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Old 09-17-2012, 11:01 PM  
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8 Things the iPhone 5 Still Can't Do

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/8-thin...-can-t-do.html

In terms of specs, performance, and features, the iPhone 5 is Apple's best to date. This doesn't mean it's as good as it could be, however.

There were a few egregious omissions from the keynote presentation features that we not only want in our iPhone, but that we feel are overdue.


NFC for mobile payments

Instead of building NFC into the iPhone, Apple would rather have you use its Passbook system, which lets lets users store tickets, gift cards, boarding passes, and the like.

It can handle some (but definitely not all) of the tasks that you might use NFC for. For example, you can't use Passbook to wirelessly send money to a friend via PayPal.

NFC also lets you beam content between devices just by tapping them together. Samsung's Galaxy S III takes advantage of this feature.


Swype
An improved texting solution on the keyboard, like Swype

Swype is something of a mainstay on Android phones. Instead of tapping out your texts letter by letter, you can drag your finger over them without lifting it. The end result is that you get your message out much more quickly.



SD card support for extra storage

We'd like to be able to extend our device's storage capability beyond the 64 GB maximum. History suggests that external SD card support isn't going to be in a mobile Apple device any time soon.



A 128 GB option

The iPod Classic offered users 160 GB of music and video capacity. Many people (ourselves included) had no problem filling it right up.

Now that the iPhone is an easy replacement for your old iPod, we'd love to be able to carry the same amount of content around with us without having to pick and choose what stays at home.


Non-proprietary dock connection

We've never understood why our iPhones can't use a standard USB port and a standard USB cable to sync. Now the iPhone 5 introduces a new micro-dock connection requiring the use of its own special cable.

If you want to use your old sync cables, you have to buy this $29 adapter.



A micro-HDMI port

Once again, if you want to get video off of your phone, it requires the use of a special adapter. (Unless you buy a $99 Apple TV.) The Kindle Fire HD and several Android phones use a micro-HDMI port, letting you run a cable straight from your tablet to the television.

This makes it easier, better, and more affordable for the user.



Replaceable battery

The battery life on the iPhone 5 has seen some nice improvements, but for the power users who are glued to their phones all day, it won't suffice.

We'd love to be able to carry an additional fully-charged iPhone battery that we could pop in whenever the first one bites the dust.


While we're at it, better battery life!

The iPhone 5's battery life is about the same as the iPhone 4S'. Yes, it has a bigger battery, but the new 4G LTE radio and bigger screen use up a lot of that extra power. We wish Apple had included a better battery in the iPhone 5 like the one on Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx. The Razr Maxx can last several hours longer than the iPhone 5.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #16
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I still can't ****ing believe I had to install iTunes on my PC and Goodreader on my iPad just to move ONE FILE from the PC to the iPad.
That's the nature of Apple- the Berlin Wall of computing.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:18 AM   #17
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That's the nature of Apple- the Berlin Wall of computing.
iTunes is a "hook". I see why they do it.

One of my co-workers used to be an analyst at Xerox. He said the ONLY reason printer manufacturers bundle software free-of-charge is because it's a "hook" - people end up using the software (the path of least resistance) to buy paper, ink, and all kinds of other stuff.

Ultimately, they make infinitely more money via the use of the software than the software cost in the first place.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:26 AM   #18
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iTunes is a "hook". I see why they do it.

One of my co-workers used to be an analyst at Xerox. He said the ONLY reason printer manufacturers bundle software free-of-charge is because it's a "hook" - people end up using the software (the path of least resistance) to buy paper, ink, and all kinds of other stuff.

Ultimately, they make infinitely more money via the use of the software than the software cost in the first place.
exactly. The worst is printers that cost $50 bucks, but you have to replace the print cartridges every 6 weeks at $30 a piece.

Cant you use dropbox to transfer files from iPad to PC ?
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:32 AM   #19
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I'm anything but an Apple homer, and none of those things mean anything to me. I guess the only thing that might be nice is a mini HDMI port, but I don't think I would use that very often.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:34 AM   #20
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exactly. The worst is printers that cost $50 bucks, but you have to replace the print cartridges every 6 weeks at $30 a piece.

Cant you use dropbox to transfer files from iPad to PC ?
If you have an Internet connection, yes. In this case, I had need to transfer a file via USB.

They sent me an Android phone and an iPad. I use the Android for EVERYTHING work-related, including Good email. The iPad mostly sits by the couch in case I need to look something up or browse CP while I'm watching TV.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #21
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If you have an Internet connection, yes. In this case, I had need to transfer a file via USB.

They sent me an Android phone and an iPad. I use the Android for EVERYTHING work-related, including Good email. The iPad mostly sits by the couch in case I need to look something up or browse CP while I'm watching TV.
Yea i agree its an annoyance to not be able to stick a standard USB device into an iPad for file transfer. Apple wants to push everything to the cloud and back down again.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:49 AM   #22
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I'm anything but an Apple homer, and none of those things mean anything to me. I guess the only thing that might be nice is a mini HDMI port, but I don't think I would use that very often.
If my girls' Kindle Fires had mini-HDMI out, we wouldn't need a Roku player for their bedroom...
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:50 AM   #23
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Yea i agree its an annoyance to not be able to stick a standard USB device into an iPad for file transfer. Apple wants to push everything to the cloud and back down again.
I'd be happy if I could use the included cable and mount it as a removable drive on my PC like every other device I have. But NOOOOOOOOOO...
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:53 AM   #24
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The lack of most of these features don't mean a lot to me, but there was nothing that extraordinary that made me want to switch from Android and I actually wanted to.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:38 AM   #25
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I'd be happy if I could use the included cable and mount it as a removable drive on my PC like every other device I have. But NOOOOOOOOOO...
Actually you can. But most people just don't realize it. Apple tries to hide that little known fact.

Next time you're in that situation, download this: http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/wiki/Usage

That's a nifty little Windows app called iPhoneBrowser. It allows you to mount any iOS device, not just iPhone, and access it directly with a file browser. Over USB cable, no internet required. Your device does not have to be jailbroken for this. If it's not jailbroken, you'll only have access to a sandboxed "Home Folder", which is actually the /private/var/mobile/Library/Documents folder. That's the same folder that Goodreader has access to. You'll have full read/write control to access any type of file you want to put there. If your device is jailbroken, you'll have access to the entire filesystem. Which is another nice reason to jailbreak.

If the device is jailbroken, there are lots of other methods to directly access the filesystem as well.
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Actually you can. But most people just don't realize it. Apple tries to hide that little known fact.

Next time you're in that situation, download this: http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/wiki/Usage

That's a nifty little Windows app called iPhoneBrowser. It allows you to mount any iOS device, not just iPhone, and access it directly with a file browser. Over USB cable, no internet required. Your device does not have to be jailbroken for this. If it's not jailbroken, you'll only have access to a sandboxed "Home Folder", which is actually the /private/var/mobile/Library/Documents folder. That's the same folder that Goodreader has access to. You'll have full read/write control to access any type of file you want to put there. If your device is jailbroken, you'll have access to the entire filesystem. Which is another nice reason to jailbreak.

If the device is jailbroken, there are lots of other methods to directly access the filesystem as well.
I can't jailbreak it since it's technically not mine. But this is nice to know. Thanks!

Is there any way to prevent driver installation from automatically installing iTunes when I plug in the device?
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Who really cares about NFC? You guys actually "bump" or use S Beam? I mean really? And the paypal thing....I use the paypal app on my 3GS all of the time and it works fine. NFC is unnecessary.
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I root to flash custom roms and themes.

I like to tinker. You just can't do all that on an iPhone.
Yeah, I'd guess this is accurate for a vast majority of people who root their Android phones. The only apps I use that are root only these days are just the ones that are necessary to be able to root efficiently - Titanium Backup and a couple of file explorers. The apps I use on a day to day basis don't require root.

Instead, I root because I like playing around with different setting systems, launchers, themes, etc. It's more for fun than a need for any specific functionality that's missing.

The ONE functionality I use that is root-only is wireless tethering, and I use that a lot less than I would have expected. I've probably used it 2-3 times in the past six months.
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Who really cares about NFC? You guys actually "bump" or use S Beam? I mean really? And the paypal thing....I use the paypal app on my 3GS all of the time and it works fine. NFC is unnecessary.
I've never used it in that way, but I've used Google Wallet quite a bit to pay for stuff. It's fun to see cashiers look confused when you do it.

That's one of those things that is only marginally useful right now, but could be pretty cool if they can get it to take off.
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I can't jailbreak it since it's technically not mine. But this is nice to know. Thanks!

Is there any way to prevent driver installation from automatically installing iTunes when I plug in the device?
Sure. That's Apple's Mobile Device Driver. Go to Programs and Features, and uninstall Apple Mobile Device Support and Apple Application Support entries. That will uninstall the service that monitors USB for when you plug in your device so that it can spring iTunes out of the bushes like a damn burglar. That type of behavior pisses me off..
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