What the iPhone 5 Shouldn’t Have
It’s February, and we’re likely a long ways away from an official announcement regarding the next iPhone, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not immune to the rumors or thinking about what we want from Apple’s next phone.
At the moment, there isn’t much out there about the iPhone 5.
We’ve heard that it might come with 4G LTE, and odds of that will increase if the iPad 3 drops with those capabilities, and that’s about it.
And that’s about it.
We’ve already taken a look at what we think should come with the iPhone 5 and now it’s time to look at a few things that we don’t think should be on board the next iPhone when it hits shelves at some point during the summer or fall of 2012.
Battery Life of Current 4G LTE Phones
With the emergence of phones like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, we know that companies are able to obtain fantastic battery life on 4G LTE networks if they include massive batteries.
However, most don’t, and thus, they pull down considerably worse battery life then 3G phones.
Apple has long been known for the impressive battery life on its phones and so it will be interesting to see how Apple tackles the battery life of the iPhone 5 if it has 4G LTE on board.
Battery life has been speculated to be one of the reasons why Apple has not yet released a 4G LTE smartphone.
We just hope that it gets it right when and if it arrives this year.
A Premium for 4G LTE
In addition to having poor battery life, some carriers charge a premium for 4G LTE smartphones. Verizon, before the launch of the Motorola Droid 4, had been charging $300 for its high-end 4G LTE smartphones. In fact, the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are both still at that price point.
And while the price of the base-size iPhone has not changed, it’s certainly possible that 4G LTE will compel Apple and the carriers to jack up the price.
While it’s a possibility, we doubt they will. Apple has had the same price point for years and considering the fact that it sold over 30 million iPhones in last quarter alone, it’s clear that the current price point works for people.
4G LTE is becoming more commonplace by the day as well and thus, there’s less of a need for a premium.
Same Design as iPhone 4/iPhone 4S
While we can probably all agree on price and on great battery life for the next iPhone, the actual design of the iPhone is a matter of great personal preference.
As you might know, the last two iPhones – the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4S, looked exactly the same design-wise.
There had been rumors regarding a fresh design prior to the launch of the iPhone 4S and we’re hoping that they become a reality this year.
(Read: Review of the iPhone 4S.)
And it seems like a distinct possibility. Both the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS were extremely similar and again, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S shared a familiar design. So, it would be logical for Apple to release an iPhone with a new design this year.
Well, we had heard whispers about a teardrop shaped iPhone last year, so it’s possible that that device may end up being the iPhone that launches in 2012.
And it would hard not to be excited about that.
The Same Siri
One of the selling points of the iPhone 4S is its personal assistant, called Siri. You can see it in action in the video below:
And while Siri is extremely impressive, and at times, ridiculous, it still leaves a lot to be desired.
Luckily, we get the feeling that Apple hasn’t stopped developing the software as its one of the major advantages the iPhone 4S has over other smartphones on the market.
(Read: What is Siri?)
So what would we love?
We’ve come up with a wish list of things that we’d love to see Apple include with the Siri assistant on the iPhone 5:
- Deep integration with Facebook/Twitter/Pandora
- Turn Wi-FI or Bluetooth on or off
- Start applications
- Ability to Start/Send Emails
Hard not to get on board with those, right?