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8 Things We Want In iPhone 6

What features rank as most wanted in Apple's soon-to-debut iPhone? Let's talk battery, camera, display, and more.
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A screen that won't crack
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One of the hottest iPhone 6 rumors, if true, would be great news for users who've had to replace a cracked or shattered iPhone screen. The new model reportedly features a screen made of sapphire crystal. From a durability perspective, sapphire's claim to fame is that it's very hard to scratch, crack, or mutilate, making it an ideal material for smartphone screens. Try hard enough, though, and sapphire will crack under the pressure -- well, shatter, actually. Last month, a video emerged from China showing an alleged iPhone 6 sapphire screen surviving fairly brutal treatment, including hammer blows, knife scratches, flame from a cigarette lighter, and unnatural twists and turns. The screen finally did shatter when run over by a vehicle's tire -- proof it's not unconquerable.

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One of the hottest iPhone 6 rumors, if true, would be great news for users who've had to replace a cracked or shattered iPhone screen. The new model reportedly features a screen made of sapphire crystal. From a durability perspective, sapphire's claim to fame is that it's very hard to scratch, crack, or mutilate, making it an ideal material for smartphone screens. Try hard enough, though, and sapphire will crack under the pressure -- well, shatter, actually. Last month, a video emerged from China showing an alleged iPhone 6 sapphire screen surviving fairly brutal treatment, including hammer blows, knife scratches, flame from a cigarette lighter, and unnatural twists and turns. The screen finally did shatter when run over by a vehicle's tire -- proof it's not unconquerable.

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/3/2014 | 10:37:50 AM
Re: The battery problem
On a related note, here's a protip: Want to be the most popular guy at the industry conference?  Bring a power strip.  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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9/3/2014 | 10:36:11 AM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
You don't need an enormous case.  You need a good case.

I had such a good, non-large (indeed, it was very form-fitting) case on my old iPhone.  I dropped it and stepped on it a zillion times.  Nary a scratch.

It took DROPPING THE PHONE THREE STORIES ONTO A HARD SURFACE to damage it -- and even then, the screen was not even scratched (let alone cracked or shattered).  All that happened was the screen and the home button popped out a little bit.  I got it repaired that same day.

(Alas, the antenna was permanently screwed up, and I wound up getting a new phone a few months later, but the glass was fine.)
Li Tan
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9/1/2014 | 10:45:43 AM
Re: The battery problem
This is not just for iPhone but a general problem for all smartphones. Nowadays the battery of smartphone cannot last for more than 2-3 days. For iPhone 6, it may become a more severe problem - the phone is so thin and slim. The capacity of the battery cannot be very big. So it may get drained more easily.
jgherbert
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9/1/2014 | 12:28:55 AM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
@D. Henschen> "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?"

 

My understanding was that the iPhones used Gorilla Glass. Are they not? If so, what are they using? 
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8/31/2014 | 11:52:27 PM
Re: How about actually work for the 2 year contract cycle?
@Joe – Most of us don't prefer warranty extensions because of the extra cost we have to incur, but it seems that this is worth the investment. 
Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2014 | 10:47:58 PM
Re: How about actually work for the 2 year contract cycle?
In my very humble opinion, warranty extensions for most electronics are worth the paper they're written on.  For your computer, okay, but for phones?  As long as you have a good case and/or are not a total klutz, you're good.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2014 | 10:45:54 PM
Re: Unlocked and usable on all carriers out of the box
@Susan: Flexible/unlocked iPhones direct from Apple is nothing particularly new.  As early as 2011 (if not sooner), the company was working on phones that would offer 1) dual compatibility with GSM and CDMA and 2) universal SIM compatibility.  Additionally, they hold a patent for software that would send carrier information direct to a user's phone and allow the user to easily shop and compare rate plans via their iPhone -- taking power away from the carriers and making choice of carrier irrelevant so long as the choice of phone is the iPhone.
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8/29/2014 | 4:19:39 PM
Re: How about actually work for the 2 year contract cycle?
Warranty extension sounds good. Can't we pay more to get warranty extended, atleast till the contract ends? 
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8/29/2014 | 4:16:39 PM
Re: How about a screen that doesn't crack?
The use of sapphire crystal in electronics, watches and other jewelry isn't new. Apple also reportedly used sapphire in the iPhone 5s to cover both the home button and the rear-facing camera lens. However, it is unclear to me just how much more drop-proof or shatter resistant sapphire is on a phone.
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8/29/2014 | 4:10:26 PM
Re: The battery problem
The iPhone 6 will also likely come with enhanced components that could put a drain on battery life. Whether a larger battery in the iPhone 6 will actually deliver better battery life remains to be seen.
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