Look at it however you will, there’s no denying that Apple has just cause to fear the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 release date. Whether looking at specs and feature on paper or general appeal in the eyes of the masses, the Galaxy S4 is the Smartphone to end all Smartphones and has redefined what it means to up the ante.
And what’s more, we’ve come to expected that the only iPhone release date we’ll see this year will be the fabled iPhone 5S – the affordable iPhone with supposedly mid-range specs and features the likes of which won’t even be in the same ball-park as the S4.
What this therefore means is that it’s all up to the iPhone 6 to stick it Samsung and bring Apple back to the top of the pecking order, assuming that will even prove possible by the time its launch rolls around. Realistically, we’re looking at an iPhone 6 no earlier than next year, which technically means that it could well be going up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Exactly what it would take to compete against such a beast is anyone’s guess, but in order to stand a chance against even the S4, the iPhone 6 already has its work cut out. It’s certainly in with a chance, but only if it manages to deliver on all of the following and pull off a few surprises to boot:
- New Processor – The iPhone 5’s dual-core processor is beginning to look pretty pathetic compared to the quad-core and now octa-core chips making waves. As such, Apple needs to follow suit in a big way or perhaps follow its rumored move to Intel chips in order to progress.
- New Design – Every iPhone so far has been a slightly tweaked, stretched and polished version of the previous one, but after six generations has become decidedly boring. The iPhone 6 needs a complete and total redesign to remain fresh and current.
- New Screen – Apple needs to retire the ‘Retina’ trademark once and for all as by rights it doesn’t stand for anything anymore. A new standard is needed for the iPhone 6 in order to prevent losing any more ground to Android rivals.
- New Camera – 13-megapixles has already become the standard across the top-end Android market, meaning that the iPhone 6 needs to be looking at this as an absolute bare minimum…ideally higher.
- New Storage Options – Chances of the iPhone 6, 7 or 8 offering expandable Micro SD storage are zero, which in turn means that in order to keep up we’ll need to see next year’s iPhone up the ante with a 128GB storage option…not that it will come cheap, sadly.