In our last article, we discussed iPhone 5 features that we hoped would be included in the new iPhone 5, which we’ve heard will be released this summer. We also asked for the features that you, our readers, most want to see. And you certainly didn’t disappoint with your suggestions, as you mentioned many features that didn’t make it onto our previous list. Your most wanted iPhone 5 features inspired us to take a closer look at these features.
New Siri Features in iPhone 5
When Siri was announced for the iPhone 4S, it was touted as being a personal assistant that would make your life easier. Although Siri is quite good at dictating text messages, making appointments, and setting reminders, it is limited. You can’t use Siri to open apps, nor can you use Siri to find movie times or play music in an alternative music application like Pandora. Siri also won’t read email messages or manage the battery by turning off certain features when the battery life gets low. The bottom line is this: while Siri is a very neat feature, most iPhone users want to see a much improved version of Siri on the iPhone 5.
Integrated Turn by Turn Navigation
The iPhone’s built-in Maps application has largely remained unchanged from the one that was featured in the original iPhone—and this is something many users want changed in the iPhone 5. One of Android’s main advantages is the fact that Android features a built-in turn-by-turn navigation feature. iPhone users have been complaining about the lack of integrated turn by turn navigation for years now, so here’s hoping Apple listens and implements the feature in the iPhone 5.
Customizable User Interface
Another thing that Android has (and the iPhone doesn’t) is a customizable user interface (UI). Android users can add widgets and install custom application icon sets to make their phone unique. This is a feature that many iPhone users want to see implemented in one way or another on the iPhone 5. Imagine being able to customize nearly every aspect of your iPhone 5: you could have every useful widget on your iPhone screen so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of opening applications.
The BlackBerry, as well as some Android smartphones, comes with an indicator light that lights up whenever a new text, call, or email is received. This is particularly useful for the times where you receive a message while your iPhone is in silent mode, and so you don’t remember to check your messages. If Apple decides to implement the indicator light on the iPhone 5, it’s likely that the light would be right next to the front-facing camera.
Some iPhone users are holding out hope for another physical switch on the iPhone 5 beyond the silencer switch. The switch could be used to shut off WiFi, disable the GPS, or even to turn on Airplane Mode. We’re not sure that the iPhone 5 will have another switch, but the idea of being able to turn specific iPhone 5 features on or off with the flick of a switch sure is a nice one.
What Do You Think?
Which of these features would you most like to see in the iPhone 5? What other Siri functionality would you like to see implemented in the iPhone 5? Leave us a comment below and give us your opinion.