Evidence of iPhone 6 Atmospheric Pressure Sensor Found in iOS 8

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    Apple may add an atmospheric pressure sensor to the iPhone 6, according to a report by 9to5Mac. This follows on a rumor from March that suggested the iPhone 6 could include humidity, temperature and pressure sensors when it comes out this fall.

    A barometer is used to measure atmospheric pressure, giving indications on current and future weather trends as well as altitude data. The report says new APIs in iOS 8 reference altitude data, including one called "isRelativeAltitudeAvailable" that tells apps if a device "supports reporting relative altitude changes". For an iPhone 5s, the API returns "no".

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    iOS 8 is expected to be launched this fall alongside new, larger iPhones. The altitude and pressure sensors could make an appearance in the phone as well as new iPads that are expected later this fall.

    Article Link: Evidence of iPhone 6 Atmospheric Pressure Sensor Found in iOS 8
     
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    Just what I always wanted.

    But seriously, who wants this?
     
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    As someone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, this sensor would be a very welcome addition.
     
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    Android phones have had these for years. I hope the Apple one is a little more accurate than the typical android sensor though as it would be more useful
     
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    (I'm copying this from my comment on 9to5mac because I don't want to re-type it all)

    This is exciting news! The Galaxy phones already have barometers, and having another popular phone like the iPhone tracking this information is extremely useful. Some people can make apps that specifically give forecasts for your current spot based on rising and falling pressure. A lot of people are miles or hundreds of miles away from the next closest official weather station where they need to get their weather forecast. This pressure sensor will also help track in real-time where weather systems are if the government agencies don’t have a station in a particular area that a user is in. It can also be used in cases where Hurricanes are passing over cities so you can tell when the Hurricane has left or is arriving.
     
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    Don't see what I could do with a barometer or altimeter. Correct me if I'm wrong but most people don't go on adventure hiking for leisure. A thermometer, however, wouldn't be bad at all.
     
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    Who cares, it probably comes prepackaged as part of the new silicon they bought. Why are people such self entitled children?

    Apple can use all the barometric data and sell it to weather companies for extra money.
     
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    I do. But want blinky notification LED first.

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    Where I live most people do actually. It's one of the reasons I chose to live here.
     
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    I can tell you the atmospheric pressure almost anywhere in the world right now.

    1 atmosphere. Sorry you're bad at science.

    Edit: Denver: .9 atmospheres. It's just not a big deal unless it adds weight, at which point I don't want it.
     
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    This could be a great addition to healthkit, along with the M7 you could get a more accurate estimation of calories burned via a exact temps and humidity; and even a three dimensional map of the route you ran.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody's made a joke about throwing it out a window yet...
     
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    This is a feature that should be on the upcoming iwatch, just like the barometer in my Suunto Core watch. This opens up all sorts of cool features such as weather trend arrow and storm alarm which are part of my Suunto Core feature set.
     
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    iPhone 1 gen

    I discover this: (iPhone 1 gen)
    Sensors
    Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
    Proximity sensor Yes
    Accelerometer Yes
    Ambient light sensor Yes
    Gyroscope Yes
    Barometer Yes
    Temperature sensor No

    So ... Is this true ? If yes, why they took it out of newer models ?
     
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    Will it 've a sensor to measure how much someone is sensually turn-on?
     
  17. macrumors 68020

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    Do we even know the application for this before we decide whether we want it or not?
     
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    Someone made a joke about Apple "feeling the pressure".
     
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    Not sure if joke or just stupid.
     
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    You can get Altitude from GPS which iPhones already have. There are many apps already on the iPhone that give you the altitude. The fact that Apple is finally including the altitude in the compass app really has nothing to do with including a barometer in the iPhone.
     
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    It's simply not useful to the average user. You can use your phone to look up the barometric pressure in your area and the results will be more accurate.

    Stop with the macho man nonsense.
     
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    I'm all for an atmospheric pressure sensor for independent (ie: no network req'd) altitude and barometer measurement, but would be concerned that it might prevent the new iPhone from being waterproof.
     
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    Not very accurately.
     
  24. macrumors 68020

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    It's not about the sensor, it's about the API. It's another tool in the box. You'll want this once a clever developer figures out how to make it into a killer app...
     
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    Among obvious weather and density altitude uses...

    Indoor locating software wants it, something that Apple is very interested in.

    Not sure what you mean.

    The barometric sensors used in smartphones (e.g. Android) can tell if you changed floors by either walking up a flight of stairs, or taking an elevator.
     

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