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What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

timothy posted about a year ago | from the built-in-route-to-nsa dept.

IOS 262

Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple's iOS 7, which is heavily rumored to make its debut at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, will almost certainly feature a totally redesigned interface. According to recent rumors (including a few key postings on the Apple-centric blog 9 to 5 Mac), the OS will stand as a shining example of "flat" design, which eliminates "real world" elements such as texture and shading in favor of stripped-down, basic shapes. That means certain iOS environments such as Game Center (with its casino-like green felt) and Newsstand (with its wooden shelving) could soon look completely different. But what about iOS 7's actual features? What could Apple change that would improve the operating system's chances against the increasingly sophisticated Google Android, not to mention the new-and-improved BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8? What would you do to iOS with Apple's full resources at your disposal?"

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262 comments

Nothing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944763)

First post posted from my iPhone!

simple (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944765)

Central filesystem so apps can share data in a simple manner.
Allow printing to any fucking printer.

Re:simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944845)

Central filesystem so apps can share data in a simple manner.

That would break simplicity.

Allow printing to any fucking printer.

It can do printing, but only with printers that follow the spec. Printers that don't work requires extra drivers, that we shouldn't need in the first place anyway.

Re:simple (5, Insightful)

itsdapead (734413) | about a year ago | (#43945009)

Central filesystem so apps can share data in a simple manner.

That would break simplicity.

The current solutions for importing/exporting files from Apple applications don't really qualify as "simple". Ever tried to share a file via iTunes or WebDAV? Having a filesystem that didn't raise its head until you chose 'share' wouldn't break simplicity - or maybe providing a standard API that let apps share through DropBox, Google Drive etc. (Flap, oink!)

I tried iCloud but it insists on moving everything off your iOS device into the cloud. If I wanted to do that I'd use Google Docs so I could share things with non-Mac users!

Allow printing to any fucking printer.

It can do printing, but only with printers that follow the spec. Printers that don't work requires extra drivers, that we shouldn't need in the first place anyway.

No, but there's no reason why Airprint can't work with any shared printer on your Mac. When AirPrint was first announced Apple were going to support this - then they signed an exclusive with HP and disappeared the feature. There's third-party software to do this (e.g. Printopia). At one point, I found instructions for adding the appropriate zeroconf and CUPS settings to my Linux box so I could print to it (but a later iOS update borked that).

NSA Prism compatible (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945057)

Perhaps what it really needs is a "NSA Prism" icon

Re:NSA Prism compatible (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945135)

Perhaps what it really needs is a "NSA Prism" icon

It already has three: iChat, Safari & Mail.

Re:simple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945123)

Spoken like someone who has no clue as to what they are talking about.

Open iTunes. Go to Apps. Select the app with the data or docs you want to load/unload. Drag and drop from target window.

Gp to iTunes. Download 'Dropbox'. Open Dropbox. Profit?

Log into iCloud. Er..that's about it. It doesn't upload 'everything' off of your iOS device', but I hear it can demagnetize your credit cards!

Now back under your bridge...

Re:simple (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945299)

Makes sense that a program called "iTunes" would deal with sharing files and getting apps.

Re:simple (4, Informative)

msevior (145103) | about a year ago | (#43945443)

Open iTunes. Go to Apps. Select the app with the data or docs you want to load/unload. Drag and drop from target window.

Gp to iTunes. Download 'Dropbox'. Open Dropbox. Profit?

Thanks for pointing that out. I had not yet discovered it myself. (My GF has an ipad provided from her work.)
That is a really non-intuitive processes designed to prevent users from actually doing what they want. Why can't we just drag and drop from a folder like every other GUI? (including OSX)
  I totally agree with GP. If Apple wants to improve the IOS experience they should get rid of the propriety crap and provide easy ways for people to use their devices as they want.

Re:simple (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year ago | (#43945393)

This is the big thing. Whatever features are added, just make they damn well work. Almost two years to fix the damn podcast app is two years too many.

Re:simple (2)

MichaelJ (140077) | about a year ago | (#43945477)

No, but there's no reason why Airprint can't work with any shared printer on your Mac. When AirPrint was first announced Apple were going to support this - then they signed an exclusive with HP and disappeared the feature. There's third-party software to do this (e.g. Printopia). At one point, I found instructions for adding the appropriate zeroconf and CUPS settings to my Linux box so I could print to it (but a later iOS update borked that).

On a Mac, handyPrint [netputing.com] works wonderfully. I have a networked HP laserjet that predates AirPrint. It's set up as a shared printer on my Mac, and then handyPrint adds the appropriate Bonjour advertising and any other necessary tidbits. Printing from my and my wife's iPhones and iPads works great. I have no connection to the company, just a very satisifed user.

Re:simple (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945439)

So it supports double sided printing, perforations, multiple paper bins etc?

iOS==Metro?? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944779)

So, iOS will look like Metro?

the OS will stand as a shining example of "flat" design, which eliminates "real world" elements such as texture and shading in favor of stripped-down, basic shapes

Re:iOS==Metro?? (0)

jrumney (197329) | about a year ago | (#43944883)

Because Metro was such a success that Apple wants to copy it. Somehow I don't think so...

Re:iOS==Metro?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945033)

Given that the iPad is a copy of Microsoft courier, which was a flop, who knows

Re:iOS==Metro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945255)

There is no possible sense in which that is true.

Re:iOS==Metro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945075)

Yes. Steve Jobs is dead. Tim Cook is somehow afraid of competition, so he is copying them just in case.

He's also supposedly releasing stripped down "economy" versions of iPod and iPhone. This will mark the end of Apple's status as a luxury item for cool people.

They won't last forever without the reality distortion field.

Re:iOS==Metro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944965)

Apple have been 'flattening' the appearance of OS X for years with every release. Just the same thing happening, a more unified appearance will result

Re:iOS==Metro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945013)

iOS will look like Metro?

While many iApple users are strange, I don't think they swing that way.

CAPTCHA = 'fructose' == even /. admits it

Re:iOS==Metro?? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945345)

More like the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy GUI design...
Every time I press one of these black controls, labelled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let me know I've done it.

iOS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944783)

Something different instead of the simple outdated icon grid on the home pages. Whether it be a form of widget or something completely different is up to Apple.

This is double as strong when it comes to the iPad. I remember when they launched the device they were encouraging developers to use then larger canvas instead of just making big iPhone apps. They have still not done this themselves.

Re:iOS (3, Insightful)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | about a year ago | (#43944849)

Something different instead of the simple outdated icon grid on the home pages. Whether it be a form of widget or something completely different is up to Apple.

This is double as strong when it comes to the iPad. I remember when they launched the device they were encouraging developers to use then larger canvas instead of just making big iPhone apps. They have still not done this themselves.

I think that would be a huge mistake. If you change the look of features, people can still navigate by memory of layout. If you change the layout of features, people can still navigate by look. If you change both, everyone's completely lost, and you anger 100% of your customer base.

I would go so far as to say that Apple should change practically nothing in terms of functionality. Bug fixes, improved compatibility, speed enhancements, but don't "change" anything.

Re:iOS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945055)

I think that would be a huge mistake. If you change the look of features, people can still navigate by memory of layout. If you change the layout of features, people can still navigate by look. If you change both, everyone's completely lost, and you anger 100% of your customer base.

Except that these are Apple products we are talking about. Peoples would just love it because it is Apple and 'just work'. Who would want to be that old guy that is no longer in with new hip and cool design...

Re:iOS (0)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | about a year ago | (#43945187)

Nope, because this time it wouldn't just work.

themes. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43944785)

wouldn't need to be listening about bitching about changing the default look then.

other stuff: start adding resolution and density independent ui elements. you know, so that you wouldn't be so fucked as apple is with osx.

dedicated multitasking drawer+button.

block notifications from this app button to every notification sent through the apple system.

Re:themes. (4, Insightful)

Eric Abbott (2525682) | about a year ago | (#43944915)

other stuff: start adding resolution and density independent ui elements. you know, so that you wouldn't be so fucked as apple is with osx.

I beg to disagree: in theory resolution independent user interface elements should be a lot better than Apple's approach of only allowing double densities. Practice however shows, that if you have a resolution independent UI API, a lot of developers are lazy and do not adapt their layout to different screen sizes, or do not correctly use the APIs.

As an example, the windows experience on high-res displays is significantly worse than the Mac OS X experience: the majority of Windows applications simply do not work correctly on a Mac Book Pro Retina display, since only parts of the UI elements scale correctly, resulting in a complete mess.

Android fares somewhat better due to a better API, but the fine-tuned user interfaces for different resolutions on iOS (tablet/phone) usually make for a better user experience. On Android there is too little incentive (return on investment) for developers to fine-tune their user interfaces to different resolutions.

Re:themes. (-1, Flamebait)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43945043)

what are you babbling about? I'm typing this on a 55" hdtv some 2-3 meters away adjusted for pixel density, using windows. if I was using osx I would be fucked as an user - everything would be tiny. the newer the windows the better it works and there isn't that many apps that I run into nowadays which didn't scale correctly(in fact the only apps I've had to use in the past 5 years or so that don't scale are apps built by idiots for asian hardware manufacturers who for some reason insist on custom decors).

the reason they should do it that sooner or later apple is already getting fucked on the devices they can make because if they make another device with another pixel density then it adds up directly as manual work for every developer.

Android is not perfect, but most developers are already using it in such a way that provided that the device configuration isn't totally off then a thumb sized element is going to be a thumb sized element no matter if the screen is 320x200 or 1920x1080.

it's vastly better, it just isn't as console like experience for the developer - and already for ios you have to make different design for 5 screens.. soon 6, soon 7.. it just doesn't scale(as a developer experience.)

Re:themes. (4, Informative)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | about a year ago | (#43945247)

You realize that your TV is still only 1080p, whether its 55" or 155", its resolution is only 1920x1080. The issue at hand here is that when running windows on a higher resolution, such as the Retina display MBPs, the pixel density quadruples, and windows just cant handle that. We're talking resolution, not screen size

Re:themes. (1)

sg_oneill (159032) | about a year ago | (#43945253)

Uh, I do exactly this on my mac mini on a 50" tv set, and its scaled quite nicely.

Don't just make things up to get angry about dude.

Better Application Hooks (4, Insightful)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | about a year ago | (#43944793)

I want to be able to choose Chrome as my browser instead of Safari.

I want 1password to be able to hook in to it.

I want apps to open new links in Chrome instead of their own embedded browser.

WebRTC support

Save MP3s in to iTunes

Re:Better Application Hooks (3, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | about a year ago | (#43944929)

All of those things are things that malware and crapware would immediately use to make your phone much, much worse. I'd like them too, but I can see why Apple would want to keep those things off their system to keep their users happier.

Re:Better Application Hooks (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#43945417)

if i want to muck up my phone with crap thats on me. I dont want apple pretending to be my dad and im 4 years old "now hold my hand as we cross the road."

Re:Better Application Hooks (5, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43945463)

Then you don't want an iPhone,

Re:Better Application Hooks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945143)

You do know you can just download Chrome in the app store right?

Re:Better Application Hooks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945493)

Does it replace stock so that any other application a web link goes to Chrome instead?

Glad you asked! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944805)

OS:
- real push notifications (no connection) a la BB
- real bluetooth support
- sound multiplexing
- multi-user support a la Nexus 7

Shell:
- themes
- screensaver
- background download/upload without 'location services':o
- exif info in gallery
- realtime-thumbs task manager

Politics:
- JS JIT in apps
- support for other browsers

The thing which stopped me from buying Apple (3, Insightful)

drolli (522659) | about a year ago | (#43944807)

are not the features, but the idea that Apple wants to control everything.

If they change that, i will reconsider. However, since i bough quite some Apps for Android, and Android emulation would be nice

Re:The thing which stopped me from buying Apple (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944959)

Most people need a trustworthy authority to make the good decisions for them.

Re:The thing which stopped me from buying Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945275)

Because they are too lazy or clueless to make a decision themselves, and there's no one out there to kick their sorry butt into the realm of assertiveness. We're breeding a whole generation of dependent assholes. You can already see it in the higher education, politics and basically everywhere you look. So thank you Steve Jobs for being such a role model for people without any sense of independence and self-reliance. Thank you!

Re:The thing which stopped me from buying Apple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945445)

I agree! When you buy a car, you should be able to decide the order of the brake and accelerator. You should be allowed to get the steering wheel sticking out from the ceiling, and have the seats replaced with hammocks.

Or you could accept the good decisions made by others.

Re:The thing which stopped me from buying Apple (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#43945423)

which is kind of funny when you think about it. its like apple is saying we dont trust you to trust yourself. so we will do it for you, dont like it?? too bad"

Bettter integration with PRISM (4, Funny)

Prez Cannady (2945605) | about a year ago | (#43944809)

I might be a terrorist, after all.

Re:Bettter integration with PRISM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945091)

Yeah, it would be nice to get live updates pushed to the device when you're being tracked, especially to indicate which three-letter agency it is. It would be a lot easier to organize your day if you knew when you first got up that it's the ATF or IRS after you this time, rather than routine the FBI or NSA tracking.

Doesn't Windows already have a tile for that in Metro? Apple is really falling behind.

Re:Bettter integration with PRISM (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#43945205)

Actually, not a bad idea. Why not let the NSA host your email for you? They will have access to it one way or another anyway. Taxpayers have already paid for all those super-duper NSA data centers, so give citizens access to all that computing power via a free NSA cloud.

It will save costs at the NSA, because they won't need a PRISM to refract your email . . . they will have direct access to it. And if you know that the NSA has access to your email, you won't need to worry about if they do have access to your email . . . because you know they do already. It will also be secure, because the NSA are the best professional hackers in the world.

So getting back to iOS 7 features, I'm sure the NSA has already supplied Apple with a long list of their requirements. Let's open up those hidden NSA APIs so that everyone can use them and the NSA's unlimited resources.

Once again, I have to ask myself, "Who's been sleeping in my brain . . . ?"

USTASI approves of this message (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945323)

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Re:Bettter integration with PRISM (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#43945375)

Sounds like a modest proposal.

ios 7 (-1)

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joypad support and keyup/keydown support (1)

musikit (716987) | about a year ago | (#43944831)

see title. nothing would make my gaming experience better then a standard joypad support in the os. and them actually supporting keyup/keydown so i can map keyboard keys to button presses.

Re: joypad support and keyup/keydown support (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945139)

Hell yeah

Security features (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944833)

It needs: TOR, full disk/device encryption, PGP for email as standard and the "iCloud" repository fully encrypted and opaque to apple unless YOU specifically tell them it's ok for each app/service.
I want the iPhone to be primarily mine by default, and allow Apple to provide options I can opt into, rather than primarily Apple's and I need to jailbreak it to opt out of things.

Re: Security features (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944911)

I second that!!

Re:Security features (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945207)

Tim Cook: "Hmmm, let me think about it. Hahahahano..."

Get a Blackberry.

Re:Security features (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#43945429)

our apologies, but we cannot do that. we have been directed i mean warned that its not good for the NSA i mean americans.

Re:Security features (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43945471)

Other than the iCloud stuff, you can do all of that with an Android phone, although I believe you need root to be able to do the full Tor support.

What Features Does iOS 7 Need? (2, Insightful)

thediv17 (2839847) | about a year ago | (#43944853)

Freedom

Re:What Features Does iOS 7 Need? (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43944985)

Freedom is dangerous.

Re:What Features Does iOS 7 Need? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945233)

I don't think the guys at Apple know what that even means.

"Freedom? Like, more apps to choose from on the App Store? Is that what it's about? Yeah, we can do that..."

Flat does not mean "metro flat"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944859)

Flat simply means a more refined version of what is common in OS X. iOS has grown fragmented and some of the apps are poorly designed as a result- ie, Game Center, the old Podcast app, etc. They are toning this kind of design back. They're not eliminating things like gradients and gloss entirely.

Really, really skinny fonts (1)

Horshu (2754893) | about a year ago | (#43944863)

Like the were drawn with a mechanical pencil

It should be based on ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944865)

Android!

since i don't buy into (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944869)

Apple's (or *any*) DRM, i don't really know what features to posit

Features (1)

jlebrech (810586) | about a year ago | (#43944877)

A VR desktop, something like oculus rift and leap motion combined. It also needs to display the keyboard in the virtual world and show where the fingers are.

Also the UX needs to be in 3D, so to operate a slider you have to move your hand forward for example, windows should be replaced with cubes, with the controls to maximize, minimize, force quit on the outside of the cube and the app is contained inside of that cube, the interface should look a bit like what tony stark sees in his ironman suit. The interface could obviously be designed to only be see from a single perspective, but if a control is on the z-axis it has to be operated on that axis be the user.

It's not going to happen, but... (5, Funny)

AC-x (735297) | about a year ago | (#43944879)

It's not going to happen, but a single checkbox in the settings would do:

[ ] Allow installation of apps from unknown sources

Improvement? (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about a year ago | (#43944891)

What Apple needs is themes. The default looks are rather blah already and now it will be more so? Nunn

Android (3, Insightful)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year ago | (#43944897)

Sounds like he's saying iOS should look a whole lot more like Android. Well, sounds like they already copied Android's and Windows' flat themes.

Real feature... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944925)

The ability to run windows programs.

Do that and microsoft is dead.

Open it up a little, but won't happen (2)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year ago | (#43944955)

We have a big mix of Wintels, iDevices and Androids at home & work.
They're all pretty good at doing what we need.
The iDevices, however, stand out for being harder to get things onto and off.
And don't get me started on iTunes, especially when running on a non-Mac.
Sure there are alternatives, and apps like SugarSync and Evernote ease the pain, but why make it hard when a USP of Apple is supposed to be the user-friendliness?

Still, as I said, never going to happen...looks like they're going to focus on the cosmetics, rather than listening to their customers. Shades of Windows 8?

Final thought: Why don't they just take the top-selling and/or free apps, for both 'geek/power user' and 'normal consumer' and bake 'em into the OS? They've got the cash...

Re:Open it up a little, but won't happen (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43945381)

iOS needs less baked into the OS, not more. When FaceBook became popular they needed to develop integrated support for it, When Twitter became popular, they need to develop integrated support for it. With Android, everything integrates automatically, popular or not, and this same mechanism allows you to set a different browser as your default. Apple needs to get over their control fetish and greed.

Catchup or Reinvent? (2)

mitcheli (894743) | about a year ago | (#43944967)

Apple didn't become the largest company by playing catch up to the competitors. I wouldn't change "features" in iOS. I'd change the paradigm in which iOS runs.

Self Destruct (1, Funny)

solidraven (1633185) | about a year ago | (#43944969)

Two words: Self Destruct
Possibly a large enough explosion that makes an apple shaped mark on the device owner, so I know who to avoid talking to.

Better integration with just about everything. (1)

trdrstv (986999) | about a year ago | (#43944981)

If you take a pic with the camera you can immediately post to twitter aaaaaaaaand, that's about it. On Android I have something like 20 options directly from the camera (twitter, facebook, dropbox, etc....)

Re:Better integration with just about everything. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945115)

And for the rest of the world (i.e. the majority) who would not be seen dead using Twitter, Facebook etc? What use is that to them then?

Whatever is done has to be useful for the majority of current and future users.
I'm not an iPhone/iPad user so I don't have an anti Apple axe to grind but seeing as how I've ditched my HTC Android phone recently if there was a killer feature I might be attracted back into the smartphone world and away from my venerable 10yr old Nokia.

Re:Better integration with just about everything. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945191)

Lol ;) Have you ever actually used an iPhone? Granted, it only has 9 options out of the box to share or leverage the content. Welcome to the 2010's. Your content are belongs to us.

put a jvm on it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43944995)

Maybe add inter-app communication.

price tag of (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945001)

$0.00

Multiple accounts (5, Insightful)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | about a year ago | (#43945005)

Or at least a "guest" mode, so that an iPad can be shared among parents and kids.

Re:Multiple accounts (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945131)

Guided Access goes a long way to providing this. Settings->Accessibility

http://www.cultofmac.com/225138/safely-hand-your-iphone-or-ipad-over-to-anyone-with-guided-access-ios-tips/ [cultofmac.com]

Re:Multiple accounts (1)

Splab (574204) | about a year ago | (#43945183)

Very nice suggestion, definitely going to try it out.

Re:Multiple accounts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945273)

It already has that under 'Restrictions'. Turn that on, and any questionable content is off limits.

Widgets.. (0)

xushi (740195) | about a year ago | (#43945031)

Not like Android where you have your apps list, and the second confusing menu where you can put the same apps, and widgets... just the very same windows they have now but with the ability to add widgets.

Re:Widgets.. (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43945399)

How widgets are displayed in Android varies with the launcher you're using. I suspect you might have seem a Samsung launcher or something as the stock one is done quite nicely, as are most of the other ones I've seen.

Support Flac and Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945063)

IOS cant play flac as far as I can tell.

ISO cant be managed initialised and thier databases updated through free software. I hate iPlayer and have no intention of runnign it even if it is ported to my favourate flavour of Linux.

I cant develop IOS application using non Apple operating systems.

If Apple fixed these missing features I would buy an ipad and iphone tommorow.

A master volume control (1)

Salo2112 (628590) | about a year ago | (#43945137)

I would love to be able to lock down the volume so my autistic son, who lives on the iPad, doesn't max out the volume on everything he does.

Re:A master volume control (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945203)

That feature has been in iOS like forever...

just stop, please (0)

Swampash (1131503) | about a year ago | (#43945151)

for god's sake, enough with the absolute-nothing Apple stories for the sake of ad impressions, it's pathetic.

/. is a bad place for Apple feature advice (2, Insightful)

Trip6 (1184883) | about a year ago | (#43945189)

Apple made their mark controlling and simplifying the user experience to achieve broad market appeal. /.ers will inevitably want them to go the other direction and load up the feature set, as all engineers will. Without Jobs, the engineers will get the upper hand and the feature set will expand, thus losing their broad appeal. Unless someone else comes along who can stand up to the engineers, Apple is toast.

Re:/. is a bad place for Apple feature advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945243)

Good. Engineers are people who make progress happen. Jobs was a person who made money on pervasive human incompetence. I'd choose the former over the latter any day.

Re:/. is a bad place for Apple feature advice (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945395)

Apple made their mark controlling and simplifying the user experience to achieve broad market appeal. /.ers will inevitably want them to go the other direction and load up the feature set, as all engineers will. Without Jobs, the engineers will get the upper hand and the feature set will expand, thus losing their broad appeal. Unless someone else comes along who can stand up to the engineers, Apple is toast.

Right on, what's good for engineers is not necessarily good for the general Joe, but it is something most Apple-hating /.ers will never understand.

What features? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945199)

I'd like that fart sound app to be integrated into Siri.

Also, a voice saying "You're so hip!" every time I pressed anything. And I mean ANYTHING! Even on silent!

And a self-destruct button in case the next iPhone comes out early. I don't want to be seen with an old piece of junk.

Please, uncle Tim, make my wishes come true! I'll sacrifice a virgin on my iAltar I built in my basement if you do!

Better Printing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945221)

Why doesn't apple get with the times and add a built-in 3D printer?

Why, I'd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945239)

tell them to fuck off and do it themselves instead of paying whichever bunch of shills runs the rotting corpse of /. to get us to do it for their lazy arses.

"totally redesigned interface" ??? (3, Insightful)

Monoman (8745) | about a year ago | (#43945249)

PAH-LEEZE ... doing the flat look is more like changing the skin, not a total redesign.

As for any features add, changed, or modified ... well that is anyone's guess until Apple says so. Anything else is speculation and a blatant attempt to boost advertising revenue by driving clicks/impressions.

Relevancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945263)

It needs relevancy.

The only thing keeping IOS in "the market" is that "the market" are all rabid Apple fanbois.

Everyone who can make an intelligent decision has left Apple for greener orchards. Even
the new Windows phones are taking IOS "market" share.

MP

Features? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945271)

They are called patents.

stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945291)

What I'd like is to be able to do something with the file system on the device. If I take pictures or write a document, I want to know where it is so I can upload it, not merely presume it's in the one-place-that-rules-them-all

Other than that, Apple has been rather good about not making foolish UI changes. Like the change from the "plastic" looking OSX to the "brushed metal" OSX was done in tandem with the change from plastic iMac's to metal iMac's. Nothing substantial. Some menus and configuration panels change, but they're in the same place.

On iOS I hope it's like that. Incremental changes, not Windows Phone/Windows 8 backhanded "NEW INTERFACE YOU LEARN NOW!"

Real Background processing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43945331)

Threads and a mechanism to launch them in the background at specified times like hardware wake alarms. Having to use the location thread to do background processing violates apples guidelines and sucks.

Control of App Update notifications (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | about a year ago | (#43945339)

I want to be able to tell iOS to a) only check for app updates on a schedule I specify and b) individually opt in or out of an update for a specific app. At an absolute minimum I would settle for the ability to turn off the icon badge for the App Store. I'm ticked off with the constant barrage of updates, the badgering of the badging bugs me.

Settings for default applications... (3, Interesting)

AmazinglySmooth (1668735) | about a year ago | (#43945413)

I want to be able to select which app opens things by default. If I want a new mail app, then I want all mail links to open in it. If I want a new browser, then I want all hyperlinks to open in it. If I want to change the default maps app to Google, then I want all directions opened in that. Etc.

Background processing and sharing things please (2)

mmacvicar (1405269) | about a year ago | (#43945473)

I think it is very important that they provide a way to allow some background processing to any app, it is plain stupid that you receive notifications and the content is not there after opening the app, that messages don't get sent because you minimized the app or that you can't minimize a web page / app while something is being loaded. Mainly because of this my iphone 5 feels like crap compared to my old Galaxy SII. Also: - Let people decide the snooze time... the fixed 9 minutes is weird. Turning off the vibration of the alarm would be good also. - How about providing a decent way to share photos between devices, and apple fans please... email or whatsapp is not a decent way. With decent I mean not having to use a cable and without a third party app. - Save files to your phone and download them later. - Share needs to be extended as in android, twitter + facebook is too limited, I would like to see whatsapp there or even better let the apps ask for permission to appear in the share menu.
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