A new report from the New York Times details features of the new, larger iPhones and Apple’s smartwatch. The new iPhones are expected to come in two sizes, the smallest being 4.7-inches and the larger model, a sizable 5.5-inch display. For customers who have grown accustomed to 4.0-inch and smaller displays, the transition could be difficult. On larger phones, some interface elements are difficult to reach with one hands. Apple has reportedly developed a new one-handed mode that can be enabled or disabled based on customer preference.
A software feature that need to ship with iOS 8, this was likely removed from beta releases in an effort to keep plans for the new, larger displays under wraps. When engaged, employees have said the mode allows people to type or use apps with one-hand. It’s not clear as to how that’s going to be accomplished. Will the mode auto-resize to a smaller virtual display sized similarly to 4-inch display of the current iPhones?
The article doubles-down on features that have been rumored throughout the year. The iPhone 6 will come in two models, one with a 4.7-inch display and a second at 5.5-inches. Both will feature a new form factor that will include rounded edges, found on recent Apple products including the 5th generation iPod touch and the new iPads.
The iPhone 6, along with the upcoming smartwatch, will include NFC (near-field communication). Apple has agreements with American Express, MasterCard and Visa on a new iPhone payment system. The new devices can act as payment devices at participating retailers, allowing for quick payments using the iPhone 6 or Apple’s wearable.
Also expected at the September 9th event is Apple’s smart watch, dubbed the iWatch. It will feature a curved display and will use the scratch resistant sapphire material. The chip is reportedly “tiny, about the size of a postage stamp.” The watch will utilize wireless charging. Apple had apparently done testing with solar as a charging method, which ultimately failed.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th where Apple is expected to unveil its newest devices and an update on iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite.
Source: NY Times