Rumors abound about what new iPhone—or iPhones—Apple will be announcing tomorrow afternoon (1 p.m.ET) at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. As always, Apple has been tight-lipped about what's behind the curtain, though reports from credible sources indicate there will be two phones: A more advanced iPhone 5 with stepped-up security in the form of a fingerprint reader and an inexpensive model for "developing" markets in Asia and Africa.
And back in June, Apple gave us a peek at its overhauled iOS operating system (version 7.0), which is graphically more appealing and introduces new services while making it easier to switch between apps, change settings, and share content via the cloud.
But I thought it would be fun, during this information blackout, to use our Apple soothsayer skills to predict our own "iPhone of tomorrow." A lot of readers have already weighed in on our Facebook page.
So what’s on the wish lists? Entries ranged from the whimsical (Corinthian leather trim and an app to help with housework) to the practical (a larger display and longer battery life).
Here are a few things you’d like to see, and a couple just for me:
A larger, sharper display
Apple fans cheered last year when the iPhone 5 finally stretched the traditional 3.5-inch iPhone display to 4 inches. But it's still outsized by the 5-inch-and-larger displays available on Samsung, LG, HTC, and Nokia models, which generally wrap their giant screens in cases that are quite comfortable to hold.
Those phones have another advantage: 1080p resolution (versus the iPhone 5’s 720p), which means a home for every pixel of an HD video and an easier time reading the tiny text you'll often encounter on calendars and photo captions.
A tougher water-resistant design
One brief dunk into the sink or a puddle would spell the end for most smart phones. Protection from such disasters usually means slipping your device in a clunky aftermarket case or buying one of those bulky "rugged" phones. Some of the newest, sleekest models, such as the Samsung S 4 and Sony Xperia Z, not only keep working after a significant soaking but also allow you to use the camera while they’re submerged. They're pretty tough, too. Come on, Apple: Take the plunge!