Rumored to be launching in October, the next iPhone could be Apple's best offering yet
With a just a month to go before Apple reveals the next iPhone, the iPhone 5 rumors continue to fly about at a furious rate. Will it have a completely new design with a bigger screen or just be a slightly modified version of the iPhone 4 with newer parts and iOS5? Will there be a low-end iPhone? We really don’t know.
However, despite not knowing, that sure hasn't stopped me from updating my list of most-wanted features one last time. These ideas come to me after seeing the iOS 5 preview, as well as a few small features I have wanted to see for a while.
As a reminder, the 5 features below are not listed in any particular order. As always, feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comments below.
More advanced hardware. While the iPhone 4 is certainly no slouch, a refresh is no doubt needed. A faster dual-core processor, more RAM, and more graphics power will only help the iPhone 5 to stand out from the pack. An 8-megapixel camera, along with more storange and longer battery life is also needed. More advanced hardware on the next iPhone will only lead to better apps and games. This is one reason I am hoping for a total refresh, and not simply an iPhone 4S.
Enhanced voice control. While Apple didn't show off any new voice-control features as part of its iOS 5 preview a few months back, we do know they have licensed voice control technology from voice technology company Nuance. At the iOS 5 beta continued to progress, I expect that Apple will continue to flesh out the voice controls for the next iPhone. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the new voice controls smack down Google’s popular voice actions on Android. I have been honestly wanting to send SMS via voice for years, so hopefully this year I will have my chance. Wireless charging. I think it goes without saying that one of the biggest limitations of any smartphone (including the iPhone) is the battery. Those of us that use our phone constantly know that even with the best battery available, it can be hard to make it through a day without plugging in. Because of this, I’d really love to see a wireless charging dock or pad for the iPhone 5 that allows us to simply set the phone down to charge it (similar to what the PalmPre offered). Sometimes carrying a charger around can be annoying.
Biometric security. As we store more sensitive and important information on our phones, an extra level of security would be no doubt welcome. Adding some sort of biometric security measure, whether it is facial recognition or a fingerprint scanner, would go a long way in making the iPhone more secure. Sure, complex passwords are great, but biometric recognition is the most secure and hardest to crack. I’d be suprised if the iPhone 5 didn’t have a feature related to biometric security actually seeing as several Android phones now have it and several Apple patents have surfaced in the past few years pointing towards it.
4G/ LTE. While Android phones have been rocking 4G for quite sometime, I’d like to see Apple’s next iPhone to have at the very least HSPA+ and preferably LTE. I can’t tell you how annoying it has been to use just normal 3G and surf the web or even listen to music. Switching between an LTE device and a regular iPhone must be painful. That said, if possible, I know design limitations are a big thing here, LTE and 4G should be in use on the next iPhone. This is the feature I want and pray for the most, hands down. Speed is everything.
There you have it, that's our list. Are you hoping for any or all of the above? Is a better camera on your iPhone 5 wish list?
Let us know what features you hope Apple’s next iPhone has below!