Only a few days have passed since Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C yet there’s already speculation on what we can expect to see from the next iPhone model which will no doubt be known as the iPhone 6. Most of the rumours concern features which were touted as possible inclusions for the iPhone 5S but which didn’t in reality materialise.
So what upgrades are likely for the iPhone 6? A larger screen would certainly be welcome with a 5-inch one being a popular choice. A larger onboard memory capacity is also likely with the possibility of handset with 128GB of storage and an improved camera would help to keep abreast of the competition. An improved battery would also go down well despite improvements to the efficiency and battery life of the 5S and 5C. Other suggested upgrades include a waterproof handset and a NFC-enabled iPhone. With a year to wait, there’s plenty of time for speculation, which we’ll bring to you as it emerges.
Before we get carried away with the iPhone 6, let’s turn our attention back to the iPhone 5, or more specifically, a rather handy attachment for it. We’ve had the case which turns your iPhone into a camera and the one which enables you to take photos and video in 3D and now we’ve got a case which converts your iPhone into a projector. The i55 handheld projector has been specifically designed for the iPhone 5 and can be used to project images on the handset’s screen onto a wall and enlarge them up to 60 inches – handy for business meetings, or for watching TV/movies at home (who needs a TV set?) The i55 also has a built-in speaker so you can listen to your music and it also charges up your iPhone thanks to its built in battery. As well as using your iPhone 5 as a projector, there’s an option to use it with other devices such as the iPad mini by using the HDMI input. The i55 will be on sale for around £200 in Europe before its rolled out to the USA in the future.
OK, back to our favourite subject – new smartphones. Later this month, Nokia is expected to launch the Nokia Lumia 1520 handset which is anticipated to be a 6-inch phablet with a Full HD 1080p display. Famed for their high quality cameras, Nokia’s new smartphone will apparently boast a 20-megapixel rear camera and will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s also likely to come with a decent-sized battery with reports claiming it will feature a 3,400mAh power house. We’ll bring you more on the Nokia Lumia 1520 as soon as we have it.
And finally, some great news if you travel overseas for work or pleasure, the European Commission is hoping to abolish mobile phone roaming charges throughout Europe as part of a plan to bring reforms to the telecoms market. The proposals are subject to approval by the member countries of the EU but if they go through, you will no longer be charged for incoming calls from next summer with all other roaming costs being phased out by 2016. At the moment charges are determined by individual companies with prices also varying according to what country your mobile is registered in. The reforms will mean that prices will be standardised and terms for customers will also improve.