iPhone 5: What's Next?
Ahh. iPhone 5. The spotlight stealer. Tech blogs and Apple fan boys are crazy about this device. A bigger screen? NFC? LTE? Better cameras? Time travel abilities? According to Apple related sources, all of these have a chance of being in the next iPhone. Well... okay, maybe not the last one. Here's a little article about what the next iPhone could have in store.
Larger, Retina Display
All Android phones have huge displays now. Which in comparison, make the iPhone look puny. When Steve Jobs (R.I.P) was alive, he relented the idea of a bigger screen. He wanted every iPhone to mantain the standard, 3.5 inch screen. Why is that? Well, you see, when developers make third-party apps for the iPhone, they make it so the app is perfect for the 3.5 inch display. As soon as the display is bigger, every app developer will have to reprogram their app to fit the larger display. This will create fragmentation, which Steve Jobs ABSOLUTELY hated. Android is extremely fragmented; certain apps and software only run on certain phones. Steve wanted a nice ecosystem, where everything just worked. But now that he is gone, and there is room in the competition for larger displays, you could be holding a larger iPhone within 2 years. Apple is also purportedly testing larger displays in its lab. Pictures have supposedly been leaked of what appears to be the back casing of the next iPhone. It's a little taller. Who knows what Tim Cook is cooking up for this year?! (pun intended)
This one's a no brainer. The new iPad already contains a 4G chip. The next iPhone will undoubtedly take the same path.
There's been some speculation about Near Field Communication (NFC) being implemented into iPhones. NFC enables users to wirelessly make payments using just their phone. The recent implementation of the new Passbook application in iOS 6 hints at payment becoming a feature for iPhones. Also, Apple has a patent for NFC (what don't they have a patent for!) so there's a very high chance of NFC being in the iPhone 5.
The current iPhone, the iPhone 4S, has an excellent back facing 8 megapixel camera, and a not-so-excellent VGA quality front facing quality. Really? VGA quality? The back camera can be left aside, it's already amazing. What needs to be focused on (no pun intended) is the front-facing camera. A 2-5 megapixel camera should be sufficient enough.
I think the iPhone is a fabulous device. I really couldn't ask for much more. But could you? Tell me what YOU want in the next iPhone in the comments below! Thanks for reading!