Pack It with Better Cameras, More Storage

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-05-16 Print this article Print


5. Better cameras

With the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple brought FaceTime video chatting to the mobile market. However, as those who have tried to video chat over the iPhone know, the quality isn't nearly as great as it could be. And for folks who use their phone to snap some photos, better picture quality than what the 5-megapixel camera can offer would be nice. Vastly improved cameras in the iPhone 5 could cause not only iPhone 3GS owners, but even some iPhone 4 owners, to opt for the latest and greatest smartphone Apple has to offer.

6. More enterprise features

Apple has been making serious inroads into the enterprise market with each new release of the iPhone. However, it would be nice to see the company double down on the corporate world with the iPhone 5 by offering IT managers even more control over the wireless phone than they have now through the company's device-management tools. By offering up more enterprise-focused features in iOS especially, Apple could seriously hurt RIM's market share with the iPhone 5.

7. More storage

Currently, Apple's iPhone is available in both 16GB and 32GB models. But as an increasing number of people around the globe look to add more video to their smartphones, 32GB just doesn't cut it any longer. The time has come for Apple to offer up more storage-at least 64GB-and sell the iPhone 5 at the same price. It might not seem like a huge addition, but for media lovers, it's an important one.

8. Near-field communication

Ever since iPhone 5 rumors started to crop up, discussions have been ongoing about the possibility of Apple bringing near-field communication to its smartphone. Though it's still a fledgling market, near-field communication is very much the future. If the iPhone 5 supported it, that industry would grow quite rapidly. Apple has been a trendsetter in the past. If it can do it again with near-field communication, the long-term revenue potential from customers who want to take advantage of the technology's ease of use could be huge for Apple.

9. Dual radios?

Earlier this year, Apple launched the iPhone on Verizon's network, ending the long-term exclusivity arrangement it had in place with AT&T. Now that the company supports both GSM and CDMA technology in the U.S., there are rumors that it might add the ability to connect to either technology from a single device. So, rather than sell two iPhone models, the company can sell one, and allow consumers to choose their carrier. Such a move would transform the mobile market and undoubtedly get a boatload of customers to opt for the iPhone 5 over any other. The more options that are available to customers, the better.

10. A 2011 launch

There is some speculation that Apple will not actually unveil the iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Some rumors even suggest that the smartphone won't launch in the U.S. until next year. But that would be a mistake. The iPhone 5 would be a desired, must-have product if it launches this year. A 2012 launch would give Android competitors too long to come up with something unique and potentially put Apple behind. If Apple wants to offer a must-have smartphone, it will need to launch it this year when the marketplace is ripe for such a device.

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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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