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5 More Things Apple's iPhone 4G May Bring In 2010

With only a few weeks left before 2010 kicks in, we're rounding up the latest things we expect to find out in the iPhone 4G (as in fourth generation).

You might want to read our previous article (5 Things the iPhone 4G Will Bring In 2010) which provides with the initial five features we expect the next iPhone to have.

Apple should bring multi-tasking with the forthcoming iPhone iteration. Although most of its users have already get used to the idea of doing one thing at a time, it would make sense for the iPhone to adopt it simply because Apple is lagging behind the competition in this particular respect. It has nothing to do with the phone's hardware, more with a limitation of the OS.

Another significant drawback of using the iPhone is the lack of Flash. Apple could overnight decide to support Flash and Adobe has already developed Flash-based tools for the iPhone. All the competition is already running Flash without hiccups, why can't Apple do the same?

Amongst the raft of suggestions brought to our attention by our readers is Face Up/Face Down recognition which could rely on the iPhone's built in accelerometer (and compass in 3GS). In a nutshell, the phone would adopt different schemes when laid down on a flat surface (e.g. on a table during a meeting) or when held up during when talking.

One of the most requested features is native email push on the iPhone for all systems. Currently, the iPhone only provides push email if your account is on a Microsoft Exchange server or Yahoo, not if you are on POP, iMAP, AOL or Gmail. This is an essential add-on in the iPhone 4G should Apple ever want to compete effectively with RIM's Blackberry range.

The App store has been one of the main reasons why the iPhone is so popular. Without it, Apple's phone would simply be just another mobile phone builder locked in a race for better hardware.

But with great success comes a management nightmare. With more than 100,000 apps currently on the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the apps you want.

Either use the frustratingly slow iPhone interface or iTunes - which is equally slow. Maybe Apple should try to get Safari to do the job or think of a better way to offer access to the App Store.

Reducing the time needed to search and install an App will encourage iPhone users to install more apps. By doing so, it not only increases the average number of apps installed per device but also significantly increases the chance of getting these users to buy the Apps (and bring in even more revenue).

And our last bonus expectation for the iPhone in 2010 is to get a change in the form factor. Hence, we hope that Apple will launch the mythical iPhone Nano with a lower price tag; until now, the Cupertino-based company has always pushed its older versions down the pecking order when new ones were introduced, rather than refresh its whole range.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.