You’ll be surprised by what fans really want from the next iPhone

You’ll be surprised by what fans really want from the next iPhone


What’s on your wish list for a future iPhone?
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What do you want from Apple’s next iPhone? A faster processor? A better camera? A truly edge-to-edge screen without the controversial notch?

All of these things would make for nice improvements, but they’re not what most fans are asking for from their next iPhone. Better battery life is actually what tops the wish list in a survey of 1,665 Americans.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup is right around the corner. We have less than a week to wait until the company makes it official. We’re expecting big things from it, but will any of the new models be worth the hefty upgrade fee?

We’re all hoping for different things from the three iPhone options Apple is expected to deliver this year, but there’s one improvement the vasty majority of fans really, really want.

Give us better battery life, Apple!

USA Today conducted a survey of 1,665 American adults and found that a whopping 75 percent of them are asking for better battery life from future Apple handsets.

Believe it or not, just 10 percent of respondents called for Apple to eliminate the iPhone’s notch. Despite plenty of criticism for it when iPhone X made its debut last fall, notches have since become widely accepted by flagship smartphone users.

Lots of people, 66 percent, are longing for more durable handsets with shatterproof displays. The third-most requested improvement, requested by 44 percent of respondents, was expandable storage.

USB-C over Lightning for connectivity

Other items on the wish list included a return for the headphone jack, USB-C instead of Lightning connectivity, Face ID improvements, and a faster refresh rate for apps.

When asked to choose just one new feature, 38 percent of people chose better battery life, making it the most popular request. The second-biggest was a shatterproof screen with 24 percent of the vote.


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