AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s opinion aside, the iPhone 4 isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t perfect.
There are lots of tasty features found in other
phones you canÃ¯Â¿Â½t get in an iPhone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C, with CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s Top 5 iPhone 5 features wish list ranked
in order of important, drawn from the full list of 20 features curated by CNET editor David
#5: A bigger screen.
Folks rave about how good the iPhone 4 screen is, but never about how
BIG it is.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s 3.5Ã¯Â¿Â½ while many competitors are 4.0 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 4.3Ã¯Â¿Â½.
It makes a huge difference in a small
iPhone is at real risk for looking cramped, but bigger tends to sacrifice stylish.
So we lay
the odds on a bigger display at 50/50.
#4 Better battery life.
When a phone doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have a user replaceable battery like the iPhone
doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t , it better have great battery life.
Luckily, iPhones tend to march that direction each rev
and the battery industry is busily making big advances, so we give this one at 90% chance.
#3 Better call quality.
iPhone is a strange name for a device that does everything well except
make phone calls.
The addition of Verizon offers carrier choice Ã¯Â¿Â½ that helps -- and iPhone 5 will
be the first phone designed from the ground up with Verizon in mind.
Plus there are anecdotal
reports that AT&T is getting better as defectors move to Verizon.
Whatever it takes.
But we give
this fuzzy goal a 45% chance.
#2 iOS 5.
OK, this is a given, 100%: iPhone 5 will have iOS5.
The key is how well iOS5 can stave
off the onslaught of Android, which has the hottest sales growth in the phone biz today and is
projected to be the most popular smartphone in userÃ¯Â¿Â½s pockets by end of 2012.
Before we get to the #1 iPhone 5 feature on the CNET wish list, hereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a look at the Top 5 that
are just wishful thinking!
These are not going to happen!
Most because of AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s focus on
clean, slim designÃ¯Â¿Â½and one just because they hate Abode:
The #1 thing on our iPhone 5 wish list is something thing a lot of folks mistakenly think iPhone 4
already does: 4G.
4G networks are the single hottest new thing in phones beyond smartphones themselves.
iPhone is going to look yesterday real fast if its not on them.
But hold on: 4G is in its early days
now, not on in every market, different on every carrier, hard on battery life and just inelegant.
Apple hates in elegant.
So they may wait until iPhone 6 to do 4G, after everyone else has gotten
a black eye rolling out early.
Odds here: 50/50.
If you want to see the full 20 items we think are in play for iPhone 5, check our CarnoyÃ¯Â¿Â½s piece at
CNET.com and of course stay on top of iPhone 5 at CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s iPhone center.
For more Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like
this head on over to top5.cnet.com.
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