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8/28/2014 | 10:32:18 AM
Unlocked and usable on all carriers out of the box
The subject says it all -- it's time to abandon the carrier-centric model. I will sacrifice weight and size for multiple RF gear, if necessary (it shouldn't be), although those might be configured as interchangeable modules. Ideally, the phone would dynamically roam and I would be billed for time only by whatever carrier I was using at the time. I also want no carrier-mandated software other than that required to support the phone's basic functions. Let the market decide on backup, sports apps, etc.
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melgross,
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8/28/2014 | 10:37:16 AM
Re: Unlocked and usable on all carriers out of the box
You can buy those at an Apple Store now.
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8/28/2014 | 10:39:49 AM
RAM, SoC
It's already been shown that GeekBar was looking at the wrong thing. So it's still possible that 2GB RAM is possible. In fact, for the 9.7" iPad, at least, 2GB seems assured. Will Apple's SoC run at 2.6GHz? That's a good question. There are two types of CPU's. The first is what's called a narrow design, and runs at a high speed. Qualcomm's designs work that way, up to 2.7GHz. The second is called a wide design, and runs on a much slower clock. The A7 is one of those designs. In fact, it's the only major SoC to work that way. Last year, it ran at 1.3GHz for the phone, and 1.4GHz for the ipad. Assumptions that it will run at 2GHz, or higher, are no more than guesses. If Apple were to double the running clock, they would need to make major design changes. Would they do that? Why? As all should know by now, it's not clock speed that tells us anything about performance when comparing two, or more, different processor families. Last year, the clock speed was about the same as the year before, when they still had 32 processing, and a smaller manufacturing process. This year, the process will be smaller still. Apple can use that for more transistors to improve performance, or dramatically increase clock speed. Increasing clock speed by so much would, as mentioned, require major redesign. It would also limit performance increases in the future, as that's getting near the maximum clock speed. Better to increase clock by another small amount, and add to the core designs the way Apple has been doing all along. So I doubt clocks will be over 2GHz this year.
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8/28/2014 | 12:19:50 PM
How about a screen that doesn't crack?
Apple has notoriously wimpy sceen glass. Unless you have one of those giant protective cases, you can expect to crack or shatter your screen. How about real Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 6?
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8/28/2014 | 1:40:36 PM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
I agree that they need to improve on their screen glass while they are there, they should include tougher case as well.  I would really like to have a memory slot.  The way people take picture and video,  memory runs out very quickly.  More battery power is great.  Sometimes, you won't go past a single day without having to recharge your iphone. 
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8/28/2014 | 1:47:17 PM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
I have a Lifeproof case that is far from gargantuan but very protective. Lots of hard drops onto hard floors and the iPhone keeps on ticking. Still, the crowd had spoken loudly that a sturdier display is in order here.
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8/28/2014 | 2:11:07 PM
Raising the bar or status quo?
Great article,

I've been following the IPhone 6 rumor mill for a while, each time more exciting while closer to launch date.

Taking a step back, because of the fierce competition, every other manufacturer tries to outwit the other, and the focus is mostly on a feature here or there to differentiate themselves.

One thing I will always say about Apple is that they're forward thinking, and this is greatly evident on the 64 bit processor that was put on the Iphone 5S, aside from being an industry first, it really does open up new roads for developers to really push the boundaries of what can be considered mobile applications.

If I look at all other competitors, aside from the Galaxy S5 (with the health sensor) nobody has really make a significant leap forward... yes there are a lot of bells and whistles, but that's about it...nothing really major.

So for the Iphone 6, my expectation is not so much on what new features are available, but what developers will push out as they take the lessons learned from the 5S and transpose those to an even better processor and larger screen real state.

 
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8/28/2014 | 2:36:15 PM
Re: Unlocked and usable on all carriers out of the box
I'll check on that at the Apple Store next week. I was told previously that a Verizon phone wouldn't work on AT&T or TMobile networks. Something about 4G vs 3G, I didn't pay much attention after "won't work". Thanks for the tip.
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8/28/2014 | 3:43:18 PM
Re: Raising the bar or status quo?
@mejiac: The days of excitement over smartphone form factors are waning IMHO, so I agree that the real innovaiton now is happening on the app front across the board. Until we see a radically new form factor (hello, nanotechnology) I'm not expecting anything but further iterations of things like battery life,  processors and  materials. As Jeff rightly points out in the article, though, these aren't necessarily the things the light the fire for consumers to upgrade, so it will be interesting to see how the 6 performs in terms of sales.
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8/28/2014 | 3:44:33 PM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
@Doug: Yes! Gorilla Glass would have saved me a lot of heartache. i have never understood why they don't use it on the iPhone. Any idea? Is it just corporate quibbling that stops that from happening, or do you think Gorilla Glass is just too expensive?
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