iPhone 5 Design of Our Dreams: 10 Improvements We'd Love to See

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-08-03 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iPhone 5 is launching in September, according to many media reports. So it’s not too late to tell Apple what features the device should have to deliver the smartphone design of our dreams.

Apple€™s iPhone 5 is reportedly launching in September. This means today€™s consumers have only about a month to wait until they can finally see what the company has planned for the future of its smartphone. Over the last several months, the public has been inundated with rumors and speculation on what the next iPhone might deliver. Will it have a bigger screen? Will near-field communication make its way to the handset? Should we expect a new design?

As one might expect, Apple has stayed tight-lipped on the eventual launch of its smartphone, giving no clues whatsoever on what the device might offer. But that shouldn€™t stop would-be buyers or technology enthusiasts from speculating on the product and offering up their own wish lists for the handset. That€™s part of the fun surrounding iPhone launches.

Read on to find out what we€™d love to see in the iPhone 5. If Apple delivers all of these features, it can go a long way in impressing even the most ardent Apple haters.

1. That bigger display

According to most reports surrounding Apple€™s iPhone 5, the device will come with a 4-inch display. Apple€™s current iPhones have 3.5-inch screens. Although Apple hasn€™t confirmed it, the chances of the company delivering a 4-inch display in the iPhone 5 seem awfully high.

2. NFC

From this point on, consumers and enterprise users can expect to see near-field communication make its way to Android-based handsets. They can€™t expect the same from Apple€™s iPhones. In the iPhone 5, Apple can change that and finally offer near-field communication and all of the benefits that go with it.

3. Same price

Apple has historically kept its latest iPhones at the same price as its predecessors. The company must do the same with the iPhone 5. At $199 with a two-year contract, the iPhone is perfectly priced. And Apple should do everything it can to maintain that price level with carriers.

4. iOS 6, of course

It wouldn€™t be the iPhone 5 unless Apple offers iOS 6 in the device. After all, iOS 6 is the latest mobile operating system from the company and should be bundled in its best mobile hardware, right?

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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