My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Apple iPhone 6 Official Invite sets Tuesday September 9th 2014 - Expect a Gold Standard 128GB Sapphire Screen with iWatch and NFC Mobile Money and BitCoin Wallet

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Official Invite sets Tuesday September 9th 2014 - Expect a Gold Standard 128GB Sapphire Screen with iWatch and NFC Mobile Money and BitCoin Wallet

Folks, I wish I could say more…. As the events rollercoaster gets ready for the month of September that I like to call “Sep-Tech-Ber”!

The Apple iPhone 6 is coming as the lines are beginning to form in front of those Apple stores in the US of A…….as soon as they get Back-to-School Shopping out of the way as hinted in my blog article entitled “WalMart Sale on Apple iPhone 5S and 5C - Apple iPhone 6 expected in September 2014 and is worth its weight in Gold and Sapphires”.

The expected launch date is Tuesday September 9th 2014 as is now confirmed by this official invitation put out by Apple as stated in the article “Apple iPhone 6 event officially set for Sept. 9”, published August 28, 2014 9:11 AM PDT by Shara Tibken, CNET News and “Apple Sent Out Invitations For The Sept. 9 iPhone 6 Event”, published AUG. 28, 2014, 12:02 PM by STEVE KOVACH, Business Insider.

Folks, interpret this Apple invitation any way you wish as per the examples in the article “10 ways the Internet overanalyzed Apple's invitation”, published August 28, 2014 12:31 PM PDT by CNET staff, CNET News.

Logically, the expected sale date in Friday September 12th 2014 based on this now officially confirmed launch date by the Cupertino Kids from 1 Infinite Loop Drive. Word on the Street is that the Apple iPhone 6 is expected to be the Sapphire-screen Apple iPhone with a faster A8 Processor and no bezel. To imagine that, we need some visuals!

An example of a smartphone with a Sapphire screen in the US$400 Kyocera Brigadier as per my blog article entitled “US$400 Kyocera Brigadier – Verizon's Waterproof, Drop-Proof Unscratchable Unbreakable Sapphire Screen for the Great Outdoors”.

That smartphone has a bezel, though. To see the smartphone undress and go edge-to-edge, then the US$239 Sharp Aquos Crystal as described in my blog article entitled “Sharp and Softbank smartphone launched on Tuesday August 19th 2014 – Sharp Aquos Crystal X without Bezel portends an Apple iPhone 6 Without Borders”.

Apple iPhone 6 specs – Finally a 128GB Smartphone with a side of Apple iWatch

But what are the expected specs? And will there be an iWatch?

But based on my sources, I think this time around I may have got the Apple iPhone 6 worked out down to its nuts and bolts. Not only that, there is a possible side order of an Apple iWatch, according to Recode in their article “Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September”, published August 27, 2014, 10:19 AM PDT by John Paczkowski, ReCode.


1.      Full aluminum body with no glass in the design
2.      Edge-to-Edge Sapphire Screen with No bezel
3.      Comes in Black, White and Gold

Processor, Screen and Memory

1.      4.7” IPS Backlit IPS LCD Screen
2.      Resolution on 1600x900 with 386 ppi (Pixels per Inch)
3.      64 bit 1.5Ghz Quad-Core A8 Processor or 64 bit 1.8 GHz Dual-Core A8 Processor
4.      M7 Co-Processor for GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
5.      Barometer
6.      1GB RAM
7.      16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB Internal Memory sizes
8.      100GB capable Lightning Port

Camera Specs

1.      8 megapixel Rear-Facing Camera
2.      Dual True-Tone Flash with Optical stabilization with f1.8 aperture
3.      4K Video Recording
4.      1080p 120 fps Slow-motion recording
5.      2 megapixel Front Facing Camera with 1080p resolution recording
6.      2000mAh Battery with Wireless Charging via Cradle


1.      iOS 8.0
2.      Healthbook with Health App for Apple iWatch integration
3.      Waterproof
4.      Improved Touch ID Sensor with option to using non-human fingerprint
5.      NFC and support for Bitcoins and Mobile Money Applications

Now to explain these specs……

Apple iPhone 6 – Thicker Sapphire screen demands Aluminium body and Bigger Battery

A denser Sapphire screen trap more heat as it’s basically crystalline Aluminium Oxide (Al2O3), both internal and ambient as noted in my blog article entitled “Sapphire Screens for smartphones by Q1 2014 - Unscratchable Sign of Virgo is the Man of Steel to revive Jamaican Alumina Industry”.

With the Apple iPhone 6 sporting a denser Sapphire screen, heat dissipation with a faster 64 bit 1.5Ghz Quad-Core A8 Processor or 64 bit 1.8Ghz Dual-Core A8 Processor is going to be a problem. So expect to see a fallback to the Apple iPod design ethos of an all aluminium design.

This Sapphire Screen is expected to be edge-to-edge with no bezel, thereby maximizing the screen real-estate without having the make the smartphone physically bigger. So the screen will be bumped up to 4.7” and an even thinner design to take advantage of the Sapphire Screen and Aluminium body acting as an improved scratch-proof surface with heat dissipation. Both will make the thinner smartphone stronger and still fit neatly in your hands and in your pocket.

Expect to see therefore a more powerful Front and Rear-Facing Camera that supports both 1080p Pictures and Video and a 2000mAh Battery that recharged wirelessly. Sorry, no Solar Charging, possibly the Apple iPhone 6S!

Also, expect to see a waterproof design thanks to Liquipel as explained in my blog article entitled “Waterproof and Water-Resistant with Liquipel 2.0 – How to make your smartphone Water-Resistant to even Toilet Water”. The Touch ID Sensor will also sport an option to using non-human fingerprint i.e. your Cat’s paws or your Dog’s paws or any other surface that can generate a unique print pattern.

Apple by now must realize that opening up the Touch ID to other patterns will make the phone that easier to use and even more difficult to unlock, as thief would never think that your pet at home holds the key to your smartphone in their paws!

Apple iPhone and Apple iWatch – Health Tracker with NFC-support and BitCoin Wallet

With the Apple iPhone 6  coming with support for the imminent Apple iWatch as I’d predicted in my blog article entitled “Apple hires Tag Heuer Sales Executive - High-Profile Executive Poachings signals iWatch with CarPlay, HomeKit, HealthKit and NFC integration”, Apple iOS 8.0 will be packing their Health Application Healthbook that will be designed to integrate with the iWatch.

This suggests that the Apple iWatch will be a more health tracker and less smartwatch, though it will have more traditional stylings akin to a regular wristwatch. The Health Tracker design may borrow heavily from the Nike FuelBand, a division Nike had axed back in April 2014 and whose Design Engineers Apple may have absorbed as per the speculation in my blog article entitled Nike gives the FuelBand the Kibosh to make way for Apple iWatch as Fitness Tracker Field gets crowded”.

The Apple iPhone 6 will also be designed to talk to your Car via native support for Apple CarPlay, competing with other in-Car Entertainment Products in this space as explained in my blog article entitled Apple to launch CarPlay at Geneva Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland - Siri Voice Assistant and Primesense bring Hands-free Remote Control Revolution to The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

Finally, expect to see along with support for Apple’s iBeacon Technology a rollout of NFC-based Mobile Money Platform as described in my blog article entitledMLB testing out Apple's iBeacon to give New York Mets Fans Treats and Free Coupons - iBeacon a challenge to FourSquare”.

Combine with iBeacon, an as-yet named NFC-based Mobile Money Platform will make your Apple iPhone 6 as well as your Apple iWatch a Digital Wallet as stated in the article “Apple iPhone 6 expected to include mobile payments, NFC”, published August 28, 2014 8:19 AM PDT by Ben Fox Rubin, CNET News, allowing you to purchase anything from Coffee (why I don’t know) to MLB (Major League Baseball) tickets.

I’m also expecting Apple to come out and support Bitcoins in a very big way via announcing a unique tailor made Bitcoin wallet and plans to accept Bitcoins as legal tender in the Apple iTunes Store.

Not sure how the Apple iPhone 6 will work with Homekit, as I have very little information on that product. That may deserve a whole article just to explain this trend in Home Automation.

Apple iPhone 6 Pricing – Gold Standard Sapphire Screen undressed sans a Bezel is Pricey

Pricing for the Apple iPhone on a two (2) year contract is expected to be the same as the Apple iPhone 5S as noted in my blog article entitled “Apple has launched the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C on Tuesday September 10th 2013 - Apple iPhone Strategy is to Go Global to beat Samsung”:

1.      US$199 for 16BG Model
2.      US$299 for 32GB Model
3.      US$399 for 64GB Model
4.      US$499 for 128GB Model

For Jamaicans wanting to buy the Apple iPhone outright, you’re going to have to dig deep into your bank accounts as follows:

1.      USS649 for a 16GB Model
2.      US$749 for a 32GB Model
3.      US$849 for a 64GB Model
4.      US$949 for a 128GB Model

So will that hold you until the Apple iPhone launches on Tuesday September 9th 2014 and the expected sale date in Friday September 12th 2014? Especially as the iWatch is definitely coming on Tuesday September 9th 2014?  It better, as it you lose your place in that line, ain’t no Apple Fanboy gonna give you a chance to own a Sapphire Screen smartphone before them.

Ok Apple Fanboys, get back in line so you can get you Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iWatch!

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