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The Silly Season

The Silly Season
by Gary Woods

In politics the term Silly Season applies to the early primary elections when politicians run around and say some very silly things to try and get elected. In Technology I refer to the Silly Season as the time prior to when Apple announces new products. It's silly because nobody really knows for sure what's going to happen and yet we all speculate on what's coming down the pike at us.

The most common speculation about the iPhone 6 is that it will be another .47 inches longer adding another row of icons to the 5 we currently have with the iPhone 5S. The other speculation is that Apple will come up with what's been termed a Phablet which is a combination of a Phone and a tablet similar to Samsung's Note which is one big phone but for those of us with aging eyes it could be very handy.

Perhaps even more notable than the display size is the rumor that the phone will have something called a sapphire crystal display. The material already found in the camera lens cover and Touch ID is virtually impossible to scratch so this would be a big upgrade.

Another rumor out there has the iPhone 6 will be even thinner than the iPhone 5S with rounded edges similar to the iPad Air and a very narrow bezel making for a larger display while keeping the overall size as small as possible.

A lot of analysts say that the Phone will have the new A8 processor which might have a quad-core 2.6 GHz chip which will greatly enhance performance and efficiency and will deliver a longer battery life.

On the down side at least one analyst has said that Apple has conducted talks with the phones companies to see if a $100 increase in the cost of the phone would be possible which apparently the carriers all balked at.

Then finally there's been a lot of talk that Apple will offer a 128 GB version of the phone so you have plenty of room for Movies, Songs and oodles of Apps.

As I said this is the silly season so if any of these things come to pass it will probably be a miracle but isn't it fun speculating about it anyway?

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc