Have to say that the finger print sensor on the iPhone 5s is really a great idea and somewhat unobvious. As always it was the quality of integration and superior tech selection that gave it the Apple imprimatur.Now we have a projected 4.5 – 4. 9 in iPhone 6 and possibly an iPhone max at 6 in, and iPad max (Pro?) at 12.9 in. This is the Samsung version of innovation not Apples.
One of the things about the Apple sparked smartphone race is the well noted but sometimes missed integration of an absolutely crazy (by standards of 6 years ago) set of sensors in every unit. The iPhone and its genetic descendants are sensor rich platforms that software, skins and blivets modify for an uncountable number of applications.
Apple has identified a key (and missed it with the 5c) people want ease of use, ruggedness, power and flexibility so they can personalize their technological jewel and use it to enhance their life.
Follow the logic: Make it more general purpose, more flexibile, more rugged, more capable, easier to skin, easier to add plivets to, while staying bullet proof.
Sizes: I would think about the iPhone/pad Family: 4″, 4.5″, 6″, 7.9″, 9.8″ and 12.8
Screen size: I think apple needs to push the screen to the edge and around the edges of the frame [on the smaller models] at least on one side, to enable side scan and programmable side switches.
Physical buttons: Minimize, three in total all programmable though one will need a hard wired on/off/reset function.
Physical buttons, the center finger print sensor [an iconic item that got its start with the iPod. ] : Bury it under the face and make it part of the functional screen, or make a cutout in the screen for it [that would be a real game changer style wise and make the tech maximalists scream bloody murder. [Do it for the front camera and speakers and some would go up in spontaneous fireballs.]
Radio: Every unit should have WiFi and Phone / Data functionality built in. Work with the pipe suppliers to get them to do what they should want to do, enable the use of Phone/Data flexibly so people get hooked.
Protection: The smaller units should have a sapphire screen to add even more ruggedness.
Cameras: Apple, keep up the good work, quality over quantity and work with the guys who want to add specialist lenses to provide more and more camera functionality. The two cameras in the iPhone are key, critical tools in its bag. I love photos, love cameras but they are doomed to become a relatively rare specialist device.
Speakers: Need to be better, stereo, along with stereo microphones to add acoustic sensing to the repertoire. Maybe one should put the speakers on the face?
Inductive charging: not in already, really? Understood its bulky but its needed for the next level of rugged etc.
Waterproof….ehe…the question is how to do the speaker connection (assuming inductive charging) I think one can make the connector waterproof and I don’t think its a problem unless you get salt water in it, in which case some kind of sensor to make sure its not leaking current. [I think that the audio jack is going to last a lot longer than maybe it should. But I will hope Blue Tooth makes cable-less headphones the standard in 5 years or less.]
Oh well, guess I will wait to see where Apple goes, I hope they see their premier post PC tool the way I do. Maybe they have even better ideas, we can always hope.