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This one is easy. Apple will surely issue its next-generation mobile operating system to the iPhone 5 when it is released. Besides anything else, the timing just fits. iOS 5 was rolled out with the iPhone 4S, and the last major update being iOS 5.1 was rolled out with the iPad 3's release. If Apple didn't release iOS 6 with the new iPhone, prepare for the Four Horsemen as the world will surely be coming close to an end.
What we know of iOS 6 is limited, and by that, non-existent. Provided 4G LTE and NFC technology is implemented at a hardware level in the iPhone 5, then software to support it will be added to iOS 6. Besides that, we could also expect updates to iPhoto, iWork, and iCloud, but outside of those realms, Apple will need to keep the 'most advanced mobile operating system' en par or greater in possibility than its Android rival.
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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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