Stuff we want to see in the iPhone 5

Stuff we want to see in the iPhone 5
A lot has been written with regards to what features we might possibly see make their debut in the upcoming Apple iPhone 5. There have been numerous guesses – some stemming from reports coming from alleged “inside sources,” while others - from the blogosphere's observations of how the manufacturer has been upgrading each subsequent iteration of the product.

The sad truth, however, is that currently no one, except for select Apple employees, has a real idea of what the iPhone 5 will be like. That's why we arrived at the conclusion that it'd be best to offer you a balanced mix of stuff, which is highly-probable to make rounds with the iPhone 5, while at the same time briefly venture out of that safe zone to offer you a taste of our own, personal wishes. Of course, there's no guarantee that any of these will happen, but... well, October 4 is right around the corner, so everything will be clear very soon either way.

Bigger screen

Well, it's not a secret that this is probably the number 1 most desired feature right now. Apple's App Store features some truly amazing content - from really robust and feature-packed productivity apps, to graphically-intensive 3D games, which, many would argue, that just cry to be viewed on a bigger screen. We agree.

When the very first iPhone was launched, there were no such games, and no such capable apps. Its 3.5” screen was among the biggest out there, and was perfectly fine. Nowadays, things stand a bit differently. We have all this amazing content, which could be better enjoyed on a screen that is somewhat larger than 3.5 inches. Android manufacturers have already found that out, and it seems most of their customers don't object having 4+” handsets. Now, knowing Apple, it will hardly opt to deliver such a great screen size difference, especially when this is still tightly related to overall device size. But, we wouldn't be surprised at all if Cupertino finally makes the jump to a 3.7” or... wait for it... 4.0” screen size! Of course, should they undertake this, we hope the iPhone's dimensions will not grow by much. How about getting rid of that bezel around the sides of the display? Thinking about it, with the iPhone 4's Retina Display, Apple set itself in a convenient position, which allows it to employ a bigger screen, without sacrificing too much image clarity.

Rounder back side

Okay, the iPhone 4 does look stunning with its clean front and back sides, made entirely from glass. But it's not a secret that previous iPhones have been more comfortable to hold, due to their rounder backs, which carefully follow the shape of your palm. Many, us included, believe that with the iPhone 5, Apple is going to return to its original concept of a rounded back side, and possibly even switch back to using aluminum, similarly to its approach with the iPad and iPod touch. And why not? Firstly, this will add a nice dose of unification throughout its entire mobile product line-up, and secondly, it will certainly make the latest iPhone more comfortable to hold and operate. Plus, having a fingerprint mess on the front is bad enough for us, so why have this on the back as well?

Dual-core processor

This one's a no-brainer. While some might say that the iPhone 4 already runs as smooth as butter, and there isn't a visible need for a considerable speed boost, let's think about the possibilities a faster, dual-core processor will bring to the table for iOS developers. Obviously, this will let devs design even more capable and useful applications for all of us to enjoy. Additionally, this will grant the iPhone with enough processing power, so that Apple might decide at some point to make the iOS experience somewhat more dynamic, with more animations, livelier homescreen icons and so on. Plus, we already know that Flash Player works great on dual-core Android phones! But, while we know you'd love to witness such a turn of events, we, personally, wouldn't set our hopes too high.

Now, whether or not the said dual-core chip will be the A5 (present in the iPad 2) or not, is still a mystery for us. On one hand, it looks like this is to be expected, seeing how the A4 first debuted in the iPad, and then it was employed on the iPhone 4. However, this time, the time gap between the launch of the iPad 2 and the upcoming release of the iPhone 5 is much wider, so here's for hoping that Apple has also managed to upgrade its custom silicon.

Bigger camera sensor with 1080p video recording and better LED flash

An 8MP camera is a very probable asset for the iPhone 5. However, what we would like to see is Apple to utilize a bigger camera sensor, which will actually make the images you capture better, not just throw in more megapixels. The bigger sensor will be capable of capturing more light, thus making for a higher-quality and noise-freer image. Still, the bigger sensor won't get rid of the noise completely, if we're to take pictures inside, in less-lit environments, so we'll need a flash. Yes, the iPhone 4 already has an LED, but its performance is inadequate to say the least. So that's another element which we'd like Apple to improve – a better LED flash.

On another note, we expect Apple to enable 1080p video recording with the iPhone 5. This is to be expected, seeing that the iPhone 4 features 720p video capture, and a lot of Android phones already rock 1080p. We find it hard to believe that Cupertino will stay behind with this new product, which will very likely be its top-shelf offering for the year ahead.

4G connectivity (iPhone on four US carriers)

Again, pushed by its competitors, Apple will find itself in a serious disadvantage, if it doesn't cross the line and step into the world of 4G networking. Currently available on AT&T and Verizon, this means that Apple will have to produce both an HSPA+ and an LTE version of the same handset (could this be the main cause for the delay of this year's iPhone?). But imagine if it's building something bigger. What if Tim Cook and company want to deliver the iPhone 5 to the customers of all four major U.S. carriers? Since we doubt that they will be fine with launching a 4G iPhone on Verizon, and a 3G iPhone on Sprint, for example, we're more willing to think that all iPhone versions launched this year will be 4G-equipped.

Apple-designed gamepad

Well, what can we say – we simply wanted to have some fun at the end of this article! Unless you've been living under a rock (or simply haven't been following Apple), you will know how Apple likes to design an accessory or two for its newest products, just to show how it's done (iPhone 4 bumpers and iPad 2 Smart Covers come to mind). So, how about seeing a gamepad made by Apple? There are lots of good-looking, and time-worthy games on the App Store, and the only real problem with some of them is that they are uncomfortable to play using a touchscreen (think about all those games using a virtual joystick as the primary way to control the player). A well-made and fully-compatible portable game pad will surely fix that, and will likely turn the iPhone into an even better portable gaming device.

Once again, while all of the features that we mentioned will surely be warmly-welcomed by users, and are more or less possible, we wouldn't go as far as to say that all of them will happen (though we hope so). But fear not, we'll know what the entire iPhone 5 specs sheet will feature in just a day, and then... well, then we guess speculations about the iPhone 6 will start to make the headlines.

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

That gamepad belongs to sony.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well yea, its just a quick mock up, not an actual device.. lol.

32. ilia1986 unregistered

Tell that to Apple lawyers!

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

You're infringing on Sony patents by displaying that gamepad on an iPhone. Suggest you remove it

2. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

Stuff I wanna see in the iPhone 5 - calling functionality.

3. anyphone unregistered

@Daniel_bargs: Dud.....U thumb ur own comment up?.....thats pathetic.....

5. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

how can you tell?

45. sacheen unregistered

i want to see steve jobs pic as home screen :)

4. Oz unregistered

gamepad sucks hard, it's a f**king phone

7. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

its a f**king accessory. its completely optional. and its completely hypothetical and most likely wont happen.

12. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

That's what I wanted to suggest - an optional accessory that can be connected via the 30-pin port, or via Bluetooth. Alas, you're right that it will probably never happen...

8. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I would never purchase an iphone...!!!!!

11. Anti-Fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

then dont read the article lol

14. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Cool. Me neither. And after that ? For the phone...bigger sensor would be cool, but bigger sensor with extra-thin design...difficult, no ?

34. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

so right! everything on the iphone and the IOS is so archaic. The other phones, namely androids are all like "been there done that, moving on." IPhone is so out of date...1080p video, everyone has that now...8MP camera? isnt there phones with like 12.1MP(Nokia N8)and the screen size??? 4" is nothing special...dual core processor, most phones are so. LAME...oh, and the accesories is just another excuse for makeing money off of the consumers!

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I agree. Buying an iPhone would mean I was supporting Apple's sum sucking patent trolling anal retentive dumb fcuk lawyers.. If that doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth... well, nothing will

9. Learn how to write unregistered

Go back to school and learn proper gramatic structure and punctuation. Readers...... would (greatly)... appreciate , and (applaud) your attempt at using (correct.....). English

10. Striker unregistered

Well, I had an iPhone 3Gs, then I made a HUGE mistake by purchasing an Android device, had it for 8 months and I will NEVER ever again buy anything from Giggle, pardon Google. I am looking forward to Nokia WP and iPhone 5. These are the only two serious alternatives. I'm leavin the Android to the kids and the hackers to play with and to re-install every day! :)

15. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Can you say why ? PS : well, Nokia WP7 will probably be great phones...wait&see.

16. Striker unregistered

There is not enough room here to explain all the reasons why I would not buy Android again. About 50 of them, actually. My top 5 are: 1. "Forse close" every 2 hours. 2. Turns off(!?!) by itself and only battery removal saves the day(and my job). 3. Does not have a third of the online support that Windows of iOS have. 4. Does not have REAL Office(Word, Excel) and probably will never have. 5. 90% of the apps for Android store are useless or do not work properly. 6(bonus) Has biggest battery consumption compared to iOS, WP or even Symbian.

18. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Let me guess, you're one of those that buy 2008 phones in 2010 because they're free? You buy top of the line when it comes to technology, if you don't you're not even allowed to complain.

22. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Not fair. I think it's the opposite, early adopters are not allowed to complain. They know what they're getting into when purchasing a brand new device. There's bound to be issues when getting something hot of the design floor. However, when the tech is "mature," I would expect the kinks to be worked out, and for the tech to work without too much issue.

33. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

With technology as advanced as it is right now, which unfortunately is still in its infant stage, people should know what they're getting into. He bought the 3GS, which was likely paid in premium price. Given his 8 months, he purchased an android phone around December/January. What android phone do you know that was released in late 2010/early 2011 that wasn't 2.2+? Doesn't have "real" office? 90% of apps useless/don't work? Who is he kidding? The same office apps found in iOS are found in Android. The apps on iOS that people label "useful" are all games. Force closing every 2 hours? Force closing barely happens after 2.2+. The guy obviously purchased a low end android phone after the 3GS.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nothing on the software (iOS) side? Without the O/S, you basically have a paperweight.

17. your mom unregistered

stuffs i wanna see on the next iphone? answer: i wanna see android :)

19. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Icecream Android OS, Gorilla Glass, LTE, 1.2 Dual Core, 1gb Ram, 32gb sd card, 8 gb built in, 8mp camera, 1.3 front facing camera...

25. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

lol I was gonna write the same thing but I'm just gonna have to agree since you beat me to the punch

20. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

not have to use facetime on WIFI....

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The hype train is strong. Tomorrows is a fandroids worst nightmare. A new iPhone release.

29. DownSouthLivin

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2011

The hype train is strong but I doubt there are any Android fans worried about this event. I would say most are actually pretty interested to see what is going to be brought to the table. Probably the biggest reason for the excitement is "fandroids" would like to see if Apple made any significant changes/upgrades or if the iPhone 5 hits the shelves already behind in specs and abilities compared to the high end Android phones already out. If the latter is the case, let the flame wars begin...

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