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Evidence of iPhone 6 Atmospheric Pressure Sensor Found in iOS 8

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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According to sources at Apple, the Cupertino-company has been working on an updated version of the Compass application that includes altitude tracking, so perhaps that application, which was originally added in 2009 alongside the iPhone 3GS, is what customers will utilize to track their altitude.
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.

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5 weeks ago
I guess Apple will be feeling the pressure!
Rating: 15 Votes
5 weeks ago
As someone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, this sensor would be a very welcome addition.
Rating: 14 Votes
5 weeks ago

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.


Not sure if joke or just stupid.
Rating: 5 Votes
5 weeks ago

Just what I always wanted.

But seriously, who wants this?


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...
Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago

Just what I always wanted.

But seriously, who wants this?


I do. But want blinky notification LED first.

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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.


Where I live most people do actually. It's one of the reasons I chose to live here.
Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago
Just what I always wanted.

But seriously, who wants this?
Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago

Just what I always wanted.

But seriously, who wants this?


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.
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
Wouldn't this be a more likely watch (http://www.amazon.com/Suunto-Core-Sport-Watch-Black/dp/B001DCEKXM/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1403114502&sr=1-2) feature?
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
(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.
Rating: 2 Votes
5 weeks ago
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
Rating: 2 Votes

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