While not officially announced, Apple's upcoming smartphone may intimidate the competition.
As the battle for smartphone supremacy heads into the second half of 2014, we've seen interesting competitors enter the fold. Amazon announced its new Fire Phone, which will debut in late July, and Samsung is sure to have a new Galaxy model before year's end.
However, one player that has yet to announce its secret weapon for release later this year is Apple. The company's rumored iPhone 6 will supposedly begin to make waves around the end of summer, and already, the buzz is building for the forthcoming device.
Here's why Samsung should be intimidated by Apple's next big thing.
When it comes to ease of use, a lot of people swear that the Galaxy is the way to go, but iPhones have always proven extremely user friendly. The iPhone 6 should be the best yet, with a smoother interface, even better integrated fingerprint technology (similar to the iPhone 5s) and a number of features that'll make it irresistible, even to those who bought an iPhone 5s model last year. Let's face it, many consumers don't want to learn every single feature their phones have to offer, nor do they want to get lost in a series of menus. For them, iPhone 6 is ideal.
Even Better Technology
When it comes to being a beast in the mobile gaming department, the iPhone 5s can certainly hold its own, especially compared to a lot of older game consoles on the market. However, it's rumored that the iPhone 6 will have even better technology than ever, with a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC that is capable of running more complex 3D efforts from the Real Racing and Infinity Blade franchises. We can't wait to see what developers do with this. Why is this a problem for Samsung and other Android supporters? The iOS App Store is still the go-to place for the best video games, and more power means superior graphics and exclusives you won't find anywhere else.
A Greater Display
Word has it that the iPhone 6 will have a bigger display than previous models, with a 5.5 inch screen that will look even better than the iPhone 5's. Considering the Retina Display it uses, that sounds pretty shocking - but if anyone can improve upon existing tech, it's Apple. Granted, the iPhone 6 would still be smaller than Samsung's Note, but having a larger display immediately puts iPhone 6 in a different category, especially for consumers who crave more screen real estate.
More Features than Ever Before
Obviously, with each new iPhone design, we receive a handful of apps that make it fun to use through a number of purposes, from movie making to talking with friends through social media. There's no question the iPhone 6 will have a number of these, including a possible editing tool for direct posting onto YouTube and other viewing channels, as well as improved Retina display to make them look crisper than ever before. It's your turn to be Spielberg!
Improved Battery Life
One big complaint among Apple fans is how little their devices hold up in terms of battery life. With the iPhone 5c and 5s, Apple listened, but that's just the beginning. The iPhone 6 should have the best battery life in a smartphone to date, maybe even lasting as long as 12 hours, from what we've heard about included parts. Can you imagine? No more having to find an emergency charge point for your phone!
Using iOS 8 to Maximum Capacity
While there's no doubt iOS 8 will work with most devices when it releases later this year, Apple will probably save its most premium features exclusively for the iPhone 6, including cross-compatible searches with Siri through Safari (and we don't just mean vocal, but possibly other ways) and tools that tie in with video editing and pictures. It'll be great to see how this works.
With the debut of NFC in iPhone technology with the forthcoming model, users will find it easier to pay bills in a secure fashion with their device, and save a few minutes of looking through bills and dealing with hassles.
A User-Friendly Price (With Contract)
Finally, like previous devices, Apple will debut the iPhone 6 at affordable $199 or $299 price points, depending on the model, for those who wish to extend their contract with a mobile service provider. Keep in mind that the company will probably host a luxurious trade-in program for previous devices as well, assuring there's a large user base for it. The cheaper it is, the more iPhone 6 will sell.