Some guy at ZDnet came up with 10 ways to fix Apple’s iPhone 7, which is pretty much link bait, and the lamest list ever, but that got me to thinking– what should Apple really put into next year’s iPhone?
Samsung claims the innovation crown because it has a curved display. Actually, it’s just the edges of the display that are curved, but apps can put status messages and notifications along the edge.
Who among the iPhone faithful envy what Samsung has already done that Apple has not. I’m dying to flip my iPhone on its side to read a scrolling notification.
Curved screens might be all the rage in Samsungland but it’s not something many of us go to sleep at night and dream about.
The usual suspects that Apple doesn’t bother to include in iPhone models, past or present, but ZDNet’s hacks think about, include mini-USB, wireless charging, proximity lock and unlock, a bricking mode, a panic button, voice control unlocking with keywords (I like that one), and built-in Apple-branded apps that do what many free apps already do (someone doesn’t like the Download button on the App Store).
Without knowing much about iPhone 6 yet, here’s my basic list for iPhone 7 and it does not include the lame list from ZDNet. I can dream up my own lame list.
Automatic Scrolling – Why not? If the iPhone’s camera can follow my eyes while I’m reading, why not scroll what I’m reading to keep pace? That’s true innovation.
Custom Case – This one is long overdue. Instead of a one-size-fits-all case, why not a case for the iPhone with a biometric sensor that will recognize– not just my fingerprint– but my hand.
Proximity Sensor – Yes, there’s already a proximity sensor in the iPhone but it’s not worth squat. If my phone rings and I lift it to my ear, why doesn’t it accept the call automatically? I mean, I’m ready to listen. And when I hold the iPhone in a certain way, it should automatically unlock (see Custom Case biometric sensor above).
Retina Scanner Security – Thanks to the Mission Impossible movie series, retina scanners appear to be easily fooled, but it would be cool nonetheless. The facing camera in the iPhone is there already. Just look into the camera while your finger is on the Home button (and while Touch ID recognizes your fingerprint), and the retina scanner determines that you are who your eyes say you are, and then the iPhone unlocks. Add voice recognition to that mix as an extra layer of security.
Battery Life – Every week or so there’s news of a breakthrough in battery technology, but it must be like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Where’s the battery that lasts a week while playing games, updating social sites, taking photos and movies, while playing music and watching YouTube videos?
Cup Holder – iPhones come with a slide out tray for the sim chip, so why not a slide out tray on the other side? It could be a cup holder, or a place to store extra change, or even hold credit cards, driver’s license, and insurance card.
Oh, one more thing. NFC. Gotta have NFC in iPhone 7. Why? Because, you know, standards.