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BIG News, iPhone 6 with a 5″ Display coming in May, 2014, as reported from many reputable sources including as the NY Times. In our humble opinion, Apple releasing a 5″ iPhone would be a HUGE success, and would OPEN the Door to Samsung’s unchallenged Galaxy AUDIENCE ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

January 13, 2014

BIG News, iPhone 6 with a 5″ Display coming in May, 2014, as reported from many reputable sources including as the NY Times. In our humble opinion, Apple releasing a 5″ iPhone would be a HUGE success, and would help to CLOSE the GAP to Samsung’s unchallenged Galaxy larger smartphones. Bottom Line, many folks including myself would really like a larger iPhone display. Apple has been reported by their supply-line to be evaluating a 4.7″ Display and a 5.7″. This should be another really big year for Apple.

The “gag-image” of the rotary-dial superimposed on a smartphone case was presented by Steve Jobs exactly 7 years ago this month during his Keynote Address introducing to the World the first iPhone, Apple’s ReInvention of the Smart Phone.

Recall the critics said Apple was crazy to get into this mature field of smartphones with absolutely no experience in cell phone technology, nor any experience in what customers really want in smartphone design.

Well the World has Votes with their Wallets as over 400,000,000 people changed, from all the rest, to iPhone in these 7 years including Marilyn and I in 2010 when we both bought the iPhone 4 when it was released.

Yes, I stood in a 6-hour line of folks wanting the iPhone 4 in February 2010. We turned off our Sprint BlackBerry smartphones for the iPhone4. One may say I was nuts for standing in a 6-hour line, Perhaps. However, as I teach at FAU many on this line were my FAU students who were surprised that someone of my age would be so excited about a “phone.”

Admittedly, I have never experienced such excitement over a consumer product, much less a smartphone. And Genuine Excitement is definitely Contagious. As I recall, that 2010 opening weekend, Apple announced they sold over 3,000,000 iPhones. Recall in 2013 with the Release of the iPhone 5S and 5C Apple sold over 9,000,000 iPhones in their Friday September 17, 2013 opening weekend.

Industry sources project that Apple will sell over 190,000,000 iPhones in just this year. Adding these dales to existing iOS users will being the total population of iPhone and iPad users, breaking the 1,000,000,000 Mark.

Several reasons for Apple success in their re-inventing of the smartphone was, the other smartphones were not very easy to use, they were not really smart, and the plastic-keys took up half of the front of the phone even if you were not typing, etc.

Display iPhone versions. And according to Apple Patent filings, the New iPhone (be it version 6 or later) may be fitted with an Optical Image Stabilization module, which would be a First for a smart-phone.

Image stabilization would give the iPhone camera user several degrees, like 2ยฐ of camera movement, left, right, up, down, and any combination, where the image-stabilizer-unit locks the image in place, by “shifting” the lens-elements laterally in proportion to the user’s “shifting” of the camera.

Presently image stabilization is performed “electronically” within the imager’s pixels, which has the effect of marginally reducing the total image resolution to accommodate for stability factor. Canon was one of the first Camera companies to offer Image Stabilized lenses (IS Lenses) for the Single Lens Reflex 35mm cameras. Image Stabilization really works particularly for hand-held candid photography, certainly a huge advantage for iPhone photography, which is almost always hand-held.

The footprint for the iPhone 6 may look like one of these renderings

Personally, I would likely option for the iPhone with the largest display, offered by Apple; hopefully the new iPhone display measures between 5.0″ and 5.7″ diagonally.

iphone 6, iPad 6 and the next iPad-mini v3 are ALL Slated to have Cryptographic BioMetric Finger Print capability (similar to that incorporated into the iPhone 5S).

Since we are speaking of the rumor mill, lets not forget the notion of EYE-Identity, as a step-up from Finger Print identification, where a ultra-low powered Laser-beam would image the user’s retina, which would be compared to someone desiring entry into the iPhone’s contents. NOW we are talking HIGH TECH.

The next iPad to be 10% Thinner and Lighter than new iPad v5. The next iPad mini v3, will also contain the famous Retina Display resolution as seen first in mini v2, PLUS Cryptographic BioMetric Finger Print capability, as first delivered by Apple in their hugely popular iPhone 5S, PLUS other significant enhancements with the main processor, memory configurations, the Motion chip, and important energy efficiencies.

2โƒฃ The 6th generation iPad rumor mill has gathered significantly over the past few weeks; and reported a few days ago suggested that the iPad 6 release date could be as soon as May, 2014. The increased rumors and attention may be warranted.

3โƒฃ iPad 6 to also have BioMetric Finger Print capability creating secure Cryptographic Libraries to secure Personal Information, making way for best “Tablet” security consistent with Apple’s new iPhone 5S to have similar cryptographic security.

4โƒฃ Appleโ€™s purchase of AuthenTec has played a major part for new iPad and iPhone innovations. It was a shrewd move that CEO Tim Cook made that has been largely unnoticed. This technology provides Apple with a very Unique New feature designed to virtually eliminate passwords. BTW, AuthenTec was a major supplier to Samsung.

5โƒฃ Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but leaked photos of redesigned internal components suggest that Apple is indeed again planning an overhaul of the internal geography to improve various iPad features and to likely make room for new components as well, namely the Finger-Print Scanner and its related digitizing processors.

6โƒฃ Appleโ€™s next-generation iPad 6 is expected to feature the similar external design as the recently iPad Air, version5. Aside from the iPad external shape and edges, the iPad v6 will feature a significant internal redesign, to make room for the FingerPrint sensing apparatus, when the iPad v6 launches mid-year 2014.

7โƒฃ AuthenTec is a leading provider of mobile and network security, whose diverse product and technology offering helps protect individuals and organizations through secure networking, content and data protection, access control and strong fingerprint security. AuthenTec encryption technology, fingerprint sensors and identity management software are deployed by the leading mobile device, networking and computing companies, content and service providers, and Governments worldwide. AuthenTecโ€™s products and technologies provide security on hundreds of millions of devices.

8โƒฃ BioMetrics and Finger Print identification are cool terms indeed. However, there is a lot of science that has to be packed into a small package for “Positive-Identification” to be consistent and assured in the creating of Secure Cryptographic Libraries. These graphics were abstracted from reports discussing the mathematics and logistics necessary to accurately refine and focus on one’s unique Finger Print. This process sounds really cool, but there are tens of thousands of man-hours behind the processes, the logistics, the imaging, necessary to assure very high-quality imaging consistency, necessary to delivery very high-level security, on the order of tens-of-millions of combinations, if this imaging security were compared to a traditional “cash-vault combination lock.”

9โƒฃ Having personally supervised the installation very sophisticated “Hand, Palm, Finger Print” identification systems costing on average $250,000, to secure commercial office buildings, the user set-up was quite simple. A user that has been permitted access, initially provides multiple digital impressions for each of their 10 fingers, plus 10 Palm-Print impressions on the “8”x12″ glass plated sensor, plus 10 impressions of the entire Hand-print; This assures the system to 1โƒฃ Record accurate, reliable, digitized images, 2โƒฃ Creates a secure Cryptographic Library for this user. 3โƒฃ User thereafter enters an 8 digit password twice; 4โƒฃ This PassWord (8-digits delivering up to 99 million combinations, may be used in the event this user has damaged, cut, or bruised their fingers causing the system to reject finger-print cryptographic access. What goes on internally “behind the scenes” is amazing and occurs in a few milli-seconds; The notion that this technology can be squeezed into iPhones and iPads, using a cryptographic enabled HOME button, covered with a “scratch-proof” Sapphire-Crystal-Lens for best finger-image transmission through to a 6mm CCD high-resolution imager for digitizing, boggles the mind.

๐Ÿ”  Admittedly, with the last generation of iPad-mini-retina, I personally sold my iPad v4 to and moved “smaller” to the iPad mini retina, and love the crisp display, new compact, carry anywhere, even in my pocket form-factor, even with ACME MADE of San Francisco thin slip-cover, and Logitech’s UltraThin Keyboard Cover. This combination renders an iPad mini retina into an amazing touch-screen ultra-compact “laptop.”

๐Ÿ”  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tends to speak out with reliable information, has chimed into the debate once again, and although his June-September 2014 release bracket refutes earlier presumptions, Kuo does believe the next Apple iPads will be again dramatically thinner and lighter than iPad v5 Air and iPad mini v3 generations.

๐Ÿ”  Kuo also estimates the iPad 6 will be 10% thinner and 15% lighter than the current flagship, a notion which is in line with suggestions of the popuar iPad Air. In fact, Kuo goes on to mention that the next full-size iPad will feature thinner bezels along the longer edges as per the iPad mini, which will in turn allow the device to be slightly narrower.

๐Ÿ”  Kuo foresees the next iPad measuring in at around 7.5-8.0mm in depth, which is a full 10% thinner than iPad Air v5. At 500 grams, it takes more weight, off the current flagship, and although that may not sound like a big number, in tech terms, it is a very profitable drop in bulk.

๐Ÿ”  Kuo mentions the next iPad will pack in an A8X processor, although predicts the cameras will have significant improvements with image quality. The 5-megapixel iSight of the iPad 5 was no great shakes, but then again, with very few people use their iPads for taking snaps, it makes sense for Apple to concentrate on some of the more important issues with its market-leading slab. It is speculated that these ext iterations of the iPad and her sister Mini will contain the superb 8MP imager contained presently in Apple’s iPhone 5S.

๐Ÿ”  The next generation of iPad looks to be the biggest leap since the third-gen brought that Retina display, and with the iPad mini also set to see that very feature later on in the year, Appleโ€™s continued dominance in tablet space will be difficult for rivaling vendors to falter.

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