Many are hoping that Apple will release the iPhone 5 in 2011, previous iPhone releases have taken place in late June / early July, however there is talk of a possible release in September, but will Apple stick to their guns and snub certain technologies and features this time around?
The iPhone 4 was and still is a great smartphone (ignoring the signal issues), however you are lucky if you get much more than 24 hours of battery life from a charge, also there is no Adobe Flash support, no removable battery and no memory card slot, we wonder if this will be the case with the iPhone 5.
Also See: iOS 8 public release notes
2011 has seen lots of of high-end smartphones release already, therefore this year is arguably the hardest year for Apple to stay dominant in the high-end smartphone market, will Apple cave-in and offer features which the iPhone has never offered before to stay competitive?
We expect the iPhone 5 to be much faster than the iPhone 4 and may even feature the dual-core Apple A5 SoC, if this is the case the battery capacity is very important, if you can’t get much more than a day from the battery it may be an idea to offer a removable battery, this has never been seen with any previous iPhone release, however could be essential this year.
Many think that the iPhone 5 will run iOS 5 out-of-the-box, there is talk of integrated cloud storage which is great for data security, however if there is no cloud storage people may want to see some form of removable storage. No iPhone has ever featured a memory card slot and Apple charge a lot for higher capacity models, you have to pay an extra $100 for an extra 16GB of storage for the iPhone 4, whilst many retailers sell 16GB microSD memory cards for just $20-$30.
Finally Apple has been very stubborn regarding Adobe Flash support, Apple claim that Flash is detrimental to battery life and Adobe’s security credentials are questionable, however with Android already offering Flash support and Windows Phone 7 receiving it soon it may be an idea to offer Adobe Flash support for the iPhone 5. Perhaps upon installation iPhone 5 owners could be prompted with a clear warning of why Apple recommend that you do not install it, this leaves the end-user with a clear choice.
If Apple stay stubborn and snub all of the previously mentioned technologies and features we think that lots will go for an Android or Windows Phone 7 smartphone instead, will you?
What other technologies should Apple’s next iPhone feature?