Lessons From the iPhone 6 Rumors: Users want durability, ‘meh’ on larger size

In the lead-up to the launch of the iPhone 6, the rumor mill is back in full swing. It’s a familiar cycle that we’ve all come to expect ahead of new iPhone releases. Apple fans love to speculate – why wait for a drunk designer to leave a prototype behind at a bar when you can listen to a hot tip from a blogger claiming to have an inside line to a rogue Apple employee?

 Parallels took a look at the most discussed potential new features that have been driving speculation on Twitter over the past month. The resulting snapshot provides a rough sentiment analysis across the most anticipated and talked about iPhone 6 rumors. While we can’t confirm the truth about any of these potential new features, we have a rough idea of how people feel about them. 

iPhone 6 Speculation, Crowd Sourced

iPhone 6 Speculation, Crowd Sourced

Based on the data we compiled from social conversations, iPhone users are hungry for durability features. The “unscratchable” (and apparently much more crack-resistant) sapphire screen rumor drove the most conversation by far, but the extended battery life feature was also much-discussed.

From there, conversations around the faster and more efficient A8 chip, infrared camera, and slimmer, redesigned power and volume buttons garnered a lot of attention.

 Surprisingly, the biggest and most obvious physical change – a larger, redesigned form factor with two size options – didn’t seem to get iPhone fanatics as excited as we might have predicted. Allegedly, the iPhone 6 will be available in either a 4.7” or a 5.5” size. The jury’s still out on whether we could feasibly call a 5.5” iPhone a phablet (or an iPhablet?), but we ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago, and our fans were more interested in getting their hands on the 4.7” model. 

Concept design of the iPhone 6

Concept design of the iPhone 6

As you can see, the 6 is expected to be noticeably thinner, curvier and larger than past models. Still, the new durability features seem to be generating more conversation on Twitter.

 We’re interested in hearing from Parallels fans. What potential new feature has you most excited to line up outside an Apple store when the iPhone 6 becomes available? Take our poll on Facebook today and compare your vote with fellow fans before the official iPhone 6 announcement.

A mobile bonus: If you currently have an iPhone, Android phone, Android tablet or an iPad, be sure to download a free trial of Parallels Access from Google Play Store and the iTunes Apps Store. It gives your favorite mobile devices cool new features today by letting you access your PCs and Macs and run all of their apps and files with touch gestures so they feel like they were made for your mobile device.

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is now available for new customers

New to Mac and want to still use all your Windows applications and easily move your files, pictures, browser bookmarks to your Mac? Or love your Mac but need THAT one Windows application or Internet Explorer?

Starting today, Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available in our online store and at retailers worldwide. It’s the world’s easiest, fastest, and most powerful solution for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without rebooting.

We’ve made it easy to get started. Our Wizard walks you step-by-step thru installation and getting your Windows stuff set up.  While you do, with one you can select from a number of choices to optimize your virtual machine based on what your primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development.

oon you’re be running Mac and Windows applications side-by-side.  Drag & drop and copy & paste between them, and enjoy Mac coolness in Windows applications. Things like Mac Dictation, gestures and Mac native “Share” all work in Windows applications. It’s magic. Your Windows applications will feel like they were made for your Mac.

Want to check it out before you buy? Get a free 14 day trial here and see how cool it is to have the best of both worlds right on your Mac.

Customer Quote of the Week

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The only viable solution!

By Laleona | Parallels Desktop User | May 01, 2014

I use Parallels on my MacBook Pro to help me perform my work as an admin assistant for a small Internet education company. (I use certain programs that are not mac-compatible.) It keeps me from having to reboot, changing between tasks. It allows me to keep Windows open while I'm doing other things. It keeps me from having to keep a PC on my desk alongside my MacBook Pro.  Life would be a lot more stressful without it!

Join Parallels for “2006: A Year in Review” to Celebrate the Launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

We’re celebrating the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac by looking back at 2006, the year it all started for everybody’s favorite desktop virtualization software.

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Introducing Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

Today we announced Parallel Desktop 10 for Mac. For more than 8 years, we’ve been the #1 choice of Mac users for running Windows and Mac side-by-side. And over the years, what used to be plain old cool fun and “magic” has become a way of life for Mac users.

Here’s what Laura DiDio of ITIC Consulting says: “Today we are seeing a shift in consumer behavior. Users’ expectations are that they should be able to simply run any application they need regardless of operating system.”

Over the next few weeks we will post about many of the improvements and new features but here’s a teaser:

·       Open Windows documents 48% faster

·       Up to 30% longer battery life

·       The new Disk Space Wizard makes it easy to reclaim disk space

·       And of course it’s ready for OS X Yosemite

If you’re a developer, tester or IT Pro, you can even download preconfigured Internet Explorer Test Environments right from the New Virtual Machine Wizard. They are good for 90 days of testing.

Existing customers can upgrade today by clicking here, and starting on August 26 new customers can purchase from our online store and at retailers worldwide.

Purchase Parallels Desktop 9 this month? Not to worry – you may be covered under our Technology Guarantee if you bought or registered Parallels Desktop 9 on or after August 1. If you qualify you will be sent an upgrade key automatically.