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- Look at the 2005 purple Proto type. Seven years later and Apple is still making the same design. It's probably the design Jonathan I has always wanted to make. The platonic ideal. Form phone. Apple is going for a screen and nothing else. They'll keep whittling away until only a giant rounded rectangle screen remainsJul 31, 2012
- I agree. I think the home button's days are numbered and the back may go through small changes. The screen may get thinner and better. But what you see is what you get with both the iPhone and iPad until there's some new functionality thought of. Or of course, when they release one and they hear crickets instead of sales.Jul 31, 2012
- Right now, that button is an iconic part of all touch enabled iOS devices. People see the round button and that tells them it's an Apple iDevice. When they really redesign it, look for that button to be removed. Bet it drives that crazy that it's there.Jul 31, 2012
- I don't think the current version of Android (4.1 Jelly Bean) is a close enough copy but some variations of Android in the 1.X to 2.X range were too close for comfort. Some devices as well. That being said, I would hope Apple stops their lawsuits if they don't win the Samsung one going on now. But if they do, I suspect they'll double down launching new suits while Samsung inevitably appeals.
But this is in fact why I'm not expecting major changes to the iPhone "5" externally beyong longer and thinner. If we can add some vertical pixels and make the device measurably thinner, add 4G LTE while retaining or better yet enhancing battery life, improve the functionality of the antenna slightly, improve the cameras slightly, and go to the Quad Core A6. Toss in a different color external edge and back and I think you pretty much have the best case scenario for the new iPhone. I'm hoping they can achieve enough of a boost in battery life that I don't need a Mophie Juice pack case and can really partake of the thinness. Apple achieved 70% more battery capacity in only a slightly thicker case on the new iPad (though I believe the Retina display already has brought the battery life down noticeably). The iPhone already had a Retina display and supposely the Sharp version uses less power, not more. And by now the 4G antenna should be pretty efficient. I wouldn't be shocked if they bring battery life up 20% and that would pretty much do it for me. I rarely engage my Juice pack's battery now. Maybe once every 2-3 weeks. 20% longer would be enough to cut that to once every 4-6 weeks or only when taking lots of flash pictures negating the need for it. I'd probably just get an external battery pack and take it only when traveling.Aug 5, 2012
- I think a new dock port was overdue really. It's a shame if they don't use, or at least allow for charging and basic communications via a micro USB port - however I did not expect that.
With so many parts to allow for and the need for more power to feed LTE every cubic millimeter counts. The larger speaker ports should help and moving the headphone port to the base seems OK to me. Superior blue tooth connection for headphones would probably become a more sensible option.
Many will be glad to see the end of a fragile back plate, something that never made sense.Aug 6, 2012
- My understanding is that there aren't enough pins in MicroUSB to give them all the control they need. They can only sync and dock but there are apparently some other pins necessary for some of the goodies that get plugged in. The fact that they can license its use out is obviously also part of their business model.
As to bluetooth, I think it's the same 4.0 in the current iPhone 4S and there aren't a lot of compatible devices yet.Aug 6, 2012