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BLOG: 4 iPhone features I'd like to improve in iPhone 5

Jonny Evans | Aug. 22, 2012
Here’s just four little features I think the iPhone lacks, even as the iPhone 5 queues get set to begin next month.

The Apple iPhone isn't perfect. There's a range of low-level features which don't appear to have made it into iOS 6, some of which could make the best-selling single smartphone variety even more popular. Here's just four little features I think the iPhone lacks, even as the iPhone 5 queues get set to begin next month.

Power-saver mode

I've written about the various steps you can take to tweak a little more battery life out of your iPhone when you need your phone to be a phone more than you need all its other features. The thing no list of power-saving tips can divert attention from is that taking all these steps is tedious and time-consuming. Does it really need to be so?

Of course it doesn't.

Surely there's someone on Scott Forstall's growing iOS software development team who can go through all the background processes your iPhone does (Location sensing, WiFi network detecting, Bluetooth device scanning etc) and find some simple way to switch these things off, or at least down to an absolute minimum in order to reduce battery drain.

I'm sure there'll be critics complaining that they didn't buy a smartphone in order to end up using something which is only a phone, but for those times when you need to scrape more standby time from your device and aren't planning to play Angry Birds, surely it would be a nice touch to have a single button command inside, say, Settings, which would enable you to switch off every extraneous action in order that your phone will work longer as a phone. This could be useful for example when you're awaiting vehicle recovery services by the side of a road; sat in a tent at a music festival or on your way to the mountain climber's base camp.

Sometimes keeping tabs on all the things those apps are doing in the background becomes a task in itself. A single button to switch across to low power mode without requiring any manual changes to app or device settings would surely be a good thing.

Burst mode

To be fair the iPhone 4S I'm using is one of the best digital cameras I've ever owned in terms of its lack of shutter lag. It's head and shoulders above the digital cameras I was reviewing in the early 2000's for this. Indeed, digital camera technology has moved so far along that it's inevitable that digital cameras will go the way of printers. I can even imagine them being sold at low prices with printers, with now merged printer and camera firms hoping to yield some form of business from ink sales. However, this doesn't mean the iPhone's camera shouldn't support some form of Burst Mode when taking images.


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