A new power button on the side of the device will reportedly be programmable, perhaps allowing users to launch a specific app in response to a preassigned action. The smartphone is also expected to have a barometer to measure altitude or forecast weather. The protruding camera will allegedly lose its sapphire coating to make it more resistant to drops.
Key spec forecasts – No sapphire cover lens, 128GB, built-in barometer pressure sensor & programmable power key
(1) Due to drop test issues, neither 4.7-inch nor 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a sapphire cover lens, we believe; (2) as Apple has strong bargaining power on NAND Flash price, and in a bid to meet the large capacity demand of consumers as well as to differentiate themselves from competing models, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with 128GB; (3) a built-in barometer can provide more indoor navigation applications and health-management applications relating to spirometry; and (4) we predict (discussed in an earlier report) that the power key will be moved from the upper position to the side. We now further predict that the power key could be programmable to be integrated with specific applications, giving more input options in addition to being a power switch.
Finally, Kuo says the iPad Air 2 will be announced on the same day as the iPhone 6. Component suppliers are already ramping up production, according to previous reports. It's believed that the update will be relatively minor adding Touch ID, more RAM, and perhaps a slightly thinner casing.
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