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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  • 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

     

  • Every time Apple puts out a new iPhone, the battery life gets slightly better, so we expect no less from the sixth-generation iPhone. At least on paper, the iPhone 4S offers very similar battery life to the iPhone 4, so this is one area where there's significant room for improvement.

    Chances of implementation: 50 percent

    Caption by: David Carnoy, CNET

     

  • One of the big features missing from the iPhone 4S is next-gen 4G data network support, which is why we've got it near the top of our list as the No. 3 most-wanted feature.

    Sprint was first out of the gate with its next-gen network. Verizon has also deployed its 4G LTE network, and AT&T is in the process of rolling out its 4G network now.

    There are 4G phones out there (HTC ThunderBolt and Evo, as well as the Motorola Atrix, to name a few), but the big problem so far has been that 4G is a total battery hog. That should change when Qualcomm ships its next-generation 4G chips for phones and we expect to see an iPhone 5 with 4G capabilities.

    Chances of implementation: 80 percent

    Photo by: iphonespies.com

    Caption by: David Carnoy, CNET

     

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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