iPhone 5: Features You Want to See

February 15, 2012

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.

iPhone 5 Siri

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.

Indicator Light

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.

Physical Switches

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.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

ibuzonebob February 16, 2012 at 2:10 am

I'm preciate the new Siri and customizable user interface


Dezz February 16, 2012 at 2:11 am

If a new switch is considered, it would be nice to be able to customize that switch in the main program menu. You could have it programed to do what you want it to do. Just like the article said; wifi, gps, airplane mode, the camera… the list could be enormous. That sounds like a cool idea.


hussein el hajjar February 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

can we have a phone feature that the time can be changed automaticaly in the airplane when we traverse the area of a new worldtime


Jason February 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Swype on the iphone would cause me to buy it…


ibuzonebob February 17, 2012 at 2:16 am

Hope the "want" feature can come true.


Keith February 17, 2012 at 3:39 am

The Home Button Should Glow When a New Message is Recieved


savezo007 February 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

thats an awesome idea


Levi February 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

Okay that is officially the sweetest Idea I've heard yet


Daniel February 27, 2012 at 4:24 am

That is an AWESOME idea……


misterx February 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

indeed,an improved Siri and Swype will be awesome. a social hub maybe? something like the game center just a social website version of it wl b nice…


Kevin February 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Siri does not set a reminder for an appointment so it's useless for appointments. I end up having to go into the appointment and setting up a reminder anyway. I want to see that changed. Also I would like to have the feature of being able to create groups for texting and emailing like you can create in mail on the iMac.


John February 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

How about all of them? Apple is a bunch of crooks who only release small updates at a time to allow for future models to have new features….how about implement all of the features you can think of into each model and refine with each new model? Or push yourself to think of new ideas instead of just putting ideas off for future release? Crooks


ck716 February 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

Crooks? Why does everyone single Apple out? I've never felt ripped off after buying an Apple product not have I been dissatisfied. What's with the haters?


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Levi February 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

Yes a larger screen BUT don't make the phone much bigger. Don't want it to be huge.


MonI February 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

iTunes needs to be much more user friendly. iTunes is the iphone's biggest drawback! Not user friendly moving pictures to/from iPhone, organizing music is a few examples. See the simplicity Android handles this in their software.


Hope February 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

It would be good to have dual sim card in iPhone 5 as it would be more convenient to carry a single phone than 2 phones (iPhone and other non smart phone) around since many iphone users have 2 phones due to the non lasting battery. Therefore, most iPhone users carry two phones for emergency cause. Of course, we also hope to see the iPhone 5 batteries to be more lasting than the previous version.


Hope February 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

It is also good to see if iPhone 5 has anti scratch screen like a watch that use sapphire crystal. Thus, there's no need for screen protector.


misterx February 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

yup. and a stainless screen too.


chris February 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

do you know how much thatd cost now…?


rickwiebe February 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I have an android phone and for me to switch ,I would need a back button. I like my evo and I like my iPad 2, but having an iPhone would make me, everything Mac.


Jon February 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

There should be themes for the iphone like there are for other phone


Nathan February 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

i want a slide out keyboard.


Chris February 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Go get a different phone then?


gsus February 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

Scratch a new button idea, iphones are supposed to be minimalist in the button category, hence the touch screen which nearly every other smart phone has mimicked. Lets work on gestures. I have an air, the most recent version and love all the gesture options, why not rotate images and web pages with swipes, independent of the giro.


AARSH February 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

How about when your looking at a video or picture on the phone you integrate away to prevent it from rotating.


Josh February 29, 2012 at 2:48 am

they have that. it's called screen lock. if you turn it on then it stops the screen from rotating


albi February 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

There is an Indicator already on the iPhone 4 idk how well it works but you can have your LED light flash when you get a new message or phone call.. Its in your settings


NyGirl February 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

It's on the back of the phone though. So in order to really know that someone has sent you a message or called you the phone would need to be facing down.


Grant February 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

Get rid of the newsstand app or be able to add other news apps to the newsstand.


Levi February 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

I say Apple needs to keep doing what they're doing because……for one I love their products and so dies everyone else and TWO almost every company copies exactly what apple does. Soon as the iPad came out..every electronic company there was made their own tablet…some of the tablets even had a home button.


Chris February 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

True but not true, apple has a long way to come still, there iOS software is amazing but it still ahs its ups and downs. People copy apple because they are leading in technology. They can still take ideas off of other people while other people take ideas off them. Also they add on to those ideas.


drift February 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

what about the abilities of the smasung galxy note? but that will need a stylus


thomas February 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

an option to put the back button and options button down the bottom instead of up the top would be nice.


@ChalkTalkTweet February 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

A feature I'd like to see on the iPhone 5 is FM radio just like on the iPod Nano. Simple yet functional. Surely I can't be the only one that appreciates good ol' FM radio?


joe February 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

you are the only one


Audrey February 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

iHeart Radio app. will solve all your problems.


Dee March 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Oh I agree! A FM radio would be great! Been wishing for one for a while now!


jonathan Bazoalto February 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Iphone 5 should Have A Micro SD card Slot Many People Dont Switch Too Iphones Because They Cant transfer Their SD cards too An Iphone.


Jonathan Estrada February 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

Iphone 5 should be able to customize text tones, so you can put a certain tone to a certain person in your contacts.


Chris February 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

A idea on the back button, you know how theres a back button at the top of your screen on a computer? well how bout for a back button you can just double tap the connor of your screen?


Ron February 29, 2012 at 3:30 am

No one seems to mention the things that are important to the non-high speed users. Like blue tooth printing, and updating without iTunes. If I could print using bluetooth, I could get rid of my landline.


GIRLSHEEP February 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I have the 3g waiting for the 5 i think it would be a great improvement , hoping it will come out in June, my niece have the 4 and i noticed the home page app don't look as clear as the 3g version and i still like the shape of my 3g.


Conrad March 1, 2012 at 1:59 am

I'd like to see the phone have a plastic or metal back rather than a glass back. I actually like the back of the 3G better, and it seems less damage-prone. Also, many of the iPods have metal backs, so it seems like would be possible.


Ananymous March 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Switches dumb. Customizable UI dumb. Switches take away from the sleek and smooth design! If you want a customizable UI what stopping you from switching to android?! It would change the OS completely to me. Apple is made to be simple, contemporary, and sleek.


Nicolette March 12, 2012 at 1:47 am

It should be waterproof because a lot of people drop there phone on vacation and in the rain!!


Getwiththeprogram April 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

In IOS 6 the most inportant feature I would like to see is that MAP is added to the bluetooth protocol so that all the Ford and Lincoln, owners could actually use the texting/mobile office functions as well as access to contact photos in their vehicles sync systems. Along with other Auto manufacturers now utilizing similar type text/ mobile office technology, it would be nice to be able to use a $300.00 phone that fully functions with a $20,000 to $60,000 vehicle.

With texting being a huge safety concern these days and Auto manufacturers now adding hands free ability to listen to and vocally send text responses…. you would think Apple would listen. There are several new android phones that mesh with this technology now, and Apple should listen and follow suit before they lose buyers. Because if it is a choice between trading in my $300.00 Iphone or my car…. I will tell you Apple will lose that one to android.


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