iOS-8-on-iPhone-5s1

The incoming iPhone 6 may feature new barometer and air pressure sensors, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The site has discovered new APIs in iOS 8 that hint at the new sensors, which could be used to offer advanced data for measuring altitude, temperature and weather.

Today’s discovery follows a March report from Sun Chang Xu. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the analyst said the iPhone 6 would include new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity, putting the device on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and others…

Here’s more from 9to5Mac:

Developer Ortwin Gentz from FutureTap pointed us to these references, and he tested the framework on an iPhone 5s, the latest-generation of the iPhone. According to Gentz, the framework returned a “No” to indicate that the iPhone 5s does not not support the reporting of altitude changes based on this new framework. With the help of a noted developer, we wrote our own code to test the framework and we received the same not-supported-by-the-iPhone-5s result. This likely indicates that this new altitude tracking functionality is reserved for unreleased Apple devices. Since the feature is packed into iOS 8, it is likely that the feature will be integrated to new products launching in the fall such as the iPhone 6, new iPads, and even the iWatch.

And the screenshot from Xcode:

xcode altitude

The report goes on to suggest that these new sensors will become part of the iPhone 6′s M8 motion co-processor, a component of the A8. It also adds that Apple is working on a new version of the Compass app, which is likely where it will incorporate the new altitude tracking feature.

iOS 8 is in developer beta right now, and is expected to be released to the public this fall with several new features and improvements. The iPhone 6 is slated to launch in September in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations, a higher resolution display, new iPad-like casing, and more.

  • compactdreams

    OMG! I’m gonna send my iPhone 5s

    • abdullah575

      give it to me !!! LOL

    • hkgsulphate

      always wait for the [s]!

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Hmm could these new sensors be used for crowd sourced weather data…

    • jp2002

      You could get current weather conditions, not predictions of weather conditions of the near future.

    • Kurt

      It will probably be like the s4,s5,note 3, it tells you the temp and humidity around you. The altimeter is great. It’s nice when I go hiking and can see how many steps I went up and down. Which helps tell how many calories spent and it’s more accurate. They are nice features. I use the temp often.

  • Mr.DnQ

    iPhone 6 is gonna rock hard… Because iOS 8 allready shows we are entering a new iPhone era!!! Can’t wait…

  • leart

    Cant wait for the new iphone 6 🙂

    • Andrew

      By saying the NEW iPhone 6 means that there was a iPhone 6 before and you can’t wait for the NEW one… so you can’t wait for the iPhone 6s? 😛

      • leart

        We all know that the next iphone will be called 6 and new i mean the next one.. whatever your somehow right 😉

  • rockdude094

    Star Trek era here we come … Now we just need space ships lol

  • Arsanny Lintang

    what i’m really curious is, do people really take full advantage of the features? measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity?, well, if you’re the type of person who like to go hiking and climbing mountains, it would be exceptional. But if you’re the person who just sit around all day or maybe a student that doesn’t do much of outdoor activities, then what’s the point of paying more money when your old phone can do the same things? making calls, receiving text messages. The only difference is the designs and few feature that built in it. look at the iPhone 5s, i bet most of you don’t even use the full advantages of the M7 processor.

    i’m just sayin’ no hatin’
    🙂

    • I too was wondering this. Whilst the features would be quite cool at the time, the average use would have very little use for them and so they would go unused. If they’re putting those sensors in, they may as well include a Geiger counter 😛

    • T_Will

      I’m thinking some of those sensors will help with location accuracy (i.e. knowing what floor of a building you are on using the altitude sensor).

    • Rowan09

      Most people don’t but it doesn’t hurt having opinions.

    • bugsbunnay .

      You’ll never know when they’ll come in handy. One day you stroll along the park and a person comes up and ask “would you happen to know today’s barometric pressure”? And to that fortunately you do! Still waiting for one day an iPhone that can make your coffee… *drools*

      • Jayy

        lmfaoooo 😀

    • Kurt

      On my note 3 I have these sensors and use them a lot.the altimeter helps S-Health tell you calories spent so it’s more accurate. So I’m sure the iPhone will do the same. Telling humidity in doors is useful, though I pay attention to the temp more!

      Next we need an IR blaster, split screen and a stylus and the 5.5″ iPhone will be a great competitor to the Note

  • Fevostone

    This why I want a ios 7.1.1 jailbreak so I can keep a jailbreak on summit like my iPad mini for movie box and have my new iPhone 6 just stock well until I get bored of stock LOL

    • Rowan09

      There’s a way to get moviebox from the cloud. Check their twitter page, since I never tried it because I’m jailbroken.

      • Donovan

        If this is true, you are my hero. I’ll get back to you in a bit.

      • Rowan09

        It is true, if you try it let me know how it works out for you. You can watch videos from losmovies dot com as well.

      • Donovan

        Just checked it out, basicly gotta reg my udid, dont wanna mess with that.

      • Rowan09

        Ok but you can watch movies from the site I just posted in my above reply.

      • Glenn DolFan Baptista

        I tried this website but they are asking for a CC to sign in ?

      • Rowan09

        Don’t need it. Look at the bottom where it has the links, the one with the play button is what you click not the main one that says play in hd. It will take you to an ad at first but close it and return to the original page and you’ll see the play button now on the top where it said play in HD. I hope you understand.

      • Glenn DolFan Baptista

        Yes sir got thanks ! Do you know if I got an itv if I could mirror it to my tv using the site or movie box through cydia ?

      • Rowan09

        Yes sir. All videos plays through the video player, so you just click the airplay button and you’re good to go.

      • Glenn DolFan Baptista

        Nice I need to get me an iTV ASAP !!! Do you know if you can Mirror my uverse app to watch on a tv that I don’t have box hooked up too just running itv ?

      • Rowan09

        You can mirror your screen to the tv with the Apple TV.

    • Andrew

      GTFO pirate.

  • jack

    “barometer and air pressure sensors” = same thing

    • bugsbunnay .

      add atmospheric pressure just in case the article changes to include all 3.
      “The incoming iPhone 6 may feature new barometer, air pressure, and atmospheric sensors”
      lol

  • Sounds like sensors the S4 added for enhancing S-Health…let’s see where Apple applies them.

    • Rowan09

      Where have you been? Haven’t heard from you in a while.

      • Been busy with power lines and family

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok.

    • Kurt

      Strange how it was never mentioned. But noooo Apple isn’t copying no never!

  • Christian

    is this a big deal?

  • bugsbunnay .

    I think I’m in love

  • Aric Bolf

    How long before an iPhone with these sensors goes thru a tornado and records interesting results?