Apple and Verizon Wireless proposed one sweeter piece of the Apple mobile pie when they announced the iPhone 4 would be coming to the Verizon network Feb. 10. But iPhone followers are counting down the days to the typical June inauguration of the next-generation iPhone. No official details are available yet, though media reports are beginning to zero in on some of the features the new device and platform are expected to have. We believe one item you can count on as sure as the night is dark is that the next iPhone will include Near-Field Communication capabilities. NFC which is the short-range wireless communications technology enables wireless phones to communicate with sensors in posters, signs and even point-of-sale contact terminals. In other words, such technology will make the iPhone an electronic wallet. Expect the iPhone 5 to include a chip and for iOS5 to include an NFC controller software stack homegrown and patented by Apple. But there will be more, lots more.
The new generation of iPhone 5 will have more new features than iPhone 4. I briefly described here 5 new features that most users want in iPhone 5. The iPhone 4 has caused no end of strife for Apple, including the well-publicized antennagate issues. Now various websites are suggesting that the next iPhone, AKA iPhone 5, may be set for release in October.
Apple’s iPhone 4 has been overwhelmed with problems when it was released. So users want more from the next iPhone, the iPhone 5. I will make a list of top new features that we all want most in iPhone 5.
A bigger screen
There’s no major issue with the size of the iPhone 4′s screen, especially when you consider its super-high resolution, responsive and one of the best on the market.
However, with companies moving towards larger screens, such as HTC with the HD2 and the rumored HTC Desire HD, it would make sense for Apple to bump up the size of its display to 4-inches.
This would make the iPhone a little larger, but in a world where everything is going super-sized, we’re sure people wouldn’t mind having a slightly larger bulge in their pockets.
After all, with that extra real estate, the iPhone 5′s Safari browser will be absolutely stunning.
No more dropped calls
The key issue with the iPhone 4 was the antenna issues that causes signal to drop when the antenna is covered.
This affects phone calls and data if you hold the iPhone in the position known as the ‘death grip’.
A key factor we’d like to see with the new iPhone is this issue rectified – whether that means the antenna goes back inside the iPhone, or it remains positioned around the outside in Apple’s quest for design supremacy, but without the technical issues.
Better call quality
Antenna issues aside, many iPhone 4 users have reported that the call quality on the new iPhone isn’t as tip top as it used to be on previous iPhones, or other smartphones.
Whether this is linked to the antenna issues or it’s a whole other issue remains to be seen.
The iPhone 4 features a second microphone specifically introduced for noise cancellation to try and improve the sound for phone calls.
Unfortunately, this seems to have had detrimental effects and many people are struggling to make clear calls. Maybe going back to a single mic is the way forward?
Other iPhone 4 customers have complained that they are having trouble hearing on calls. This could be down to issues with the speaker, despite it being in the same position as on previous iPhones. Apple could integrate a second mic into the top speaker to act as a noise cancellation device, as it does on noise canceling earphones.
The iPhone 4 is the first iPhone to feature a flash on its camera, but it isn’t as effective as other devices with dual LED or Xenon flashes.
Sure, Xenon flashes can bleach out light, but the color balance is usually substantially better and it will eradicate some of the graininess often seen in low-light conditions.
Failing a pricey xenon flash, maybe dual LED will be the way forward, to give those dark shots a bit of oomph.
Every iPhone fan was overjoyed when Apple announced multitasking in its iOS4 update – it something we’ve all been waiting for since the iPhone entered the smartphone game.
Unfortunately, it isn’t on the same level of the other smartphone platforms out there.
Multitasking on the iPhone doesn’t support every application and those that it does don’t keep running in the background in the same way as they do on rival platforms.
In fact, they pause in the background. This gives the illusion that they’re still running, and they are still open, but they consume much less power this way.
API’s introduced by Apple will allow certain functions to remain running in the background (such as playing music or using Skype), but this is limited. Apple’s argument is that it wastes too much battery life and memory to keep apps running in the background.