What I Want From the iPhone 5
While I’m still undecided on what phone I will be replacing my iPhone 3GS with, the front-runner is now the iPhone 5, a device that is rumored to be coming out sometime this fall.
Currently, the next iPhone is rumored to be a lot of things, as most unannounced Apple products generally are. Apple does a great job of keeping the lid on its products ahead of their launch and the iPhone 5, well, it’s proving to be no different.
Something that we do know is that it will be different than the iPhone 4S, the iPhone model that was released in October of last year. Apple has never released the same phone two years in a row, as far as I know.
As many of you know, I never liked the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. I never fell in love with the glass backing and missed the curves of the iPhone 3GS.
I also passed on the iPhone 4S because it lacked 4G LTE data speeds. I didn’t want to endure two years with a 3G smartphone knowing that 4G LTE was at my disposal.
So, the iPhone 5 has been the phone that I’ve waited to see since the middle of October and since then, I have compiled a bunch of features that I hope Apple includes on the next iPhone.
Here is my iPhone 5 wish list.
Plain and simple, I want 4G LTE on the iPhone 5. For those that haven’t used it, try to pick up a 4G LTE device and use it for a week. Then, go back to using your 3G or the ‘4G’ service that’s offered on the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S. Neither are in the same realm as LTE.
A connection to an LTE network allows a device to pull down data speeds that can top out at 10 times faster than 3G data speeds. Often times, it feels like you’re walking around with a device that is supported by a mobile Wi-Fi connection. It’s that fast. Video content zips and downloads cruise on 4G LTE.
Fortunately, Apple is heavily rumored to be releasing a 4G LTE iPhone 5. The company launched a 4G LTE new iPad back in March of this year, its first 4G LTE device, and the iPhone’s three main U.S. carriers – AT&T, Sprint and Verizon – all have 4G LTE networks in place.
For two years, I have craved an iPhone with a larger display. However, my version of a larger display isn’t the monstrosity found on the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X. Displays that are 4.7-inches or 4.8-inches feel ridiculous to me.
Instead, my sweet spot is a 4-inch display. I absolutely loved the size of the Droid Incredible’s display when it first arrived all those years ago and I immediately wanted Apple to put a similar size on the iPhone.
First of all, it allows me to still use my thumbs to move about the screen. Second, it enlarges the content on my screen. The current 3.5-inch iPhone display size, especially in this content-rich mobile landscape, is too small. And third, it allow for the phone to stay a phone and not a borderline phablet.
I have no interest in toting around a tank of an iPhone.
The iPhone 5 is heavily rumored to feature a 4-inch screen. I’m not sure if Apple heard my pleas or if it hacked into my GChat conversations but it looks as though it may release an iPhone with a bigger screen and that has me excited.
Better Front-Facing Camera
It may look like I am just running down the current iPhone 5 rumors but I am not. When I first picked up my new iPad in March, one of the things I complained about was the fact that the device lacked a decent front-facing camera. The iPhone, in its current state, is in the same boat.
While the rear camera on the iPhone 4S is great, the front-facing camera leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, most devices lack an awesome front-facing camera. Even my Galaxy Nexus comes up short.
I have friends all over the globe, all over the country, and I would love to be able to video chat with them and see their beautiful mugs.
Hopefully, now that iOS 6 is bringing FaceTime over 3G and presumably 4G LTE, Apple will include an amazing front-facing camera so that people like me actually use services like FaceTime or Google+ Hangouts to communicate.
As I’ve said, I’ve never been a fan of the glass backing that Apple put on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. I’ve had many friends drop, and destroy, their iPhones.
That combined with my preference for a metal back have compelled me to add this to iPhone 5 wish list and fortunately, there are rumors swirling about the possibility.
The flat design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, like the glass, never sat well with me. For me, personally, it felt awkward to hold and that’s a pretty key thing when it comes to a phone. Now, I realize that I am in the minority here, but I preferred the design on the iPhone 3GS a lot more than the current iPhone models.
To me, it feels better in the hand and quite frankly, I think it looks a lot sleeker.
Last year, Apple was rumored to be releasing an iPhone with a tear drop design and hopefully, we see something similar with the iPhone 5.
Best-in-Class Battery Life
Finally, and this might be the most important of them all, I want the iPhone 5 to offer the best battery life ever found on a smartphone. That’s not to say that the iPhones of old offered poor battery life, they didn’t, but it’s my hope that Apple sets a new standard with the iPhone 5.
With phones like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX offering up 21 hours of continuous talk time along with 4G LTE data speeds, I know this is possible.
And, Apple, with all the time it has had to test 4G LTE and battery life, has a really good shot at raising the bar for its competitors in this area, an area that has always been extremely important to smartphone owners.
So, those are the six features that are on my iPhone 5 wish list. What’s on yours?
07/06/2012 at 4:59 pm
Are you kidding me? “Apple has never released the same phone more than two years in a row”…that’s all they have done! There is no difference from the first iPhone in 2007 to the 4s, they are all the same. Anybody who had a iPhone 4 and bought a 4s has got to be an isheep, plan and simple. Do yourself a favor, think outside of Apple and buy something worth your money, like android. Why do you think Apple just paid 96 million dollars to stop the sales of the Galaxy Nexus? Because Samsung is innovating.
07/07/2012 at 3:08 am
I completely agree with you Lolo :)
07/07/2012 at 4:37 am
yes. agree with you. apple is scared that they are going down. who have made the voice input first? that’s android, not apple. why people will buy a costly icrap when they will get more advanced handset in a cheap price???? do apple think people fool? they’ve made the 3D maps which is a copy of android ICS google maps. samsung’s s-voice can open apps without rooting and siri on ios 5? can’t do it. shame apple. make a fair competition. Don’t act as a looser.
07/08/2012 at 12:30 am
ya! why you would want to get something everyone else has is beyond me, try something original folks. at least u can tweak android to ur liking
07/06/2012 at 5:36 pm
I’m with you. Not crazy about a taller screen; I’d love one with more horizontal real estate as well as vertical. I don’t want it just stretched; I want it bigger overall. I would LOVE 128GB of storage. Bigger screen and more storage = one happy customer! I’ll buy it regardless however; iPhones are the best.
07/06/2012 at 5:58 pm
Original Droid Incredible had a 3.7″ screen. The original Galaxy S debuted with a 4″ screen though.
I don’t know how Apple could add a bigger screen and 4G LTE without making a brick since they like to stick with metal. Plus they haven’t show any interest in AMOLED which allows for the thinner screen that made the Droid RAZR possible.
I completely agree about the tear drop design though. That would be so freaking beautiful.
07/07/2012 at 2:38 pm
Tek rakibi Galaxy Note 2 olabilecek mi?
07/08/2012 at 7:41 am
I personally think apple wil becoming out with something pretty big for the new iPhone. Considering they havnt came out with anything to different in many years. They keep changing the software and adding features but not changing the actual design of the phone itself. I think with all the cool gadgets and updates that other phone manufactures have been spitting out that apple has something pretty sweet in store for the new phone. Maybe not but we shall see. Everyone is dogging on iPhones and apple because of price and lack or design but yet apple is setting record sales for the devices. Record profits also but that’s no surprise. I think apple needs to combine several things with there new iPhone. Things like 3D. I also think they new to make the iOS software so that can save sound files from text messages and make the ringtones or atleast be able to save files to the phone and send files on emails that are on the phones incouldnlibe without doing that but sure would be nice. Not trying to criticize anyone just my two cents.
07/08/2012 at 2:02 pm
Apple lost me when they came out with the half-step iPhone 4S. I made the jump to android and love it. I also refused to be strapped to a two year contract on a 3G phone when LTE was available. Love Verizon LTE, the larger HD screen, and customization. The wife insisted on getting another iPhone so she got the 4S but now regrets it after using my phone. It’s like comparing cable fast to dial up. Some people seem to think that android if difficult to learn, it’s not. It’s very easy now days. I’ll give it to Apple for starting the revolution, but they became too complacent and android over took them.
07/08/2012 at 3:40 pm
Sound like you really just want a Razor Maxx. You should get one of those now and be happy.
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