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iPhones do not currently support push email, except through iCloud or Microsoft Exchange. iCloud email is not designed for business, and while Exchange email is, many are using alternatives to Microsoft's email system. This poses businesses a problem, as IMAP email is 'fetched' from the server at scheduled times rather than pushed directly to the device, meaning critical emails could be downloaded five or ten minutes after it was sent.
But the reason why BlackBerry devices offer push-email is because Research in Motion offers an email service that fetches your email from the server, like Google or Yahoo, and 'pushes' the email to your smartphone. Apple would have to invest millions of dollars in providing such a service for IMAP users, and frankly, the incentive just isn't there.
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This one is a tricky one, and involves a trip to Brussels. The EU-wide micro-USB port was agreed to be the sole data and charging point for all mobile devices. Apple agreed, along with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Samsung, Nokia and others.
Apple would lose millions, if not more, if it changed the iPhone and iPad 30-pin dock connector. To comply with EU rules, it created a micro-USB to 30-pin dock accessory, charged at a meager £8.00 ($12.70) in the UK, as a way of 'circumventing' the agreement.
Having a micro-USB dock on the iPhone 5 will be unlikely, but it would pave the way for an industry-wide specification. It would also means Apple would lose hundreds of millions in revenue through proprietary iPhone and iPad docks, accessories, and the entire third-party sector would have to rejig its entire stock. A nice idea, but still unlikely. We can cross our fingers and hope though.
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What is more likely, however, is a smaller, more condensed 30-pin port for the iPhone, as Apple continues its quest to squeeze even more out of the device size specifications. Apple could replace the standard and existing 30-pin connector with one that allows data and charging at current data transfer rates but smaller in width, making way for more hardware goodness.
This would of course mean that Apple would have to ditch its current lineup for new customers and build a whole range of new accessories, docks and connectors, and it would leave third-party accessory makers out in the lurch for a while. But it would give Apple more space to wedge in a slightly larger battery -- say to provide an equal and matching battery life of the iPhone 4S but while enabling power-hungry 4G LTE networking to run?
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