We’re sure the iPhone 5 is going to stun us all over again, and we’ve already covered what we’re hoping to see on the next, although there’s next to no chance of another antennae-gate, there are several things we wouldn’t mind missed off the iPhone 5 spec sheet.
High resolution front-facing camera
If it drops £20 off the price-tag, we’d stick with the VGA model found on the iPhone 4. More pixels means more data, meaning the iPhone 5 will have to work harder for not that much return.
We still love the idea of an upgraded rear-facing shooter, but those are pictures we’ll be sharing or viewing on bigger screens.
Glasses-free 3D screen
We’re still very much divided on the idea of 3D screens on mobiles here at Recombu Towers.
We do agree that it hasn’t been completely thought out – there’s still a thorough lack of 3D content to make the most of the visibly expensive technology, not to mention the fact that these screens seem to suck up battery life at a rate of knots…
A 4G-ready iPhone 5
US customers may whoop and raise their arms in the air, but us poor Brits won’t see high-speed networks until some time after 2013. A real shame, given the push Apple is making for constantly connected cloud libraries of photos and media.
Button-less ‘concept’ phone
We understand that Apple does love a bit of minimalism in its design, but we think it would be a big mistake to remove that home button on the front of current iPhones.
Half of the reason may be that we find it so darn satisfying, and gives a physical feedback at times when the touchscreen (albeit rarely) decides to ignore your prods and swipes.
They haven’t exactly set the world alight on smartphones we’ve seen them on so far; and a far better option would be to offer an MHL port, a tiny microUSB-shaped port that doubles as a HDMI output.
Given that Apple are happily charging you to buy a cable to change your iPhone or iPad output to HDMI, we think we’ll be okay with this one. We’re not even going to mention DLNA…