Rumor mills and rumor mongers in the Applesphere have been working overtime as they always do this time of year. The predictions range from the name change to iPhone SE to dual cameras to an iPhone 7 Pro model with better everything, including a heftier price tag. Here’s what I want to see and what I don’t want to see in iPhone 7.
Mac In A Pocket
We’re close to achieving a level of parity between the iPhone and a Mac that could fit in your pocket. iPhone apps are more powerful and plentiful, graphics are stunning, and anything with that much capability that can fit into a pocket, purse, or bag tells me Apple isn’t in danger of anything these days.
Whatever the new iPhone is called, here’s what it should have:
AMOLED display – it’s already in Watch and quality is sufficient that Apple could make the leap from older technology to better screen technology if it can get a sufficient supply. The iPhone’s screen resolution is longer in the tooth than this year’s crop of major presidential candidates. The time for change is here.
Dual Camera system – Samsung and Apple play leapfrog with each other on features and camera might be the most used feature after phone calls. A dual camera system would move iPhone photography and videography into the DSLR category. On a phone.
3D Touch everywhere – kiss the mechanical home button goodbye in favor of a Force Touch-like 3D Touch Home button with Touch ID. Buttons are so 1999, so it’s time for Apple to move us kicking and screaming into a button-less future.
Lightning headphone connector – this one is a no-brainer despite having half the planet against Apple removing the headphone jack. Hey! It’s legacy technology from the 19th century. Let’s move on. Apple bought Beats and the headphone business for a reason and we’re already in the 21st century. Show me the future of sound, Apple.
Waterproof – there’s waterproof and water resistant but whatever we call it Apple needs to leapfrog Samsung’s water protection efforts. Getting rid of physical buttons can only help.
Shatterproof – hot on the heels of waterproof is a shatterproof screen and corners that don’t bend and break when the iPhone selfie decides to go into bounce mode. Motorola has a shatterproof screen. Why not Apple?
Case Design – if we’ve hit Peak Apple and Peak iPhone then maybe we’ve hit peak case design, too. Word on the streets says the iPhone 7’s case will be much like iPhone 6s which was much like iPhone 6 but with antenna lines moved around. Is iPhone 6 how smartphones are going to look forever?
What’s not on my list is one item that might be on everyone else’s list but I don’t see it happening in leaps and bounds.
Battery Life – I suspect that iPhone 6s users worry more about battery life than we Plus users, because size matters and getting a day of heavy use from the big screen monster is simple. So, Apple, improve battery life as best you can, but don’t give me a thicker brick-like device to get there. Battery life is fine.
Case-less iPhone – have you ever wondered why the iPhone’s frame case is aluminum? It’s light and strong. Make the iPhone shatterproof and who would need a case to protect the iPhone? Everyone. The case is the personalization option of the iPhone, which explains why every other smartphone has a grippable case and back and iPhone does not. It’s a super computer in your pocket. Protect it.
There you have it. My basic list of wants vs. the smaller list of what I don’t care about at all. I’ve been running the public beta of iOS 10 on an older iPhone for a couple of weeks and I have a list of likes and don’t likes, too. The improved lock screen functionality is nice but Notification Center should be renamed Clutter Center.