5 Things I’d Really Love to See From The Next iPhone

By , May 20, 2011

There’s been all sorts of mutters, speculations, and guesses surrounding the next iPhone. Some of the ideas sound great, while others sound pretty terrible.

Needless to say I think we all have our own personal wish list of things that we would like to see on the next iPhone, so I thought I’d share with you a few of mine. Obviously, these are just wishes, not necessarily realities, but hey, it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

My first wish for the next iPhone is none other than…

1080p Video Capture

This is really a no-brainer next step. 1080p is the de facto standard for video capture now, and the next iPhone should at least meet the curve if it’s not ahead of the curve.

This would also allow for us to steam 1080p content to the Apple TV, or the next-generation Apple TV if it isn’t feasible to enable 1080p on the current gen device.

1080p capturing would be most beneficial for use over AirPlay since it’s unlikely that your eyes could discern a difference between 720p and full HD on such a small screen.

GSM + CDMA Capabilities

Another no brainer here; instead of Apple creating two devices, why not make one iPhone capable of being used on any network? In the end that could cut down on prices, and customer confusion.

It would also be nice to be able to travel with your iPhone virtually anywhere and still be able to use the device.

720P Front Facing FaceTime Camera

FaceTime is cool and all, but the entire SD experience is a bit on the meh side. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I used FaceTime due to its pathetic picture quality and shoddy sound.

Even over a fat Wi-Fi connection, FaceTime is a 2nd tier experience when compared to Skype on the Mac.

Since the new Macs feature FaceTime HD capabilities, I think it’s a sure bet that the mobile devices will follow suit going forward.

Back to Aluminum

Let’s face it, aluminum is virtually an Apple trademark by now; the Mac has it, the MacBook has it, the iPad has it, even Apple’s peripherals have it.

It’s time to go back to the iPhone’s roots with the next iPhone. Plus, seeing those weathered iPhone 2G pictures floating around makes me long for the simpler days when I didn’t have to worry about shattering glass on both the front and the back of my phone.

Apple, the glass was cool, but it’s time to head back to the design that you’re known for.

Thunderbolt

It’s on every new Mac available, and will continue to become prevalent with each new Apple hardware release. At least throw in an optional 30-pin to Thunderbolt connector for those of us that have invested in new Apple hardware.

I don’t know about you but I’m sick of waiting half an hour or more to sync my music library. Obviously this will be less of an issue once Apple’s cloud solution comes into focus, but it’s still nice to have local data for those times when you don’t have a reliable network connection.

Wrapping it up

I honestly don’t see anything in that list that would be out of the question for the new iPhone. All of those options are certainly feasible, and might just come to fruition.

What do you think? Do you think any of my aforementioned wishes are mere pipe dreams better suited for an alternate reality? Is there anything that you’re dying to see that I missed? I tried to keep this at more of a hardware level, as iOS 5 is a different beast altogether.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • james016

    64GB storage for one thing. It’s an option for the iPod Touch so why not for the iPhone.

    • Jeff

      With the coming cloud capabilities, on board storage will be less of a need. At least that’s what Apple is probably going to try to lead us to believe.

      • james016

        That would be unworkable in the UK what with slow speeds and data caps. There is a lot of wifi about but it is not everywhere. I’d rather have everything stored on the device and not use up data. A lot of contracts here are 500MB per month and the even the wifi part of the contract (which allows you to connect to public wifi such as BT Openzone)has a fair use provision.

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        LOL, cloud is not ready for masses, even for the US, where you have to pay for each and every byte you transfer. I’m even not mentioning “the rest of the world” which US people “tend to” forget now and then…

        Mark my words, local storage IS and WILL BE the thing, for at least 3-5 years.

        And, 1080p “recording” is a standard there? No, I don’t think so. Why not, you may ask. And I’ll answer: “Why waste my diskspace?” There’s really no much difference between HD and FullHD for “amateur” videos, as they are usually shaky etc.

        720p facetime? But, why? I’d opt for Official 3G Facetime instead… Facetime is not Telepresence or Video Conferencing, yet. (I don’t doubt it will happen someday. Just is not at the top of MY list for now.)

        Thunderbolt… Well, it would be nice to have for Mac users, but I guess that’s gonna be dropped, as feasibility results will depend on how much percent of iPhone users have (or will have -in short time-) the new Macs… I don’t think that answer is over 10% of total. (Total doesn’t mean US, again.)

        Aluminum: Well, I DO LOVE the glass design of iPhone 4. But, as you are, I too am afraid to shatter it :) Aluminum won’t make me happier when I touch it, but it’s a good thing to make people feel sure about the device they are carrying… (I still do think glass is awesome!)

    • Jon Garrett

      this “wish” list sounds a lot like existing Android phones which is why I wont be buying an iphone 5 when the contracts end on my iphone 4’s.

  • Mike

    Unless, of course, you’re on AT&T’s 2GB data plan. There’s still been no word how Apple might reconcile their own cloud ambitions w/ their service partners’ continuously more restrictive data plans.

  • Ocean

    4″ panel 4″ panel 4″ panel 4″ panel and 4″ panel.

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      I’ve seen the HTC Android devices with 4 and 4+ inch panels, and all I can say is: “That’s TOO big” :)

  • Jeff

    You guys bring up good points. I wonder how the providers are going to respond to Apple’s cloud ambitions. Should be interesting. Maybe we’ll get some cheaper rates out of the deal, though I highly doubt it.

    • Ocean

      4″ edge to edge without home button is perfect. Just perfect.

  • Insomniac

    • 4″ edge to edge IPS screen / 16×9 aspect ratio / 1280 x 720 pixels
    • Dual core 1.2Ghz CPU
    • PowerVR SGX543 Graphics
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 64GB Storage
    • 1080p video recording
    • 8 Megapixel camera with improved sensor and optics
    • Xenon or dual LED flash
    • 2 Megapixel front facing camera
    * Dedicated Displayport/HDMI/ThunderBolt port
    • Customisable “gesture area” below screen for ultrafast mult-tasking, music contols etc
    • IOS 5 with major upgrades to notifications, widgets, app switching, and voice control
    * A nice big un-patchable security flaw for jailbreakers to permanently exploit, making jailbreaking easy and permanent ;)

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      Nice :)))) Especially the last wish :)))

      But, I guess you forgot to add either “2 hour battery life” or “Only (!) 5 pounds” :P LOL

  • http://www.clausfrandsen.co.cc claus Frandsen

    2hrs batterylife? Well… THAT would be nice, as that would (almost) be more that I have on 4.3.3 on my iPhone4.
    Happy to say my iPad wasn’t upgraded….

    • QuarterSwede

      Then you’ve got a borked install. Mine still lasts all day.

  • Marie

    It would be nice to have an actual GPS. rather than have to depend on having service to give you directions. Really comes in handy when you have no service and your lost.

    • QuarterSwede

      It does have an actual GPS. I think you mean on device (cached) maps so it doesn’t have to fetch the from the net. You can already download apps that have them. TomTom and Navigon just to name two.

      • steven

        It does not have actual GPS. The iPhone and ALL other mobile-phone devices use ‘assisted global positioning service’ or A-GPS for short.

      • QuarterSwede

        @steve, ugh. A-GPS is actual GPS I assure you. It gets a quick rough location by using cell tower triangulation then it uses the GPS chip to hone in on the location within 3 ft. Turn off all cell communications and and you’ll still get a location, it’ll just take longer. Guess what, most stand alone GPS devices these days also use A-GPS chips (Garmin, TomTom).

      • steven

        No. A-GPS is not the same as GPS, just google “agps wiki” and read up this for yourself. Also, I said “mobile-phone devices” NOT “mobile devices” which invariably include Tom Tom and Garmin devices.

      • David

        A-GPS is regular gps hardware with the added ability to use cell tower triangulation, to quicken the time it takes to find your location. If you turn off your phones cell capability, you WILL still be able to get a gps signal, it will just take longer.

    • Weebsurfer

      Sorry @steve but you best take your own advice and read up on A-GPS. Even your wiki reference explains it’s “a system which can, under certain conditions, improve the startup performance, or time-to-first-fix (TTFF) of a GPS satellite-based positioning system.” so GPS service IS there, but is also assisted to speed up (and improve) locating.

      • steven

        Have I said AGPS is crappier than GPS? I think not. The ONLY thing I was getting at was the fact that GPS ≠ aGPS. Is that too hard for anyone to fathom?

      • QuarterSwede

        I’m sorry, I guess I should’ve mentioned that A-GPS is better than GPS but I thought that was obvious.

      • Weebsurfer

        You are implying that they are always different and does not have pure GPS when in fact, in most cases GPS is inclusive to A-GPS.

        You said the phone “does not have actual GPS”. Your statement is wrong. We are simply pointing this out to those that may be mislead.

      • steven

        I don’t imply anything and I do not make any assumptions. There is a big difference between aGPS as a technology and the aGPS they implement in mobile phones, so to reiterate what I said in my earlier reply: the GPS used in high-end devices ≠ GPS used in mobile phones. The GPS functionality in the iPhone 4 is rather feeble and a “watered down” version of the real McCoy.

      • QuarterSwede

        Steve, it may be technologically depending on device (it’s full blown on the iP4) but to the end user (where it counts) there is no difference. Heck, my iPhone 4’s GPS finds my location faster and keeps a lock on me better than my Garmin GPS. That’s all I care about.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MRTWIT21 Twited21

    Lol you have just listed the 5 things that won’t be on the next iPhone

    Aww well wishful thinking :-)

  • ad1das101

    LOL everything insomniac said is preety much standard on newest android top of the line devices. Apple has some catching up to do

  • KnightoftheSon

    I think until mass adoption or later cloud services should always be a side item. I mean, my wife and I are grandfathered into unlimited data, but I still want no less than 64 gigs on board. Really, with apps and movies of any size on the phone, that is a paltry amount to ask.

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman MrMBerman

    I’ll be a happy chappy if we get the above mentioned five. I’ll be even happier if Apple follows the June release cycle even though that does look less likely to be a reality.

  • Jacksparrow

    I was figuring NFC would make this list since its being pushed in all the medias lately. I grow weary of fetchin around money holders. Plus them lil jappies had this a while now.

  • Steve Frawley

    Wireless sync

  • http://hackyourapple.tk Hack Your Apple

    why is there facetime video calling only on wi-fi they can make it on 3g to!!!!!

    • QuarterSwede

      The carriers don’t want it on wifi. I’ve used it on 3G with the Cydia (jailbroken) app My3G and it works perfectly. Personally, I think FaceTime looks and sounds a lot better than Skype, even in comparison to on the Mac.

  • DIno

    Better battery life!
    It may have gotten slight better over the change of OS’s, but it still won’t last a day with Internet on, which makes it virtually useless as the phone would die before day’s end.

    • QuarterSwede

      It does for me, even when playing games.

  • http://everybodyknows.ca moody

    BATTERY LIFE! more than anything

  • Monster86a

    One problem. It would be STUPID to make a HD front facing camera (i learned this from a genius)… The video has to go from your Wi-Fi router to another router and if it did that inHD it would take SOO long and be constantly buffering… i dont think ANYONE wants to sit and wait for their facetime tk buffer all day… Mainly because the call would take up: 1. A lot of memory 2. A lot of of time… Not to mention that your iDevice would get REALLY hot because of the energy it would take to do all that! But, if by some chance, Apple could figure out how to do that easily, i’d be VERY happy with facetime.

    • QuarterSwede

      How do you think it works on the new iMac’s and MacBook Pro’s? Wifi, even G, is easily capable of handling a simple 720p (bi-directional) stream.

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        Actually, you’d need at least (AT LEAST) 768k in both directions to get 720p. Although that is not something 3G technology cannot support, you/me/we usually don’t get those speeds or it’s not stable at that rate.

        So, yes, it can be done and if it can downspeed to 448p or lower when necessary, it could actually work.

        But, for what? What difference will it make for the viewer between SD and HD, if the camera (iPhone 4) is always moving and shaking etc? The drawbacks are too much.

        Again, I’m not against it, but I just don’t think it’s something that should be on a “My biggest 5 wishes” list :)

  • megatr0n

    damn.. if all that was in the next iPhone it will be the greatest phone ever. and the most expensive. I think it’d be awesome if the next iPhone only had to be charged once a week.

  • Insomniac

    First of all – LMAO at the guy that though A-GPS isn’t “real GPS” or was in some way inferior.
    Secondly – The list I originally posted is wishful thinking, but as has been pointed out above, everything on it is already available on top end Android devices, so it’s only natural that Apple will have to play catch up.
    Regarding an HD front facing camera, 720p is perfectly achievable over a good wi-Fi connection. If the connection speed drops, or it’s only on 3G, the resolution could easily be down-converted to SD on the fly. This also means the front facing camera would take much higher quality front facing photos, which many apps make use of.

    • Dino

      That’s over wifi, again depending on the wifi connection that you have. But I doubt many would get home just to FaceTime? Most would want to use it when walking around. Spontaneously calling someone. That’s why I think getting 4G in the equation first would be a better step.

      • Ins0mnihack

        The good thing about FaceTime is that its easily scalable. With an HD front facing camera you could have HD Facetime calls at home over wi-fi, then it could drop to it’s usual SD resolution over 3G. When LTE is rolled out, it could be set to HD at all times.

        At the very least they could make the front facing camera 2 megapixels for taking photos of yourself. At the moment it’s a blurry mess.

        Whoever suggested wi-fi syncing that would be great, but it would still be a lot slower than plugging in a USB or thunderbolt cable. Mind you that’s because the entire iTunes syncing system is crap. Mandatory backups every sync should be eliminated.

        Like everyone I agree that battery life could use a boost. If anything I expect Apple to add a bucket-load of new features, while managing to keep the average battery life about the same as it is now. No way would would they allow it to get worse.

  • Ziv1253

    Add APN

  • UnlosingRanger

    brush my teeth

    • Ins0mnihack

      Don’t be ridiculous. Everyone knows the integrated toothbrush isn’t coming till the iPhone 6.

  • Timohty/klouud

    I’ve made lists of Cydia stuff that we need to see in iOS 5.0, but some realistic stuff is:

    1. Talk to text
    2. Talk to do more stuff
    3. Save game manager

    • Timohty/klouud

      Oh and turn-by-turn integrated into Maps.app

    • Ricardodelsidney

      LockInfo

  • jimbo

    new name for the new age the i5

  • http://www.CheapOnlineInsurances.com WaterTrooper

    Thunderbolt would make the price higher. If you are going to do that, then you might as well have gorilla class installed too.

    • QuarterSwede

      The iP4 basically has Gorilla Glass. An independent lab tested it and said it’s physical properties were so similar to Gorilla Glass that it may as well have been if it wasn’t.

  • Daniel CG

    It won’t have a thunderbolt port. Know why? Because a Thunderbolt port is thicker than the i4

  • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Alex

    Thunderbolt compatibility seems like the only long shot on your list, Jeff. Everything else could easily be a possibility. Apple could introduce 1080p video and turn the smartphone market upside down, again. That would be fantastic. :)

  • Rishab Mehra

    Boring…
    You people want 8 megapixel? Dude… there are already mobiles with 12!
    Thunderbolt not possible? Apple can bloody create a new cable!
    720p front? Why not? You can have an option if you want HD or SD and you can choose it according to your net speed… and pictures can be better

    Well this isn t something new is it? Someone said it would be a slider with touch keys! sounds amazing…

    Something many expected in i4 may come in i5….. TRANSPARENCY! You can see the machinery!

    Aluminium? Yuck.

    Oh and i want 4g in it… That would make the world upside down…

    And 3D with glasses and stuff like Sony Bravia 3D

    That would be a perfect mobile :D

    • Ins0mnihack

      Sounds like you should just buy an Android phone and be done with it ;)

  • bob

    Thunderbolt is definitely not possible because that is intel technology. So once we see an iPhone running i7 , we won’t see thunderbolt….