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This Week's Chitter Chatter - iPhone 6, iWatch and the Phone Battery that Lasts a Week
Have Apple finally capitulated and included wireless payment technology NFC in their soon to be launched iPhone 6? That's the latest rumour, although apparently Apple planned to have NFC in previous versions of the iPhone and pulled out at the last minute. There's a chance that could happen this time too.
What does seem guaranteed is that the iPhone 6 will come with some form of wireless charging support. Apparently, the new Apple handset includes a “surface under the shell which connects to an inductive charging surface for energy transfer.” We should know what's fact and what's fiction by October - that's when we're expecting the iPhone 6 to officially launch. Rumour has it that Apple will be releasing their much anticipated iWatch then too.
So what should we expect from the iWatch? Well, it will have a curved OLED touchscreen, is expected to run iOS 8 and will focus on health tracking. Users will be able to track calorie consumption, blood sugar, sleep data and blood oxygen data via the Health app that Apple announced last week. How much will the iWatch cost? Well, there's less agreement here with some predicting a price tag of $200-$230 and other predicting a price of nearer $300. Just 4 months now until we find out.
Talking of smartwatches, the latest tech company to jump on the bandwagon is Microsoft. We know that because web magazine GearLive has got hold of a prototype from a Microsoft tester. According to them, the smartwatch has a flat display with a 'elongated form factor', akin to a Fitbit One or Samsung Gear Fit. What we'll dub the Microsoft Surface watch will apparently compatible with both iOS and Android, but also with other platforms including Windows, OS X and Xbox One.
Talking of Microsoft, we've heard rumours that they're looking to build a smartphone with a battery life of a week. The new owners of Nokia's mobile division haven't invented a revolutionary new battery, though. Apparently, the improvements need to make such a quantam leap in battery life will come from software and hardware innovations. We hope they succeed because battery technology has just failed to keep pace with other smartphone innovations and it's about time it caught up.