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What Is On Your iPhone 4G/OS 4.0 Wishlist?

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The rumour mill has started regarding the “next” iPhone to grace our grubby hands this summer. We all know that Apple’s ability to keep every detail secret until the last minute is what gets us excited leading up the the release.

Apple is known to slowly release features (*cough* copy and paste *cough*) with regards to both software and hardware. Personally, I am looking forward to a new hardware design with a front facing camera for iChat capabilities, and LED flash with a 5 megapixel camera to start. Of course we also can’t leave out better battery life and a higher resolution screen. Are any of these wants wishful thinking?

At the same time, I also enjoy not knowing what is coming next. What will Apple deliver once June/July arrives? Will they respond to the impressive hardware specs of the Google Nexus One (which offers great support through Google Groups, LOL)?

The iPhone 4G Wishlist That People Want

User ThatsMeRight over at MacRumors posted the following “wishlist” for the future iPhone. What items do you think will come true and ones that will never see the light of day?

Hardware wishlist
– 4G network (LTE probably in 2011, but WiMax is already possible).
– New camera. 5MP? Flash? etc. (+ camera shutter)
– Front camera, minimum of 3 MP for video conferences.
– New design
– New WiFi chip (802.11n) (like found in the iPod Touch)
– Better cellular chips of the 3G and 2G networks
– (AM)OLED screen (maybe some extra backlight when you’re outside?)
– Two speakers or “all-around-sound” and of course better audio quality.
– Better 3D graphics
– Up to 64GB of space. Declare 16GB the dead, 8GB ‘low-quality’ model like iPod Touch
– New processor and more RAM
– Infrared
– Higher resolution: High Definition?!
– FM transmitter
– Pedometer
– New exterior (design)
– Removable battery
– Built-in RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology
– Fingerscanner
– LED light in the home button (e.g. blue with new message, green incoming call etc.) with ability to turn it off
– Powermat support
– Touch-sensitive places at all corners (at left and right of home button and top right and top left) (so you can use an app without blocking your view with your hands and it would be a great improvement like ‘scrolling’ or something like that) with easy turn on and off like double tap in corners at the same time (you won’t have an ‘accident double tap at two corners at the same time haha).
– And of course… better battery life

iPhone 4.0 software
– Redesigned UI
– Multitasking (kinda like how it’s done in Safari with multiple pages)!
– Extentions of Voice Control: what about creating an email just by telling the iPhone too?
– Flash (and of course the choice to turn it off for the people who think it’s oldfashion)
– File browsing
– Bluetooth restrictions should be lifted (file transfer)
– More abilities to customize your iPhone: what about wallpapers on your homescreen?
– File browsing
– A ‘unity inbox’ for emails.
– Spotlight extension: search the web too!
– iPhone notes app needs an upgrade
– Ability to hide applications (for example that the hidden apps just appear in a special list)
– Categories/Folders: seriously, categories/folders would be nice
– Character counter in the texting app…
– Turn things on and off easier (less steps)
– Radio application (apperently the 3Gs is able to support this for sure)
– Native editing of word and excel docs. Let alone editing of pages/numbers etc.
– 720p video out
– Google Maps navigation/latitude/etc.
– Wireless syncing
– Updates of Voice Control (especially in languages other than English) and new features (e.g. “Google Apple” and it’s going to Google for Apple or compose a mail via your voice etc.)
– Profiles
– Text message counter
– New iPod app: what about deleting a song, or naming playlists?
– Support for wider format of video files

I can guarantee you that Apple will never produce an iPhone with a removable battery. The issue with the iPhone battery is that it doesn’t last long because people actually use their iPhone all the time. Twitter, Facebook, games, apps, etc, the list goes on. No battery can keep up to our endless desire for usage unless the next iPhone can be recharged by…solar power?!

What is your top 5 list of “wants” for the next iPhone? It’s your turn to speak. GO!

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  • Shane Kingerski

    A front facing camera and iChat also adobe flash would be nice

  • K1

    History for all searches.

  • Dusty

    All the above and a popcorn maker 😉

  • Duc

    To include all missing specs that are found on other smartphones, cuz we really hate upgrading to a new iphone each year.

  • soulfoot

    Larger screen but not larger phone
    thermometer and compass integrated into top of home screen (with the clock)
    Ability to hide & make folders just deserves repeating
    128gb

  • rorypiper

    I'm actually still pretty happy with the current iPhone. Better camera with flash would be nice. Adobe Flash plugin for Mobile Safari would be great, but I doubt that will happen unless the iPhone gets a dual core processor. New graphics processor would be cool for gaming.

    I would like the option to be able to remove some of the built in Apple apps. There are better stock, weather, and voice recording apps in the App Store.

  • ML

    OK, here is what I personally think would greatly benefit the next gen. iPhone and secure its leadership position:

    == HARDWARE

    1) larger capacity battery even at the expense of a slight increase to overall size.

    2) higher resolution screen. OLED would be even nicer.

    3) larger RAM capacity. c'mon. ~150MB of operating memory left to run apps is nothing.

    4) RFID & FM are nice-to-have but not essential. it is my understanding that the WiFi chip inside the device is already capable of FM reception.

    4a) fingerprint reader on the back of the phone. this will appeal to business users as well as make authentication much more secure and faster. I use fingerprint reader on my laptop exclusively, never worrying about forgetting a password.

    4b) allow attachment of third-party USB storage devices to the iPhone. I have 32GB in a tiny package. being a photographer who travels with his device, I would love being able to dump my photos on the iPhone and freeing up space on my DSLR. you can think of numerous others uses.

    5) front camera. hello! video conferencing is huge. my backup Nokia has 2 cameras in a small form factor. why not iPhone? now that Fring offers video calls through Skype (unidirectional though) and Ustream is officially in the Appstore and allows one to stream video FROM the iPhone, Apple should realize that this is a must-have feature in their next gen. devices.

    == SOFTWARE

    1) enable backgrounding. implement it just like “notifications” for apps — user confirms/denies an app's request to be backgrounded.

    2) reserve “user space” on the filesystem so that content saved inside a given app could be access from other apps. say, I am editing a Word document in “Documents To Go”, saving it, and then opening it in “Mail” to send to others.

    2a) enable attachment saving/sending from custom locations.

    3) Apple could make big bucks on creating something like SpringBoard and then licensing it to third parties who will create and sell “mods” in the Appstore. people LOVE customizing their gadgets.

    an added benefit of that would be reduction in a number of users willing to jailbreak their device. the primary reason to jailbreak is to use custom apps. installing cracked IPAs and “unlocking” the device is secondary (I am talking about an average Joe)

    4) give users control of their Bluetooth. while not as prominent in North America, BT is big in foreign markets where users share photos/tunes/etc. via this protocol.

    5) allow tethering through WiFi.

    6) allow in-call recording. this is a must-have feature for a lot of people who do teleconferencing/etc.

    ==

    this list is only of key/essential features that I would like to see implemented. all of them are value-added and doable, not something that Apple cannot implement and/or would require tremendous investments/device price skyrocketing (except for some hardware mods such as fingerprint reader/additional camera/RFID).

    all of the software features (+ being able to use the phone on another network since I travel abroad frequently) are THE reason why I Jailbroke my device. essentially, I already have it all. why can't Apple make it official and profit?

    cheers.

  • bruce

    1. quick access to airplane mode, wifi toggles like sbsettings
    2. wifi syncing
    3. customizable lock screen with info like weather, calls, sms, and email missed and events
    4. themes or at least the ability change the colour of the dock and wallpaper on the home screen
    5. sms sent counter
    6. multi tasking
    7. better app management on iphone maybe like expose or categories

  • bruce

    and definitely ichat with front facing camera!!

  • Maverick

    Would like to see:
    1) 5MP Camera with flash
    2) Camera with zoom
    3) N capable WiFi
    4) Smarter Sync with multiple computers (work and home)
    5) Support more file formats

  • conradjr

    Its great that Apple will bring out a new iPhone 4.0.

    But, how will I get one?

    How many times can I get a hardware upgrade from Rogers?

    I started with the 3G then upgraded to the 3GS….I want my 4.0! How can I make this happen?

  • Mac

    Less – that's right – less memory to reduce the price and provide a micro-SD slot to hold all the media. I can then customize the capacity myself.

  • Agree. Yahoo! Finance is great for stocks and WeatherEye replaces Weather easily.

  • A bit wishful thinking, we know Apple doesn't like external memory like SD etc.

  • TeenWolf

    1 HD
    2 Custom themes and sounds
    3 Bluetooth file transfer.
    4 Spell check(paid for this app in cydia)
    5 QUICK REPLY SMS!!!!!!(paid for this app too)

    I would love to see a quick reply feature added for all text and IM apps. This alone could possibly keep me from jailbraking.

  • Flaxx

    – better calendar with:
    1|) pinch/expand appointment creation/modification
    2) ability to chose the color of our calendars instead of the iphone choosing it for us based on the order it was added to the phone.
    3) better integration with tasks (for example google tasks)

    – google maps with latitude built in with support for continues updates (even in background) and push location requests from friends.
    – itunes sync with wifi (come on, especially if it had 802.11n there's no excuse)

  • FerrariF1

    Blackberry Messenger Compatibility or an equivalent system for iphones (iChat perhaps?)

  • Carl

    You can't, that's your own fault. I've been contempt with my 3G and I had self control to stay with it. It takes discipline, but it makes you happier when you get something that is actually a major upgrade and not a minor one like the 3GS was.

  • Flaxx

    – better calendar with:
    1|) pinch/expand appointment creation/modification
    2) ability to chose the color of our calendars instead of the iphone choosing it for us based on the order it was added to the phone.
    3) better integration with tasks (for example google tasks)

    – google maps with latitude built in with support for continues updates (even in background) and push location requests from friends.
    – itunes sync with wifi (come on, especially if it had 802.11n there's no excuse)

  • FerrariF1

    Blackberry Messenger Compatibility or an equivalent system for iphones (iChat perhaps?)

  • Carl

    You can't, that's your own fault. I've been contempt with my 3G and I had self control to stay with it. It takes discipline, but it makes you happier when you get something that is actually a major upgrade and not a minor one like the 3GS was.

  • Omarkheir

    Delete / modify my call log (erase specific recent calls, missed calls…)

  • Omarkheir

    Delete / modify my call log (erase specific recent calls, missed calls…)

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