What should be in next iPhone?

Over years a mobile phones evolved from simple device to very complex ecosystems that can remotely control our world.

Why not to go further?

Hydrophobic coating.

It would be awesome to have next iPhone shielded by hydrophobic coating used in last Apple Watch. At least partially, so users won’t need to be frightened that much anymore. Apple already have patent and technology for that and it’s already been successfully used.

→ So users won’t need to be frightened about their priceless devices anymore.

USB C. Last connector.

New USB type C is a future. Just imagine to have it everywhere. Printscreen from apple.com.

One amazing port with incredible portability. It is inevitable that it will be included in all Apple devices, because it wouldn’t make any sense to not to do so — to have only one port everywhere. And when the time comes, just remove all connectors and reach towards wireless future.

→ Just remove all connectors and reach towards wireless future.

Protruding not allowed.

One way how to handle problem with protrusion is by Apple’s patent “digital camera with light splitter”, which could, as it seems, actually let next iPhone to be thicker and also help create even more accurate photos. Two birds with one stone.

→ Protruding things does not fit Apple’s vision.

No visible antenna bands.

Future phone → no antenna bands, no protruding parts

But that could and should change, Apple just published new patent application that describes a new composite metal material that is very hard to distinguish from anodized metal and that can let radio frequencies to pass through.

This whole idea can give new iPhone whole new look — it would feel like made from one part, like for example plastic iPhone 5c feels.

→ Make it feel like it’s made from one part. Make it Apple-like.

Touch ID display integration.

→ Allow a more dynamic way to authenticate user, without even knowing it.

Plot twist: Touch ID gestures?

Sound Mixer.

There often comes a situation when navigation plays its voice commands over Runkeeper informational resume, or even worse — all three sound sources play at once. But human brain isn’t able to listen and understand to three voice streams at once. In next iOS there should be implemented Sound Mixer that will solve this. Sound notifications should be sorted and played consecutively, each sound information after another. Doesn’t really matter if last item will be played as last or would stop first item playing (LIFO or FIFO strategy). The point is that it’s much better to actually hear information with delay than not hear it at all because there were two playing at once.

→ Do not ever play three sounds at once. Like ever.

Better orientation change.

I’ve sent a few ideas about this to Apple months ago. It was maybe just crazy imagination how to improve it, because there is possibility I’m lacking some knowledge they have. I proposed a few solutions, firstly to start auto lock learning by its mistakes — so when you try third time to position your device some way, but it does again a mistake, so you have to switch lock on, that should be an identifier for “hey iPhone, learn what you did wrong and don’t ever do that again”. Also I’ve proposed an idea that iOS could check with front camera your eyes, nose and lips position towards the device each time you change orientation. At the moment we have effective algorithms that can check it instantly and very efficiently just from one picture. It could be very helpful for user to not ever need orientation lock in future again.

→ Do not ever make me re-rotate device again. Like ever.

Spectrometer / colorimeter.

There is actually a really handy patent waiting to be used in mobile devices, a compact spectrometer based on diffraction which has also a near-production name, G-Freshnel.

Spectrometer can also work as colorimeter, which could help to achieve better camera pictures. Not talking about crazy opportunities for app developers. Always wanted to have a handy device that can find out what kind of object it shot on camera? Ever thought if that is a stone, plastic or fossil? There could be app for that.

→ Ever thought if that is a stone, plastic or fossil? There could be app for that.

Simple laser digital thermometer.

→ There could be app that will find out if you have fever.

Over years mobile devices evolved from simple machines that could do only one specific thing into very complex ecosystems that are covering wide areas we ever dreamt few years before. iPhone is a shining example. It evolved into device that can remotely control our world.

Why not to go further?