Friday Night Forum: The iPhone 5 Wish List

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At midnight, millions of eager fans (including Corona Labs!) visited Apple’s online store, for a chance to pre-order the iPhone 5. The pre-orders sold out within an hour, 20 times faster than past models. With a projected 6-10 million device sales in September alone, the iPhone love affair is far from over – but did the new device meet expectations?

Despite the buzz leading up to the announcement, many seem disappointed. The iPhone 5 is thinner, faster and longer than its predecessors, but the device wasn’t met with the same hurrah as past models. Many felt the iPhone 5 fell short on innovation and new features.

Christina Bonnington’s (Wired) wish list consists of wireless charging, predictive behaviors, and facial or gesture recognition among others. Our nice-to-haves include a refresh of the UI, and a way to share data between apps.

We’d like to know: What features are/were you hoping for in the iPhone 5?


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This entry has 6 replies

  1. Micro-USB. You can give it a fancy name like “Lightning,” but ignoring the move towards a universal cell phone charging port is clearly a calloused cash-grab by a company who is already swimming in record profits. I love Apple’s products. I do. But it’s hard to reconcile the corporate behemoth Apple of 2012 with the relatively plucky upstart it was in the 1980s. Their products are so user-friendly, but their corporate strategy seems to have contempt for their customer’s pocketbook.

    …that said, I look forward to getting my iPhone 5 next Friday. I’m such a hypocrite. 😉

    • Nenad Katic says:

      Apple has become a Big Brother from their 1984 ad. Now they are everything the company used to stand AGAINST.

  2. Mark says:

    Simultaneous data and voice on Verizon Network (LTE)

  3. Luke says:

    Lets see…

    For Apple in General:

    A greater use of non-apple technologies such as USB 3 or micro-usb, cheaper products, better customer support, better support for digital purchases through apple’s online store (i.e.. developer subscriptions), pricing in different countries should be based on exchange rate alone!!! (songs shouldn’t cost $2.20 AU when US can get for $0.99), get rid of the stupid updates available notification on Mountain Lion, allow for physical sales of operating systems again (it took 3 weeks and many painful restarts to download Mountain Lion on my connection, not everyone has blistering fast internet), stop blending Mac and iOS (there will be blood coming from the Mac), design better headphones that last longer and don’t tell the world what you’re listening to (although I haven’t tried their new earpods). Stop having patent wars too!

    For the iPhone 5:
    Cheaper as a prepaid phone (I don’t want to pay ($800 for the base model when US pays $200)!!
    Support ALL of the current phone signals in countries you sell to!!
    Expandable SD card slot

    Sorry if that got a bit off-topic.

  4. Nick Golden says:

    I dropped $924.31 for iphone5 64gb black. I had to pay full price to keep my unlimited data (which is 3g now) and migrate to 4G.

    The only thing that makes me sideways is the lightning port and how apple sold out of the cables. Basically, I have ONE cable, and if I forget to bring it EVERYWHERE with me, I’m SCREWED. Battery is going to die, and I won’t be able to use jack squat.

    Ship time on the cables is 3 weeks right now. There are enough iphone5’s to go around (total from apple, carriers etc) but not enough cables. It’s a FREAKING CABLE they could have massed produced them but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    Just saying :/

    Otherwise, I’m sure the phone will be great 🙂

    Ps. Still mad about the cables bro.


  5. Inna Treyger says:

    Just came across this comic and it falls in line with all/most of the sentiments you’ve expressed – ha! 🙂