Apple iPhone 5: 10 Features to Make It a Must-Have Purchase in 2011

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.

Apple's 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 worth buying.

Without 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.

But ifApple 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.

Read on to find out some features that would make Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 an absolute must-buy:

1. The long-rumored end-to-end display

One of themore prevalent iPhone 5 rumors surrounds the device's display. Recent 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 the smartphone.

2. A bigger screen

One 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

Having 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 biggestadvantage 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

When 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.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...