Over the last year we’ve seen a number of cell phones receive mind-blowing hardware, which leave some users wondering why they need this extra horsepower and if they’d ever really use it? With the new iPhone 5 expected to receive a release date some point this year, and normally a little behind on power, we wonder how Apple will create a unique offering and would we really need more power?
Creating an iPhone 5 for the developer to take advantage of extra power – we’ve spoken to a number of game and app developers that explain in simple terms why “more is always good“. They also point out that the two main things are “processing power and memory” when it comes to creating high detail in games and apps, and any extra power will always be “taken advantage of“, so could there really be a thing of too much power?
The right price and power balance – better parts always result in a higher price, although iPhone’s are known to cost more than many rivals and sometimes late to market with specs, but it’s fair to say Apple like to innovate with the way their package is put together. I personally know how good the iPhone has been for five generations, but this also means I can see the flaws very clearly as well, which include the signal issues on iPhone 4 and battery life problems seen on the 4S model (this did not affect everyone).
What does Apple need to bring to the table on the new iPhone 5? First up would be a better name than with the “New iPad“, would you really want a “New iPhone” name? Then if the developers can really take advantage of any extra power, it would be interesting to see what would be possible with mobile gaming and other apps with as much “bang for buck“. The display is one of the most important features on any mobile device thanks to it being the thing we look at the most, so it would certainly be a good idea to bring an edge-to-edge display with other enhancements for a bigger screen on a smaller form factor.
The upcoming iOS 6 and a new more powerful iPhone 5 could bring enhancements with iCloud, then we could have new modes of gameplay within apps that we can’t yet imagine. There has been a taste of what’s possible with playing a game on one iOS device and then picking up on another, but imagine a future where developers innovate with iCloud to bring mind-blowing features in both games and other apps?
Some phone users would wonder with such a small iPhone screen what is the point of enhancing the graphics and power more? We’d point to tasks needing much more power, which include streaming higher graphic games via Airplay to an Apple TV, or other devices for lag free gaming on the big screen while the iPhone becomes the controller.
Great graphics on our big screens via the iPhone as the console – We’d love to see some more innovation for accessories that add buttons to the iPhone, which then make it a better controller for when streaming to a big screen display. It’s well known that some traditional gamers cannot get along with touch screen games, and like to have dedicated controls, so while the iPhone 5 would be no PS Vita it could be enhanced with better graphics and a dedicated control accessory designed in partnership with Apple.
What could you see in the future for a new iPhone 5 with more power? This might be ideal for devs, but do you really care? The image above this article is the same one we reported from Ciccarese Design when we posted some concepts a few weeks ago.
Recent iPhone 5 news and rumors – We’ve heard an increasing amount of Apple iPhone rumors since the start of 2012, which is the same this time every year, but with so many rumors it’s hard to always see what leaks could be solid although some are obviously fake. In January we heard about the possibilities of a 3D interface for the new iPhone 5, not a feature I’d personally want, and how LTE/4G could help shipments this year, which is certainly going to happen now the new iPad has that feature. We’ve heard continuous reports of a bigger iPhone display, and some Apple patents point to reshaped batteries at some point in the future, which juice is something needed with more features being added each year although fuel cells might be the answer one day.
We’ve been using the new wireless charger for Apple’s wireless mouse for a while now, and it has made a massive difference to always being charged. The rumors about wireless charging for a new iPhone would be welcomed as a good step forward for convenience. Flash and NFC are also rumored features that have received mixed reactions, and one warning to those looking out for 6th generation iPhone news – watch out for the fake text messages.