This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the iPhone 6C, Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra and Facebook Scrapbook

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Let’s start with rumours of a brand new iPhone – or perhaps, the resurrection of an old smartphone concept. Images have been published online over the last few days of a rumoured iPhone 6C (see image above) which is expected to be unveiled later this year. The 4-inch budget version of the iPhone 6 is also expected to sport a plastic colourful design (like the 5C) with a few tweaks to the exterior and inside specs thought to be similar to the current iPhone 6 smartphone. There’s speculation that the 6C will come with the same A8 chip as the iPhone 6 along with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC technology so it will be compatible with the Apple Pay mobile payment system. We’ll bring you more on this as we get it.

Staying on the subject of Apple, we’ve heard that the smartphone giant have recently had a patent approved for some interesting new facial recognition software. Apparently the software could be used to enable multiple users (family or a group of friends) to be able to access an iPhone without having to use the Touch ID fingerprint sensor or PIN numbers on older devices. It looks like the facial recognition software would use the front-facing FaceTime camera to detect a recognised user face who would then be able to use the iPhone.

Staying on the subject of smartphones, it looks like Sony are working on a new version of their phablet sized Xperia Z4 Ultra as there’s speculation that a new model will be released sometime in 2015. The Z4 Ultra is rumoured to include a 6-inch display (!) with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and the new octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. We could also see 4GB of RAM, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of expandable onboard memory and a 16-megapixel camera with an LED flash on the rear. The Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra is also likely to be water and dust resistant. Fear not, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news on the Z4 Ultra as we hear it.

And finally, and it looks like Facebook will be introducing a brand new Scrapbook feature which can be used to store all those precious photos of your offspring all together in one place. Scrapbook can be accessed via either parent as long as you and your partner are linked up using Facebook’s relationship status.  You’ll also be able to tag and include photos of your children which have been posted by others. As with other photo albums, the privacy settings allow you to chose whether or not the Scrapbook album is private or if you want to share it with your friends. It’s likely that Scrapbook will be rolled out fairly soon.