Evidence of iPhone 6 Atmospheric Pressure Sensor Found in iOS 8

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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".

    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
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, USA
    Just what I always wanted.

    But seriously, who wants this?
  3. thermal macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Vancouver, Canada
    As someone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, this sensor would be a very welcome addition.
  4. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    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
  5. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    (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.
  6. loanhighknight macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2013
  7. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    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.
  8. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    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.
  9. Nungster macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2011
  10. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    I do. But want blinky notification LED first.


    Where I live most people do actually. It's one of the reasons I chose to live here.
  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, USA
    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.
  12. jcbkrmr macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2014
    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.
  13. OrangeJacketGuy macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    I'm surprised nobody's made a joke about throwing it out a window yet...
  14. imwoblin macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    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.
  15. ZarZou macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    iPhone 1 gen

    I discover this: (iPhone 1 gen)
    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 ?
  16. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Will it 've a sensor to measure how much someone is sensually turn-on?
  17. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Do we even know the application for this before we decide whether we want it or not?
  18. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Someone made a joke about Apple "feeling the pressure".
  19. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    Not sure if joke or just stupid.
  20. TomUT macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2014
    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.
  21. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, USA
    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.
  22. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    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.
  23. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    Not very accurately.
  24. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    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...
  25. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Cabin by a lake
    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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