also possesses a continuity feature; something not experienced before in previous iterations of Apple’s iOS operating systems. This feature will connect your iPhone, your iPad and the computer in such a way that you can effortlessly move from one device to the other by tapping a single command in case you want to finish a task that is specific to each device. This feature will also allow you to extend your cheap international calls. In simple terms, if your iPhone is being charged at the corner of your room, and if you’re too lazy to go attend it, you can always answer that call on your Mac, while using the Mac’s microphone as a speaker phone.

3. Apple A8 processor

Apple A8 Processor

After Apple unveiled the world’s first mobile 64 bit capable processor in the iPhone 5s, even a Qualcomm employee admitted that Apple’s A7 processor hit them ‘right in the gut’. The processor’s 64 bit capabilities allowed the apps and the operating system to utilize the components in the iPhone 5s effectively, optimizing the whole operating system one step further. In simple terms, what that means is that battery and processing hungry applications such as gaming apps and cheap international calling apps with be smoothened out, resulting in a far better experience. That’s not all, alongside the A7 processor, a secondary processor M7, present in the iPhone 5s handled all the low load tasks, giving more breathing room for the A7 processor to perform at its peak, and increasing overall battery life. This approach was highly innovative, seeing that not one tech company thought of such an idea. Let us take another step forward. The iPhone 6 will be incorporated with an A8 processor, which will push the processing and energy efficiency limitations of the A7 processor even further. That means smoother multitasking throughout the entire device. No word has been given out that the iPhone 6 will be present with a secondary M8 processor, so expectations are that the iPhone 6 will retain the M7 processor.

4. Other highly innovative features

Other Highly Innovative Features

Apple has committed three actions prior to releasing its highly anticipated smartphone of the year. They are:

  1. Acquiring PrimeSense for $350 million (PrimeSense manufactures 3D motion sensors).
  2. Purchased $578 million USD worth of Sapphire (Sapphire is second hardest material on the planet, falling only behind diamond).
  3. Released a patent for solar charging capabilities.

The aforementioned actions will allow Apple to manufacture a gem of an iPhone, quite literally. With 3D motions sensors present in the iPhone, users will be able to control their future iPhones without physically touching its screens. Apple will also be looking to replace its iPhone 6’s Gorilla Glass protective screens with Sapphire sheets, which will be far more resilient and scratch resistant, seeing that Sapphire is the second hardest material on the planet. So for users who kept on complaining about their iPhone screens shattering, your prayers have finally been answered. Not long ago, Apple was also able to successfully file a patent that would be able to incorporate solar charging cells in to future mobile devices, specifically iPhones. This will grant a secondary source of charge for the device.

Previous features present in the iPhone 5s such as Apple’s patented TouchID interface will most definitely be retained in the iPhone 6. With all the above perks and more coming to the iPhone 6, spending an additional $100 will be worth it. After all, you don’t see many phones like this come in to the mobile world now do you?

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