iPhone 4G: 25 most-wanted features

Apple's fourth-generation iPhone will most likely arrive in June. Here's a look at some of the feature and design upgrades we'd most like to see, including the odds of their implementation.

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DesignedbyItem's concept design for the iPhone 4G. designedbyitem.com

The day the iPhone 3GS launched, I wrote a column entitled "364 days and counting to iPhone 4G." Since then, thanks to Google, I've gotten a lot of e-mails from folks wondering just when the fourth-generation iPhone will come out, whether other carriers besides AT&T will offer it, whether it will actually work on 4G networks, and just what features it might have.

Until I hear otherwise, I'm sticking to my guns and saying the iPhone 4G--or whatever Apple chooses to call its next iPhone--will arrive almost a year to the day from when the iPhone 3GS was released. But now that we're around 90 days away from a possible launch, I thought it was time to put together a wish list of design and feature upgrades I want to see in the iPhone 4G.

Kent German put together an iPhone wish list of his own back in January, and I nabbed some items from his list, but I also scoured the Web for more wishes (Macrumors.com has a good message-board thread going) and compared them with my own wants.

The end result is a list of 25 items ordered from least important to most important in a reverse countdown. We also included what we think are the odds of Apple actually implementing each request. As always, feel free to agree or disagree with me and make your own suggestions (and to post your own ordered wish list). I will update the list after the comments start rolling--so get your two cents in. Perhaps Apple's listening.

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