News Analysis: Apple's iPhone 5 might or might not hit store shelves this year, but there is a set of essential features that would make it a must-have for smartphone users if Apple actually releases it in 2011.
iPhone 5 could be announced as early as June at the Worldwide Developers
Conference. And if that happens, consumers and even enterprise customers around
the world will need to determine if Apple's latest smartphone launch will be
some serious feature improvements and additions, the iPhone 5 might not have
the kind of appeal its predecessor did. After all, the iPhone 4 is still
holding its own in the smartphone space even though it has been competing
against newer, sometimes better-equipped alternatives. Moreover, as consumers
consider the latest and greatest Android handsets, they're realizing that there
is more out there than just an iPhone.
Apple can deliver the right features in the iPhone 5 for the right price
consumers and enterprise customers might have no choice but to buy the device.
on to find out some features that would make Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 an
1. The long-rumored end-to-end display
more prevalent iPhone 5 rumors surrounds the device's display
leaked photos suggest that the smartphone will come with a display that spans
the entire face of the device. Not only will it increase screen real estate,
but it should also make for a vastly improved experience for users. If the
device comes with a true end-to-end display, few would have trouble opting for
2. A bigger screen
of the biggest issues with the iPhone has been its 3.5-inch screen. Granted, it
has the best resolution on the market, but competitors, like the Motorola Droid
X, come with a 4.3-inch display that makes Apple's option look rather small in
comparison. If the iPhone 5 comes with a larger, 4.3-inch display and boasts
the aforementioned end-to-end design, it could be a winner at retail.
3. 4G connectivity
the ability to connect to a 4G network from the iPhone 5 is undoubtedly the
most coveted feature among consumers and enterprise customers alike. As more
devices enter the market with 4G connectivity, the onus will be on Apple to add
that option in an upcoming device. With 4G connectivity included, the iPhone 5
would be able to eliminate the biggest
advantage devices like the HTC Evo 4G have over it
, as well as appeal to
those customers who don't want to get bogged down at 3G speeds.
4. An antenna fix
the iPhone 4 launched, owners quickly realized that when they held the device
with a "death grip," they would lose some signal quality. After acknowledging
the issue, Apple offered up free cases to address the problem. Apple CEO Steve
Jobs also said that just about every other smartphone on the market experiences
the same issue. If Apple can offer an iPhone 5 that doesn't suffer from
signal-quality loss, a large number of customers might jump at the chance to
get their hands on the device.