Things I Hope To See With Tomorrow's iPhone Event
I've owned several iPhone (yes, iPhone is the plural for iPhone; you're also not supposed to have "an" or "the" before iPhone) over the years. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3G that I got for Christmas in 2009. I then got a Samsung Focus Windows Phone, which I ended up destroying the screen when it dropped out of my pocket, thus I acquired a hand-me-down 3GS. Then I got a few more Windows Phones until January 2015 when I bought an iPhone 6 Plus. I had that for half a year when I traded it for a friend's Note 4. From that point on I was a staunch Android user. I loved the fact that I could install apps outside the Play Store, customize the phone to my liking, and have a wide choice of phones. I also resented Apple's blatant anti-consumer practices (poor reparability, no changing default apps, and slowing phones down over time). Some of that has been addressed, but look at what Apple is still doing by not allowing Microsoft XCloud app in the App Store.
However, there are a few positives to the iPhone life: one is because Apple creates the software and the hardware, there's no better optimized phone on the market. If you want the fastest phone, you have to choose iPhone. Plus, third-party software seems to be much higher quality than their Android sibling. And a big reason to buy an iPhone, much like buying a truck over a car, is the resale value. A comparable Android device will not be worth as much as the same model year iPhone.
Not to mention, Apple finally borrowed most of Android's best ideas on iOS 14, such as widgets on the home screen, deleting Apple's stock apps from the home screen, allowing the change of the default web browser and mail client, and having phone call notifications NOT take up the entire screen (seriously why did this take so long to fix).
Although I've spoken candidly about some issues I've had with Apple in the past, now with the improvements added in iOS 14, and some of the rumors regarding iPhone 12, I will be replacing my Samsung Galaxy S10e with whatever the iPhone 12 will be. I'd like to change it up a bit and see what life is like on the other side of the fence, plus I hear iMessage is pretty cool. If Apple really wants to make me happy, here's a few things I would like to see.
- Higher Screen Refresh Rate: Although artists would rather keep their movies in their original 24 FPS, it's undeniable that a smooth, high refresh rate is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Go use iPad Pro with its high refresh rate and you'll see what I mean. Hopefully this will be added to the line of iPhone 12.
- USB-C: Many Apple products already use USB-C, like the Mac line, and iPad. Why shouldn't iPhone? It would be the most Apple thing to use one cable for every product. Plus, I have tons of USB-C cables, so I'd rather not replace them with Apple's outdated Lightning cable.
- Battery Life Being a Priority: Phones over the years have gotten thinner and thinner, at the expense of good battery life. Some of my favorite phones over the years have been the ones that I didn't have to worry about plugging in. Why? Because I can use them without the thought in the back of my mind about where I'll be able to charge the phone later. If I can turn off the high refresh rate, crank down the brightness, AND be able to get through the day with plenty of battery to spare, I'll be a happy camper.
- Fingerprint Reader on the Power Button: Of all the authentication techniques I use on my S10e, the fingerprint scanner is the most used. I use the face identification pretty much only when my thumb has Dorito dust on it, and I use the pattern to unlock the phone when face identification can't figure out what face is looking at it. I've heard Face ID on iOS is the best in the business, but it still isn't faster than my thumb going on the fingerprint reader on the power button on my S10e, which identifies it in less than a second. Touch ID was probably the best as well, so let's bring that back.
- 5G: Whenever Apple adopts a new technology, it gets in the hands of more people, so if more phones have 5G, more towers will get 5G, and I am very excited about the future of 5G service. 5G offers blazing fast speeds, but even when it isn't mind-boggling fast it has better long range connectivity, and will hopefully be fast enough to provide solid competition to Comcast, Spectrum and other terrible home internet providers.