Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we’ve seen unofficially so far, I’d like to share what I’m hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we’ll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device – I hope – of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It’ll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it’ll have a display that’s better than before. But what’s more than that, most important to me – it’ll have a little more freedom.
One key element that I’d like to be able to enable on an iPhone is the ability to send files from one device to the other with Bluetooth. I’ve taken one photo and I want to be able to send it to my desktop computer through the same sharing screen I see now. But I can’t.
Instead there’s Airdrop.
There’s emailing a photo. There’s sharing to a service like Google Drive. There are a lot of ways I can get the photo from an iPhone to a desktop computer – but none of them as simple as Bluetooth, a technology which exists in the iPhone but is unavailable to me for this one purpose.
Why indeed? Why is the iPhone limited in this way? Why, even if I wish to give up my right to a curated experience like Apple offers the public, am I still relegated to using the technology in an iPhone only as Apple approves?
I guess what I’m asking is: why is there no optional Developer Options panel in iOS Settings the way there is in Android?
Wouldn’t it be great if the next iPhone had the ability to connect with USB-C, thereby enabling the device to connect with other non-iOS devices port-to-port? One could power the other, and files could be shared easily, and the whole world would live in peace!
Apple put USB-C in their MacBook line because the power port in older models served no other purpose besides power. With the iPhone, the port has far more uses than just one.
While the MacBook’s replacement of its power port with USB-C enhances the hardware, switching to USB-C on an iPhone would only serve to cut Apple off in more than one way. They’d be abandoning a cord and a port that works fine for the device now – that’d cost money to switch. They’d also be moving away from a cord that they currently license the rights to.
A Thicker Phone for A Bigger Battery
There certainly do seem to be a lot of solutions for giving the iPhone a longer battery life. Why is that? Why is there an entire industry based on keeping your smartphone alive all day long with mobile batteries – even to the point where Apple has made their own mobile battery case – when the more obvious solution would be making a slightly more hefty phone?
Is this really too thick? What if the whole phone were just a tiny bit thicker instead of all of this bulk being stuffed in a smaller box shape?
Apple makes a MacBook Pro, right? Why not make an iPhone Pro? Is that the key to all of the wishes I have or might have for a new iPhone? Not just switching to an Android device because they’re more open, but finding Apple releasing an iPhone Pro this Autumn?
Perhaps that’s all Apple would have to do. Release an iPhone Pro like this. Completely change the way they release the iPhone to rattle the cages.