What will be the killer feature of iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mjmar, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    As WWDC '11 gets closer I'm beginning to wonder what the iPhone 5 will have that users "won't be able to live without". Looking at the history of iPhone, each yearly update has brought to the table something that changes the game. With the iPhone 3G users got data speeds that were twice as fast, with the 3GS the iPhone was twice as powerful, and with the iPhone 4 there was the retina display. I think I'm not alone when I say that with each iteration of the iPhone so far there has been one feature that makes the previous model feel completely out of date. My concern is that the iPhone 4 is so advanced that Apple will be unable to think of a feature for the iPhone 5 that will change the game again. At first I thought it would be 4G capability, but the more news I hear about it from the carriers, the more I feel like 4G will be more of a 2012 thing. So, what do you think the one killer feature of the iPhone 5 will be?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Ability to make a voice call

    I kid, I kid
    I have no problem making calls :eek:
  3. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    I'm guessing it'll be either more storage (64gb) or a gesture area instead of a home button.
  4. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    8 megapixel camera....woopie!

    maybe i'm wrong and it will be a "magical" redesign. I'd put money on them upping the specs this time around. I think those on VZ who decide to wait till June might regret it when the LTE iphone 6 comes out the following year and they have a lot more time left on their contracts.
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I'm having a hard time guessing because so many of my ideas for iOS 5 will also come to the iPhone 4:

    * Better notification system
    * Gestures
    * More APIs for apps to talk to each other

    Yes, Apple sometimes holds stuff back from older devices for no reason, but I really don't see them keeping any of those things off the i4.

    So the question at hand (what will the i5 and ONLY the i5 have) is a pretty hard question to answer. Better battery? Better camera? HSPA+? 64 GB? Probably just stuff like that.

    This should be a good year for i4 owners as I don't think they'll be too tempted to upgrade. I predict mild hardware updates with a lot of software updates that both the i4 and i5 will enjoy.
  6. MACAPALOOZA macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Northwest Arkansas
    *LOCK SCREEN NOTIFICATIONS. You should be able to scroll through Notifications from apps.

    *ROUND SHAPE. I think that it should possibly have a shape similar to the Palm Pre.

    There are too many things to say that the iPhone 5 should have, but they can only do a few things because if they change too many things, they will have to completely redo the way that the iPhones run
  7. stewacide macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2002
    I'm not sure what they could do to meaningfully improve upon the iPhone4.

    A second CPU core would be a complete waste given the current iOS programming model and interface, and more ram wouldn't do a thing. A modest clock-speed bump and GPU upgrade are likely but probably won't be perceptible to the user.

    Perhaps they could have something up their sleeves as a killer app for NFC? Maybe they enable FM radio at last in conjunction with a song-finding service? (although the hardware is already there) A better camera is always welcome but I think that's a form-factor limitation at this point...

    The only thing that makes sense to me, if they want to launch an iPhone in 2011 with any buzz, is to split the line, offering a 3.5" model alongside a new ~4.2" model. No reason to let Android and WP7 have that marketspace to themselves.
  8. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    1. The ability to forward voicemails

    2. 5 row columns

    3. The ability to keep certain apps locked in multitasking. This would be great for stuff like Skype where it is always on no matter what as long as you lock it in multitasking mode and maybe an autostart feature also.

    4. Scheduler for stuff like ringtones, notifications and stuff. I like to Chang sky ringtones at night to something else or turn it down most of the way. Push notifications, I don't want to be woken up at 2am on a weekday because my eBay auction is coming to an end .
  9. McBeats macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    im placing my bet on a newer cpu (A5?), and higher megapixel back camera (possibly front camera too)... thats about it.

    as for ios5, more airprint/airplay support, aaaand i couldn't even guess really. I'll just wait n be surprised (but not blown away of course).
  10. MarximusMG macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    I think that the main selling points of the iPhone 5 will be:

    1. 8 MP Camera
    2. Updated CPU
    3. iOS 5

    I would expect anything beyond that to only make an appearance in the 2012 iteration.
  11. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    A few of the reputable "sources" have said it will be a complete redesign..
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    If you whine about the phone's bezel, screen tint, bars, etc., it will explode.
  13. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008

    i don't really want anything myself, but i'm sure i will once they tell me about it.
  14. MarximusMG macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    Don't be silly. That's coming with the Verizon iPhone. :p
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Just wait for the threads whining about Verizon with the iPhone. A happy iPhone user is a bitching iPhone user. :)
  16. MarximusMG macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    Oh, I'm sure there will be at least a few people who find something to complain about. But I can guarantee that I won't be one of them. Just finally being able to have the iPhone on Verizon is enough for me. :D
  17. KSKENE247 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    First off, wouldnt it be a 4GS?
    but..... i think these features will come within the next 2 models:
    1080i video recording, then 1080p on the next....
    unibody design
    way more memory (speed and space)
    louder speaker for playing music
    and wireless syncing
    then im sure they will add some little things that jailbroken people use like quick reply sms things and notifications.

    any of these features would sell me sticking with apple
  18. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    IMO it will be a new notification system and new maps

    The next iPhone will have a 8MP camera and I would be surprised it could shoot 1080p video, HSPA+ and 64GB

    I think we could also get a dual core and one gig of ram with better life.
  19. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    apple should just look at all the cydia apps

    bitesms,snappy,notified pro + more

    and implement them all in the iphone 5 as native
  20. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Depends if we're talking about hardware/software.

    Hardware: dual core, more RAM, better camera
    Software: ability to delete one call at a time rather than the whole list :D
  21. hoing macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
  22. nosser macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2005
    Orange County California
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    I'd be happy with:
    A better notification system
    And hpsa+ for "4g speeds"
    Seems plausible since Att has already upgraded more than 80% of their network.
  23. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Now you’re talking crazy.
  24. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
  25. Aatos.1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2010
    Maybe, just maybe Apple will have learned how to enable it to make a reliable, clear, phone call that doesn't drop.

    But THEN who would they point the finger at?

    They would require lessons on how NOT to act like a victim.

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