The iPhone 5S & 5C announcement is mere hours away, and while we wait, we can sit back and daydream about what the next device could hold. There are plenty of rumors and speculation, but the list below is based on pure desire. We will have a separate article of what to realistically expect, but this is a wishlist of what could be. The best part of the pre-event, before 10 AM September 10th, is that anything is possible. With that in mind, we have a wishlist of our own of what we want to see Apple reveal tomorrow.
Availability: This is the ultimate wish, as anything could be announced, but it means less if we have to wait any longer. It’s been a full year since the last iPhone, and we just hope the next generation is available ASAP after the event. This also goes for the launch of iOS 7.
Battery: We’re just looking for the battery life of the iPad, now on the iPhone. Any great features of the iPhone, or any phone, are pointless if you don’t have any juice. Maybe, Apple could even create an iPhone 5B, with “B” emphasizing twice the battery life with a thicker design.
A Redesigned iPhone: The iPhone 5S is likely to sport an iPhone 5 exterior design, but this is a wishlist after all. The new tell 4″ iPhone 5 is a nice change of pace of the previous five generations of 3.5″ screens. With that said, it would be nice to see a new option that gave us a choice of a larger screen if we wanted it. The emphasis in a design change would be more about making an edgeless screen, foregoing any bezels at all. A redesign with more solid construction, and less shattering glass would also be nice. Also, the curved aluminum back of the iPad would be great for the iPhone as compared to the box design.
Prepaid iPhone: The iPhone is great, but having to pay about $70 month on any provider, is excessive. We would love to see an option for a GoPhone style plan where we could pay for minutes. The iPhone 5C, may fit the bill perfectly. Also a data only plan would be great to have it more like the iPad, and use VOIP apps for calling.
Zoom Lens & Improved Camera Sensor: The iPhone 5 already has an 8MP camera, but adding more megapixels doesn’t improve pictures. Zoom is so important to photos, and 3X optical zoom lenses are becoming smaller and smaller. Also, it would be great to see a further enhanced light sensor, and image processing unit to improve upon the enhanced optics of the 5.
Official Apple Game Controller: There are some amazing iOS games, but some genres could be even better with an official physics controller from Apple. Imagine having physical dual joysticks, and a plethora of action buttons to play shooters, combat games, and adventures. There are scattered options out there, but an official option from Apple could literally be a game changer.
iPhone 5S Software Specific Feature: We’re hoping that hidden in the recesses of iOS 7 is a software feature that only works on the iPhone 5S. The 4S was distinguished with Siri in iOS 5, and this year could see a special version of iOS 7 with something specific for the iPhone 5S. It could relate to the security of the fingerprint sensor, or even incorporate NFC for true mobile payments.
NFC: Speaking of Near filed communications, NFC in the iPhone would be an interesting feature allowing you to pay for various purchases with just your iPhone instead of plastic cards. Imagine simply waving your iPhone to make a transaction, instead of pulling out your wallet. Apple gets their chips from Qualcomm, who also makes an NFC world mode chip combined with the 4G LTE radios, so Apple could add it in the future. The added potential security of the fingerprint sensor could really make NFC payments a legitimate addition.
Wireless Charging: You would no longer need to plug in your device every night to charge it, and instead could just place it on a mat. You can do it right now with an accessory, but Apple’s own inductive charging system would be great, and a bit similar to the original Palm Pre. Maybe even a charging system that works more like WiFi compared to an actual mat, where your device just connects to start charging with no extra cases, cables, or mats (like the patent below).
iPhone Smart Cover: Wouldn’t it be neat to have a little smart cover for your iPhone? It would be similar to the iPad to turn on and off the screen, and could prop up your iPhone to watch movies, or type.
Mini Projector: Rather than streaming your content to an AppleTV via AirPlay, you could just have a mini projector built-in. Then you could show videos, presentations, and more on any empty wall.
3D Display: Wouldn’t it be amazing if depth was added to the screen, so you could see deep into movies and games? If the Nintendo 3DS and HTC Evo 3D can do non-glasses 3D, then so can Apple especially at the 4” screen size. It would be amazing to see, and the app possibilities would be off the charts.
Holographic Keyboard: How about if you could simply swipe on the keyboard, and the device sends out a holographic version of a full size keyboard. Then you could simply type on the holographic keyboard, and the laser sensors could pick up exactly where you type as you use a full sized keyboard. It’s a wishlist after all, and the video below puts it into perspective.
Rubber-band Electronics: This is a wishlist after all, and this video concept is absolutely mind blowing. Imagine if your iPhone hardware resized. I want this.
A Surprise: This is the one we wish for the most. It would be amazing for Tim Cook to come out on stage with an iPhone 5 that has been leaked all across the web. Show it off, introduce it as the iPhone 5S, and then say, “just kiddin’”. Then proceed to slam it into a trash can, and pull out the real deal that no one has seen before.