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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 11, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    What do you expect from the new iPhone?

    Ciara O'Brien

    It’s only a day to go until Apple reveals what we’re all assuming will be the next iPhone. So what are we all expecting from the new handset? Apple isn’t giving anything away, but there is plenty of speculation.

    First of all, the rumours are that the new iPhone will sport a bigger screen: 4 inches at the very least.  This makes sense; all previous iPhones have stuck with the 3.5 inch display, but Apple’s competitors are now going for larger screens. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch display, for example.

    Bigger screen will mean the phone will need a bigger battery, or there will no doubt be plenty of complaints online about how quickly it dwindles.

    And just because it’s going bigger in the screen, it doesn’t mean that will apply to the rest of the phone. Rumour has it that Apple is slimming down the handset as much as possible.  That means we could see the end of the glass panel at the back – the one that is currently shattered on my (and no doubt many others) iPhone.

    Of course it’s not all good news. There is talk of a smaller dock connector too, which is a resurrection of an old rumour. If Apple does decide to change the dock connector from the current 30 pin one, it’ll be a headache for all those who have invested in docking stations and other accessories for the iPhone, although there is also talk of an adapter that will solve that problem to a certain extent. And forget about your micro sim – the new iPhone may just for a nano sim. That means more adapters, more faffing about, and a general pain for users.

    On the inside, there is the possibility of a quad core processor to power the new phone, which should make for an all-round zippier iPhone.

    4G LTE is also a possibility. There’s already a 4G LTE iPad, it makes sense to offer a 4G phone too – although hopefully it won’t be limited on bands like the iPad.

    Another rumour that has been knocking around for a while is that the next generation of iPhones will have near field communications. The technology is used for sharing data with other NFC enabled devices – the Galaxy S3 has it, for example – and could transform your phone into a digital wallet. It’s not clear if Apple will make that leap just yet, however.

    And of course, iOS 6. The new version of the software is expected soon, so it makes sense that it will launch with any new device planned by Apple.

    Earlier today I asked on Twitter what you wanted from the new iPhone. The responses range from practical…

    ….to the more tongue in cheek:

    Sp: what would you like to see in the new iPhone?