The only thing the iPhone 5 really needs

Tony Bradley
10 September, 2012
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The iPhone 5 is coming! The iPhone 5 is coming! In case you’ve been in a coma the last week, Apple has sent out invites to the media for an event next week, which is all but guaranteed to be the official unveiling of the highly anticipated iPhone 5.

As with any new iPhone or anything else Apple makes for that matter there has been an abundance of rumours, hype, and speculation. Analysts and pundits have been making predictions about the next iteration of the Apple smartphone since the day the iPhone 4S hit the street.

It might be slightly larger, stretching the display to 4in according to some sources. There is rampant speculation that Apple will introduce a new, smaller dock connector. The new iPhone may or may not include NFC (near field communications) capabilities.

When push comes to shove, though, there is only one feature that really matters: 4G / LTE speeds in Australia.

Would it be nice to have a larger display? Meh. Personally, I like the fact that the iPhone has maintained a reasonable display size despite the race by rival smartphones to see which device can use the most grotesquely large screen and still be classified as a smartphone. Somelike the Samsung Galaxy Note have crossed the line and created a whole new classification called phablets.

Am I looking forward to a smaller dock connector? Not really. Of course, I’m also not freaking out about the possibility or cursing Apple for having the audacity to switch up connectors once every decade or so. More than the size of the connector itself, I’d like to see Apple develop higher quality cables that dont crack and fray so easily.

I’m not sure what to expect when Apple pulls back the curtain to reveal the next generation iPhone next week. All I know is that if it doesnt have 4G, I don’t care. And, if it does have 4G, thats all that matters and you can sign me up for my pre-order right now.


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  1. AussieMacUser says:

    I am concerned about this 4G business – the speed improvement is important to me. Not having 4G access with a new iPad in Australia makes me think that Australia has adopted the wrong frequencies. If the iPhone follows suit, it will be harder to justify a purchase.

  2. Steffen says:

    Even the new iPad gets much faster speeds that the iPad2, due its support of those 3.5G features you get with Telstra’s NextG network for example. This enables download speeds of up to 21Mbps or thereabouts, which where previously unavailable with 3G iPhones and iPads.

    I’ll be content if the new iPhone supports that (I’m pretty sure it will), given the extremely patchy 4G coverage at this point. In a year to two, when 4G coverage will be similar to 3G today it will be a different proposition.

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