PORTLAND, Ore. — You've heard it all before, but which is rumor and which is fact? Now Jordan Edelson, founder and CEO of Appetizer Mobile, one of the top 10 mobile app developers, spills the beans on what he believes are the facts about the iPhone 6.
"I'm pretty sure of our information -- one of our jobs is to make make smart analyses, to connect the dots," Edelson told EE Times. "Apple has also specifically reached out to us in the past to do certain things to our applications to get them ready for specific product features. They are still secretive in how they operate, but are giving advance notice on specific parts as well."
You will not find Appetizer Mobile LLC, based in New York City, as the developer of any apps in Apple's Store, not because the company also develops apps for Android and BlackBerry, but because Appetizer Mobile develops apps for others who put their names on them. But that will not be for long, since Appetizer Mobile recently formed an internal lab to produce their own mobile apps and digital products/services. As such, Edelson has been working on upgrading its growing library of more than 150 client apps for iOS-8 -- the iPhone 6 operating system. From that he has gleaned tid-bits here and there, some from Apple itself, that Edelson claims give him a clear picture of what to expect.
"We've made a business out of analyzing advance information sources -- identifying the truth in a sea of rumors -- then helping our customers zero in," Edelson tells us.
Artist's rendering of iPhone 5s (left), iPhone 6 (middle), and iPhone Air (right) created by Martin Hajek.
(Source: Martin Hajek)
Appetizer Mobile not only develops apps for others, but helps them market and launch them -- everything from children's apps for Montessorium to apps for divas like Lady GaGa. Appetizer Mobile has been honored by Apple in two of its commercials mentioning its apps, namely Introduction to Letters and Introduction to Math, both for Montessorium.
Many of Appetizer Mobile's work is dead-serious encrypted security apps. One it is currently developing for hospitals -- eAttending -- will assist doctors in sending medical orders with their phones, sign forms on their phones, and fax them to any machine in the hospital. At the other end of the spectrum, Appetizer Mobile is also currently developing a virtual reality app for Yankees manager Joe Girardi as well as some newer ones that will bear its own name.
Edelson has not signed any non-disclosure agreements, though he nevertheless does not want to disclose his sources, but here's his scoop on what to expect from the iPhone 6.
First of all, a lighter, more scratch-resistant sapphire screen: Not only has Apple stockpiled 4.7 inch screens from existing sources, "but Apple has purchased its own sapphire glass facility to make lighter more scratch-resistant screens, not only for iPhones, but for wearables, like the iWatch, which have an even greater need to be scratch resistant."
As far as size goes, the iPhone 6 itself will use a 4.7 inch sapphire screen with up to 400 pixels-per-inch, compared to 326 pixels per inch (PPI) in the iPhone 5s. "Many consumers won't be able to tell the difference, but Apple has to keep up with Samsung, which is using 355- to 400-PPI screens on their high-end offerings...
"The switch to the A8 processor will give the iPhone 6 a 30 to 50 percent speed bump, and the internal memory will almost certainly get bumped up to 2 Gbyte over the 1 Gbyte used today. There will also likely be a model offered with 128 Gbytes of flash memory, over the 64 Gbyte maximum offered now."
One surprising revelation about the iPhone 6 is that it will likely use a wireless recharging cradle. Just drop the phone into a velvet cradle, and inductive coils will wirelessly recharge it. Edelson predicts the iPhone 6 will be announced before the iPhone Air and the iWatch, but eventually, he foresees a single, very stylish charging station that the iPhone, the iPad, and the iWatch can all drop into at the bedside.
The more surprising revelation, according to Edelson, is that the iPhone 6 may use ultrasonic communications with the iWatch, rather than Bluetooth. "Ultrasonic pairing can be made seamless for auto-pairing. And its more secure than Bluetooth."
As to the big 5.5 inch brother, Edelson predicts that it will be called the iPhone Air "since it will be more of a phablet than a phone."
Edelson also predicts that the headphone plug will likely be eliminated in the iPhone 6 because it's too big to accommodate the thin profile. "Its the biggest port on the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6 will be thinner." Instead the ear-plugs will likely use the lightning port, which will no longer be needed for charging.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times