We didnâ€™t know much about the upcoming iPhone 5 up to now. Well, actually, now we have no official info about it, too, but after the MWC 2012 that took place not so long ago, we know what devices it has to compete with and, therefore, what kind of features itâ€™s most likely going to have.
Two of the most interesting devices shown at MWC 2012 were the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD, both coming with quad-core 1.5GHz processors. The CPU of the iPhone 4S was, of course, updated (compared to the iPhone 4), but itâ€™s still a â€œusualâ€ dual-core one, and if Apple wants to attract some attention with their upcoming device, theyâ€™ll have to arm the fifth-generation iPhone with a new powerful processor â€“ either a quad-core like the one the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD will come with, or something even more powerful to beat those two.
HTCâ€™s upcoming flagship will have another advantage, too â€“ a 4.7-inch touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution providing about 312ppi pixel density. The world now wants bigger screens, and if Apple wants to keep pace with the current trends, they have to make the new iPhone 5 with a bigger screen â€“ at least 4.3-inch, but theyâ€™ll have to keep their usual pixel density, too. I guess this is not an easy task, but Apple will have to do it if they want to make a really competitive device.
Another interesting phone introduced at the MWC 2012 was the Nokia 808 PureView coming with a 41MP (!) camera and the famous Carl Zeiss lens. You probably remember that the iPhone 4 came with a 5MP camera, and then in the iPhone 4S the camera was upgraded to 8MP. Still itâ€™s really far away from Nokiaâ€™s 41MP one. No, Iâ€™m not saying Apple will have to make a phone with such a camera, no. Letâ€™s face it â€“ Nokia has always been famous for arming its phones, even the old feature phones with really good-quality cameras, and at the moment Apple is unlikely to beat it. But they can still make a good camera for the iPhone 5, a much better one than they did for the iPhone 4S.
Samsung also introduced an interesting phone at MWC and managed to catch everyoneâ€™s attention. Iâ€™m speaking about the Samsung Galaxy Beam that comes with rather modest specs (1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, 5MP camera, Android 2.3 and so on) but has a distinguishing feature â€“ a Pico projector that can project 50-inch images onto a wall or ceiling. The Galaxy Beam has a very powerful 2000mAh battery, too, which is a big advantage. The iPhone 5 doesnâ€™t need any Pico projectors for sure, but a powerful battery is one of the major trends of 2012, so the 1432mAh of the 4S wonâ€™t do any more.
Soâ€¦ if Apple wants to make a really competitive iPhone 5, they should take into account all of the major trends of the year that started to form at MWC. If the iPhone 5 is going to beat the HTC One XÂ and the LG Optimus 4X HD, a quad-core or even a more powerful processor is a must for it, as well as a bigger touchscreen with high resolution and good pixel density. A good camera with some interesting eye-catching feature and a powerful battery would also be nice additions. Apple should also keep in mind that some of the best phones of the year (like the Samsung Galaxy S3) havenâ€™t been announced yet, and they can appear later with really cool features and catch all the attention that could go to the iPhone 5 otherwise.
What do you think, what other features does the iPhone 5 need to become the best and the most interesting phone of 2012? What features can help it beat the tough competition?