Four Things It Appears the New iPhone 5 Still Doesn't Have

I've owned an iPhone for over a few years and upgrades. I've thoroughly praised it for being an integral part of my daily life, from apps to the phone itself. It's a marvel of modern technology to be sure, and today's announcement of the iPhone 5 should further Apple's stranglehold on the cool new technology market. While the new smartphone isn't going to exactly blow anyone away with its features, it is a solid upgrade to a phone that probably didn't really need one that badly, but that's sort of the way it goes.

Still, there are things missing from the new iPhone, a few of which I've been waiting for since the first one. Here are four.

4. Control of the camera flash.

The announcement today mentioned better low-light photos and touted an aperture of 2.4, but let's face it, there will never be a great camera phone for taking low-light images. It's hard enough with a professional camera, which is why it is so important -- at least for photo geeks like me -- to be able to control the flash. At the very least, an intensity control would be great when using it for fill flash. It doesn't seem like this would be tough to accomplish either.

3. Boost audio volume.

Many years of standing next to loud rock drummers may have caused some hearing loss in my right ear, but it isn't nearly enough to account for the lack of volume output through the headphone jack of an iPhone. In order to hear music or even phone conversations, the volume needs to stay at or near the very top of the volume range. Maybe this is because Apple is worried about ear damage with greater decibel output, but it is very annoying when a song with a relatively low recorded volume is close to inaudible even with very good headphones.

2. Input volume control.

For years, I've been frustrated by the fact that the iPhone does not include an input volume control. It's the reason why any loud noise -- a concert, for example -- ends up sounding like distorted garbage on playback. I can't imagine why Apple would not bother to include something so simple, particularly now that the iPhone 5 has three microphones built into it.

1. Automatic switching between wi-fi and wireless.

Nothing is more frustrating than when your phone is connected to a wi-fi network that, for whatever reason, isn't getting a good Internet connection. In order to get off the wi-fi network and onto a 3G connection, you have to go into the settings and turn wi-fi off. With all the incredible feats of engineering Apple has managed in its iPhones, a connectivity detector that switches networks when one is not working properly seems blatantly obvious.

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