Do you ever dream of having a perfect iPhone? Of course not. That would be silly. Do you dream of features you cannot find on the iPhone? I don’t either, but I have a list of what I want to see in a future iPhone XS Max Pro 11, or whatever Apple plans to call future iPhones.
Sidebar: Why not some colorful names in the macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina vein? How about iPhone Bali? Or, maybe iPhone Jupiter. It could happen.
Back to iPhone dreams. Here’s a quick list of what iPhone does not have that it should have.
Pencil – Seriously. If you don’t need a Pencil on your iPhone, don’t buy it, but I doodle and draw and love Pencil on iPad Pro, so why not a Pencil that attaches magnetically to the side of iPhone-whatever (cases will pour out of China to match the Pencil)? Or, follow Samsung’s lead and stick it into the case to be charged and paired. Cool.
USB-C – OK, I get it. Lightning is pretty good, and far better than USB before USB-C, but the rest of the world moved in the direction Apple pioneered, so let’s all get on the USB-C bus as quickly as possible. Mac? Got it. iPad Pro? Got it. iPhone needs it next.
Camera – OK, iPhones have cameras. Two last year, three this year, maybe even five in a couple of years. What iPhone needs is a wide-angle lens and a decent telephoto lens to go with all that computational photography computing going on in the background. Oh, and a better low light camera, too.
This dream list is turning into a must-have list.
Touch ID – This was pure Apple. Forget the fact that fingerprint sensors were invented long before Apple made it work right. It’s time to bring it back as a toggle with the new Face ID toggle. Touch ID needs a big fat spot somewhere on the iPhone’s display; lower third would be nice. The toggle would allow us to choose both Touch ID and Face ID or just one or none.
Goodbye Notch – No, I don’t mind Notch now. It sort of disappears into the daily usage, but it can be a distraction for members of the technorati elite politburo who think in-display cameras and sensors are the next insanely great thing, so why not? Apple, let’s kill the Notch, the forehead, and the chin, all in favor of a nearly bezel-less iPhone display.
Shatterproof Glass – Not much to say about this. Maybe Apple and Corning just make too much money on replacements to put something shatterproof into an iPhone, but customers want it, so make it already.
Weekly Battery Life – This is a dream list, right? My iPhone XS Max (I gave it the name Max, too; my kids like that) lasts about a day under heavy usage. I want a week. So, in the interim Apple, get me an ultra-low-power mode that lets me have all the power I need with a charge every couple of days.
There you go? Not bad, eh? No, I’m not from Canada.