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It was expected that Apple would announce a cheaper iPad 2 when the iPad 3 was released. It was thought that it would also have slightly less flash memory storage to even out the $100 price drop. It didn't: Apple simply knocked down the price without making any adjustments.
One lead of business thinking was: "Why do we spend $499 on an iPad or an iPhone and only use a fraction of its memory?" Considering how expensive flash memory is, it would make sense to make a cheaper model with less memory for only business critical and basic productivity apps, and this could then go on to save us thousands across the organisation.
Apple could make a cheaper iPhone 5 model with just 8GB instead of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB, which could then pass the savings onto organisations. It's entirely possible, but as per the prediction rating, it's more likely to be a case for the iPhone 5's predecessor than the upcoming smartphone itself.
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Many have asked for a device that offers a wider screen so that there would be less space between the edge of the device and the screen itself. It would be fitting with a massive change in design for the next-generation iPhone, and rival Samsung in its large-screen devices; some of which are more alike a tablet in size than a traditional smartphone.
This would, however, pose a problem for application developers on the App Store as they will have to adapt their applications to adjust to the wider screen. It would fragment the App Store and mean only certain applications would be able to be run on the iPhone 5, leaving many legacy applications out in the cold or accessible but with a thick bar on either side of the application to accommodate the wider screen. It would also pose a problem for Apple itself as it would need a more powerful A6 chip to push even more pixels to its Retina display screen. It's a nice idea, but ultimately unlikely.
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For families, there can be more smartphones and tablets in the house than there are wall sockets for charging, let alone cables to charge them with. Apple could include a charging loop to allow users to place their handheld devices on a mat, which would wirelessly charge their devices.
There are no widely available smartphones with wireless inductive charging that are currently on the market. Apple could set a precedence with the iPhone 5 and make it not only one of the most powerful devices on the market, but also one of the most user friendly and 'simple' devices. An electronics utopia exists where we simply place our smartphones down and they charge without any wires.
With this, however, it would cause a further knock-on effect to its third-party accessory makers which could render not only their products mostly useless, but Apple's own range of docking and charging products useless. With this, it's entirely possible if Apple wants to do it, but unlikely.
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