5 Ways the Next iPhone Could Convert Hardcore Android Fans

The tech world is buzzing with rumors that a new iPhone 5S will hit the market on September 10th. And we all know what that means: the social sphere will be alive with the sound of Android fans saying, "iCould care less."

Now, the iPhone in general has a lot going for it. With the next device, could Apple persuade Android fans to switch? Yes – but it would take some doing. Setting aside the minor differences between iOS and Android devices, we've narrowed the field down to five non-negotiables. Here's what Apple will have to do to get J. Android McHardcore to pay a visit to the local Apple Store.

1. Give More Control to the Customer

iPhone fans love the way Apple's design approach dominates every aspect of the iPhone, but it drives the freedom-loving Android owners nuts. To win their hearts, Apple would have to make the new iPhone more customizable: lots of widgets, and more user control over apps, the home screen, and device settings.

2. Loosen Their Grip on the iTunes App Store

Apple’s dedication to shaping user experience leads it to block many types of apps from the iTunes Store. In contrast, Android’s app store is a free-for-all. Want to make your Android device act like a Nintendo DS, or even a Commodore 64? There’s an emulator for that. If Apple can give device owners more choice in what they install, Android customers might take a serious look at the iPhone.

3. Integrate Better with Google

Ouch. Did someone scream in Cupertino when we got to this point? Apple and Google aren’t playing very nicely together these days. But Android fans love the tight integration between their devices and various Google apps and services. If the two companies can mend fences and deliver a top-notch Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ experience on the iPhone, it’ll go a long way toward winning over Android customers.

4. Give Them a Bigger, Better Screen

One size fits all? Not if it’s the iPhone’s display, which sends Android fanboys into a Hulk-like rage. (Smash puny screen!) The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch display, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 have 5-inch screens, and the Moto X offers a 4.7-inch display. Those three Android devices also have the iPhone beat in terms of screen resolution, by the way. Apple’s great at hardware, so a bigger, better screen is totally doable.

5. Ditch the One Button to Rule Them All

Steve Jobs’ love of clean, seamless design was the subject of Silicon Valley legend, and the single nav button on the iPhone reflects that. Which is fine, Android fans say – if you’re a toddler playing with My First Mobile Device. Give them more sophisticated controls, and they’ll think about switching.

So there you have it: five things that would make Android fans consider switching to iPhone. Which of these do you think Apple’s likely to do (if any)? Let us know in the comments.

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The Glyde Team