Mobile Payments, 3D Graphics Should Go on the Priority List

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-11-08 Print this article Print


5. 3D support

Consumer Reports has recommended the iPhone 4S to consumers, something it had withheld from the earlier iPhone 4 because of concern about the model's antenna design. However, it also noted that some Android-based handsets beat out the iPhone 4S, thanks in part to their 3D support. With that in mind, it would be nice to see the iPhone 5 add support for 3D graphics, 3D video capturing and more. Like it or not, 3D is the future in the mobile space.

6. An end to the accessories

One of the biggest complaints many people have with the iPhone is its reliance upon accessories to do simple things. For instance, the device doesn't allow users to connect a USB device or an HDMI-equipped product without an accessory. It would be nice to see Apple fix that in the next iPhone.

7. A Google Wallet competitor

When Google announced Google Wallet earlier this year, allowing users to make payments with their mobile devices, it was clear that an arms race in that space was on. Yet Apple didn't bring near-field communication or a mobile-payment solution to the iPhone 4S. It needs to do so with the iPhone 5.

8. Continued processor improvements

Apple's decision to bring a dual-core processor to the iPhone 4S was welcome. But in the iPhone 5, Apple must deliver an improved processor-perhaps the A6?-that would help it keep ahead of competing smartphones. One of Apple's key success factors over the years has been its ability to deliver as much performance to customers as they needed. And it can't let that slip with the iPhone 5.

9. Groundbreaking battery life

Let's face it: The battery life on Apple's iPhones is by no means groundbreaking. The iPhone 4S has up to 8 hours of battery life on 3G, which is far from ideal. It's about time Apple invests its billions of dollars of cash on-hand and delivers groundbreaking battery life. It would make the iPhone 5 all that more impressive.

10. FaceTime over a wireless network

Apple's FaceTime has proved extremely popular among Apple customers. But so far, Apple has been unwilling to support the service over wireless networks. Instead, it forces customers to connect to a WiFi network before engaging in a video chat. With the iPhone 5, Apple should change that and make wireless network support available to those who want to have video chats via FaceTime.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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