Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone event is just around the corner and the excitement surrounding the event is almost palpable. This year’s event is expected to be a bit more significant because Apple is expected to not just unveil two ‘much larger’ iPhones, but also a completely brand new product all together. Here’s a quick rundown of what I am excited about and what I am hoping for.
Display size & Design
Of all the phones that Apple has shipped since 2007, the design and the display size of the iPhone 4 has been my favorite. It took me a while to adjust to the new 4′ screen of the iPhone 5/5s and although I am sort of okay with it now, I think I would buy a 3.5′ iPhone any-day over a 4′ iPhone.
With this mindset, it shouldn’t surprise you that I am completely and utterly disinterested in the iPhone 6. I have purchased an iPhone every year since 2007, but Apple’s decision to further increase the display of the iPhone this year might just deter me from buying one this year. I am really hoping the Apple announces three variants of the iPhone 6 – one sized at 4′, while the others sized at 4.7′ and 5.5′ each. That’s the only scenario in which I would upgrade as I do each year – on launch day.
I have mixed feelings about the iPhone 6, when it comes to its design. The leaks that I have seen of the iPhone 6 remind me a lot of the original aluminium iPhone (which I was a big fan of). What I am not a fan of is the repositioned home button and the protruding camera.
Sapphire Glass & NFC
Interestingly most of the other features & functionalities expected to make their way to the iPhone don’t really impress me either. Apple’s Gorilla Glass displays on the iPhone have served me well and I don’t think I have scratched an iPhone display since my 3GS. Keeping this in mind I am not really excited about the possibility of Apple switching to a sapphire glass display. The same holds true for NFC, a technology that has seen very limited application in India.
Battery life & Camera
What I am looking forward to is a drastic improvement in battery life. The iPhone 5s that I own currently only barely goes through a day on a full-charge, and I firmly believe that this needs to change. I do not know if this will actually happen considering the fact that larger displays will consume more battery, but I am hoping that Apple does something about this. If it isn’t possible for Apple to make improvements to the battery itself, perhaps it could bring in energy efficiency through the A8 chip.
I take a lot of pictures on my iPhone, and it is safe to say that it is my primary camera. Keeping this in mind, I would like to see a significant upgrade in this department as well. I’ve read rumors that the next iPhone will feature a protruding 13 mega-pixel camera capable of OIS (optical image stabilization) but I’ve also read that these will be limited to the 5.5′ model (which I am hoping isn’t true).
Initially, I was rather skeptical about whether Apple would introduce its wearable at the iPhone event. My argument was that a completely new product innovation deserves an event of its own. But as days have gone by, it’s become pretty evident that Apple might very well be announcing its wearable device on Tuesday. The strongest clue that has shattered my skepticism is the fact that Apple has invited several top fashion editors and bloggers to the event.
I won’t like to get into features and functionality, but rather talk about things that I think will be important for Apple to set itself apart.
I’ve not purchased a watch in over two years, simply because I am expecting Apple’s new wearable to make watches redundant for me. I currently wear watches for two reasons – 1) for the functionality it offers and 2) for the aesthetic value.
Any tech product that aims to replace the watch currently on my wrist would have to be fashionable. We have seen a lot of smart-watches being released over the past year or two, yet none of them have looked good enough for me to even consider replacing them with my current watch. The only smart watch design I have liked is this concept by designer Gabor Balogh.
I am expecting Apple to come up with a wearable that isn’t just aesthetic from a tech perspective but also from a fashion perspective.
Notifications & Logs
Till now we have been using our iPhone to gather information silently, but since we don’t always carry our phones everywhere, it would make sense to pass this responsibility on to the wearable. It could constantly extract data such as the number of calories I have burned throughout the day, or the number of steps that I have taken.
The same holds true with notifications with most of the wrist-based wearables we have seen till now have been focused on “notifications”. However I don’t think notifications have been implemented in the best manner. For starters, you cannot customise what you are notified for and what you aren’t. For example, I personally would not want to get a notification for when someone is calling me, because if someone is calling me, and I have my phone, I will just pick it up. I would rather only receive a notification when I miss a call (probably because my phone is in another room). Setting up notifications in such a way isn’t currently possible, and I am really hoping that Apple makes this happen.
The fundamental reason why Apple needs to be careful with notifications is because unlike on our phone, it’s quite easy to catch new information as it is displayed on a wearable/watch that goes on your wrist. I personally would go mad if my watch was constantly sending me notifications for mundane things.
Payments & Battery life
Considering the fact that the iPhone 6 is expected to support NFC, I would imagine that the wearable would also support NFC. I don’t think that the inclusion of NFC will be limited to just payments but will rather aid inter-communication between the iPhone and the wearable.
I’d like to see a wearable that doesn’t need to be charged for at-least 3-4 days. Apple could really benefit by coming through on this one, considering that competitors have already failed in this department. Nearly all the color touchscreen wearable devices in the market are unable to last more than a day on a single charge.