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£tba | apple.com By the time you read this, Steve Jobs may have already unveiled the iPhone 5, rendering our hard work here of mostly academic interest. Oh well. Here’s our iPhone 5 wishlist, and how likely we figure each feature will be.
Apple’s design ethos is all about unity, so many expect the iPhone 5 to follow the steps of the iPad 2 and MacBook Air by slimming way down. Sources suggest a return to aluminium for the chassis, with the troublesome antenna moving to the Apple logo, where signalblocking fingers can’t intrude. Stuff probability rating ●●●●●
The iPhone 4’s 3.5in touchscreen is starting to look titchy compared to Samsung and HTC’s 4in-plus monsters, so Apple might boost the iPhone 5’s screen to match. The Retina Display already offers the highest resolution out there – don’t expect it to get any sharper. Stuff probability rating ●●●●
There are already accessories that add NFC skills to the iPhone, but some tech speculators reckon it could come built into the next one. If so, it’d turn your phone into an ‘e-wallet’, allowing you to pay for crisps and cans of Tizer with no more than a swipe over a shop’s pay point. Could NFC be the iPhone 5’s ‘one more thing’? Stuff probability rating ●●●
iPHONE5 HASTO BEAT…
Samsung Galaxy S II Lightning fast and thinner than an anorexic flatfish, the Galaxy S II’s vibrant AMOLED screen is the icing on the Android cake. Google’s brightest hope in the fight against iOS.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Until we’ve tested the 9860, this touchscreen/QWERTY combo is RIM’s biggest rival to the iPhone. The screen might be small, but it’s razor sharp. See how it fares on p79.
HTC HD7 The cream of the Windows Phone 7 crop, HTC’s HD7 might lag behind when it comes to apps, but Microsoft’s OS has a streamlined view of social networking, contacts and email.
Dual-core is becoming the smartphone norm, so a processor upgrade for the iPhone looks like a shoo-in. To cope with improved multitasking capabilities coming in iOS 5, logic suggests it’ll get the same A5 engine that’s found in the iPad. That should keep the
Samsung Galaxy S IIs of the world at bay – for now. Stuff probability rating ●●●●●
Apple isn’t exactly known for going megapixel mad on the iPhone’s camera, so a Xenonpacking 12MP monster looks unlikely. Still, the 5MP snapper on the iPhone 4 is looking long in the tooth, and a bump up to 8MP would be welcome, especially given iOS5’s new camera skills such as red-eye reduction. Stuff probability rating ●●●●
With gestures at the core of OS X Lion and multi-finger navigation appearing in developer versions of the iPad’s operating system, the iPhone 5 could be the first to ditch the home button. A bigger screen size would make four- and five-finger gestures possible, bringing up the toolbar without having to press a button. Stuff probability rating ●●●
A boost in power and a slimmer chassis are a dead cert, but an unexpected ‘one more thing’ would be killer www.stuff.tv / 33