NYT: iPhone 6 has one-handed mode, iWatch has NFC, wireless charging and flexible sapphire screen

By , Sep 4, 2014

Partially assembled iPhone 6 (Rozetked 001)

Joining today’s conversation about a flurry of announcements due September 9, journalist Brian Chen filed a report today with The New York Times claiming that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a so-called “one-handed mode” in an effort to address usability issues anticipated for a phablet-class device.

The lengthy story also takes a closer look at the rumored Apple wearable device which, according to Chen’s sources, will have NFC technology and feature a flexible display protected by a sapphire-made cover.

The article corroborates the consensus out there that the iPhone 6 will come in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors, both featuring an on-board Near-Field Communications (NFC) chip to facilitate mobile payments.

According to unnamed “people knowledgeable about the product,” the iPhone 6’s one-handed mode is a software-based feature meant to make the handset’s larger display easier to use with just one hand.

The write-up stops short of giving us specifics as to how this might work beyond stating that it’ll let users “type or use apps with just one hand.” Also, the mode can be switched on and off, two employees familiar with the matter told the paper.

Chen has also learned that the new iPhone and iWatch will achieve high levels of vertical integration by supporting the new Handoff feature letting you send current tasks from one device to another easily.

Apple first showed off the Handoff mode in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014 back in June. That the iWatch would support Handoff is another indication that the device runs a customized version of iOS.

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The Apple wearable is also said to feature wireless charging.

“Apple had at one point tested solar charging for the watch, but that experiment failed,” reads the report.

Speaking of smartwatches, NYT goes on to quote two employees who call the project one of Apple’s “most ambitious projects to date,” corroborating earlier reports that the device will include sensors to track movements and vital signs such as heart rates.

These sensors will track a user’s stats “much more accurately than existing fitness devices” because Apple has “put an enormous amount of time and money” to make it work, as per the story.

iWatch and iPhone 6 mockup (Martin Hajek 002)

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in today’s note to clients that even though Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iWatch shortly after the announcement, the device won’t ship before 2015 due to the complexities involved in the design of its hardware and software.

The analyst is calling for an NFC chip, two iWatch screen sizes to appeal to both gender’s preferences, multiple materials — including aluminum and gold — in addition to eight gigabytes of storage and a processor with 512MB of RAM.

Corroborating Kuo’s report, The Wall Street Journal added that the Apple wearable features a curved OLED screen and taps NFC to connect with the iPhone 6. The financial paper remarked that the iWatch’s NFC feature will also play “a role in mobile payments,” a service Apple is widely expected to announce next Tuesday as well.

Apple will live-stream the event through its website here.

[The New York Times]

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  • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

    I never really understood purpose of wireless charging other than it being a cool factor.. Isn’t the mat or cradle it rests on connected to the wall via a wire.. I guess its purpose is to protect the actual charging jack/port on the device..

    I am excited for the one handed use for the 5.5in though..

    • sdhn97

      wireless charging means the device itself doesn’t need wires to charge… ignore the cable connecting to the mat, of course that needs a cable. i have one on my bed side so i can just rest my phone on the mat and not worry about cables at night.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        It’s not wireless then. The wire connected to the mat defeats the purpose entirely. A true wireless charging capability means ZERO wires connected to anything.

      • sdhn97

        When you think of Wifi being wireless, the router is still connected to wires right? But the device connected is wireless.
        Same idea here. No need for wires to charge it.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        The device sits on the mat/cradle, completely different. Wireless charging should be like a cell phone signal..

      • Rowan09

        They have something called Inductive Charging which chargers from a magnetic field, but I’m not sure if this is what the iWatch will do. You would need something plugged into an outlet of course, but you would just need to be in range for the watch to start charging.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        Definitely better than the sorry excuse for using a mat or cradle. Looking forward to something like that..

      • CA

        I have to agree with you on what you said, it’s not really “wireless” charging as of now since you have to sit it on a cradle or mount.

        But in my opinion there’s already enough signals bouncing around my home so I’d rather just plug my phone in at night and not add another one to the list, I’m not so lazy where I can’t even plug my phone in lol.

        By the way does anyone know if there is any research on all these signals being in our homes and what it can do to our bodies? I mean it can’t be good right…..

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        I agree with you also but some of the mat style ‘wireless’ chargers dissipate a signal also, otherwise how would it ‘know’ the device is placed on it.

      • J. Rockwell

        Wow you and six others are HIGH AS HELL!!!

      • z1n

        But many devices from many manufacturers can all use one WiFi. I don’t want a wireless charging pad for every mobile device I have, I want one to power them all. And it would be cool to have your laptop ‘handoff’ power to your phone when it’s near etc.
        A wireless charging pad is a crappy intermediate solution until we get true wireless power.

      • Sherif Moharram

        Sir, electricity can’t be transmitted through air. If it did, we’ll all be electrocuted. So tech industries call it wireless charging because you don’t need to connect your phone via any cables to feed it power, you just let it sit on the station and voila, it starts charging, so it’s actually a wireless charging station. I hope i helped.

      • CA

        Yes I know that. What I was saying is in the future if we don’t need a mat or cradle for wireless charging and if it used some kind of signal, I’d be happier just plugging it in myself, rather than having another wireless signal floating around my house.

      • Adam Bowman

        I’m no expert, but it’s my understanding that electricity can, actually, be transmitted through the air. And it can be done safely.

        Nikola Tesla figured this out like 100 years ago. He was able, for example, to illuminate a lamp WITHOUT it being plugged into anything.

        We just haven’t taken advantage of this technology, unfortunately.

        It’s a fascinating topic.

        I highly recommend looking into some of Tesla’s crazy but absolutely brilliant ideas.

        Also, check out the Wikipedia page on “wireless power” and — even better — a TED Talk (video) with Eric Giker.

      • Adam Bowman

        I’m no expert, but it’s my understanding that electricity can, actually, be transmitted through the air. And it can be done safely.

        Nikola Tesla figured this out like 100 years ago. He was able, for example, to illuminate a lamp WITHOUT it being plugged into anything.

        We just haven’t taken advantage of this technology, unfortunately.

        It’s a fascinating topic.

        I highly recommend looking into some of Tesla’s crazy but absolutely brilliant ideas.

        Also, check out the Wikipedia page on “wireless power” and — even better — a TED Talk (video) with Eric Giker.

      • J. Rockwell

        It is your understanding that electricity can, actually, be transmitted through the air.

        Ummm ever heard of lightning??? lmao

      • Adam Bowman

        Yeah, of course. I heard about it once or twice. But that’s not what we are talking about, silly. However, charging my iPhone with lighting would be pretty interesting.

        Maybe the next time there’s a big storm I’ll head out to an open field and hold up my phone.

        There might be some shocking results.

      • Chetan

        And what if then only u get to know about ur hidden powers and turn into Thor!! And what if Loki comes with his samsung!!
        Thor 3 the mobile world…. LOL………

      • Antzboogie

        Lmao

      • z1n

        HAHAHA. Tell Nikolai Tesla that. I’m pretty sure he got electricity to be transmitted wirelessly. Either that or he’s really a magician.

    • Jonathan

      And the fact just having wireless charging even if it’s not full wireless charging (like across the room charging) it still attracts attention.

    • Steven Honey

      wireless charging would be nice for the iwatch so you wouldn’t have to take off the watch every day or two to plug in a cable or lay it on a matt. it will be annoying and possibly wear out the watch band if it has to be taken off and put back on every day.

  • Jonathan

    Man I hope this is true.

  • Aviorrok

    I want to see aupi on iOS 8 and 4.7″

  • toortoor

    one handed mode?
    probably many things get limited functionality for better one hand usage, something that many won’t use for “daily activities”, you don’t always choose when you want to use it, and you might end up not using it after a while,
    it probably would just be there to say “our big phone can still work with one hand”, I guess I can see apple doing that.

    it will pretty much be the same thing as samsungs “super battery save mode”, which is there to say “look, our battery lasts longer”, and nobody really uses it on daily basis because it turns a smartphone to just a phone (unless maybe if they are running out of battery), but samsung’s mouth is wide open about it as a big battery save.

    I don’t know, a phone is either good for one hand usage or not,
    software modes trying to impose otherwise are probably gimmicks.

    • Disasterpiece

      I hate one-handed mode on the Galaxy Note 3 when I had it. IT shrinks the screen to a 4.5″ size and leaves the rest as black space. I don’t know if Samsung fixed it, but I didn’t enjoy it at all

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I thought iPhones already had a privacy mode via safari or 3th party web browsers.
    One Handed Mode aka Privates Mode aka one hand free for searching P***.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I only listen to Ming-chi kuo. These rumors by others like digitimes,Nyt etc. are for click baits.