DesignedbyItem’s concept design for a future iPhone.

Updated April 12, 2011

I originally posted this column the day after the iPhone 4 launched, which is why you see a lot of comments dating back to June of last year. At the time, I apologized for talking about the next-generation iPhone within hours of the 4’s release, but I knew that a lot of iPhone 3 and 3GS owners (like me) were planning on skipping the iPhone 4 and were already looking ahead.

Back in January, we got the iPhone 4 from Verizon. Except for some small design changes, including some tweaks to the antenna design, it really wasn’t different from the AT&T version and wasn’t considered an incremental upgrade or iPhone 4.5.

Now the iPhone 5 rumors are flying fast and furious, with June, the typical launch window for next-generation iPhones, quickly approaching. Will the iPhone 5 have a completely new design or just be a slightly modified version of the iPhone 4 with enhanced parts and various tweaks? Will the launch be delayed until fall, as several reports are now suggesting? Will there be a smaller, lower-cost iPhone?

All is unknown. But that hasn’t stopped me from updating this list of most-wanted features with information gleaned from the arrival of the iPad 2, as well as other new products and services.

As a reminder, the 20 items in the list are ordered from least to most important in a reverse countdown. I’ve also included what I think are the odds of Apple actually implementing each request. As always, feel free to agree or disagree with me and make your own suggestions (and to post your own ordered wish list). Perhaps Apple’s listening.

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