iPhone 6 News, Rumors & Opinion | The iPhone 6 News Blog - Part 2

mobile gamingWith rumors that the 2014 iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, sporting a 4.7-inch model and 5.2-inch “phablet,” one would think that complex strategy games would fit the new dimensions. Read how the prevailing trend for the iPhone and Android phones still seems to be simple, short attention span games.

When you look back into the history of digital gaming, you’ll note that it didn’t take long for video games to become increasingly complex and non-linear in their formats. While the old-school arcade games were designed to be the type tat required players to feed them with quarters in order to continue to play, home game consoles alla Atari and Nintendo quickly developed games that the user could invest in over the long haul. Anyone old enough to remember the first Legend of Zelda will recall the expansive map that the gas came with, and how you really needed it to traverse the world that the game offered.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and now mobile devices such as the iPhone offers considerably more processing and graphics power for gaming than anything from the distant past. And yet, even as the rumors for a larger-screened iPhone 6 would suggest that gamers will now have a much larger screen to play increasingly more complex games on the go, mobile gaming seems to be going in quite the opposite direction.

When Angry Birds first debuted, it was heralded as the new “Super Mario Brothers” franchise for the video game world. However, the Super Mario Games have always been immersive ages that deeply involve the gamer. Angry Birds bears little resemblance: you can play it while waiting for a bus or train, and turn it off in an instant, thanks to its short gaming “set pieces.” In point of fact, the most a person will ever have to spend on Angry Birds in one setting will be the Angry Birds movie, once it is released.

It seems that, instead of more complex games becoming popular, the extra dimension being added into the mobile gaming experience has to do with the addition of a social networking piece. For example, games like the Slotomania free video slots games are in themselves simple games that can be played at virtually any time on an iPhone. However, what makes a game like this more interesting to gamers isn’t so much the game itself, but the social network that surrounds it. In this way, social media has become a kind of “meta game” unto itself.

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Possible early glimpses into the rumored iPhone 6, as well as new claims that september 19th could be the launch date, are not entirely dissimilar to the arc of last year’s 5S/5C release.

It’s easy to forget, but the past two years — which mark the end of the Steve Jobs era and the beginning of Tim Cook’s vision for the company — have been markedly different in how the releases of the new iPhones is usually handled. The ultra-secret, cryptic underpinnings of the Jobsian iPhone models are nothing like what we were treated to with the iPhone 5, namely, leaked images of the new models months before their official unveiling, and a newly-established late summer/early fall release window. Read More

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iPhone 6 Overhaul Could Be Predicated On NFC Rollout

Posted by Michael Nace under Uncategorized on Wednesday May 21, 2014

But the better part of the current iPhone 6 rumor cycle, the most anticipated, new feature for the next iPhone is clearly its screen size. While it’s not new, hardcore iPhone users are calling on Cupertino to match the sprawling, beefy screens of premium Android-based smartphones, with rumors leading users to believe that Apple even has an iPhone 6 with two different screen sizes in the production pipeline.

Of course, a larger screen is a perennial rumor for an new iPhone, and after apple likely lets down a portion of the iPhone demographic once again with a screen that simply isn’t big enough for them, we’ll most likely play the game next year. Eventually, Apple will need to make an iPhone the size of a big-screen plasma TV to satisfy the masses.

In the meantime, another perennial rumored feature for the iPhone — Near-Field Communication, or “NFC” for short — is also making its way into the reportage for the iPhone 6. This time, even the Wall Streets analysts are calling for it, and predicting that Apple might be ready to throw down the gauntlet in the mobile payments sphere. Read More

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iphone 6 in two sizesRumors for the new iPhone 6 come and go, but what seems to remain throughout all of the reporting is that the iPhone 6′s overhauled design will focus on a larger screen. In fact, rumors have persisted that Apple is working on not one, but two different iPhone 6 models — one that will feature a 4.7-inch display, and another that could max out at 5.5 inches. Generally speaking, the call for a larger display on the iPhone is a result of the fact that Cupertino has been reluctant to expand the screen size at the same pace of competing Android devices. For whatever reason, the current iPhone display, which measures just about 4 inches, is markedly lower than the phablet-sized Android smartphones it competes against.

iPhone users want a larger screen for watching video, taking pictures, typing on-screen, and maneuvering between apps. However, lost in the conversation about a larger-screened iPhone 6 is also how the new screen specs could impact online gaming.

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iPhone 6 Phablet Rumored to Be Delayed Due To Battery Design Issues

Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 Rumors on Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

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The iPhone rumor mill persists in claiming that Apple will once again fragment their iPhone line by offering the iPhone 6 in both a 4.7/4.8-inch version — a marked increase in display size from the current models — as well as a massive, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 “phablet.” While the debate rages on whether or not Apple will really follow through with this R&D move for the next iPhone, the discussion may prove to be moot, since new rumors suggest that the latter, larger iPhone 6 may be delayed until as late as 2015, due to do battery design issues. Read More

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Two Versions of iPhone 6 Filling Rumor Mill

Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 Rumors on Sunday Apr 13, 2014

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Last year, we had Apple’s first foray into a dual-release iPhone, with the premium iPhone 5S sharing the stage with the mid-priced iPhone 5C. Well, we all know how that little experiment turned out — while for years the iPhone rumor mill had clamored for such a release event, in the end, Tim Cook’s gambit to supercharge iPhone sales with double the iPhone goodness was an epic fail.

However, according to the latest rumors, Apple is set to try the dual-release strategy all over again — this time with screen sizes.

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Purported iPhone 6 Case Mold Suggests Bigger Display, Same Overall Specs

Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 Rumors on Wednesday Mar 26, 2014

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The notion of handicapping the next iPhone based on early case designs has never been a winning strategy for the iPhone rumor mill. And yet, each year, we seem to come back to the same kind of story, where el cheap-o iPhone cases leak and the tech media pours over them, looking to read the tea leaves on what these phantom cases may r may not tell us about the upcoming iPhone. In the case of the iPhone 6, the prevailing theme has been screen size (as usual) and whether or not Apple will make good on finally expanding the display past the 5-inch mark.

The newly leaked image of an iPhone 6 case, as pictured above, has people buzzing because it presents a possibly plausible set of specs for the iPhone 6, in that the device would appear to be markedly larger, with an even longer display than on the current iPhone 5S and 5C, but with a width that is not entirely dissimilar from the traditional iPhone specs. It is this middle-of-the-road design that makes Apple enthusiasts and the tech media alike pause and wonder if the case could in fact be a harbinger of what the iPhone 6 will eventually entail.

The case also sports some other key features that could point to the iPhone 6′s final design, namely, a thinner bezel on the sides of the screen — as already suggested by previous rumors — and a new position for the light sensor, which appears above the ear speaker.

All of these feature tweaks and specs are easy enough for anyone to mock up into a fake iPhone 6 case mold. We’ve seen in the past that cynical folks are willing to fabricate iPhone news in order to make headlines and drive heavy web traffic. That is most likely the case in this new story, particularly since the iPhone 6 rumor mill has been more anemic than those of the past three iPhone iterations. This being said, the iPhone 6 case could be both a fake and accurate to what Apple will eventually unveil next Fall. It very well may be a good guess at how they will straddle the call for a larger screen while still keeping the iPhone dimensions that separate it from the rest of the pack.

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