Apple Report Reveals Experimental New Feature in Next iPhone

Apple Report Reveals Experimental New Feature in Next iPhone

In this Sept 19, 2014 file photo, a customer shows off the new Apple iPhone 6, right, and 6 Plus at a store in Tokyo. Apple sold 61 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015, or 40 percent more than in the same period a year ago. That represented about two-thirds of its $58 billion in revenue. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
In this Sept 19, 2014 file photo, a customer shows off the new Apple iPhone 6, right, and 6 Plus at a store in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

 

(Christian Science Monitor) – Monday marks the eighth anniversary of the iPhone. On June 29, 2007, queues formed outside Apple stores – long lines of loyalists that have become a semiannual tradition for the company.

While the silhouette of the original iPhone closely matches that of the iPhone 6, Apple’s first smart phone shows just how far the industry has come. Just two months out of the gate, the iPhone underwent a dramatic price drop from $600 to $400; today, the baseline iPhone 6 costs just $200. The first iPhone had no 3G service, never mind today’s 4G LTE. It had no downloadable apps; Apple’s App Store wouldn’t open for another year. Its 3.5-inch screen had worse resolution than a VHS tape, nothing compared to the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch Retina screen that outclasses HD video.

Now, reports suggest that Apple is ramping up production on another feature that, the company hopes, will soon feel indispensable.

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