iPhone 5S Wish List: 10 Features It Positively Must Have

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iPhone 5S is rumored to be launching in the first half of 2013. If that happens, what features must it have to be successful?

A report surfaced recently, saying that Apple is currently working on a new smartphone, called the iPhone 5S. That device will be available towards the middle part of 2013.

Given expected reappearance of the “S” in the device’s name, it would appear that Apple is following the same strategy with the iPhone 5 as it did the 3G and 4: launch a new product one year and a nominal upgrade the next. Whenever the “S” is attached to a device, customers know to expect the same design with some new features.

But just because Apple has made that move time and again, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll need to follow that plan in 2013. In fact, it would be nice if Apple actually delivered a more significant upgrade to the iPhone 5. As nice as that smartphone is, and as well-designed as it might be, it’s not perfect. Apple left some key features out of the iPhone 5. Customers took notice and are not too happy about it.

So, let’s cut through Apple’s marketing speak and get down to the features that should be built into an updated iPhone 5. Apple’s current flagship smartphone is great, but it has room for improvement.

1. Near-field communication

Near-field communication is one of the most requested Apple features. Yet, the company hasn’t delivered it. With near-field communication, users will be able to wirelessly share data and information and allow for a host of new services, like mobile payments. A recent report suggested Apple was in talks with an Australian company to deliver near-field communication to future products. Let’s hope that happens in the iPhone 5S.

2. An even better processor

Apple’s A6 processor, which is dual core, is nice and all, but it needs to be updated in the iPhone 5S. Looking around the mobile space, there are a host of devices running a quad-core chip. Hopefully Apple will deliver its own quad-core processor in the iPhone 5S.

3. An improved Maps

Maps is abysmal. The application was supposed to be the best replacement yet to Google Maps, but it’s really only a disappointment. Apple has promised improvements in the coming months and years. If the company is smart, Apple will deliver a vastly improved Maps with the iPhone 5S.

4. A more corporate-friendly iOS

Apple’s iOS platform is now in its sixth iteration. And although it’s always been consumer-friendly, isn’t it about time that the company finds ways to make the software more corporate-friendly? It would be nice to see multiple user sign-on, enhanced controls for IT and better security features. Will it happen?

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...