Things I Would Like to See in the iPhone 6

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As mysterious and secretive a company Apple can be, product releases generally function like clockwork in Cupertino. That being a perennial truth, it is expected that Apple fans will be treated to the 6th new version of the iPhone sometime this Fall. While rumors of the impending features of iOS 8 show promise for improved performance and a greater focus of health-related apps, there’s likely few current iDevice owners (including me, who has held on to his 5) who don’t have some sort of iPhone 6 wishlist.

I have been thinking of what I would like to see from the iPhone 6 for some time, especially every time I see my brother with his Galaxy S3, and while I don’t believe any of my requests to be unreasonable, many I doubt I’ll see on this or even near-term future versions of the phone. Still, why not put them out there? You never know just who may be reading…

A Larger Screen

This one is obvious, and if early rumors are any indication, Apple may be already moving in this direction, with some guesstimating that Apple may release two different screen sizes for the 6; a 4.7″ & 5.5″ model– both larger than the current 4″ of the iPhone 5S. It’s one of the things I like most about the Galaxy; though it does take up more pocket space, the additional size makes for a much better viewing experience, almost akin to a slightly-smaller tablet.

Document Storage

I, like many of you, use my iPhone for both business & personal reasons. I have often times found the need to save documents from one email in order to send them to a third-party; in these cases, simply forwarding the original email isn’t an option. Why I have to wait until I get to a laptop to perform such tasks is beyond me; especially since I had this functionality on my Windows phone in 2006. While we’re on the subject, emailing photos should be simplified as well. Doesn’t seem like a difficult ask to me…

Battery Saving vs. Performance Option

Yes, yes, we know– everyone wants better battery life. Myself included. Given the current limitations on Lithium Ion batteries, why not give us a “Power Saver” feature when we need it? Both Macs and PCs offer this option– doesn’t it make sense for a smartphone?

And yeah, I know, you can disable WiFi and shut off location settings and dim the screen and yada-yada, but all of those are manual adjustments, which require you to go back and turn on, individually, when you need them. A quick flip of a switch to “Power Saving”, then back to “Max Performance”, seems perfectly logical.

 Air Gesture

One of the coolest features of the Galaxy S4, in my opinion, is Air Gesture, which allows you to control your phone with hand movements above the screen– without actually touching it. It reminds me of something from “Back to the Future II” (which, BTW, takes place set next year) or Star Trek. Frankly, I’m not even sure how necessary it is, unless you’re browsing your phone with food in your hands (and frankly, who isn’t?), but it’s just really cool. And I dislike the fact that Samsung users have more futuristic features than we do.

Other Items on the iPhone 6 Wishlist

USB storage would be great, but I’m not sure we’re ever going to see that on an iPhone. Still, it would go along nicely with the document storage feature I previously alluded to. A better camera is always a plus; to me, the iPhone’s camera has never been a selling-point for the phone, and it’s sad, because the technology does exist.

Do you have your own iPhone 6 wishlist? Let me know what you’d like to see on the newest release!

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