My Recipe For a Great Apple Phone

As usual there’s a lot of rumours about the possible introduction of an Apple phone doing the rounds, which is probably why I recently found myself thinking about my perfect iPhone.

First of all, of course, I want it to be tiny, white and simple. Maybe it shouldn’t even have buttons, instead offering a connector for a USB-keyboard accessory to send text messages. Certainly it shouldn’t have any flipping, rotating, sliding or whatever parts.

Furthermore, it should only be a phone. I don’t want a built-in camera — if I fancy taking pictures, I’ll bring a real camera (and I suspect a lot of Apple users feel the same). I don’t want a built-in music player either, as in my opinion a dedicated iPod will always be better than a phone with iPod-functionality tacked on. And don’t even get me started on mobile gaming…

However, the iPhone should not be be _just a phone_. As has been suggested, Apple should offer a mobile phone service label focused on making the usage of its phone as easy and transparent as possible.

But not only that, the company should also offer Voice over IP, working through the Mac with the, of course, wireless enabled iPhone. Obviously it automatically, seamlessly switches between these modes depending on whether you’re in range or not.

The software is what makes all of this amazing. It automatically syncs everything with the Mac, including your address book, missed calls, received calls that aren’ t in your address book yet, text messages and more.

Let me be clear about this: I hate mobile phones right now. Apparently there’s a lot of stuff I can do with them, but all I _want_ to do is call people — which, right now, involves layers and layers of menus, as well as dodging features I’ll never even consider using.

So if this iPhone itself is as simple as possible and everything else can be managed on my Mac, that would make me very happy indeed.