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Ultrasonic pairing over Bluetooth in iPhone 6

26 Aug 2014  | R. Colin Johnson

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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 4.7in 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, such as the iWatch, which have an even greater need to be scratch resistant."

As far as size goes, the iPhone 6 itself will use a 4.7in sapphire screen with up to 400ppi, compared to 320ppi 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 400ppi screens on their high-end offerings...

"The switch to the A8 processor will give the iPhone 6 a 30-50 per cent speed bump, and the internal memory will almost certainly get bumped up to 1GB over the 500Mb used today. There will also likely be a model offered with 128GB of flash memory, over the 64GB 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 it's more secure than Bluetooth."

As to the big 5.5in 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. "It's 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.

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