Large screen iPhone 6 may emphasize one-handed use

Today in Apple: The iPhone 6 may focus on one-handed use. Plus: Apple's mystery acquisitions, and a review of the new 27-inch iMac

A One-Handed iPhone 6?

There's a rumor floating around that the iPhone 6 might not only have a larger screen, it may also focus on one-handed use, according to Apple Insider.

Yet another rumor claims Apple is planning to launch a new iPhone with an even larger display late next year, and that the company may promote the so-called "iPhone 6" as the first big-screen phone able to be operated with just one hand.

The details come from Japanese magazine Mac Fan, which were summarized on Tuesday by Macotakara. The report claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may sport a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel 5-inch display packing in 440 pixels per inch.

It was claimed that Apple plans to make both sides of the screen as "thin as possible." That could allow the company to promote the "iPhone 6" as the first "phablet" able to be operated with one hand.

The appeal of one-hand operation was already something Apple already focused on when it released the iPhone 5, sporting a larger 4-inch display, in 2012. That was an increase from the 3.5-inch display size found on all previous iPhone models.

More at Apple Insider

As with all rumors, take it with a grain of salt.

But I'll be quite happy if there's any element of truth to it. I'd like to get a larger screen iPhone, but the need for two-handed use as always thrown me off the possibility. It would be fantastic if Apple came up with a way to use a larger screen iPhone with just one-hand.

Apples Mystery Acquisitions

Tim Cook mentioned recently that Apple has acquired 15 businesses over the last year. But seven of them remain a total mystery, according to V3.

Apple's eight publically-acknowledged acquisitions generally focus on software which is expected to improve its iOS mapping software. Apple Maps came under heavy fire when it replaced Google Maps as the iPhone's default navigation service.

Navigation-related purchases include Hopstop and Embark, both highly-popular apps which focus on walking and public transport information, something which was notably absent from the initial release of Apple Maps. Apple also bought WiFiSlam, a startup specialised in indoor navigation, creating the potential for providing users with directions in large, internet-connected buildings such as shopping malls.

The seven remaining purchases remain a complete mystery, adding fuel to the flames of rumour surrounding new product areas for Apple. Cupertino has still not yet confirmed its highly-anticipated iWatch device, but being a totally new product line for the firm, it is highly likely some new technologies will find their way in.

More at V3

How intriguing! I did some additional searching about Apple's acquisitions, but I couldn't find any information on the seven mystery companies. If you've come across anything, please share your tidbit in the comments below. Thanks.

It should be very interesting to eventually see what they are, and how their technologies get integrated into Apple's products. Perhaps we'll find out next year if Apple releases a smartwatch and a TV product.

New 27-Inch iMac Review

Hot Hardware has a review of the latest 27-inch iMac that includes performance testing.

The late 2013 edition iMac line leverages the performance punch of Haswell and follows it up with NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series graphics. As configured, the 27-inch iMac reviewed here bolted through our benchmarks with ease and posted especially impressive figures in our gaming tests, including a 3DMark 11 score of 3,068 in Windows 7 (via Boot Camp). Running Cinebench 11.5 in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks also helped showcase the CPU and GPU combination. Storage benchmarks weren't nearly as impressive, though Apple offers faster solutions than the 1TB (7200 RPM) mechanical hard drive that came in our test system.

Apple's attention to detail when it comes to designing products is arguably second to none, and certainly we feel the modern generation iMac is the best looking all-in-one system on the market. The aluminum unibody construction that Apple is so fond of translates nicely to the iMac's form factor in terms of sex appeal, and it's remarkably thin too boot.

More at Hot Hardware

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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