I’m not picky. All I wanted in an iPhone before I finally made the switch from Android to iPhone was a bigger screen and 4G capability. The iPhone 5 had both; I jumped all over it and haven’t looked back since. But those were my requirements for jumping the Android ship; others might have had different reasons for switching or upgrading from a previous iPhone model. Some might just want the newest iPhone simply because it’s the newest. I don’t think anything besides a massive overhaul will make me upgrade from my iPhone 5 to the rumored iPhone 5S, but here are a few items that I wouldn’t mind seeing in the next version of the ever-popular Apple hardware:
- NFC Technology – Is it necessary? Absolutely not. Is it cool? Yes. The ability to pay for your groceries by swiping your phone at the register would be very helpful if you’ve got your hands full or if you’re in a hurry. I do have some security concerns though, so if there were an NFC option, it would be nice to be able to turn it on and off like WiFi or Bluetooth.
- Better battery life – This will always be in my list of wants for the next iPhone as battery technology keeps getting better and better and apps keep sucking more and more juice. The battery life on my iPhone 5 is pretty decent, especially when compared to my late HTC Thunderbolt. However, it would be great if I could use my phone a good amount and not have to worry about charging my phone in the middle of the day.
- Wireless charging – Speaking of the battery…let’s get wireless charging all up in our iPhones! Like the ill-fated Palm WebOS handsets did with the Touchstone accessory and like Nokia Lumia 920 owners can do now, it would be great to be able to put my iPhone down on my night table to charge and not have to plug it in.
Recently, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White came out with some juicy tidbits about the rumored next iPhone. (I’ll wait while you go check it out)
Personally, I don’t think that Apple will introduce a larger screen size than that which was unveiled with the iPhone 5. Previous thinking was that Apple did not want to go larger than 3.5 inches, so the 4 inch screen was a bit of a surprise in itself. However, I could certainly see Apple offering a smaller screen size, like 3 or 3.5 inches in order to put out a budget iPhone and take advantage of a lower price and possibly more customers for their hardware and their app store.
The possibility of many color options is a bit more feasible in my mind, since the iPod touch is available in multiple colors. Personally however, I’m not sure I would want anything other than a black iPhone. Most iPhone users conceal most of their phone with a case, so what does the color of the phone really matter? That being said, I’m not the decision maker at Apple. Though, don’t look for me to be waving around my neon green iPhone.
What do you guys think? Will Apple introduce a new iPhone with many color options and two screen size options? Is it even necessary?
More importantly, let us know what are you looking to see in the next iPhone in the comments.
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