Whether you love or hate Apple, you are waiting for the iPhone 5 to launch.
There is much buzz building around the new phone, that it sometimes seems more important, and worthwhile than the upcoming presidential election in America. Each week, new national headline stories emerge and contemplate leaked iPhone 5 information: “Bigger screen”, “faster processor”, “curved body” – each article speculates another theory. While speculation is entertaining, the more important question we should be asking is: “What do we WANT in the iPhone 5?”
There are certainly some changes we would like to see in the new phone, and here are the top 5:
#5: Better GPS
Apple, it’s time for turn-by-turn navigation. And we know you know this, because Maps in the new iPhone is “taking a whole new turn”. With the iPhone 5 (and iOS 6) Maps will provide turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and a cool, but unnecessary Flyover feature. Miss a turn? No problem, Maps automatically reroutes you and updates your ETA.. Stuck in traffic? Maps gives you details on what’s causing a backup, so you can tell if there’s a major incident or just a temporary slowdown. And if traffic’s a mess, Maps offers alternative routes to save you time.
#4: Improved Siri:
Although Siri is extremely helpful with many things, including letting you which bridges are close by in case you want to go for a jump, or informing you of the closest dumpsters in the area to dump bodies, there are many vital tasks it cannot help complete. For instance, Siri currently cannot set multiple alarms, launch apps, or provide detailed information about currents events – including sports, movies, and restaurant details. With the new iPhone, Siri will be a lot smarter, and just as knowledgeable as it is intuitive.
#3: Better battery life
Better battery life is a dream for anyone with a smartphone. Actually, better battery life is a dream for most people on the planet. Better batteries in cars, in homes, in our appliances, laptops, and so forth would significantly improve our lives and decrease our waste. Unfortunately, better battery life in the iPhone 5 is unlikely to happen. With the new iOS 6 software coupled with a more powerful phone, it’s going to be a miracle for Apple to improve the battery life by any significant degree.
#2: Bigger screen
Probability: Very likely
The iPhone 4 and 4S’s screens are 3.5 inches, and that was great for 2011. But bigger, to a certain point, is better. Some of the phones that are available now look silly when held up to an ear, while others have had good success with a screen size of 4.5 inches. The bigger screen, the better the improvements will be to the operating system, and design of the phone. More screen means less wasted space, (especially at the top/bottom) and an improved keyboard, hopefully a better number pad.
#1: Slick, new design
Probability: Unknown, but required
Even if Siri could make you breakfast and file your taxes, if Apple doesn’t introduce a slick, new design with the iPhone 5 – the world will turn on Apple. As a company, they have raised the bar for hardware simplicity and elegance, and we expect nothing less of them with the iPhone 5. Curved phone, flexible screen, double-sided touch capabilities – whatever is it, it better be the coolest thing to hit the planet since the ice age.
Those were the top 5 must-haves, and below is a list of nice to haves:
Nice to haves:
- Contacts: recently added: When you add a new contact into your iPhone – there isn’t a way to view these items by “Recently Added”. This functionality would be great as a typical user may be adding contacts into their iPhone frequently.
- Better text options: Would be great to change default text color/font.
- Better mail options: For those of us that have our personal and work emails on our iPhones, having the ability to create unique signatures for each would be great. Also, instead of having to tap each email I want to select in the “Edit” view of Mail, it would be great to “tap and drag” to select the emails I want to edit.
- Improved notifications: Be able to do more from the notifications tab (delete emails, better search). Notification tab doesn’t block the top of the phone, but instead – “pushes” the current screen down. It is extremely frustrating to wait for the notifications to disappear before being able to use the navigation items at the top of the phone.
Although we are several months from the release of iPhone 5 and iOS 6, you can still see a preview of some of the new and awesome iOS 6 features.