"iPhone 5" - your predictions (not a wishlist)

Which new features will we see in the next-gen iPhone ("iPhone 5")?


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ThatsMeRight

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We know quite a lot already about the next-generation's iPhone design, but we actually know very few about the next-generation iPhone's features.

Quite certain:
- 4 inch display
- 4G LTE
- Different design, but similar to iPhone 4
- Smaller dock connector

Quite uncertain:
- NFC

Unknown:
- Better speakers (because of better speaker grill?)
- Camera (same or differences?)
-- 1080p 60fps
-- More lenses?
-- Better in low-light?
-- More megapixels?
- Battery (how will they manage with LTE?)
- 45nm A5 chip (like current iPhone 4S), 32 nm A5 chip (limited edition iPad 2?), 32 nm A5X chip (iPad 3) or unknown 28nm/32nm A6 chip?

To be honest, we know very little about the next-gen iPhone: all that seems certain is the design tweak, the 4-inch display and 4G LTE (because of iPad 3).

What do you think: which new features the next-gen iPhone will get?

What will be Apple's killer feature? Will the killer feature be the bigger display or 4G LTE, or something that hasn't been leaked yet?
 
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FSMBP

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In addition to what you said:

Quite Certain:
12MP iSight Camera (They've updated the camera every gen. since '09).
FaceTime HD Camera
 
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ThatsMeRight

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In addition to what you said:

Quite Certain:
10MP iSight Camera (They've updated the camera every gen. since '09).
FaceTime HD Camera
Why do you think it's 10 megapixel? I think that IF they settle with a higher number of megapixels, it will be 12 megapixel (Sony currently supplies the iPhone 4S' camera, and I don't think they ship 10 megapixel cameras for smartphones).

I also added a poll by the way.
 

lazard

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A6 chip which is basically the Samsung Exynos chip found in the S3.
better camera.
crappier battery life
 

FSMBP

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Why do you think it's 10 megapixel? I think that IF they settle with a higher number of megapixels, it will be 12 megapixel (Sony currently supplies the iPhone 4S' camera, and I don't think they ship 10 megapixel cameras for smartphones).

I also added a poll by the way.
Just took a shot in the dark. I knew if it was updated it would be higher than 8, and I thought I read 12MP may be too big of a leap. But I updated my original post based on what you said!
 

Want300

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Why do you think it's 10 megapixel? I think that IF they settle with a higher number of megapixels, it will be 12 megapixel (Sony currently supplies the iPhone 4S' camera, and I don't think they ship 10 megapixel cameras for smartphones).

I also added a poll by the way.
They can always make the camera better without adding Megapixels... which is what I would prefer because I do not want them to suck up storage on my phone. I do not need to be able to turn my iPhone photos into Posters. I personally just want them to look sharp and have great color for computer viewing from time to time.
 

ThatsMeRight

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They can always make the camera better without adding Megapixels... which is what I would prefer because I do not want them to suck up storage on my phone. I do not need to be able to turn my iPhone photos into Posters. I personally just want them to look sharp and have great color for computer viewing from time to time.
I know. In the poll I gave the option "Improved camera" - because a camera can be improved in many ways.
 

FSMBP

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They can always make the camera better without adding Megapixels... which is what I would prefer because I do not want them to suck up storage on my phone. I do not need to be able to turn my iPhone photos into Posters. I personally just want them to look sharp and have great color for computer viewing from time to time.
I agree. But the vast majority of consumers don't know that - they look at megapixels as the indicator of image quality (I even thought this back 10 years ago). Therefore, consumers may see a 8MP iPhone but they will think a 12MP Galaxy-Modulator-4G-LTE-Plus has a better camera based only on the megapixels.

I feel like they will do what they do did with going from the 4 ot the 4S - Apple will be increasing the megapixel AND increasing sensor size/add lens to make the image actually look better and capture more light.
 

mnsportsgeek

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If we can get a 12MP camera with improved optics it will put my iphone 4 to absolute shame.
 

Want300

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I agree. But the vast majority of consumers don't know that - they look at megapixels as the indicator of image quality (I even thought this back 10 years ago). Therefore, consumers may see a 8MP iPhone but they will think a 12MP Galaxy-Modulator-4G-LTE-Plus has a better camera based only on the megapixels.

I feel like they will do what they do did with going from the 4 ot the 4S - Apple will be increasing the megapixel AND increasing sensor size/add lens to make the image actually look better and capture more light.
You are 100% right, I worked at Circuit City and Best Buy during college. A lot of people do not know anything about camera's. Granted I do not know much about camera's either, but I know some basics...

The biggest thing I learned about them has come from experience. I have a little Nikon point and shoot. Not super expensive, but it gets the job done. What I do know, is good picture quality (I sold Home Theater during those days, so staring at all those Tv's for years made me SUPER picky). The pictures I take with my Nikon are trash compared to the photo's my Girlfriend's Dad's Cameras take. Both his point and shoot Nikon and his Cannon Digital SLR... The MP on all three camera's are the same.

ADDITIONAL: Wow, I got off topic... but yes, you are right, people think MP alone mean it will take better photos.
 

ThatsMeRight

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I agree. But the vast majority of consumers don't know that - they look at megapixels as the indicator of image quality (I even thought this back 10 years ago). Therefore, consumers may see a 8MP iPhone but they will think a 12MP Galaxy-Modulator-4G-LTE-Plus has a better camera based only on the megapixels.

I feel like they will do what they do did with going from the 4 ot the 4S - Apple will be increasing the megapixel AND increasing sensor size/add lens to make the image actually look better and capture more light.
If they increase the amount of megapixels again, than I am wondering what models we'll see. I hope personally that they drop the 16 GB model and start selling the "iPhone 5" 32 GB at $199.


If we can get a 12MP camera with improved optics it will put my iphone 4 to absolute shame.
We'll see what they can do... the "iPhone 5" is rumoured to be about 7.4 mm thin!


I would like to see Apple support a Thunderbolt sync cable for the new iPhone.
I'd rather see them at support for USB 3. The current dock connector is already USB 2 compatible. USB 3 would allow for even faster charging and higher data speeds (just like Thunderbolt - except that USB 3 is more popular).
 

animatedude

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i wish if you can change the title of the thread to "what new features you would like to be in iPhone 5".

most of us will choose "Different Design".
 

ThatsMeRight

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i wish if you can change the title of the thread to "what new features you would like to be in iPhone 5".

most of us will choose "Different Design".
I'm not asking what new features someone likes to see in the "iPhone 5". I'm asking people what they expect from "iPhone 5". Not what they want. What they think Apple will give us; what they expect.
 

lordofthereef

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I am more interested in software at this point. The rear camera is phenomenal. I really don't think we need more megapixels. If anything, some better low light photography. The FFC also seems good enough, but I suppose I can see this being bumped up. For just doing facetime/skype, I really don't feel we need anything better. Might be handy for self portraits though (by the way, can Apple PLEASE not have this be in mirror mode? I never understood why their iSight was like looking into a mirror. It should record just like the rear camera does IMO).
 

Technarchy

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I'd agree with you. But then we'd both be wrong.

People, by nature, hate change. And, personally, I love the 4/4s design. I bet "most of us" would be happy if the design stayed the same.
I would have no issue with the iPhone5 borrowing heavily from iPhone 4/4S DNA.
 

glynhughes

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I'd really like it to support something called a 'phone call'.

It's where you enter a 'phone number' and can speak to another party directly using the human voice whilst being able to move freely around the room and holding the handset in any way that's comfortable.

They've tried it in previous iterations of the iPhone, but without much success.

Fingers crossed.
 

aidogz

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The new iPhone - what do you expect?

There's a wide range of theories and ideas about the design, features, specs and changes that will come with the next iPhone, so Im interested in getting a general consensus on what everyones expecting, wanting or needing in some cases.

A lot of people are saying that the mock-up designs aren't good enough to get you to buy a new iPhone, so what sort of design would you like? Is the bigger screen the way to go? Thinner, lighter, longer - what do you think is the most likely design?

I'd like to expect a beautiful, radically new iPhone design like the transition from the 3GS to the 4, but what could Apple do in the case of 'if it isn't broken, dont fix it'?

So what are your thoughts on everything to do with the new iPhone? :)
 

CrAkD

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Just as the leaks suggest. Taller thinner iPhone. Couple extra things i expect to be included are NFC support for passbook and wireless charging.
 

ThatsMeRight

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Some interesting statistics from the poll!
71 people have selected one or more answers in the poll. I think this is a fair amount of people - for now - to see what people actually believe the next iPhone will feature.

91.55% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a 4-inch retina display.
90.14% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have 4G LTE.
80.28% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a smaller dock connector, 32.39% of the voters believes that there will be faster data transfer through the new dock connector and 22.54% of the voters believe that there will be faster charging through the new dock connector.
73.24% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have an improved camera.
60.01% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have NFC.
54.93% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have better battery life and Gorilla Glass 2.
53.52% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a different design and a FaceTime HD camera.
49.30% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have better, higher-quality speakers.
46.48% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have an A6 chip.
35.21% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a smaller, more energy-efficient (32nm) A5X chip as found in iPad 3.
12.68% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a display based on (AM)OLED technology instead of LCD technology, 12.68% of the voters also believe that the next-gen iPhone will feature tactile feedback (Senseg technology) and 12.68% of the voters also believe that there will be a 128 GB model.
7.04% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have a smaller, more energy-efficient (32nm) A5 chip.
5.63% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have the same (45nm) A5 chip as found in iPhone 4S and iPad 3.
4.24% of the voters believe that the next-gen iPhone will have FM radio support.
 
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