Apple's iPhone 6 is indeed expected to offer users health and fitness functionality in the form of a dedicated app, but if one analyst has it right this feature set could even extend to built-in pressure and humidity sensors.
The news comes from ESM-China's chief analyst Sun Chang Xu (via G4Games), who noted in a recent Weibo update that Apple is expected to add pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors to its next-generation iPhone handset.
In its article, the publication adds: “Please note that the analyst is probably not referring to blood pressure (this feature is rumored to be implemented in Apple’s iWatch) but to atmospheric pressure.”
The news comes following reports that in iOS 8, Apple is launching a built-in health and fitness application called “Healthbook.” This is expected to integrate with both the handset's motion-tracking coprocessor, new on-board sensors, and an anticipated “iWatch” to provide health-related information for users. Apple has indeed hired medical sensor experts to work as part of its smart watch team, and we've heard that the product should include heart rate and blood pressure sensors.
If the analyst's sources have it right, the new iPhone sensors would see Apple bring its handset in line with Samsung's Galaxy S4, which already offers users barometer, temperature, and humidity sensors.
Apple is also expected to add a sapphire glass display to its iPhone 6, and this could be as large as 5.5-inches in size. Critics have long called for the Cupertino, Calif. company to launch a “phablet”-style handset, and it seems Apple is set to do just that with its next-generation iPhone.
We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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