What are your hopes for the iPhone 5?
I’m hoping for a larger screen. That’ll be nice. I already have iOS 6 on my iPhone 4, so I highly doubt there’ll be anything new like that to look forward to. I would love the ability to double tap the home button and have a brightness control like you do on the iPad, where it will bring up the little drawer where you can make adjustments. You can’t do that on an iPhone yet! I am concerned about the purported new adapter since that means all of our iPhone accessories will have to be re-bought, but a faster processor and a larger screen will help me forget about that.
Also rumored to be announced that day is the still-unconfirmed iPad Mini. What do you think about a smaller, cheaper iPad?
There’s a lot of talk about an iPad Mini, but to me, it doesn’t sound like something Apple would do. Going for a seven inch version of an iPad may be appealing to some people, but they just feel like slightly larger versions of the iPhone to me. I know the Kindle Fire has been successful and the Nexus just came out with a seven inch, so maybe it’ll be helpful in fighting the competition. It seems like a weird audience to target and with Apple’s prices, I’m not sure if they’re going to be cheap enough. Honestly, I’d rather see them incorporate phone technology into the iPod Nano! I’d love something that I could use for music and video but would also act as a phone on my wrist. If they made that happen, that would become my new phone. I like big screens, but I like the idea of your phone always being on hand and the idea of using Facetime Dick Tracy style! I’d prefer to see this direction rather a middle-of-the-range device that I don’t see a lot of people getting. It doesn’t have the size of a tablet and it doesn’t have the phone features, so I don’t understand the draw.
Earlier, we wrote about the new keyboard accessory for the Windows 8 tablet. How many accessories does a tablet need before you might as well get a laptop?
Right now, a laptop offers more power. I know that Microsoft tablets are essentially full-blown laptops in a handheld format. For me, it comes down to the ports you have on a laptop versus the ports you have on a mobile device. I wouldn’t mind seeing more companies going the route of convertible tablets, where you plug your tablet into a keyboard and essentially transform it into a laptop. The important thing is getting the tablet to have the ports and power that you’d normally only see in a regular computer. It would be easy for Apple to develop a new iPad that would use a special port to connect into base that would give it higher functionality. However, once they work more power and connectivity into the tablet itself, I expect that we’ll start to see the laptop go away, especially since they don’t offer any touchscreen capability. The ability to use your hands will trump everything else in the end.