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iPhone 5 and Cloud Computing?

Predicted future directions for the World's favorite SmartPhone

I thought I would take a few minutes and think of what new features and directions the next iPhone and its supporting iOS could take. Now this is a little harder after what the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 has brought to the table and that we are only just using them both, but I will take a shot.

With the new Apple Data Center I think that Cloud Computing will be more apparent for a iPhone 5 device. I believe that we will see as near as to a zero configuration device as we could hope for, based around MobileMe accounts. Though I am also certain that these types of devices will become more powerful in themselves.

Within the hardware of a future iPhone, I would expect to see...

  • increase in CPU power - A5 based on a Cortex-A15 MPCore (details here)
  • Increase in Memory size - 1GB RAM
  • increase in Storage size - 128GB maybe 256GB
  • Increase in Battery Life - starting at 10hrs going to 20hrs. 500hrs standby
  • Higher camera specifications - 8 mega-pixel for both cameras.
  • 4G as well as 3G capability - let us hope the carriers can get better 3G before we move on
  • NFC - Near Field Communication or RFID - for interaction with external systems, such as payments... see here
  • Dual SIM card capability - giving some users the ability to carry one device but keep two lines
  • Fingerprint, Facial or Iris recognition - for rapid security verification, fed from the higher resolution camera and the faster processor

OK, some of these may be a little far fetched, but with the accelerated developments in technology we are continuing to see.... who knows?

To quote Steve Jobs from this week... "We know about flash..." and they know about battery life as well. What we can be certain of, is another excellent design from Jonathan Ive and the Apple Design Team.

Anyway it was a great Friday afternoon exercise and I will revisit this in due course

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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