Other What features do you expect/hope for the 2019 iPhones?


JPack

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Probably similar to Huawei - add a third ultra wide angle lens to the back.

Same thing for the front - add a wide angle lens for improved selfies.

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Smaller version of the XR! Give me the same screen width as the 8, make it as thick as you need to and pack in as much battery as you can. If they give us something iPhone SE sized instead, that’s also fine for me.
 
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SquireSCA

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1) Remove or at least minimize the notch, as others are doing.

2) Switch to USB-C, its the industry standard now, lets get with the times

3) Let us have a user facing file system. Do what Android does and don't allow access to the system partition, just the storage partition where your pics, videos, downloads, etc... are kept. Android has had this for almost TEN YEARS. It's time.

4) Using that storage partition, allow simply drag and drop with any computer without iTunes like Android has had for TEN YEARS. It's time.

5) Give us some improvements to the UI, update the 2007 home screens and let us have SOME customization and widgets.

None of this apart from the notch, is rocket science. These are all simple software changes that Apple could release TOMORROW if they wanted to... But they do it all backwards because they want you to do it THEIR way, and they want to drive you towards the App Store, and iTunes, because they have stats showing that once you are in there, you are more likely to buy something, especially an app, to try and get the phone to do what all the others phones do out of the box. Enough already, closed, proprietary hardware and software is a large part of the reason why Android caught up, and left iOS in the dust years ago...

Apple can reverse that, but so long as people are willing to shell out $1400 on phones that don't do what $800 Android phones did in 2016, they will keep doing tiny, incremental updates and charging super premium prices for them.
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Something i never want to lose and hope Apple will never get rid of it, the mute switch....
Yeah, the mute switch is nice. OnePlus copied that, actually their switch is a 3 position slider so it is on, mute and then a user configurable 3rd setting, which is kinda cool...
 
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Arni99

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  • 1/1,7"-sized camera sensor => better low light capability vs 1/2,55" which is used in this years iphone
  • 3 camera lenses for Mate20Pro-like 16mm/28mm/80mm focal lengths but all 3 lenses with OIS and the biggest sensors available for smartphones ;)
  • more Canon-like less saturated, more realistic colors
  • 40W quick charger in the box (Huawei can do it and Apple....?)
 

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Not so much that we need something NEW on the iPhone, but knowing how powerful the hardware already is, it's about time that the software starts playing catchup. iOS needs to add new features and capabilities, some of which we've been asking for since the first generations of the operating system.

  • I've already asked that incoming calls on the Phone app should not take over and hijack the entire device and UI. Have an option to turn it into a notification, so I can still use the app I'm in. If I swipe away or decline, give the option to let it ring through.
  • Do Not Disturb is still too rudimentary to just have turn on and off at a set time. Who lives their lives identically all seven days a week? If the Clock app can be set to do Alarms for specific days, so can Do Not Disturb. That's just lazy programming.
  • The Phone app is the only one that doesn't use its scrolling list like the rest of iOS and the apps that use the UI. Why can't I select multiple Favorites, Recent Calls or Contacts and remove them from my list, like I can do with my Visual Voicemail?
  • The Blocked Contacts feature is insultingly crude and basic. Can't import or export, can’t be shared, can't use RegEx or smart filtering, and you have to enter it in one. number. at. a. time. Give us a Whitelist feature and allow only calls I want to come through.
  • The Call Blocking & Identification feature in CallKit is also too rudimentary and restrictive. Let apps gain access and intercept my call history if I want it to. The non-live, generated list of millions of numbers that the caller or sender has to go through is a rather stupid implementation. Android runs circles around this with apps that can do live Caller ID and can block based on any filter or rule.
  • Turn the Files app into something more useful, especially if you plug in a Lightning flash drive (or future USB-C flash drive) and give read/write access to transfer files. Heck, even the oldest Android devices can read/write into NTFS and Linux partitions with apps. Files should also allow you to access shared folders on Macs/PCs across the network using SMB/AFP, and Macs should be able to access files on the iPhone just as easily.
  • Add native mouse support to iOS. The Citrix X1 Mouse and the Swiftpoint GT Mouse are literally the only two mice that work in iOS, and even so, they only work in certain remote desktop apps. Open it up so that apps like Microsoft Word can be more effective and useful without having to reach up to the screen to reposition the cursor.
  • Shortcuts were a great start, but they need to be able to run without being triggered by the user. Just look at Tasker on Android, which can run nearly any task from any trigger, whether it be a scheduled time, location, change in network, etc. If you want to call things like the iPad a computer, then it has to be able to do automated things like one.
  • Allow other apps to be defaults for browsing, maps, camera, etc. Enough said.
 
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nutmac

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What's not going to happen
  • USB-C: People were mad when Apple ditched inferior 30-pin dock connector for Lightning. USB-C offers far less benefits so this just isn't going to happen. If Apple were to transition to USB-C, they would've done it with last year's iPhone X.
  • MicroLED: I don't think it will be ready for mass production. Apple Watch will probably adopt it first.
  • No notch: Face ID is not a trivial component. If Apple is redesigning iPhone, there's a good chance TrueDepth Camera system will shrink a bit and a notch with it. But it is not going away.
  • In-screen Touch ID: Face ID will improve even more (see below).
What I hope will happen:
  • 5.5" iPhone XR: Starting at $650 (ideally $600).
  • Lower prices for other 2019 iPhones: $700 for 6.1" LCD, $900 for 5.8" OLED, $1000 for 6.5" OLED models.
  • Apple Pencil: Apple should enhance Pencil's value proposition by making it compatible with wider range of devices, including iPhone and Macs (at least on the Trackpad surface). Perhaps magnetic Apple Pencil charging surface on the side?
  • 2nd generation Face ID: TrueDepth Camera is largely rumored to improve significantly, greatly improving its reliability and performance. And possibly more compact to allow smaller notch.
  • Improved camera lenses: If Apple is keeping Face ID notch the same, perhaps it can accommodate dual front lenses like the Pixel 3 phone for wider angle selfies. Even better rear camera lenses and/or sensors is all but certain. Perhaps 3rd rear camera lens for 3x focal length. But I rather get faster aperture 2x lens.
  • Wi-Fi 6: 2019 iPhones should adopt 802.11ax, which should be finalized in 2019.
  • 10W wireless charging: It's about time Apple catches up to Android phones.
Beyond that, both iPhones and iPad Pros are way ahead of the pack hardware wise. Major software improvements are what I am hoping for.
 
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These are all simple software changes that Apple could release TOMORROW if they wanted to... But they do it all backwards because they want you to do it THEIR way, and they want to drive you towards the App Store, and iTunes, because they have stats showing that once you are in there, you are more likely to buy something, especially an app, to try and get the phone to do what all the others phones do out of the box. Enough already, closed, proprietary hardware and software is a large part of the reason why Android caught up, and left iOS in the dust years ago...

Apple can reverse that, but so long as people are willing to shell out $1400 on phones that don't do what $800 Android phones did in 2016, they will keep doing tiny, incremental updates and charging super premium prices for them.
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Could not agree more. Apple had really been dragging its feet on iOS development. The file system and inability to access external storage directly is probably my #1 pet peeve, but there are plenty of others.
 
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What's not going to happen
  • USB-C: People were mad when Apple ditched inferior 30-pin dock connector for Lightning. USB-C offers far less benefits so this just isn't going to happen. If Apple were to transition to USB-C, they would've done it with last year's iPhone X.
  • MicroLED: I don't think it will be ready for mass production. Apple Watch will probably adopt it first.
  • No notch: Face ID is not a trivial component. If Apple is redesigning iPhone, there's a good chance TrueDepth Camera system will shrink a bit and a notch with it. But it is not going away.
  • In-screen Touch ID: Face ID will improve even more (see below).
What I hope will happen:
  • 5.5" iPhone XR: Starting at $650 (ideally $600).
  • Lower prices for other 2019 iPhones: $700 for 6.1" LCD, $900 for 5.8" OLED, $1000 for 6.5" OLED models.
  • Apple Pencil: Apple should enhance Pencil's value proposition by making it compatible with wider range of devices, including iPhone and Macs (at least on the Trackpad surface). Perhaps magnetic Apple Pencil charging surface on the side?
  • 2nd generation Face ID: TrueDepth Camera is largely rumored to improve significantly, greatly improving its reliability and performance. And possibly more compact to allow smaller notch.
  • Improved camera lenses: If Apple is keeping Face ID notch the same, perhaps it can accommodate dual front lenses like the Pixel 3 phone for wider angle selfies. Even better rear camera lenses and/or sensors is all but certain. Perhaps 3rd rear camera lens for 3x focal length. But I rather get faster aperture 2x lens.
  • Wi-Fi 6: 2019 iPhones should adopt 802.11ax, which should be finalized in 2019.
  • 10W wireless charging: It's about time Apple catches up to Android phones.
Beyond that, both iPhones and iPad Pros are way ahead of the pack hardware wise. Major software improvements are what I am hoping for.
In regards to the two that are underlined above, have you seen the new Ipad Pro's?
 
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Not so much that we need something NEW on the iPhone, but knowing how powerful the hardware already is, it's about time that the software starts playing catchup. iOS needs to add new features and capabilities, some of which we've been asking for since the first generations of the operating system.

  • I've already asked that incoming calls on the Phone app should not take over the entire device. Have an option to turn it into a notification, so I can still use the app I'm in. If I swipe away or decline, give the option to let it ring through.
  • Do Not Disturb is still too rudimentary to just have turn on and off at a set time. Who lives their lives identically all seven days a week? If the Timers app can be set to do specific days, so can Do Not Disturb. That's just lazy programming.
  • The Phone app is the only one that doesn't use its scrolling list like the rest of iOS and the apps that use the UI. Why can't I select multiple Favorites, Recent Calls or Contacts and remove them from my list, like I can do with my Visual Voicemail?
  • The Blocked Contacts feature is insultingly crude and basic. Can't import or export, can't use RegEx or smart filtering, and you have to enter it in one. number. at. a. time. Give us a Whitelist feature and allow only calls I want to come through.
  • The Call Blocking & Identification feature in CallKit is also too rudimentary and restrictive. Let apps gain access and intercept my call history if I want it to. The non-live, generated list of millions of numbers in a list is a stupid implementation. Android runs circles around this with apps that can do live Caller ID and can block based on any filter or rule.
  • Turn the Files app into something more useful, especially if you plug in a Lightning flash drive (or future USB-C flash drive) and give read/write access to transfer files. Heck, even the oldest Android devices can read/write into NTFS and Linux partitions with apps. Files should also allow you to access shared folders on Macs/PCs across the network using SMB/AFP, and Macs should be able to access files on the iPhone just as easily.
  • Add native mouse support to iOS. The Citrix X1 Mouse and the Swiftpoint GT Mouse are literally the only two mice that work in iOS, and even so, they only work in certain remote desktop apps. Open it up so that apps like Microsoft Word can be more effective and useful without having to reach up to the screen to reposition the cursor.
  • Shortcuts were a great start, but they need to be able to run without being triggered by the user. Just look at Tasker on Android, which can run nearly any task from any trigger, whether it be a scheduled time, location, change in network, etc. If you want to call things like the iPad a computer, then it has to be able to do automated things like one.
  • Allow other apps to be defaults for browsing, maps, camera, etc. Enough said.
That is an awesome list, I got some of those on mine, but missed a few.

The lack of a file system is one of my biggest annoyances... I *HATE* itunes. It's horrible, bloated, slow, doesn't do half the things I want and what it does do is slow, convoluted and clunky... It's Apple's way of forcing you into their ecosystem, hoping that you buy something while you are there. It's awful.

Loading my songs, videos, PDF's and files onto an Android is SOOOOOOOO easy. I don't have to deal with iTunes, I don't have to worry abour re-encoding things to MP4 or whatever limited formats Apple supports, etc...

I literally plug my phone into any computer... windows, Mac, Linux, and it just pops up like a thumb drive. Drag and drop what I want, where I want, and it doesn't show me the system partition so there is zero chance of me accidentily deleting or moving something and borking the device.

A child can do it, no apps, no mess, just simple and fast.

There is ZERO reason not to have this when the competition has had it since day 1. None.
 

CTHarrryH

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A lot of what people are asking for are IOS not iPhone updates but..
I'd like to see a smaller phone with all the features.
As I've said on other threads I only care a little about USB-C on the phone end. But I do care what is on the other end of the cable since everything these days (cars, airports and airplanes, gym's hotels, etc) have the USB-A plug in. But I expect that I'll be buying several new cables and other stuff anyway.
I'd also like to see cheaper phone
 

nutmac

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In regards to the two that are underlined above, have you seen the new Ipad Pro's?
iPad Pro has bezel as thick as the Face ID TrueDepth Camera system.

iPad Pro is being positioned as the next generation computer, a device category that is expected to have an industry-standard I/O port like USB-C.

Personally speaking, I would love USB-C to replace Lightning port. It's clunkier, yes, but my household is now all-in on USB-C, with all the Macs upgraded to more recent models without legacy USB-A port. But I think the amount of "Apple tax" cry just isn't worth the transition. Most iPhone users are only going to use the I/O for charging and syncing to PC or Mac.