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9 Things We Still Can’t Do with iPhone 5

September 13, 2012  |  11:00am

With yesterday’s announcement of the brand new iPhone 5, we heard plenty of news on what would be featured with the device. Most notably, the phone features a new, slimmer dock connector that utilizes a new adapter, and now with additional features, Siri is supposed to be better than ever. But even with all the changes that are made to the iPhone, here’s a list of nine things that we’re still not getting from it.

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9. We still can’t drop our phones with confidence
Although one of the great improvements on the iPhone 5 includes a stronger, metal back-end, the phone’s fragile front-side will always make your stomach turn after dropping it—that is, unless you’re using a heavy-duty case. As always, it’s still worth the small up-front investment to avoid a huge headache later on.

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8. We still can’t change Siri’s voice to Morgan Freeman’s
Although there were big upgrades for Siri this time around, including the ability to have all-important fall sports scores read to you, we can’t help but think how much better this feature would be if it featured America’s favorite voice actor, Morgan Freeman. The all-too-pleasant voice of March of the Penguins would make grueling tasks like scheduling dentist appointments and getting directions seem comforting.

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7. We still have to upgrade to “Bedazzled” versions
Although the playing field is still even between Apple and competitors on this one, the iPhone 5 would have been a great opportunity to make this standard so we could cut through the middle men. After all, glue can get pretty annoying.

6. We still aren’t getting close to giving John Malkovich a real connection with human beings
...Although his Siri interaction might suggest he doesn’t want to change.

5. We still can’t get it to clean our disgusting houses
If there’s anything popular television has proved to us about iPhone and Siri, it’s that it can make a lazy, rainy day even lazier by replacing the need to stand and walk 10 steps to check the weather or look up food services. But of all the conveniences Ms. Zooey Deschanel could benefit from, it’s an iMaid app. We’re still waiting on that one, too.


Fp.png4. We’ve still got to jump through hoops to use Flash
Although Adobe’s Flash Player still isn’t compatible with an iPhone out of the box, we can still access it with resources such as these. Apple has reinforced its philosophy on not supporting Flash many times before in the past, and it doesn’t seem like that will change.

“Flash was created during the PC era—for PCs and mice,” Steve Jobs said in an open letter in 2010. “New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

In the meantime, we’ve got the apps we’ve linked to above as a quick fix for accessing Flash-based websites and videos when doing casual browsing, but we kind of wish that this was a feature Apple didn’t ignore.

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3. There’s still no removable storage
With competitors offering instant extra storage in easy-to-use SD cards, the lack or a removable storage system is something that iPhone users still long for. Although it’s argued that Apple’s maximum 64GBs offered in the iPhone 5 should be plenty for any phone users, those trying to carry around massive multimedia collections or app-hungry users may feel frustrated.

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2. We can’t rely on our old chargers or docks
With the iPhone 5, Apple has changed to a smaller dock connector to charge your phone and connect it via USB. That means if you’ve got extra connectors around the house or at work, you’re going to have to replace them. At $30 a pop for an adapter, it’s a significant enough chunk of change to make a difference. And without an adapter, keep in mind that this instantly renders your snazzy $300 sounddock useless.

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1. We still can’t run apps side-by-side
One of the huge criticisms of the iPhone since its creation has been the lack of true multitasking with apps. Although there are some apps that allow a way to do a version of multitasking (for example, running audio in the background on Rdio or Spotify, or loading a website while you check your email), the iPhone 5’s larger screen makes it disappointing that these possibilities weren’t explored further.

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