Help with defining future features for the iPhone v2 -- to be sent to Apple this week
I’m planning to write Apple later this weekend regarding realistic new features that I like to see in future releases of the iPhone and I figured that I’d do this as a joint effort project.
For those of you who have been using GSM phones for the past 15 years, I’m sure that you’ll agree that whilst the iPhone is revolutionary in many ways, the vast majority of what it has to offer is somewhat modest in comparison to phones that have been released in Europe and Asia over the past 4 years.
So what are the iPhone’s strong points
The Interface! Need I say more?
The fact that the phone runs MacOS
The look and feel
So what are the “must have” features (please be reasonable)
- 1. A larger flash drive (I know the 16GB model is coming, but how about more?)
- 2. Drive accessibility as with the iPod/Mac
- 3. A Lighter and a smaller footprint
- 4. Full Support for SMS (both alpha/numeric senders)
- 5. 3G support
- 6. Video and iChat support
- 7.Options with the camera – photobooth?
- 8.A SIP client so that the phone could be used with your ISP’s triple play VOIP offer when at home.
- 9. Greater application/widget support (ability to install)
- 10. A “airplane” mode like switch for EDGE communication (“Edge off”) when you’re not connected to wifi to prevent high data consumption or provide the end user with the choice
- 11. Regarding the weather app/stock app and the like, support for an “image” file that stores the last updated information in the event that the “EDGE off” mode is activated and you’re not synced to any wifi service.
- 12. A redesign of the iPhone’s headphone jack that will make it standards based as opposed to the current proprietary design.
- 13. Access to the flash drive via Bluetooth for photo transfers/contact transfers/iSync
- 14. An improved battery
- 15.etc., etc…
So what are the like to have features (once again, be reasonable):
- 1. An unlocked iPhone that Apple prices higher than the network restricted telephone.
- 2. Support for video chatting? Phonebooth version Leopard? (would amuse my daughter)
- 3. Support for streaming video à la VLC – will allow you to watch TV on your iphone.
- 4. Support for some Mac 3rd party apps and widgets (within the realm of reasonable). Clearly it would not be very meaningful to be able to run Photoshop on such a small screen, unless of course, a special video extender was created to that would allow you to connect your external monitor in someway to the iPhone
- 5. A Way to interface with your apple cinema display.
- 6. Etc., etc...