iPhone Wish List

December 12, 2006

Here’s a BusinessWeek wish list for the Apple iPhone, plus another one from the Apple Blog.

I’ll agree with many of the items on the list, but my one hope over everything else is ease of use. One thing that’s always bugged me about cell phones is the confusing menus and too many buttons. My wife recently got a camera phone and I have a hard time figuring out how to make a basic phone call on it (meaning, going into the address book, navigating to a person’s number, and dialing it). I’m thinking if Apple just applied its iPod navigation system (how one selects a song and hits play) to this problem it would immediately be an improvement.

Second, I think Apple’s penchant for quality would be a boost to the cell-phone industry. The sound quality on a lot of cell phones could be improved, as could digital photographs and video.

The last thing I really hope Apple can get an angle on (but they probably won’t be able to, as the major carriers will still be involved) is the wacky contracts and pricing schemes these cell phone companies come up with. I find the concept of minutes and overages particularly annoying.

Anyhow, I’m obviously keeping my fingers crossed for something cool at MacWorld in 2007. At the very least, hopefully all the cyborg-types with their cellphone earpieces will look a little less ridiculous in the future, using stylish Apple iPhone hardware.