CNET readers design their dream iPhone by committee

“Earlier this month we asked you, the esteemed CNET reader, to tell us the features you most wanted in Apple’s next iPhone, and you delivered,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET. “With the likely arrival of the iPhone 5S right around the corner, we’ve compiled the results and asked a range of technology experts to help explain why some desired features make more sense than others.”

“The first thing we asked you was what size screen you’d most prefer in the next iPhone. Leading the way was 4.7 inches,” Lowensohn reports. “Individual size options aside, here’s the big takeaway: 79 percent of readers who responded want a screen that’s larger than the current iPhone 5 screen. Some bad news for all but the 21 percent of readers who yearned for a 4-inch screen: By nearly every indication, Apple’s going to stick with the same 4-inch display for both expected new iPhone models, the 5S and 5C. That’s according to NPD DisplaySearch research director Shawn Lee.”

Lowensohn reports, “[As for most-preferred casing materials], people are big on metal, which came in at 39 percent of the nearly 10,000 votes. Moreover, CNET readers also seem down on plastic, which pulled in just 6 percent of the votes… Better battery life was far and away your most sought after feature… Other popular choices by CNET commenters: Beats Audio, removable batteries, third-party software keyboard. SD card slot, waterproofing, wireless charging.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “bocherer” for the heads up.]

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