Our readers are passionate about Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but we’re more than a little cognizant of the Android enthusiasts as they tend to be the most vocal and certainly the most prolific; our comments are full of Android defenders.
So, on this weekend before the iPhone 5S announcement — assuming it is so called — we ask you: What does the iPhone 5S need to convince you to buy one?
Say your contract is almost up, or you’re flush with money and growing tired of that BlackBerry Bold 9700, that Samsung Galaxy S2, that iPhone 4? You’re leaning towards one of those turbocharged, larger than life Android devices, perhaps the LG G2 or Galaxy Note 3. You like Android, but are not necessarily sold on the idea of waiting for updates. You’ve seen the initial previews of iOS 7 and are intrigued; many of the changes seem positive to you — the quick access to WiFi and Bluetooth controls, the addition of background fetching, the more colourful design — and you are keeping an open mind.
We’re all but certain the iPhone 5S will continue Apple’s 4-inch legacy, and maintain its 1136×640 pixel IPS display. It will probably contain an A7 chip, which will be meaningfully faster than the A6 without rendering the iPhone 5 a cobwebbed antiquity. Apple will probably update the camera module, though unlike the G2 and Note 3 the resolution will stay at 8MP. There is talk of a fingerprint sensor woven into the home button for added security and with it the prospect of multi-user support baked into iOS 7. It will, of course, be manufactured using exacting methods and components, and maintain its high-quality aluminum chassis. There will almost certainly be other niceties thrown in there that even the most insightful pundits have yet to conjure.
Let us know: what would it take for Apple’s executive team to convince you to buy an iPhone 5S? Or even the rumoured lower-cost iPhone 5C? Or are you so set in your ways you wouldn’t dream of considering one?