Asian exporters may be getting a big boost from Apple production in more ways than one. Exports from Taiwan rose less than 2 percent over last year, while South Korea’s exports dropped about 1 percent from last year.
Just when things are looking grim, Apple presents a brand new product to create jobs and nourish Apple fanatics worldwide. Quanta Computer has slated the production of Apple’s first smart watch in July to put the heat to competitors like the Samsung Gear 2. Pegatron Corp. in Taiwan plans to ramp up its workforce by 30 percent to handle the incredible demand for the iPhone 6. Foxconn, another Taiwanese manufacturer, could recruit up to 100,000 additional employees to help produce the iPhone 6.
Rumors have spread that the new iPhone 6 will feature a larger, 5.5-inch screen. The use of higher quality materials, however, is a reality. Liquidmetal, sapphire and graphene will most likely be featured in the 6, all of which have characteristics that can help the iPhone’s evolution and overall sales.
Liquidmetal and sapphire are said to be extremely strong, yet flexible, which may help protect the pricey iPhone’s durability. Graphene, at only one atom thick, is incredibly strong for its low weight. It is the thinnest material on Earth and could help the iPhone 6 become the thinnest of its kind by a large margin. Graphene, like liquidmetal and sapphire, is very conductive; battery life is expected to get a big boost.
One feature that may not make it to the iPhone 6, but most likely will be included in future iPhones, is a wraparound display. The exclusivity/cool factor goes up a hundredfold when a brilliant screen wraps along on the edges of the phone, where traditionally the camera and volume buttons would be placed. Messages, music player controls and caller ID can all be handled from the skinny sides of the smart phone. Apple has a patent on it, so it will pop up sooner or later. A feature like this could pull devout Android customers to the other side. Then again, Android may offer this feature eventually.
The Ipad has storage up to 128GB, so the new iPhone will probably get that treatment as well. Rumors are spreading that the 6 will have a 10-megapixel camera, an improvement from the 8-megapixel camera offered with the 5s. Apple’s iOS 8 will be the probable choice for the iPhone 6.