Super Smart Phone! 5 Things We Want The Apple iPhone 5 To Be Able To Do
No, it’s not exactly “Coming Soon.” In fact, Apple hasn’t even announced that the iPhone 5 even exists yet. But it’s that time of the year when the previous model of the iPhone is juuuust old enough that folks start clamoring for details about the next one. And because Apple is usually already working on the next big thing at this point, details start to leak out and people get hungrier and hungrier for the latest rumors about their beloved iPhones.
Earlier this week, the rumor mill started to produce a few details on the iPhone 5—namely that it may have a bigger screen, an improved antenna, and an 8-megapixel camera but no drastic changes to the design of the iPhone 4. So with people already speculating about it, we thought that now might be the perfect time to drop a list of the five things we want the iPhone 5 to be able to do when it arrives, presumably later this year. Some of these are very realistic, others not so much. But, hey, as we’ve seen, anything is possible when it comes to Apple. So we can dream, right?
1. Hold more of our music!
As a recent convert to the iPhone, there was one thing that bothered me about it—the serious lack of space. I opted for the 16GB version on the Verizon network because, truthfully, even if I paid the extra 100 bucks for the 32GB version, it wouldn’t have been able to hold anywhere near as much music as I’d like it to, so I’m still stuck carrying around an iPod and my iPhone most of the time. There’s been talk of adding more storage (64GB? 128GB? 256GB?!?) to future iPhones and hopefully Apple takes that into serious account. It’s not a huge deal right now, but if they want to sell people on the fact that they should ditch their MP3 players in place of the iPhone, this is a great place to start.
2. Let us FaceTime with anyone who has a Webcam.
The FaceTime feature on the iPhone is pretty damn cool, even if you need a WiFi connection to use it. My problem is that I don’t have many friends who own iPhones—or MacBooks, for that matter—so I’ve barely gotten the chance to use it. By opening up FaceTime or simply allowing the iPhone to handle video chatting with anyone with a Web cam, they’d open up the number of people who could use it and make it a feature that people would truly want.
3. Connect us to service on the 4G network.
It seems like it’ll only be a matter of time before iPhones can be used on a 4G network, now that AT&T and Verizon are fighting for customers. Let’s hope that happens sooner than later, though. Because I’ve seen more than a few Android-enabled phones (the HTC ThunderBolt comes to mind) that can do it and it really does make those phones look more appealing than the iPhone. It’s such a superior phone in every other way, so why doesn’t it run on the nation’s fastest network yet? Let’s just hope that the competition between AT&T and Verizon changes that quickly.
4. Hold a better battery charge.
Admittedly, I’m not super familiar with how well the early versions of the iPhone worked as far as battery life is concerned. I know that Apple told me it was good and I even got to test out the iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS and felt like both held a charge pretty well, but you never know how good a phone’s battery is until you spend 24 hours a day with it for a few months. That said, I’ve spent enough time with my iPhone 4 to know that it holds a charge pretty well, but it could be better. So I hope Apple continues to find ways to let me surf the Web, check my Facebook, and play 15 games of Words With Friends without draining my battery almost twice every day. In fact, I expect them to do as they’ve done with nearly every iPhone now.
5. Supersize our iPhone experience.
The Retina Display on the iPhone 4 is great. I didn’t really think it would be as good as it is until I compared it to my iPod Touch and saw the difference. It really makes doing just about on the iPhone better and I dread having to use my Touch to look anything up now. But I hope Apple considers finding a way to make the iPhone 5′s screen slightly bigger than the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4′s screen is relatively small in comparison to most Android phones out there, so even a slight upgrade would make a big difference.
So, what do you say, Apple? We’re not really asking for too much, are we?