iPhone 6 May Include Temperature, Pressure and Humidity Sensors

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu reports on her Weibo account that the next iPhone may add a pressure, temperature and humidity sensor.

    G for Games relayed the report and points out that the "pressure" in this context is certainly atmospheric, not blood pressure:
    This same analyst previously reported that Apple may use "optical sensors" to measure heart rate and oxygen levels in the rumored iWatch. The addition of these atmospheric sensors would bring it up in line with Samsung's S4 which included similar atmospheric sensors.

    The addition of more sensors to the iPhone 6 seems a natural progression with all the recent reports that Apple has been aggressively hiring individuals in the area of health sensors. iOS 8 is said to include a Healthbook app which reports on many health related sensors.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 May Include Temperature, Pressure and Humidity Sensors
  2. JerryCards, Mar 16, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014

    JerryCards macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    More and more useless stuff will be packed in iPhone 6, at least in Rumors. :D
  3. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    I'm actually pretty excited about all these features for the iPhone 6 :D
  4. goobot, Mar 16, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014

    goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the S5 drop all those sensors or was I just misled? :p
  5. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I really hope so! Some Android phones like the Galaxy already has this. If the iPhone has it, it would really help Meteorologists accurately track storms and save more lives.
  6. unobtainium macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2011
    How accurate could the temperature sensor in a smartphone possibly be? I'm guessing it would usually give you a fairly inaccurate reading, particularly if you just pulled it out of your pocket, or if the CPU is running hot.
  7. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Anybody have any thoughts as to the implications for forecasting weather? Obviously the weather higher off the ground will be different, but is there any significant utility in knowing the conditions on the ground in terms of forecasting?
  8. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    Live tracking of where storms are located, especially if developers make apps that gather all Barometric data everywhere.
  9. chakdey macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
  10. lk400 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    Cant wait to find out how hot and humid my pants pocket really is.
  11. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
  12. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    That would be neat. A lot of times I just want to know what temperature it actually is outside. This could also be used to create a Waze-like crowd sourced weather service. Let your phone automatically send updates when it somehow figures out you're outdoors. Allow people to submit reports for rain, severe weather, whatever, and back it up with NWS data.

    I will accept any royalties thrown my way!
  13. jm001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
  14. palmerc2 macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Thank goodness! I've always wondered what the atmospheric pressure is in my home. No longer will I have to wonder!

    Same with humidity, I bet my hands put off a bit of moisture.
  15. JerryCards macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Are they really useful? In what situation I should use my iPhone to measure the temperature or Humidity? And, are those measurements mean anything?


    A spork will be something I may use sometimes :D

  16. Windlasher macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Instead of just an UP arrow, could you also add a this is really stupid and I can't believe you actually printed this button?
  17. VanillaCracker macrumors 68020


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Yeah, sounds pretty useless to me. Seriously? Weather apps have gotten full featured enough. I do not need a humidity sensor built into my phone...
  18. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
    I really don't care about those sensors. I am not the weather channel. How about we just do this.

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  19. psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    I dont know why I would want my phone to tell me the humidity and temperature of a place I'm already at.

    My body lets me know if it's too hot/cold or humid for my own taste.

    I feel like I only need my weather app to tell me things like this BEFORE I go outside or into a certain area.

    I'm probably missing something here.
  20. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2011
    So in addition to the 3M sensor inside the phone turning red to tell me that I've taken one too many showers with the phone inside the bathroom, now the phone itself will probably beep and tell me that the humidity is high. Okay.
  21. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I'm legitimately curious, what purpose would temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors in a smartphone actually be useful for? What have android phones done with these sensors? An above poster mentioned a Waze-like croudsourcing for weather if you opt in which would be a good idea, but wouldn't that get messed up by the phone being in your pocket or house or car?
  22. smulji macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2011
    You do because Apple says you do. /s
  23. Virinprew macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2012
    Let's add smoke detector, pH meter, Oscilloscope, alcohol detector, bomb detector, radiation detector, and brain wave monitor.
  24. smulji macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2011
    Problem with Android is that some devices have these sensors and some don't. Actually, I think right now only the Galaxy 5S has these sensors, but I could be wrong. So it's up to each device maker to create api's for developers to utilize these sensors. With the iOS platform, the situation is much more clear cut.

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