The Apple iPhone SE has been predicted to include a thinner, stronger design, smaller battery, custom earpods and a new hexa core processor in the form of the A10.
Ahead of Apple’s huge announcement on March 21st, Pat Clawson, CEO of Blancco Technology Group, has made his predictions on what the device will contain and more importantly, how it will function. Blancco Technology Group is a leading international data security company who specialise in secure diagnostics and erasing data.
Speaking about various issues ranging from the bendgate disaster to axing the headphone jack, his thoughts for the new iPhone devices were pretty simple: thinner, stronger, smaller battery, custom earpods and a new hexa core processor in the form of the A10.
The full interview can be found below:
What are the ramifications if the new iPhone is 14% thinner?
iPhone 7 will be 1mm thinner than iPhone 6s – making it around 6mm. One reason it’s thinner is because they’re axing the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a relatively big component of the device itself. Another reason for its thinner shape is that the antenna bands on the newer model are placed on the top and bottom edges of the phone.
The most significant ramification is that the battery will now be smaller in size – and it relies on the performance improvements of the operating system. Because there is more and more functionality and complexity in the operating system, it will be difficult to optimize the power consumption of the battery.
However, Apple is probably using EMI coating in iPhone 7, which reduces electromagnetic interference and makes it possible to place the chips closer together. Because of this, they probably don’t have to shrink the battery too much. Some rumors say that iPhone 7 Plus will have a 3100mAh battery, compared to the 2750 mAh battery in iPhone 6s Plus.
Will this make the iPhone more fragile? What types of materials would provide the must durability but least weight?
I think Apple has probably learned its lesson from the infamous “Bendgate” issue that caused iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 models to bend in people’s pockets. It caused quite a stir among Apple users, not to mention negative publicity for the popular device manufacturer.
It looks as though the 7000 Series aluminum on the new models is alloyed with zinc, making the phone very strong and durable. For the most part, Apple products are typically a step above the rest when it comes to quality and functionality. I’ve had an iPhone 6 Plus for over a year and dropped it a couple of times – and the phone has withstood the drops and is still in close to new shape.
What types of environments do you think the wireless earphones work best? What types of environments will the wireless earbuds work poorly? Will there be any situations where the wireless earbuds might not work?
Apple has a storied history of innovating and evolving their technologies – and this is another example of that. I expect other device manufacturers will follow Apple’s lead over the next several months. According to industry speculation and rumors, Apple is developing their own wireless earpods (completely wireless and without any wires between the pods).
I think it’s a smart and strategic product move on Apple’s part. These days, people are inclined to opt for using wireless products whenever they can – be it a mouse for their computer, or a headphone for their smartphones – because that adds another layer of convenience for them. At first, it might be a slight adjustment for Apple users who have been so used to plugging in the traditional 3.5 mm earphone jacks. And for some users, it will be slightly frustrating if they’ve spent money to buy wired Hi-Fi headphones. But like anything else in life, they’ll adjust quickly and soon come to prefer the wireless earbuds.
Do you think wireless earphones will make the iPhone more vulnerable to hacking via Bluetooth?
I don’t think there’s a serious security risk with using Bluetooth wireless earbuds on the new phones. The one big security risk that could occur is if users connect their device to a malicious device. But the good news is that iPhones only support a few Bluetooth profiles so a cyber criminal could not do much to steal the user’s information.
To minimize this possible security risk, users should not set their device to “discoverable” so that it won’t respond to scanning attempts. If devices are not paired, they won’t be able to communicate. In Bluetooth v2.1, encryption is enabled by default. It’s also a good idea to remove & repair your Bluetooth devices every now and then. And if you do not need Bluetooth, turn it off.
Will the smaller size of the iPhone, combined with a more powerful processor, have an impact on battery life, device performance and overall device health? If so, how?
Apple’s earlier processors have been very good and A10 should be even better. A9 was dual core, but A10 is six core.
I expect the A10 processor will be a much faster processor. It remains to be seen what impact the faster processor will have on battery life, which we know has come to be one of the biggest frustrations of Apple users. But if you look at some of the recent rumors, it looks like that could possibly change with the possible introduction of the A10 processor, which could have 20 percent higher performance and 40 percent less power consumption compared to the iPhone 6s.
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