Let's talk predictions: what would you like to see in an 'iPhone 5S'?

Anna Scantlin
Contributing Editor from  Kansas City, MO
| Published: December 30, 2012


When Apple releases the first generation of the next tier of their famous iPhone line, the reviews seem to always come back the same: the device was good, but not great. Typically Apple will then tweak the phone in small ways to turn a good phone into a better phone, stick an ‘S’ on the end, and call it a day. So assuming this trend continues, what would you like to see out of an iPhone 5S?

In some ways I’m glad that my upgrade isn’t available until sometime in July. I’ve been hearing rumors being thrown around that Apple wants to start releasing phones in summer again, as oppose to fall as they have been. If I can hold off until July, I might be lucky enough to see if an ‘iPhone 5S’ emerges and maybe fall in love with it. As it stands right now, I’m not interested in the iPhone 5 at all and am leaning towards purchasing an Android as my next device. But if Apple makes some appropriate changes to the iPhone 5, would it be enough to place it back in the running for me?

I don’t expect to ever see Apple running a platform OS as open as Android. That’s just not what they’re about. While I expect the OS to remain pretty similar to what it has been, there are certain aspects that I would like to see tweaked here and there.

It would be nice if iOS ran widgets. That might sound petty, but widgets were one of my favorite things about Android. They made things more convenient overall in regards to easier access and faster response times like with e-mails and updates; not to mention they look pretty cool. If iOS ran widgets I’d be a happy camper. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it would be a nice addition if it did.

I’m also ready for an upgraded camera. While 8 megapixels is nice, it seems like the majority of cell phones have stayed at 8 megapixels for a while. I love the convenience of being able to whip out my phone and take a quick snapshot and it looks fantastic (on my device) but the quality difference shows when I view the same photo on my laptop. This goes for any device, really, but since we’re talking about what we’d like to see on an ‘iPhone 5S’ I’d say a better camera couldn’t hurt it.

The most important thing I’d like to see changed in a new iPhone, however, is that they get rid of the aluminum design and went back to something that felt more solid. There are some things I disagree with in the design of the iPhone 4/4S, such as a glass back (what’s the point?) but aluminum seems no better. I’ve seen multiple reports of iPhone 5s being bent because people who carry their phones in their back pocket sat on the device. Not only that, but the paint job on the iPhone 5 isn’t too solid either, with flecks coming off and making the device look more worn than it really is. I imagine a bent iPhone with a shabby looking paint job loses its value pretty quickly. Honestly, I prefer the solid (and heavier) feel my 4S gives instead.

So readers, what would you like to see in an iPhone 5S? I’m interested to see what ideas you guys have that could make the next version of this iPhone better than the first. Let me know your thoughts!


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