updated 09:31 am EDT, Mon March 17, 2014
May be attempt to catch up in sensor race with other smartphones
The next-generation flagship iPhone -- generally expected to be called the iPhone 6 -- may include a series of atmospheric sensors. ESM-China news chief analyst Sun Chang Xu claims to have learned from sources that the phone will include air pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors, allowing it to gauge local weather without having to pull data from the Internet. While the authenticity of the claim is hard to verify, the addition may be likely, since Samsung has included atmospheric sensors in some of its devices since the Galaxy S4.
The iPhone 6 may, however, skip out on the heartbeat sensor in the Galaxy S5. Apple is believed to be deeply interested in health and fitness tracking -- and the iPhone may include a "Healthbook" app -- but only the iWatch is so far expected to include sensors for stats beyond motion. Both products are anticipated later in the year, most likely in September or October.