Revisiting My iPhone 6 and iOS 8 Predictions

When I made some predictions for the upcoming iPhone 6 and iOS 8 about a month before WWDC, I promised I would come back and see how I did. Well, iOS 8 is pretty much ready to go GM, and the iPhone 6 will be unveiled in just a few days, so now is as good a time as any to take a look back. 

Let's see how I did:

  • Screen size — Well, I might have gotten this one partly right. I talked about both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model, but guessed that we'd only see the 4.7-inch model this year. I still felt that way until recently, but now I'm not so sure. It looks more and more like there will be two new sizes announced on September 9th. 
  • Camera — This might be one of the few hardware surprises during the announcement. There haven't been many consistent rumours. I've heard 8-megapixel, 12-megapixel, 13-megapixel. We'll have to wait and see on this one. There's a pretty good chance they stick with an 8MP camera and continue to focus on low-light performance.
  • Hardware design — Yeah, it seems pretty clear at this point that the iPhone 6 is going to look like a smaller iPad Air for the most part. There appear to be a few small differences, but that's the general look of it. 
  • Internals — It looks like I was right on the A8 SoC, not that I was going out on a limb, but it looks like we will probably get NFC this year, too. I didn't think that would happen, and I'm still going to have to see it to believe it, but the rumours of NFC and an Apple mobile payment system are ramping up and seem more credible than in past years. 
  • iPhone lineup — I think I was only partly right here, too. If the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 comes to pass, then I guess there won't be a new 4-inch iPhone 6. It's looking like the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6's will be the new models and the iPhone 5S and 5C will move down a tier and remain as the only 4-inch iPhones. The iPhone 4S will get killed off and the 30-pin connector will go with it. Gruber has some good thoughts on this one on the most recent episode of The Talk Show. It would also appear that the 5.5-inch model will be $100 more than the 4.7-inch model, much like the iPad Air is more expensive than the iPad mini with Retina Display.
  • iOS 8 — There's lots to cover here. To be totally fair, I can't exactly call these predictions. It was more of a wish list.
    • Touch ID and mobile payments — It seems like this one could come true this year.
    • Inter-app communication — Yep. Extensions were announced at WWDC and I'm excited. This is the best part about iOS 8 and most of the benefits aren't available in the betas because it's all about third party apps.
    • Better notifications — They aren't doing all the things I wanted, but interactive notifications are pretty cool.
    • Improved keyboard and third part keyboards — Yes!
    • Health — It's in there, and it should get some stage time alongside Apple's new wearable on September 9th. 

Of course, we still haven't officially seen the iPhone 6 yet, so nothing is for sure, but I feel pretty good about what we're going to see. I'm very excited for Apple's September 9th event. It seems they will be announcing a lot of amazing stuff.