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What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-that-apple-listens-to-consumers dept.

Handhelds 606

With the announcement coming tomorrow, Macworld has posted their top list of 15 features they would like to see in an iPhone 3.0 update. The list includes some things that people have been asking for since launch (like cut and paste) and things that were once there but have since been silently removed (like push notifications/background apps). With almost 2 years of time to grow and learn, what other things are woefully inadequate on Apple's popular handheld?

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What about ... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27211905)

... a keyboard?

Re:What about ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212041)

An anal lube dispenser?

Re:What about ... (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212067)

All they'd have to do is uncripple the bluetooth...

Re:What about ... (4, Interesting)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212191)

Yes! Bluetooth Serial I/O and I would write all my hardware control interfaces for iPhone.

A printer! (4, Insightful)

telchine (719345) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212109)

... a keyboard?

I think they should include a printer as well, one which prints out money! That way, the owners might have some way of recouping the cost of a ridiculously overpriced telephone/mp3 player!

On a more serious note. They should include proper buttons for skipping tracks and and changing albums. Whilst the touch screen might look all fancy, it's not very useful when you're walking down a crowded street and just want to stick your hand in your pocket and skip to the next track.

I personally use an MP3 player which doesn't have a screen at all. I don't need one. I don't need to be able to see what tune I'm playing, I can hear which one it is! Maybe with the crappy earphones you get on an iPhone it's harder to hear what tune is playing!

On that note, they really need to include that 8A83E3 chip so we can't accidentally plug in a competitor's earphones and be hindered by superior sound quality! :)

Re:A printer! (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212303)

They should include proper buttons for skipping tracks and and changing albums.

The Blackberry Storm is worse ... why do people who design interfaces to mobile devices not try to make the onscreen controls AS BIG AS POSSIBLE?

Re:A printer! (2, Informative)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212467)

What? Everything I saw on the Storm was gigantic! That's why I hated the phone... I actually have dexterity and coordination. I much prefered the tiny keyboard of Windows Mobile with flick gestures, but now I have an iPhone.

Re:A printer! (5, Informative)

Cybershark302 (251658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212321)

skipping tracks is as simple as clicking the inline button on the earbuds. pause is a double click. The buds also double as your headset so that phone calls automatically pause the music and give you a chance to answer with another simple squeeze of the button. Hanging up is just one more squeeze again and then back to the music. It's not advanced, but it's perfectly sufficient...

Re:A printer! (4, Informative)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212339)

Click the headphone button twice to skip to the next track, three times for the previous track.

I'm not sure why I bothered responding, though. It's pretty obvious you just wanted to get a quick bash in.

Re:A printer! (2, Insightful)

Archimonde (668883) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212639)

That is if you still have original headphones... Mine disintegrated after 6 months of very light use.

Re:A printer! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212507)

Double click the button on the headphones to skip to the next track

Re:A printer! (4, Insightful)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212533)

On a more serious note. They should include proper buttons for skipping tracks and and changing albums. Whilst the touch screen might look all fancy, it's not very useful when you're walking down a crowded street and just want to stick your hand in your pocket and skip to the next track.

I think you might be overestimating what's possible with a software update. ;)

Re:What about ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212571)

That's exactly whats keeping me from buying one. I want a USB Keyboard, MS WORD compatible text editor and MS Exchange compatibility.

my idea (1, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211935)

Most Asked for Feature that Will Never Be Implimented on an Apple Product: Removing the DRM.

huh? (5, Insightful)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212045)

The Apple music store is DRM free now.

Are you proposing they remove the DRM support in hardware, so people who bought DRM'd media can't play those files?
Or are you just bitching about something that's sure to get a bunch of other putzes to agree with you?

Re:huh? (1)

Hozza (1073224) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212215)

The Apple video store, and the Apple App store, are however swimming in DRM.

Your point was?

Re:huh? (3, Insightful)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212301)

The video store has the same issues that the music store had - the content providers. That's not a product issue. What's more, the tone of the original post was that somehow Apple is fucking in love with the DRM and wouldn't ever leave it out of their products given the choice - something that seems unlikely given the change to the music store.

As for the app store, well, that's not really DRM. That's a closed platform, something which Apple does appear to have some affection for.

Re:huh? (2, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212363)

How is this Apple's fault? The content providers insist on these restrictions when they make their deals with Apple. If Apple doesn't make these deals, the content doesn't show up in iTunes, and people like you complain about how the industry is working in an "obsolete business model" and not embracing the online world.

Re:huh? (2, Insightful)

BMonger (68213) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212489)

Yeah let's remove DRM from the Apple Apps so we can run the Apps on.... on... ummmm....

Re:huh? (2, Insightful)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212233)

What about their audio books? Honest question, I'm not trolling. I know that Audible still has DRM, and I'd assume that Apple's store has it also since Audible provides content for them.

Re:huh? (2, Interesting)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212477)

I don't know what girlintraining was talking about, but I'd love to see the whole thing just opened up in terms of installing applications. Give up control. Let me install things straight from the Internet without the store. Stop restricting what applications people are permitted to write.

I don't know if Apple is allowed to do that because of some deal with AT&T. Maybe they're required to take measures to restrict certain kinds of functionality. Still, it's something I'd like to see.

Re:huh? (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212493)

Nah, something that would let -me- (the developer) write an app for the iphone, and run it on -my- iphone without paying Apple $100 for the privilege of doing so.

Re:huh? (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212517)

I'm wondering if the GP is talking about the lock-in of the hardware which != DRM

It is funny/sad though how Jobs/Apple supposedly bullied the music industry into letting them drop DRM, but believes it has the right to tell people what to do with their iPhones.

Re:my idea (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212439)

Most Asked for Feature that Will Never Be Implimented on an Apple Product Getting rid of AT&T.

Re:my idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212555)

Surely you aren't trolling AGAIN!? We had this a few days ago with the spin batteries.

User-changable battery? (5, Insightful)

CrtxReavr (62039) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211941)

Should be top of the list.

Re:User-changable battery? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27211989)

What a great idea. We should also be allowed to download these new batteries through ITMS.

idiot.

Re:User-changable battery? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212229)

It isn't mentioned in the summary but the 3.0 update that is expected is a software update not a new iPhone model. Your change might be hard to do in a software update.

Via software update? (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212483)

If so, that's some pretty impressive software.

A free (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211953)

unlimited porn subscription

Sorry, I forgot (0, Flamebait)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211965)

This is an apple product, better make that a free unlimited gay porn subscription.

Re:Sorry, I forgot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212047)

Also, include a gaydar to find fellow Apple fanboys.

Re:A free (1, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212457)

That's for their specialty product, the iWack.

Pretty easy list (4, Interesting)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211987)

-Standard USB data/charging cable
-USB mass storage support
-Video recording
-Tethering
-Multitasking
-MMS

Re:Pretty easy list (4, Insightful)

Joehonkie (665142) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212013)

How will they put a standard USB port in a software update, again?

Re:Pretty easy list (1)

RudeIota (1131331) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212621)

The iPhone data cable has always had a USB connector at the end... I think that's good enough.

Re:Pretty easy list (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212035)

As long as you are dreaming, how about 3rd party browsers that aren't just skins of mobile safari? Or being allowed to run 3rd party applications that haven't been cryptographically blessed by his steveness?

Re:Pretty easy list (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212309)

-Tethering

Well shoot, you can just put your own tether onto it, be it lanyard you made at summer camp, a dog leash, one of them there chains that keep people from stealing your wallet, or something else. Or you could just hold onto it better.

-Multitasking

Here again, no need for updates from apple. I mean, I talk on my phone all the time while doing other things. Not driving though, they just outlawed that. And if you buy TWO iphones, you can use two apps at the same time. Imagine being able to use the lightsaber app while using the zippo app!

-Video recording

Tape a video camera to the iphone.

-USB mass storage support

While you're taping a video camera to the phone, go ahead and throw a USB thumb drive in there.

Re:Pretty easy list (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212545)

No thanks on the standard USB charging. I'd rather be able to plug my dock into a stereo and get line-out audio, or have the option to get a dock with a remote, etc.

Non-ATT Service? (0, Troll)

blahbooboo (839709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27211993)

ATT sucks suck sucks on the East Coast. It's why I won't buy an iPhone.

Re:Non-ATT Service? (1)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212107)

The ATT service is OK in Vermont other than the price, however there is no 3G (yet).

Re:Non-ATT Service? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212119)

Not around here it doesn't. If you want suckage talk to Sprint or T-Mobile.

yeah, but (1)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212155)

Your other choice would be T-Mobile, which has crappier service than ATT. Anything else would require a significant redesign of the product.*

*yes, I'm aware there are other, smaller GSM carriers in the US; realistically speaking, you're still tied to ATT or T-Mobile for most population centers in the US.

Re:Non-ATT Service? (2, Informative)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212373)

Agreed. AT&T service is pointless in PA/NJ.

Re:Non-ATT Service? (1)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212519)

Working just fine here in Northeast PA. I was a Verizon fanboi until recently, but I haven't had a single issue with AT&T so far.

Price (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27211997)

and make it open.

OS Change. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212001)

+Android

C&P and Thunderbird support (2, Informative)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212023)

I'd like to second the desire for copy-and-paste; it's the thing that has really been bugging me since I got an iPhone.

Being able to sync with Thunderbird, without having to do the "Thunderbird sync to Google, iPod sync to Google" thing would be nice. If they could add support for syncing calendars with Sunbird at the same time, that would be spiffing.

Re:C&P and Thunderbird support (1)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212591)

What, exactly, would you copy and paste?

I had a phone for years (Treo) that could copy and paste, and I never used it. I don't miss it on the iPhone at all. There are tons of things I'd rather see them fix about the iPhone software before copy and paste. For example, background processes, the push service they promised and never delivered (without any additional service fees), and using the landscape mode keyboard in the SMS app...

Re:C&P and Thunderbird support (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212605)

Other than copy & paste my other daily pet peeve is
Easy Bluetooth on/off.
My Bluetooth headset is built into my car. Not having to charge it makes me happy. However I leave Bluetooth off most of the time I am at work to conserve battery life in the phone.

So I leave work with bt off, get a call and struggle to activate it. What I want is simple. Easier ways to turn features as they are.

Multitasking (2, Insightful)

coffeepriest (1227990) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212031)

The iPhone has quite a few otherwise great apps (like IM clients and such) that don't get used much because they can't run in the background. AIM or Yahoo IM aren't much use to me if, in order to stay connected to the IM service, the phone has to have that app running in the foreground at all times. Seriously, add multitasking. Let users answer texts or change the current song while still running another application in the background.

Re:Multitasking (1)

godawful (84526) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212531)

the newest AIM client gets around this. it will leave you signed into the system if the app isn't running, it'll then send you a text message for any incoming message which you can reply to via text.

it isn't the prettiest thing, but it works.. though obviously you'll want unlimited texts

Maybe let me choose my own provider? (1)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212033)

How about letting me use something other than AT&FT? No? Then I don't care what shiny new items are on your feature list.

Improved camera APIs (2)

Bob Hearn (61879) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212063)

The current (legal) ones really tie your hands.

Tethering (3, Interesting)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212121)

Not just because it's absolutely awesome to download horror films in a field somewhere and watch them on a real screen, but because it would force mobile phone service providers to offer it as a consumerland option. It beats the hell out of a seperate USB-stick mobile broadband package, even at £5 extra per month. And it would mean that you finally have a mobile broadband option for your Macbook.

Re:Tethering (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212435)

Amen, I won't be buying any smartphone until I can tether.

Re:Tethering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212635)

awww it's cute because you think that providers offer tethering cheaper than standalone USB-stick packages. Sorry, just bitter that Canadian providers gouge us as much as they do ;_;

Usable Navigation (4, Interesting)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212129)

Google Maps on the phone is useless for actually getting somewhere. It draws a nice line but without turn by turn navigation or even detecting when you're off the path and re-calculating it's no good for driving.

I know it says it's not meant for that but that strikes me as trying to cover up being inadequate with some after the fact documentation and legalese.

Re:Usable Navigation (1)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212231)

you can see turn by turn by clicking the "list view". However I do second the need for dynamically updating the directions when in motion.

Re:Usable Navigation (2, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212359)

I know it says it's not meant for that but that strikes me as trying to cover up being inadequate with some after the fact documentation and legalese.

What does it say it's "meant" for? Entertainment purposes only? Google maps by miss cleo?

Re:Usable Navigation (4, Insightful)

bigjarom (950328) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212365)

Am I the only one in the universe that can look at the 'nice line' and then just remember where it leads?

Re:Usable Navigation (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212375)

Add to that map caching. Why not spend a couple 100MB of the gigs of storage so I can keep from downloading the same images again and again?

No contracts (4, Insightful)

jag7720 (685739) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212135)

No contracts to buy one would be number one on my list

Re:No contracts (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212349)

Done -
  • 8GB Pay as you Go on O2 - £342.33p, including 12 months unlimited data and wifi.
  • 16GB Pay as you Go on O2 - £391.27p, including 12 months unlimited data and wifi.

http://shop.o2.co.uk/promo/iphoneindex/Pay_And_Go/3G [o2.co.uk]

Re:No contracts (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212409)

On a recent visit to Australia I saw posters advertising pre-paid iPhones

Get Well Steve (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212139)

Because if you're in as bad shape as Woz, you need all the help you can get!

It's well known that fat men cannot dance, not Cmdr Taco, not Chris Farley, and not Woz.

So get well, and who really cares about a freakin' phone, really?

Modem (5, Insightful)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212167)

-Ability to use as a modem (via bluetooth and USB or even ad-hoc WiFi).

Re:Modem (2, Insightful)

SolarStorm (991940) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212383)

This is absolutely the one thing that would complete the phone for me. Currently I have my phone and a MC950D to use with my laptop. A consultant at work has jail broke his phone, but because mine is a corp phone, I cannot. Thus we spend more money than we need two with the phone plan and the separate data plan for the 950. Even with my old phone I was able to use it as a modem if needed. It was expensive, but available. This is just blocked.

Less Smugness? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212193)

How about the next version include less smugness?

Sent from my iPhone

Bluetooth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212213)

Bluetooth is one area where the iPhone lags significantly behind most other phones on the market. It might not be crucial to the PDA-like tasks of the device, but most modern phones have support for a variety of bluetooth protocols. I can just imagine bluetooth calendar syncing.

I won't even start to think about syncing music with iTunes over bluetooth... mmmmmmm...

iPhone pi (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212225)

I'm much more interested in what flavors iPhone pi will come in.

Yeah, I know it's only a minor update to the 3.x series but I'm hoping for strawberry.

We already know what shape it will be. Pi r round.

linked phone numbers in meeting notifications (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212243)

This one drives me nuts. My life is conf calls yet when a call number in included in a meeting invite, IT'S NOT LINKED like phone number are EVERYWHERE else in the phone apps.

OpenSSL Support (1)

Stonekeeper09 (1501825) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212273)

It has IPSEC and a couple of others. I want OpenSSL.

Re:OpenSSL Support (1)

Stonekeeper09 (1501825) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212567)

Damnit, OpenVPN i meant :(

what I want (3, Funny)

pha7boy (1242512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212275)

would be a way for the apple software to prevent people from posting "First" comments on any website via the iPhone.

Cut'n'paste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212279)

Cut'n'paste.

Self-Destruct Function (1)

semiotec (948062) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212287)

which can be activated remotely by sending "666" to the phone.

MMS, Bluetooth, C&P, Video (1)

JimXugle (921609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212297)

  • Cut/Copy/Paste
  • MMS
  • Proper full bluetooth support. This means A2DP for music, DUN, FTP, SAP/SIM Access, Phonebook access.
  • Video recording
  • 2nd camera facing the user

Voice Dialing? (1)

CSHARP123 (904951) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212315)

Voice Dialing is one of the feature that is listed. I do not have iPhone, I thought VD was a standard feature on the phones coming out today. The phone I have was bought in 2006 (Motorola razr), even this dinky phone has voice dialing. I cannot believe people stood in line to buy a iPhone that do not even offer voice dialing for that hefty price?

Oh sweet! (1)

Samschnooks (1415697) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212331)

Important features that should be included...
  1. Lower price.
  2. Ability to use with any provider I want.
  3. Black turtle neck.

walled garden (5, Informative)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212341)

The iphone is awesome and I want one but it's still a walled garden so I'm avoiding it. Here's a perfect example:

http://appstorehell.chocoflop.com/wiki/Main_Page [chocoflop.com]

What the hell is wrong with my iPhone / iPod application and why do I not get any answers after months of waiting ?

So you got an iPhone and thought it was a great device and you decided to write software for it:

        * You learned objective-C and Cocoa programming
        * You paid 99$ to register as an official developer
        * You wrote a nice application
        * You submitted your application.
        * and then...

Image:mail.png It doesn't get rejected, but you get a message that says...

Your application YourApp is requiring unexpected additional time for review. We apologize for the delay, and will update you with further status as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience.

Looks like nothing to worry about. So...

        * You wait for a week, then two, then three, four, five, six...
        * You write e-mails to devprograms
        * You make phone calls to developer support

But you never get any answer ? After a pair of months you get used to the idea that your app will never be accepted nor rejected.
Image:question.png So what is happening really ?

Knowningly or not you most likely hit on one of the "secretly forbidden" features that Apple doesn't want on the AppStore. Those are issues that are not specifically mentionned in the agreement and that they are not willing to defend. Their solution, which is unofficial but which has proven to be systematic is to let developers linger in silence for ever.

It's a cool technology but Apple's engaging in superdickery here, same as the American cell carriers. Apple had to use their clout to get unmetered broadband from ATT but cheering them on for that feels kind of like WWIII Ukrainians cheering on the nazis for pushing out the communists.

Cheaper price (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212353)

The lowest price you can get an iPhone contract for in the US is $US70 per month. My cousin in Australia has her iPhone contract for $AUD58 per month.

And I have seen posters in Australia advertising pre-paid iPhones.

Freedom from AT&T? (4, Insightful)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212355)

A choice of any bandwidth provider out there?

Working Exchange support (3, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212361)

I can't believe nobody has mentioned this yet. It plagues everyone I know who bought one of these stupid things thinking that Exchange support meant WORKING Exchange support.

Re:Working Exchange support (3, Informative)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212597)

Can I ask what problems you have with the Exchange support? I don't really have any problems, but maybe there's something I haven't really tried?

how about (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212369)

full source code like You get with Android?

Remove cancer (0)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212407)

I would like iPhone OS 3.0 to remove the cancer I get in my head from using my cell phone, either as a baseline feature or in an update later on.

Returning to music from phone call (1)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212411)

Nice feature when listening to music (Pandora), you can hear an incoming call and you can answer it. However there is no setting to return to automatically return to the music, or at least re-launch whatever app you were using before the call came in. Also while the headphones with the built in mic is awesome (no need to unplug headphones when answering a call), it would be much cooler if there was voice activated answering, so you don't have to pull your phone out to answer the call. Along with that, voice announced caller ID (again so you don't have to pull your phone out) (Panasonic has it on their land line phones).

If Steve Jobs is reading this... (4, Insightful)

Renderer of Evil (604742) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212441)

Please, deliver on your promise and fix the app notifications you've announced when the first SDK shipped. There are so many great applications out there that would get a much needed enhancement - IM, GTD apps, Email, etc.

My #1 request is push email that doesn't involve Yahoo, Mail2Web, or Me.com

Support fot two sim cards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212443)

It could support two networks simultaneously...

An important feature (1)

fragment1618 (958226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212529)

Self-destruct.

Fix the ridiculous spellchecker (1)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212535)

For a start when I put two xx's at the end of a message to a close friend, don't replace it with Fx. Oh and when I write out cunt, I mean to, so don't go sweetening it for me (same for other swears).

If Only...... (1)

senorpoco (1396603) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212541)

Deathray.

also.. (1)

strikeleader (937501) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212569)

A rotary dialer

iPhone 3.0 should be...scrapped... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212573)

Apple shouldn't be allowed anywhere near hardware (designing, building, selling)... It's all crap.

probably Unlikely. (1)

senorpoco (1396603) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212579)

Linux.

MMS (3, Insightful)

Knowbuddy (21314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212585)

MMS. Actual take-a-picture-and-send-it-to-another-phone MMS. Not this half-assed email attachment crap.

Not everyone in my life wants to check email on their phone, even if they had the capability. But everyone, including my grandmother, texts and uses MMS.

One word (1)

HogGeek (456673) | more than 5 years ago | (#27212587)

Encryption!

Anonymous Nick (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212609)

In my view, Cut-N-Paste, MMS, A2DP and other such features are point items to be added to a stable release. They do not justify upping the major release number. And Apple has been fairly logical about release numbering if you look at OS X. You need something really major to update the release number, possibly something that changes the entire framework.

So with that view, here's my list:

1) Background apps and/or push notifications: Its fairly obvious why this hasn't happened yet. AT&T. Enable push notifications and AT&T's revenue from SMS/texting goes down in a major way as everyone starts using their favorite instant messenger. Not sure how Apple will handle this, but I wouldn't be surprised if push notifications came with a tax/twist of some sort.

2) Mobile Me As an Application Platform: This would work wonderfully with Apple's approach to integrating hardware, software and services to enable a better user experience. Push notifications could be channeled through Mobile Me. In essence open up Mobile Me as an application platform for creating cloud based apps for the iphone. This would also enable syncing for non-apple applications which in my view is a major hole today. Additionally, this ups the ante by an order of magnitude beyond what the other phone vendors can offer. (expect perhaps Google and Android) It could also spur Mac sales if some parts of the Mobile Me integration are Mac only.

I am fairly certain (2) will happen. Whether its tomorrow or later I don't know but I hope tomorrow.

How about ability to run background processes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27212627)

I can't believe nobody's mentioned this one either... but you can't run a background process, or even a cron-job-like process on the iPhone. From a developers standpoint, that's definitely something I want.

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