The iPhone 6 is set to be the smartest Apple handset yet, with an array of sensors to monitor everything from ambient air pressure to temperature and humidity.
Sun Chang Xu, an electronics analyst for ESM-China claims on her Weibo account that the iPhone 6 will feature the three sensors to help Apple “catch up” with Samsung in the smartphone sensor department, where health-monitoring is all the rage.
Apple looks to be making a big move towards sensors with its future products, as Sun Chang Xu has also previous said the California company is looking to add “optical sensors” to measure heart rate and oxygen levels in the heavily-rumoured iWatch.
A recent leak of screenshots claiming to be of iOS 8 reveal Apple is working on a new application called Healthbook. This app could work in a similar way to Samsung’s S Health on the Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear range of smartwatches, tracking and recording the user’s exercise and general health.
It has also been claimed that Apple is hiring employees to specialise in the development of health and fitness sensors, as the company looks to enter the popular ‘quantified self’ industry, currently lead by the Nike+ Fuelband and Fitbit wrist worn fitness monitor.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6, along with iOS 8, in the autumn, while a smartwatch known as iWatch is thought to have been in development since early 2012 and will arrive later this year.