With all the cool Androids that have been released over the last couple of months, I must admit, it does finally feel like the rest of the world is catching up to Apple. The latest Android devices from HTC (HTC One X) and Samsung (Samsung Galaxy S 3) especially, are finally looking like what the fabled “iPhone killer” should look like. Quad-core processor, more polished version of Android OS and decent cameras are features that will arguably bring them up to par with the iPhone 4S (I can feel Android-hate seething at this point). But what about the iPhone 5 (or whatever it’ll be called)? What features should Apple incorporate to keep current iPhone owners happy and to sway recent Android converts back?
Ever since the first iPhone was unveiled in 2007, Apple has mostly delighted the world with innovative features on every new iteration of the iPhone. Even the last device, 5 generations later, the iPhone 4S is hugely successful – I still remember it selling out within hours all around the world. I for one, had to wait for the second batch here in Hong Kong.
So what’s in store for us with the next iPhone? That of course is the billion dollar question and rumors are already starting to fill my RSS feed. But rather than ponder on these rumors, I decided to create a list of things that I would like to see in the next iPhone. If you have more, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
8 Must-Have Additions for the Next iPhone (2012)
- Must be water-resistant : Not expecting to go diving with it, but given that more and more people are using their iPhones as a fitness device, it should be less sensitive to moisture. I for one, am a avid user of the running app “Mapmyrun” and use my iPhone 4S in a running arm-band case. By the end of a 10km run, it’s natural for moisture to creep in and work itself around and inside the iPhone. The result is potential damage to moisture sensitive internals – in my case, the microphone malfunctioned. Would like a more water-resistant design.
- Larger screen : While the current iPhone 4S fits quite perfectly in most hands, we of the 21st century are spending more and more time on our smartphones. A larger screen will mean less scrolling, enhance multimedia experience and will be easier on our eyes. How big though? As some of you know, I’ve also got the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I like the 4.65″ sized screen and would definitely support Apple implementing a similar display on the next iPhone.
- Improved camera : Although the camera on the iPhone 4S is already superb, improved optics woulds would make it even more appealing particularly with the rise in popularity of apps like @instagram.
- Larger capacity battery : This has always been a gripe of not just the iPhone but of almost every smartphone on the market. Having a larger capacity without impacting form factor would be appreciated
- Removable battery : Another little change that would make a world of difference, especially for professionals who depend on their iPhone for important business calls or emails
- Solar powered device : Out of left field I know, but this would be super convenient – not having to depend on the nearest power outlet or computer to charge from
- Improved audio quality : HTC are doing it and since the iPhone has basically replaced the iPod and MP3 player function, makes sense to give it enhanced audio. Pairing up with the likes of Bose or Sennheiser would be awesome.
- Gorilla glass : One of the biggest complaints with the iPhone 3 and 3GS was the plasticky design which led to cracks appearing especially around the headphone jack. The iPhone 4 and 4S used a metal band which give it a solid and well-built feel. The addition of gorilla glass to the mix would just further strengthen the design especially from a display perspective.
As you can see, I’m a simple gadget fan with simple needs.
Here are some more for the wishlist from some of my friends on Twitter:
@theowoo : Intelliscreen (customisable lockscreen with notes, to do list, etc.)
@kokokrunch76 : a dedicated button for camera.
@kevinyapjoco : Longer battery life. Same tech used in the new iPad
@fronbow : dual boot 😉 no jail to be broken out of, better battery/power consumption
@thomasrdotorg : API for siri
@jodiem : swipe text input
@cswanger : a longer-lasting BATTERY
What about your list? What’s missing above from your list? Tell us below in the comments section!