The Apple iPhone 5 is the most-anticipated device of the year and the rumors surrounding it focus on what new features the upcoming handset will have, from cameras to chips.
From an iPod touch-like teardrop redesign to a major technology overhaul or just minor tweaks, bloggers just can't agree on what to expect next from the team behind Apple's next iPhone. However, Bloomberg says it will have an 8MP camera and a faster A5 chip, similar to that powering the iPad 2, but will closely resemble the iPhone 4.
Meanwhile, here's a look at 12 features the next generation iPhone 5 will more than likely not come with.
True App Integration:
Application integration provides end-to-end and real-time connectivity between internal applications, existing Web-based applications and off-the-shelf software products. Application integration allows users to send messages and files back and forth between systems, transforming the messages and automating the process. The true benefit of internal application integration is that it allows businesses to automate and manage end-to-end business processes that involve both human and electronic operations.
If Google Voice is considered, it is available in iPhone as well as in Android phones. It’s altogether a different experience in Android and iPhone. Other iPhone apps always direct you to the default dialer and visual voicemail apps, so even if you want to use Google Voice full time, you have to manually navigate it to yourself, but that’s not the case with Android. In Android, Google Voice integrates directly with the operating system. That means, when you try to make calls with Google Voice, as you click on a phone number in your browser or in Google Maps, it goes through Google Voice instead of sending you to wrong dialer.
Over-The-Air Updates: (OTA)
As mobile phones accumulate new applications and become more advanced, OTA configuration has become increasingly important as new updates and services come on stream. OTA updates are pushed out by the carrier and Internet connection is required.
Many rumors point out that iPhone 5 will finally offer over-the-air updates. In simple terms, rather than plugging the smartphone into a computer to update its operating system, users can do so wirelessly over the Web. In other words, new iOS versions pushed directly over the cellular network without any need for iTunes synchronization. There's no need for a pesky USB cable or computer running iTunes. It all “just happens” and “just works.” But in reality, despite Apple’s best intentions, it probably wouldn’t go that way. Presently, Android devices are updated via OTA method. As those Android devices have shown, over-the-air updates take time to bring it to all the users. It may sound simple, but in reality it is not as efficient as Apple’s method.
Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to Web pages. Most of the users feel that Flash enriches their Web experience. One estimate suggests that 95 percent of PCs have it while Adobe claims that 98 percent of U.S. Web users and 99.3 percent of all Internet desktop users have installed the Flash Player. However, Apple’s reluctance to include Flash takes away the experience of accessing full Flash Web sites, or watching Flash videos, or playing Flash games. Having Flash installed on your phone and tablet lets you access a lot of things which you otherwise couldn’t have. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for Rich Internet Applications.
Usually when Apple unveils new hardware, new software launches come along with it. As Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011, details about the changes and improvements in iOS 5 are constantly flowing. Apple has only said that it’s coming this fall. With iPhone 5 expected to make an appearance in September, iOS 5 coming with iPhone 5 is mostly expected. In fact, whenever Apple announces a product, they release the product within a week or two. But Android handset have better operating system than iOS 4 or iOS 5 combined. In fact few of the Android operating system featuers are copied to iOS 5.
Many users were upset with iOS notification feature but that will change as iOS 5 will come equipped with cutting-edge notifications, messaging and cable-free connectivity. It is noticeable that the Apple has borrowed few features from Android most notably like Cloud Synchronization, Notification Center, Over-the-air updates, Photo sharing and Twitter.
Control Phone From Computer:
There are quite a few apps that allow you to control Android phone from the PC. In case of iPhone4, unless the smartphone is Jailbroken, iPhone cannot enjoy that privilege. However, even if the iPhone is Jailbroken, it is not the same as using a separate app that accesses its base functions, similar to the ones used in Android.
The 4G LTE technology to be adopted in iPhone 5 is becoming a less probable venture. Any phone coming with 4G technology has to bear the highest component costs than any other smartphone coming without it. In fact, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless chips required for the faster speeds in Thunderbolt cost an extra $39.75, according to industry researcher IHS. Also, given the size of the LTE chip, Apple iPhone's minuscule printed circuit board (PCB) will have to grow in size in order to support the first-generation LTE baseband processor as well as all the supporting chipset which is in clear contrast against Apple’s plans to deliver a lighter and thinner smartphone in the form of iPhone 5. So most probably, iPhone 5 will not be featuring 4G LTE support. Never a day passes without consumers using their smartphones for online searches, banking, bill payment and for booking tickets online. 3G doesn’t offer the cutting edge and the demand for more speed has become a necessity now.
Entire Android OS is an open source system. The open-source movement has inspired increased transparency and liberty. It also constitutes an example of user innovation. Being made publically available enables anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. This is also a double-edged sword, in the sense, it allows those with less-than-ideal intentions to discover any weakness of the phone. But that can be seen as an indirect plus because when weaknesses are found in the open source community, they are quickly fixed. There is hardly any cap on how much you can tweak your Android experience. The same thing cannot be expected in iPhone 5.
Bigger or Smaller Display Size:
Every year rumors suggest newer version of iPhone to have smaller display screen, but those hopes have been dashed out all the time. With 4-inch display screen considered ideal for a smartphone, the possibility of Apple featuring a bigger screen seems remote. However, with Apple changing their den from Japan to Taiwan in the hope of finding “more cost-effective sources”, the scope for a bigger screen looks less likely as Apple has to spend more to transform the 3.5-inch phone into a 4-inch phone.
Quite a few smartphones have slots that support a range of memory cards which allow you to keep one card in the device for a permanent storage solution, and still have a slot available for cards from your camera or other device. With the falling price of memory cards, you could have several cards with music and videos tucked away in the carrying case.
One way, in which Apple’s iPhone versions differ from other smartphones on the market is in terms of removable storage, none of the previously released iPhones have featured removable storage. This is probably by design as it helps justify a higher priced model with more memory.
Over the years the iPhone has offered impressive internal storage (from 8GB to 32GB), however, some iPhone users are unhappy over the lack of a memory card slot, which can expand the handset’s storage capabilities and provide a quick and easy way to back up data.
The iPhone 4 has tremendous battery life, but it is still limited. People who travel like to have spare batteries and the ability to swap a dead battery for a fully charged one on the fly for those trips where they might be away from a charging source for an extended period of time. The iPhone’s battery is — like all iPod batteries — not user-replaceable. And like every battery ever made, it’s going to lose the ability to hold a charge over time. While the stories about the iPhone’s battery evaporating in two years are simply wrong, the fact is that sooner or later the iPhone’s battery will die. And the fact that previous version of iPhone did not feature removable battery means even iPhone 5 will not have it.
The rumor that Apple will equip its next iPhone with NFC gained momentum when Google released its NFC-based mobile payment feature in the form of Google Wallet in May. It is said that Apple has disclosed in some of the meetings that NFC won't be on the feature list of the next iPhone. The Independent, citing some of the largest mobile carriers in the UK, said that Apple will forego NFC in its next iPhone due to lack of industry standards about the technology.
There are couple of 3D display smartphones in the market. However, it doesn't seem to be featured in Apple's next iPhone. For the most part, 3D functionality works best on larger screen sizes. Therefore, 3D would make sense on the iPad, but not for iPhone 5.
All these above said features are found in different high-end Android handsets that include, Google Nexus line smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation etc..