How much could the iPhone 5 really revolutionize things at all?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LaunchpadBS, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    I say this only because I think when it comes to mobile phones we've hit the ceiling, how much more, other than a slightly bigger screen and better battery life, could the iPhone 4S hardware actually be improved upon? It's more down to software now more than anything...

    The next step would be eliminating the need for a chunky brick and replace it with something that handles the processing and some sort of display, be it projected or in glasses etc and the ability to talk to the devices and it executes your command and dictates flawlessly. This would open up a whole new world of possibilities to those with poor eyesight or people with limited accessibility etc.

  2. ChristianVirtual, Jul 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2012

    ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    the very next thing is NFC; but that less a revolution; more an implementation of stuff others have already. Still would like to see it in iOS.

    A revolution is something we saw last year with a haptic screen allowing you to "feel" textures on the glass. depend on software this would allow a new dimension of user experience.
    ( not sure, was it this one ?)
  3. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2012
  4. Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    Holograms ?
    Flexible folding screen ?
    Mental control of interface ?
    Fuel cells ?

    there are many major improvements that can be done on iphone 4s ...
  5. R1PPER macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2008
    If the Iphone didnt exist the mobile phone industry would still be in 2007.
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    i think everyone would agree that phones are peeking. The next step is getting LTE and quad core (dual core is plenty on a phone though) to play nicely and getting better battery life. At this point, it solely comes to to OS's b.c hardware wise it is becoming a wash.
  7. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    I pretty much think a new Maps app and another row of icons would do it. :rolleyes:

    The OP makes a good point though. How much further can you go? I just wish the fanboys would stop using words like 'revolutionize' when referring to these warmed over upgrades we've been getting.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    but it is soooo "radical" :p, seriously though it is all about software today. I also am a little worried about the default maps in maps w/ turn by turn is amazing!
  9. Menel, Jul 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2012

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011

    Smartphones have plateaued. It's little changes and tweaks for a while, I wouldn't expect 'revolutionary' for a few more years.

    Which is probably why I still won't upgrade. 4 reached near enough to perfection IMO. Screen resolution. Size. Amazing 3D gaming. Fast, I pull 3-5mbps on ATT 3G.

    Yea... LTE... a coworker's LTE iPad pulls 30mbps... but I don't see the value for anything I've used my phone for. If I was pirating movies via torrents, maybe... but I'm not.
  10. Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    Bottle neck using torrents protocol wouldnt be LTE throughput but number of seeders and upload links...
  11. PerfectDB macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2012
    Boston, Lincolnshire
    I would love to see Apple combine the external antenna concept with iPad style tapered edges, along with a liquid metal unibody construction (and a larger screen of course).

    I would consider such a design to be pretty revolutionary, but it seems to be a few years away unfortunately.
  12. LaunchpadBS thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    I want revolutionary in the same way the first iPhone was a revolution! Things seem to have stalled in the tech arena of late.

    PS in iOS 6 there is turn by turn navigation using apples maps, I've been using it for a few weeks now and it works well, I've deleted my satnav apps now. Just with they did cycle routes :(
  13. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    I never understood this craze for LTE.I get it its nice and fast, i certainly welcome it as the next step in celullar data technology.

    But it wont change the way you do things in any way. Its just a speedbump.
  14. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    You can always go further, but it takes time and someone with a great idea. If Apple disappeared today the smartphone market would continue to advance (hardware wise) at the same pace it has been the last couple years. They got the ball rolling and companies (well, samsung) could continue to innovate at their current pace. But having the competition should eventually breed a killer new feature. It's just a matter of who gets there first.

    In my opinion, the next "revolution" will be battery life. I would expect within five years time we may have batteries on our smartphones that can go on for days. I also expect we will see truly wireless/dockless charging when within a certain proximity to a base station. These things are coming for sure, it's just a matter of when. The tech is there but it's a matter of making it small and being able to mass produce it.

    The screens could be better. I'd love to see a hybrid LCD/e-ink or something along those lines. The Audio has major room for improvement. And lets be honest, Apple hasn't even gotten the home button right yet- so clearly there is a thing or two they could do to at least make the user experience more pleasant even if it wasn't revolutionary.
  15. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Yeah it's nice but I can live without it. I'm moving to straight talk so I would rather save $40+/month and be on hspa+ than pay a lot more and be on LTE.
  16. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    They could go balls to the walls somehow with the camera to challenge low end DSLRs. Even though the camera is already awesome. The camera won't have to be as good, but the better it gets, the less likely average people like myself will desire to buy a DSLR.
  17. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    I think there's still some room for change. Remote display (like AirPlay but two-way) with Siri/Voice Commands wouldn't be impossible to attain in the next year or two - maybe with Bluetooth.

    Keeping the "brick" in your pocket when on the move, and being able to read/reply to texts and emails on a wristwatch using Siri, all connected via Bluetooth, for example. Maybe when you get into your car, the display switches from wristwatch to in-dash touchscreen automatically. Phone stays in pocket the whole time. Yeah, that would be cool.

  18. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I was really hoping they would do this with the iPod nano. the phone/watch connection is a really new market and I think it's going to take one of the big guys to execute it successfully. I'd love a "smartwatch" that syncs to my phone.

    Also, in line with what you're saying- there is no reason why your phone couldn't simply also be your computer. It's in your pocket and it stays there, but when you go to your desk your monitor turns on and the phone syncs with the mouse and keyboard. You do your work, then when you walk away all your peripherals go to sleep. Not only that but the whole time you were at your desk your phone, mouse, and keyboard were all wirelessly charging.
  19. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    May do this as well.

    LTE does have some advantages. Still not a necessity for me at this point. though.
  20. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    "just a speed bump" ? speed is very important and can increase a workflow greatly

    like the iPhone 4 to 4S .. S for Speed and that speed is very noticeable
  21. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Uh, no, they can't. Can't, as in, not technologically possible. SLRs have little to do with the quality of their photos. SLR lenses, otoh...

    I just want iOS with LTE. VZW's 3G is very slow, and it does impact how I can use the phone.
  22. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2012
    AT&T 3G is killing me also. I agree w/ the impact. Can't wait for LTE.
  23. chambone macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    Battery capacity is the single weak point of any smartphone today. You can bet money that smart people are trying to come up with something better.

    And no, unlike incandescent lightbulbs, disposable lighters and chocolate chip cookies, smartphone development hasn't peaked or reached any ceiling. To suggest it has is easily as ridiculous as proposing that cars or LCD tv's have reached maturity.
  24. BruceiD macrumors member

    May 1, 2012
    Well LTE is not a revolution, not even important.
    Here in Belgium, people are very content with 3G (pretty much like anywhere else in Europe).
    What would wow me is a screen with 1080p quality, 4K video, a brand new design (not just taller but a complete new), and what's probably the most important is making iOS more epic, that would be the most impressive in my opinion.
  25. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    The Motorola Atrix kinda does that

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