New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

Summary: The iPhone 4S just hit the market with rave reviews and surging sales, but nothing's perfect.

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  • Right now, if you want to charge your phone's battery using inductive "wireless" charging, you have to buy a separate charging sleeve (case) and charging mat for your device.

    Companies like Powermat and Energizer make inductive charging solutions for a variety of smartphones. However, if you could do away with the sleeve and have the inductive-charging chip built into the phone, you'd only have to buy a mat (and use whatever case you wanted to use).

    Qi (pronounced chee), a new standard for inductive charging as established by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), is pushing to get manufacturers to integrate Qi chips into their devices, and we should see some Qi-enabled smartphones on the market in 2012. The iPhone 5? We wouldn't bet on it, but at some point in the future we think the iPhone will get some sort of inductive-charging chip integrated into it.

    Chances of implementation: 20 percent

    Photo by: Energizer

    Caption by: David Carnoy, CNET

     

  • Apple has consistently improved the graphics capabilities with each new iteration of the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S offering a big jump over the iPhone 4 (Apple says it has a 7x performance boost).

    The iPhone 4S has the PowerVR SGX543MP found in the iPad 2 and we expect the iPhone 5 will get the next-generation PowerVR chip (the PowerVR SGX545 was also announced last year).

    Chances of implementation: 85 percent

    Photo by: Imagination Technologies

    Caption by: David Carnoy, CNET

     

  • With Apple's acquisition of PA Semiconductor, it's been designing and churning out its own CPUs, including the 1GHz A5 dual-core processors that are in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

    Word is a new A6 processor already in early testing in advance of the launch of the iPad 3 in spring 2012. The A6 chip is reportedly a 28nm process (compared with the A5's 45nm), meaning lower energy consumption and higher speeds.

    The faster processor would improve the performance of Siri, iOS5's new integrated voice assistant, as well as host of other features, including still and video image capture.

    Chances of implementation: 85 percent

    Photo by: Apple

    Caption by: David Carnoy, CNET

     

Topics: Enterprise Software, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    What iPhone 5 the fifth generation of the iPhone has already been released. The next generation will be the 6th generation so it will never be called the iPhone 5.
    odvar.donald
  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    I wouldn't really call this a new list since 90% of this stuff has been on everyone's list for a year now.
    Bates_
    • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

      True. But we had a recent gallery published before iPhone 4S was released so we wanted to make sure you knew this one was new - stuff that wasn't included in iPhone 4S.
      andy7718
  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    How about a resistive polycarbonate touch screen. It would make the phone lighter and stronger.
    Unkk
  • Sheesh. Give it a rest with the removable battery

    already. It's a non-issue for such a large portion of the population that you just look like a fool for constantly harping on it.
    baggins_z
    • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

      @baggins_z I agree. At one point I felt that a removable battery was a deal breaker, until I realized I can buy a case which has a battery in it. The only downside is I can't easily replace the internal battery when it dies. But since most of us upgrade our phones every two to three years it really is a non issue.
      jhuddle
  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    How about a design so the screen doesn't crack every time the phone gets dropped?
    bmanahan
    • Then...

      @bmanahan then its not a touch screen anymore :P Just Be more carful or get a good case.
      Mcleary316
  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    Can Siri make all of the little Apple fanbois and apologists STFU?

    ...cuz, that'd be first on my list.
    UrNotPayingAttention
    • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

      @chmod 777 No but it can't make all of the apple haters stfu either, so I guess it's awash. Please return when you something valuable to add to the conversation.
      jhuddle
  • RE: New wish list for iPhone 5 (photos)

    Just remember, the most obvious addition to the new Apple line is the Qualcomm display. Uses almost no power when the display isn't changing, and it's easier to see the brighter the sun.
    Tony Burzio