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March 22, 2010

Geek Out!: What will we get from iPhone 4.0?

Posted: 02:15 PM ET
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The launch of the iPad is looming, but some of us are still more concerned about what's going to be new for its smaller-statured brother - the iPhone.

There will likely be an update to the phone’s operating system in conjunction with the release of the iPad.  The question is – what will we get?

There have been plenty of rumors that this update will be BIG.  Of course, "big" is a relative term and could really mean anything.

The hottest rumor is that the phone may actually be able to finally run more than one application at a time.

For Apple geeks, that would be bigger than big  - that would be huge -  and would bring our beloved iPhone in line with Palm’s Pre.

There are some other smaller features I would love to see come to my favorite technological addiction.  Some of these include:

_ Tethering/Hotspot creation:  The Palm Pre can do this – time for AT&T to allow the iPhone to do the same – i.e. create a wireless hotspot or allow the phone to be tethered to a laptop so you can surf anywhere.  I don’t even care if I have to pay for this feature – just don’t expect me to pay much. (An additional $15 -25 would be in line with what I'd expect).

_ Bluetooth remote profile:  The last update gave us Bluetooth streaming for wireless headphones and other audio devices.  But for some unknown reason Mr. Jobs neglected to include the profile that lets you change tracks.  Please enable this!

_ Custom sound sets: Friends with jailbroken phones (who will remain nameless) lord this over me all the time.  Why can’t I make my e-mail, SMS or other alerts sound like whatever I want?  Also, why can’t I choose just one email address (my work account for example) to beep/buzz when I get a new email?  Right now it’s all or nothing. 

Those are just a few of the things that bug me on this phone.  And as always, it’s not that the phone isn’t great - it’s that it could be so much better! 

What features do you want to see?  What isn’t there that drives you crazy?  And let's leave new hardware features for another post!

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iphonejailbreak fanpage on FB   March 22nd, 2010 7:02 pm ET

I love the fact that 9 out of 10 of these requests can be easily met; it's all just a quick jailbreak away. We all it legal? Even if it is not legal, who really cares? Doing 65mph in a 55mph zone, illegal! How many of us refuse to speed based solely on the fact it is illegal? What about the warranty...simply restore and you're off to the apple store to get your iPhone fixed! I have jailbroken every iProduct I owned and can honestly say I have not had the slightest problem. The iPhone was well built, it can handle what we throw at it....but Apple refuses to push the envelope for fear it may seem a little sluggish and get bad reviews. That is the real reason behind no multi tasking, custom GUI, etc. Apple’s logic may have been correct when the 2g was out, but with the 3gs it can take it!

AJ Lorenzo   March 22nd, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Flash is bloatware that will hog all of your phones resources and probably heat it up like a stone in a hot fire.

No thanks.

Kuba   March 22nd, 2010 7:05 pm ET

front facing camera to have video chats.

more battery life is always better.

AJ   March 22nd, 2010 7:09 pm ET

I want everything else that was on the list, but like other people, I really want multitasking. Also, I want the ability to use my custom ringtones as my text message tones.

And as I'm typing this, my iPhone went "bing". Looks like I got an email on my push schedule. We should get emails automatically when they come in. Why do you have to be on a 15, 30 and 60 minute schedule to get emails? That needs to change.

Also, I think video chatting would be a nice feature to the front of the device, not to mention a better camera on the back. (If we're talking a new iPhone all together)

And speaking about tethering, there should be a program (with a one time free for purchase) which allows ONLY Mac users to tether for FREE. Therefore, that'll give incentive for people to possibly buy more Macs..?

Rhonda   March 22nd, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Flash and the ability to have ringbacks and ringtones (customized)

Clark   March 22nd, 2010 7:11 pm ET

-Phone ringtone sound volume separate from all other sound adjustments.
I can't tell you how many times I could not hear a call coming in because earlier I turned the sound down while listening to music, podcast etc.
Very annoying!

-The little vibrate on/off switch on the side constantly gets switched on/off by accident.
Change that completely or at least make it more difficult to switch on or off.

-The battery stinks.
More power in the next iphone version..

julikal   March 22nd, 2010 7:20 pm ET

automatique profile switching pls...

Christmas   March 22nd, 2010 7:28 pm ET

1. FLASH!!
2. Front facing camera for skype
3. Different ringtones that you can create and store
4. The ability to store audio files from you quick record

Praveen   March 22nd, 2010 7:30 pm ET

I want only one thing.

Just make the phone work reliably. Its part Iphone and part ATT problem.

Right now my 3gs does except working as a phone.

lindy66302   March 22nd, 2010 7:33 pm ET

– my NUMBER ONE PET PEEVE...having to slide the arrow each and every time I want to access my phone. Why can't there just be a button to push??? Next pet peeve, I CAN'T CHANGE THE BATTERY. I want to be able to pop in a fresh battery when one dies. Don't like waiting around for the phone to charge.
my iphone is incredibly slow. I have the 3G and I know the 3GS is a little quicker, but still not good enough. Give us speed!
also I would like to be able to change the sound of text messages, a different look would be great.
– be able to remove stock market and weather if we don't use it.
– a better camera and a flash

Sara Hughes   March 22nd, 2010 7:41 pm ET

I want it to talk more.. I know others may not like it but I'd like the phone to be able to tell me things vs just beep at me.

e.g. Sara, Your appointment "Blah Blah" is in 15 minutes.

Something like that.. not to mention when I get a text in the car I'd like it to say. You have a text from "So n So" vs having to unlock and look to see who it is.

Jess   March 22nd, 2010 7:43 pm ET

I think the ability to have a telephone call last more than 5 minutes without dropping would be a phenomenal upgrade!

Connor   March 22nd, 2010 7:47 pm ET

Just a couple things:
live homescreen widgets, (so I don't have to open the weather app to see how cold it is outside, or update my facebook status)

Spaces between apps, (so I don't have to have them all on top of eachother, which leads me to my next suggestion...)

Wallpapered home screen (the ipad has it!)

Default application updates through the App Store, (just in case apple tends to add some new feature to one of their apps, they don't have to issue a completely new iphone update)


custom tones for text messages, voicemails, e-mail

combine compass and maps, makes more sense

strict portrait or landscape mode, (so when you're laying in bed, you don't have to have it at a certain angle)

faster shut-down, start-up

social networking integration with contacts (status updates, phone numbers, tweets, etc.)

combine voice memo and notes apps

photo album creation

sound/vibrate profiles

create tools app (compromised of clock, calculator, notes)

turn-by-turn directions in google maps

map and route creation for saving on google maps

cancel text message sending (this has gotten me into some trouble with spelling in the past)

For hardware in the next iphone I'd like to see:

aluminum back (just like the ipad, prevents scratching)

multitouch sides, for one handed scrolling, camera snapshots

notification bar, (would take up less space than those annoying purple windows, maybe different colors)

Hobbs   March 22nd, 2010 8:04 pm ET

Arrow buttons so i can make edits much easier. I can never tap the letter i want to change! BIG FAUX PAS!

Iggy   March 22nd, 2010 8:10 pm ET

2 webcams, front and back, for streaming tv and for videoconferencing.


Removable battery.

I hate flash, I like flash video, but web video will move to open source html 5.

thom   March 22nd, 2010 8:15 pm ET

definetly flash support and also the ability to use and create folders.
I would like to organize my apps etc in folders etc in order to keep it cleaner instead of one long list

thom   March 22nd, 2010 8:24 pm ET

oh, yeah and get rid of AT&T...they drag the system down. I get the worst coverage because of them. Verizon was better.

Better battery life.

Camera on both sides to incorporate video chat (skype etc)

Rico9   March 23rd, 2010 6:28 am ET

Ability to delete individual calls instead of all the calls on the list.

Anne   March 24th, 2010 12:13 am ET

1. Make it easier to select and delete multiple messages, emails, etc.

2. Better editing features. It is really difficult to go back and delete words and letters.

3. Being able to change sounds for messages, calls, or even set one ring tone for one caller and another ring tone for a different caller.

4. Better battery life.

Boston Bob   March 24th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

(general to iPhone and Touch)

Play AVI and WMV files
From iPhone itself, edit/manage songs better

kencana   March 24th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

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Lew Phelps   March 24th, 2010 3:28 pm ET

Open up the sandbox! There are some really cool apps that you can't get through ITunes because they violate the "sandbox" rules, which require that one app can't interact with another one, and that an app can interact only in limited ways with the OS.

Example: there is an app that ham radio operators think is incredibly cool. It allows text entry using Morse Code. People who are proficient can enter text at 40 to 50 words per minute - far faster than with the QWERTY keyboard - but that app is "banned in Boston" because it interacts with another application. To run it, you have to jailbreak your iPhone, and I'm unwilling to risk the consequences if you can't restore the official OS, and thus void the warranty.

Tony K.   March 24th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

How about being able to sync with more that one computer?

Mike   March 24th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

How about the ability to make phone calls without being dropped?

Dave   March 24th, 2010 5:47 pm ET

I would like to be able to play they iPOD app through my Airtunes!

D. o.   March 24th, 2010 6:08 pm ET

"But for some unknown reason Mr. Jobs neglected to include the profile that lets you change tracks. Please enable this!"

This reason is known. Instead of implementing AVRCP, the Bluetooth control profile that would enable this, Apple has done it over iAP, which they invented. And which they can charge accessory manufacturers a royalty fee to use, which they cannot do with Bluetooth.

Sam   March 24th, 2010 6:53 pm ET

REMOVABLE battery!
Micro SD memory card slot.

Sam   March 24th, 2010 8:38 pm ET

Contact Groups, and the ability to create and customize them on the phone. I want different groups for school, work, friends, family, girls, people I don't want to talk to, etc. I want different ring tones for each group, or to make a certain group have no ring tone. I could do this on my free Nokia phone I got in 2000, I don't understand why the iPhone doesn't have this.

Gary   March 24th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

I think the iPhone is fine just the way it is. People whine too much. Build one yourself if you think perfection should be the standard. Technology is what it is. Humans make this stuff and it's never going to be perfect, although even the fiercest whiners have to admit, Apple got pretty close to perfection with the iPhone.

Elizabeth   March 24th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

The ability to use ringtones for text messages- I am oncall for work and I need to be able to pick a good wake up tone!

John   March 25th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

To those CONSTANTLY whining about iPhone being exclusive to AT&T: Get over it. Even if it did go to Verizon and other carriers instead of JUST AT&T, the phone will surely be more expensive than it is now. They will have to integrate dual band technology to cooperate with GSM and CDMA. It's one or the other, and Verizon is using a dying technology that they are just way to intrenched with. Sure, they could extend to T-Mobile, but you need to see it from their perspective: profit. They're a business, they're there to make money, and from the many various places I've been in, T-Mobile is poor with the network quality.

To those complaining about unlocks and updates breaking them: If you want the phone that bad, sign a contract to that network, or don't have it at all. It's not like Apple is releasing updates just for the sake of breaking your unlocks and jailbreaks. "Basebands" are changed with each update, just like some Windows XP programs may not work on Windows 7. It's all about the code, code changes and so much the baseband with it. It's not ALL their fault. Bug fixes, various upgrades require changes to the code.

Alan   March 25th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

The new OS for the iPod Touch should allow two way Bluetooth.

Maryellen   March 25th, 2010 4:39 pm ET

don't you people realize most of these problems can be fixed if you jailbroke your iphone?

some people...

Hatzel88   March 26th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

Some sort of Photo album ability. Right now if you wanna make albums you have to go to Itunes and its a pain in the ass.

I wanna be able to create albums right on my phone!

chrisnindy   April 6th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

i love love to be able to create a playlist of streaming podcasts. There are tons of short podcasts that I would like to listen to without having to click one at a time.

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Erin McLeish   May 19th, 2010 5:18 am ET

Is the iPhone 4.0 going to have group texting?

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Freddie Cook   July 11th, 2010 8:41 am ET

Video conferencing gave us a way to handle business meetings more efficiently;'.

jack   July 15th, 2010 1:22 am ET

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dektec   July 15th, 2010 1:26 am ET

My opinion is that the new iPhone4 has a massive screen flaw/shortcoming. It's the little AT&T logo on the upper left portion of the screen and utterly destroys the UE.


berryrock   August 12th, 2010 3:55 am ET

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3 Background location
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alyacarmen   August 13th, 2010 8:25 am ET

I do not carry my phone everywhere, and I wonder if there is something that requires my attention only to glance at direction.It phones, it's time to mute the voice activated commands and calls to tap the phone is Formatted

alyacarmen   August 13th, 2010 8:47 am ET

I want different ringtones for each category or make a certain group does not ring tone.Technology is what it is. People do things and will never be perfect, even though the strongest whiners say

Robert Collins   September 14th, 2010 2:31 am ET

my pedometer is made by general electric and this is a long lasting pedometer`~"

Ashley Martinez   September 29th, 2010 6:17 am ET

i always love to do videoconferencing because it is quite convenient:.:

Caramoan    October 14th, 2010 7:51 am ET

video conferencing is one of the nice stuffs that we enjoy because of high speed internet;.~

Omeade Hekmat   October 14th, 2010 9:58 am ET

I think they should make it easier for developers to create video-conferencing and collaboration software availble on the iphone 4. Companies like VeaMea have cheap and affordable desktop solutions that would work nicely in conjunction with smart phone's. Check out their website:

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