10 new features we'd like to see in iOS 7
But this isn't the only problem that iOS is facing today. If we go back in time, we'll find out that in 2007, smartphones weren't that mainstream. What this means is that when the iPhone came out, it seemed like a versatile and feature-packed powerhouse. In 2013, though, everyone has some kind of smartphone. People are much more knowledgeable about mobile tech, applications and the possibilities our favorite gadgets hide. With that, users demand greater control over their mobile experience. They want more advanced features, higher customizability, and a more open environment that allows their smartphones to be even more useful and reliable in their daily grind. In October last year, former iOS chief Scott Forstall was removed from his position, and replaced by Jonathan Ive - the person mainly responsible for the amazing design of your iPhone. Now, Mr. Ive is in charge of both hardware and software, and with that, speculation is circulating that iOS 7 is in for a drastic overhaul.
In what direction is Ive going to take iOS? Is he going to authorize the implementation of previously forbidden features, or is he simply going to replace some of the graphics here and there? We don't know just yet, but what we know is what we want to see in the next version of iOS. And here it is!
10 new features we'd like to see in iOS 7
2. USB mass storage and file browser
3. Animated and parallax wallpapers
4. Vertical App Store lists
5. Quick settings in Notification Center
6. Flash Player support
7. Open access to Nitro Java Script engine
8. UI themes
9. Changeable default applications
10. Bigger folders
5. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Ray you forgot about Bluetooth transfer to other device too.
11. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't see how that feature would be all that important.
16. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
@comment no 11 :-Transferring files is important douchebag!!
75. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
Of course, you are typical limited iConboard user, just a kid
Otherwise it's a complete ripoff of android, like stolen statusbar :-)
9. andrews317 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Yeah me to XD. I was here for this comment.
10. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Basically he wants a phone that just works which is what the iPhone does well. Just having features just to have them seems irrelevant.
22. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
You should squat in a bowl of cool water. It'll help.
He should get a Galaxy S3 or S4 if he wants a phone that just works, then he could have all those features he wished for, too.
Don't you just love that whenever Apple users are asked what they want in the next iPhone, they always list features Android has had for years. But, that's why 7 of every 10 people choose Android, and 1.5 million new Android devices are activated every day (or about 500 in the 30 seconds it took you to write your silly post).
28. bucky (Posts: 1401; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Yea but iPhone user don't want leggy, crashing and cheap looking versions of this requests.
31. Aeires (unregistered)
I don't want a leggy phone either.
38. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Then it's a good thing it isn't 2010 anymore, and Android is as smooth as iOS while being leagues more versatile and functional. You can have it all.
45. kboo1995 (unregistered)
Are you sure that you are talking about planet earth -Andriod?
Last time I checked my SGS3 took 6 seconds to open the phone app
48. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Can you put all whats on your s3 on an iPhone and the iphone wont crash? if the two phones have the same number of content, u'll see the difference
71. downphoenix (Posts: 2317; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
might be something wrong with it, mine came up virtually instant.
101. milesboy5 (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
Even on 4.2.2 my galaxy nexus had some troubles...Yes I know it has a dated processor but isn't that what Project Butter was for??? To make sure every device running Android was buttery smooth???
39. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Android is smooth well mine has less crashes then my friends iPhone 3gs and I'm using a custom rom
40. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
The last time I checked, laggy devices existed 2yrs ago. Get with the times, noobcake! ;-)
42. kboo1995 (unregistered)
Please man don't waste your time in this blog
There is no single Tech fans here
Just Some android fanboys or Apple haters
43. kboo1995 (unregistered)
Please spare me
People don't give a f**k about these features
Here ,in my country there is more than 15 million people who have android
Most of them don't even know it's called Andriod
People use it for 1 reason:CRACKED APPS
62. lyndon420 (Posts: 1735; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Apple could remove features and Mxyz would call it innovation. He lives off of red thumbs...why feed into it for him.
63. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Can you please do us all a favor, and say your name backwards? ;-)
99. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I see your point Mxy. Nice to have, but its like power telescopic steering in a car...not that important. +1.
19. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1841; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Lol just jailbreak the damn thing., that's the only way, my ip5 looks some what nice
50. suneeboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
Can't believe someone thumbed that down...its true lol
52. martinlosha (unregistered)
Jailbroken IOS >>>>>> android
53. martinlosha (unregistered)
No They want a Samsung phone....
Octacore cpu, great camera, great big screen, good battery life.
Those great specs are the reason why those phones are selling well.
54. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)
ahahaha perfect. this article makes iOS so outdated... all he was hoping are already present in Anrdroid! He basically wants android hahahaha!
55. fiorenza20 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
yea, they just wrote android's features. its kinda funny
61. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 319; Member since: 07 May 2012)
android phone,but no 6. suport for flash is a no no. not going to happen
76. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
If an iphone was ever seen running flash Steve Jobs would turn over in his grave again and cause another earthquake.
79. binerry (Posts: 95; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I think you're mistaken. I think we want iOS with Android features. You know... the stability and capability without the instability.
100. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Year after year... they make a similar list asking for Android features over and over again...
C'mon just admit that iOS hold itself back, behind Android's innovation... this is getting ridiculous...
A lot of those features are really basic...
3. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
i'll be happy if they change UI of ios ....................
4. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Merge with Android. "Sexy and Secure" could be their new moto.
6. Rockbottom97 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
It's funny. I love my Note 2 and Windows phone but I can't get into an iPhone. I don't know why I just don't like the device. Maybe its just old hat but I feel I can change my Note 2 to whatever I want at anytime. I think the UI Themes would be the best feature next to quick hotkeys for things like WiFi and Bluetooth.
7. phonewarz (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
Since we already know Ray S. is biased he didn't title it: 10 ways Android is better then iOS
18. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
True, but these points really tell the weakness of iOS when compared to Android
8. pyradark (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
new interface, easy access to settings, more animation. thats all i need
if they do all that, why buy iphone where you can buy android
12. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Some of these are actually good ideas. Other seem kind of off putting for iOS. I don't see the big deal about iOS having widgets. It would be a sacrifice of system resources trying to keep a live widget running.
Flash support is pretty much dead and HTML5 is becoming the standard. Flash is losing support on Android. Another thing that kills resources and memory.
Some of the others are ok suggestions but this overall list are features that mostly aren't necessary for iOS.
72. downphoenix (Posts: 2317; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
In a very basic form iOS already has a live tile/widget implementation as far as the little numbers that show on your phone or messages to show you number of missed calls or text on your device. Surely you like having that feature instead of having to go into the apps each time you wanted to check for this. Surely you like having the notification center to give you listings for new emails, app notifications, etc. instead of having to check all these apps individually (which btw is a feature borrowed from Android). This just adds more convenience to the platform. Im sure there are ways to disable it if you want.
13. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
and bluetooth also
14. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
It should be named as "10 ways android is better than iOS"
15. N6600 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Well, let's see:
1. Unlikely to happen due to the current design philosophy. I would expect something like a number of new items on the icon and single tap would open more info (similar like folders)
2. Well, let's say I agree...
3. Why on Earth I would want it? Not even on a lock screen...
5. This would be handy.
6. Not necessary
7. Not necessary
9. I don't find it such a great idea.
10. What? Why would I want to scroll within a folder like mad? I can do that now - just swipe to the left... Oh wait. It's not that clumsy :)
21. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
i really find your perceptions from no. 6 to 10 as extremely stupid.
6: Flash Support : Though not default in android still most people sideload it as it is NECESSARY
7: Nitro JS Engine : Apple should implement it as they are just wanting to kill competition which is not in good spirit of competition and hence is NECESSARY
8: UI Themes : Not everyone would like to stick with what the company gives as default, there really are huge masses of people who want to customize the look of thier phone and that is one of the main reason why Android is preferred more to iOS and hence this sure is not a CRAP as you say it.
9: Default Apps : Again no one wants to stick with the default things and if you want to use Google maps as default then why the hell would you want to open Addresses in Apple maps and hence this is a not just a GOOD IDEA but SOMETHING VERY NECESSARY.
10: Bigger Folders : Not everyone wants thier apps lying across Home Screens, this comes in handy for someone who wants to neatly organise thier apps and hence this is not MAD
73. N6600 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)
6. Well, that is the point of view. I found only some pages that did not load on my WP due to missing Flash. It would piss me off if it wouldn't be supported on a tablet. But mobile?
7. Yet again. That's the logic of the system. It provides built in apps that work. It would be "nice" to install Chrome, but again - we are talking about the phone. I think you want the phone to be a computer.
8. I do understand your point. But my wife's HTC is a living proof that customization could go terribly wrong. Slow, crashing, but colorful.
9. No one means who? I have asked iPhone users around me (there are a lot of them) and guess what no one cares because it works.
10. I get the organizational part, but I really don't get the idea of having to scroll "for ages" to find what I am looking for. It's wasting time. On my old iPod I have games sorted in folders by genre. Each of them contains 5-6 games. I bet my ass I would find any game faster than you by scrolling in the folder.
82. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I really don't want to talk any further to you as guys like you are basically what i consider as trolls, i think Ray S posted most genuine things, and i cannot explain it to you any further..
Sidenote: Get an iPhone as you are Blind or Apple made you that way,
Bye and i would not respond to you however you TROLL, and yeah, you really have a great brain, KEEP IT UP!! :D
20. Scorpion (Posts: 83; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
I think that they are going to reserve the notifications bar for "widgets" and allow icons for settings, so customers would have a dedicated settings home screen. Would make it look IOS and not an Android copycat.
And I hope they don't adopt the widgets/apps on lockscreen idea. 2 layers of widgets, and 3 layers of apps including the app drawer. How about a different launcher for each function too?
23. baller23 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
Apple, please do Not copy anything from Android.
26. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
You're a couple of years to late with that wish.
24. twens (Posts: 616; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
So like seriously, in 2013 we have an OS that lacks all this features? I think any phone fanning this OS should never be compared to android phone no matter. Period!
25. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
competition and faster progress apple dont want that