Although Apple has been keeping it a secret, there are some features in the iOS 7 that hints certain hardware updates we might actually see in the next iPhone. Will the upcoming generation finally include an NFC chip and a camera with a higher megapixel?
Before we present the speculated updates, one thing we can be certain about the next Apple phone is that it’ll retain its Nano SIM holder. We’ve seen a drastic change in iPhone sim sizes over the past few years, from Mini to Micro to Nano SIM. It may not matter for some people who’ll avail the product with a new service, but for those who wish to purchase outside of the contract, they might want to use their old sim with a data plan. For example, in the UK, owners of the iPad sims from O2 can use it in the next iDevice without needing a replacement and waiting for the activation period.
Below, we will mention six things that we can expect in the much-awaited iPhone 5s or iPhone 6:
Apple A7 Chip and 2GB RAM
It isn’t surprising if Apple will name its next CPU with A7 following the A6 chip in the iPhone 5, A5 in the iPhone 4S and A4 in the iPhone 4, respectively. The only question that’s left is, “what’s with the A7?” In an online blog based from a leaked image of the A7 CPU, it is suggested that the chip will sport a Quad-core processing power clocked at the speed of 1.2GHz. This is two times faster compared to the Dual-core A6 chip of the current model. The source also claimed that iPhone 5S will have 2GB of RAM, double the current memory of iPhone 5.
The camera software enhancements in iOS 7 can’t predict what kind of capturing hardware Apple will include in its next mobile device. However, the new system is capable of supporting a video capture of 60fps, double the value of the smartphone standard 30fps. This kind of feature requires a more advanced image sensor. That is why a lot of rumours claim that Apple will jump from the 8-megapixel in iPhone 5 to 12-megapixel. Some tech blogs also hinted a dual-LED flash to be brought alongside its camera.
Still, No NFC
A support for NFC requires an overall change in its hardware, but since we are in the S year, we are not going to see a significant hardware overhaul. But what really made this claim possible is the inclusion of the AirDrop sharing system. At the WWDC, Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP for Apple’s software engineering introduced AirDrop by saying, “there’s no need to walk around the room, you know, bumping phones.” The new file sharing method will solely use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Although NFC plays an important role in cashless payments in various cashiers and establishment counters, they will most likely stick with their native PassBook application.
Added Physical Sensor
The company introduced a new behaviour for the wallpapers. Tilting the device in different directions will reveal the cropped portion of the picture that was used as a background design. It’s because iOS 7 has a support for inclinometer, a tool for measuring slopes and elevations in relation to gravity.
These are just some of the rumours we’ve learned so far. These are something to look forward on as we mark our calendars and wait for its expected release. We will also keep you updated with news and relevant stories regarding the next iDevice. Did we miss some news about the iPhone 5S? You can share your stories below the comment section.