Apple did innovate many years ago when it launched new sensors like an accelerometer and a proximity sensor on the first-generation iPhone. Most of you might not remember how much of a pain it was to go into landscape mode on smartphones before that, but that said, Apple has become quite slow in adopting new sensors on future iPhones. We’ve seen how Samsung has expanded the list of sensors significantly in its Galaxy line-up, and it seems that now Apple wants a piece of the pie.
Some code that’s hidden within Apple’s iOS 8 SDK reveals that there is compatibility for a barometer in future models of the iPhone. It’s hard to tell if either of the variants of the iPhone 6 will include the sensor, but this will bring more accurate pressure-altitude data to the iPhone if that happens. Surely this might not be something that the average human would care about, but for those of you interested in hiking in a mountain, biking, or even using an iPhone as a means of navigation in any way, a barometer can make a difference.
Obviously this won’t be the first time that compatibly with something that doesn’t get released is included within Xcode, so take this with a grain of salt.