10 features and improvements that we'd like to see in iOS 10


As you probably well know, WWDC 2016 is right around the corner, and we should definitely get a glimpse at what Apple has in store for us with its upcoming iOS 10 edition. Of course, Cupertinians are experts at keeping mum about what they are working at, and while there are some exciting rumors about iOS 10 out there, it's hard to discern what is real and what is a product of wishful thinking.

So, whispers are saying that we should expect an Apple Music update, a much-needed, arguably long-overdue App Store revamp, more than 70 new emoji, a dark UI skin, and (gasp) the ability to hide those unwanted apps that you always end up sticking in a folder.

These sure sound great, albeit we can't really imagine Apple going for some of them. Still, whenever a new major iOS announcement draws near, one can't help but dream about what pet peeves of theirs they'd like to see dealt with. On that note, here are 10 features that we'd like to see added / removed / fixed in iOS 10. Warning, that's just a PhoneArena wishlist!

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43 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You just enumerated features Android have that iOS doesnt.

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Exactly what i was thinking. But i would had SD support to the list ( if IOS support it then they have to make the phone to support it too )

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Fingerprint shutdown authorization, aplication arranging inside the application menu, animated icons in Android phones? Can you give an example of such a phone?

14. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

So that's three things. How about the rest that Android already has? 1. Set Default Apps 2. Numeric Keyboard Row 3. Swype typing 4. Camera Manual Mode 5. Video Resolution Settings 6. More Intuitive call declining 7. Finding Contacts through keyboard And instead of an animated icon, Android has widgets. Even those the size of icons. Obviously there are features that already exist in Android that iPhone users could appreciate.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't care; the dude I replied to made a wrong statement which I corrected: there are SOME options that happens to be on SOME Android based phones.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

- Fingerprint shutdown authorization = Authorized User Shutdown = Advanced Power Menu+ app - Application Arranging inside the application menu = Nova Launcher app - Animated Icons = Widgets on the home screen

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I believe this article is talking about OS features; if not, I should remind you that "there's an app for that" on iOS. Oh, btw, widgets are not animated icons, Android didn't had such a thing the last time I've checked; they might have similar functionality but they are not the same thing. I don't understand why is it more important to you who was the first to have a feature than the feature in itself? Is anybody mad because Android copied Windows features? No, nobody gives a fk, it was a good thing for mobile industry as long as it did it by obeying the laws. iOS is going to be copying Swype - good for it an it's users - Android has been copying permissions from iOS (which copied them from BB) - good for both of them and their users. And so on. Stop bashing and start being positive.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

It's funny how they pick on iOS complete ignoring there are apps that do all sorts of things, but always fall back on apps to show that iOS features can be duplicated too. Just pointing out the double standard.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"It's funny how they pick on iOS complete ignoring there are apps that do all sorts of things" Again, point out all 10 apps on the app store that officially offer every feature demanded here, just making claims with nothing to back it is ignoramus fanboy talk...but that's normal with you. BTW, you still haven't pointed out app store apps that bring back the ancient dumb phone features to iOS. You keep ignorantly implying apps offer such on iOS...

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"I believe this article is talking about OS features;" Apps expanding the features of the OS has been a norm on Android for years now, ignoring them doesn't mean Android can't do it... " I should remind you that "there's an app for that" on iOS" Well then point out all 10 apps on the app store that officially offer every feature demanded here, just making claims with nothing to back it is ignoramus fanboy talk. "Oh, btw, widgets are not animated icons" Yes they are, they offer the exact same function of giving live details about the app, some resizable down to the size of an app icon, and tapping them will lauch the app. What else do you get from "animated icons" besides a different name? Again, turning a blind eye to what Android offers doesn't mean it can't do it... "I don't understand why is it more important to you who was the first to have a feature than the feature in itself?" Uhm, WTF are you talking? How did you derive that from what I posted? "Stop bashing and start being positive." Where were you when the cult of iSheep kept hypocritically bahing "copycat" every time a tiny feature from apple's device got implemented in a competitor's product? They could have really used that your advice...

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Have you ever heard me saying Android is bad just because it can't do a particular thing by default? No, it's ok with me as long as there's an app that can do what I want. Only 5 out of 10 features are app related and there are apps for all 5 in App Store. Technically, a widget gets more to the user, practically, once there's the need to interact with it, there's always better to open the app. I have never bashed one OS for copying other OS's features; I'm happy to see Adroid users get the best of iOS features and iOS users get the best of Android features; why should I - the user - care it's copied if it's a feature that enhances my experience?

43. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You still haven't pointed out any app, just playing the asinine bait switch game and making the same claim without anything to back it...typical. BTW, - Only 4/10 (#5, #6, #7, and #8) are looking like they could have an iOS app for it. - There's an Android app for 9/10 of them on the Play Store if it didn't come with your device, the remainder 1 (#3) is standard to every Android device. - 7/10 of these came in the box with my OnePlus One; all except #1, #4, and #7. All 3 of which I officially have apps readily available on the Play Store for; Advanced Power Menu+, Transparent Clock & Weather, and Camera FV-5.

42. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Actually, Samsung has animated icons on its smartphones. Not for the weather, however (that's called a widget). And free icon placement on the home screen. And you can put a password to shutdown the phone, thanks to Find My Phone.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you'd like to see that? seriously? cant you dream something more groundbreaking, innovative, or something?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

9. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Gotta be honest here...if you are trying to show how Android N is going to be amazing you kinda failed. I like Android but the N update really doesnt bring much to the table either.

15. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

The features aren't groundbreaking, but they are better than these. Although in general, smartphones recently haven't exactly been the epitome of groundbreaking innovation.

5. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Another feature I would like to see is to have a toggle in messages to switch between group messages, and individual message for a group, like most Androids have. Currently if you want to send a message to more than one person and have their replies only come to you instead of the group you have to go into settings messages and turn it off there. Problem is you have to remember to turn it back on.

7. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

#1 should have been iMessage being available for Android devices so that everyone can be a part of iMessage.

8. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just let me choose the default apps and ill be a happy man.

20. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Just choose Android and you'll be a happy man.

10. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

iTunes restrictions. Remove that headache. And the OS is so much PC dependent compared to Android and WM. Inflexible and restricted. Go through itunes or some third party programs to copy files is ridiculous.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont use itunes to transfer files, photos, movies off and onto an iPhone... learn the platform before trolling... I like itunes as I've been using it to organize my music since before first iphone... and still use that for music organizing and transfering - it's a preference... but all music and media can be put on iphone without itunes...

32. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Wow, criticised your favourite OS and I'm trolling? Just wow. Ok, then tell me a way to transfer music and videos from ios to pc and pc to ios directly without itunes, ifunbox and any other tools? And no cloud way please. "learn the platform before trolling" This coming from a guy who has posted numerous times how greenify needs root to work when it doesn't. And the one who thinks customization is just changing fonts and UI and bashes android users for that. Yes, I troll iOS sometimes. But you bash even when I am not. So learn to differentiate between whats trolling and whats not before attacking.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Install iCloud control center, rightclick on any file and send to iPhone. No wires, no iTunes, no headache. You're not criticizing, you're straight up lying. You have different presences, you want to transfer everything using wires - get an android. And yes when I made points regarding greenify - it required root - androids are all different - and there is compromise in all of them in one way or another - one major problem was - you need greenify - iOS did app management so much better than android - they finally gave you real control in marshmallow with app permissions and doze - iOS been doing that for many years That was a real restriction when your apps and is did whatever the hell it wanted without your convey or control, and you think changing fonts and icons is control? That's just eye candy they give you to make you feel you're in control. This is not bashing this is an observation. You choose android that's fine - I never attrack you for choosing it - but look at this article alone and third of posts are just about calling iOS users derigatory names.... in an iOS article. I try android about every two years, and it's "meh" at best and frustrating at worst. iOS ecosystem just offers so much more.

35. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Kindly tell me what "lying" I made? I will download ios control center and see if its more user friendly than other methods or not. Another question. Can I remove itunes from my PC after I download iOS control center? Is it independent to itunes. "And yes when I made points regarding greenify - it required root" Now thats straight up lying. I remember you writing how greenify needed root to work atleast 3 times while at the exact same time I was using it on my non rooted android. I would not have remembered this if you haven't wrote that many times. "and you think changing fonts and icons is control? " Jeez, how can you make it a complete different meaning from what I said? This is weird. I wasn't explaining what customization or control is, I was saying how you made fun of the customization by saying its just changing font and themes and you for whatever reason you thought I was saying control is changing icons and fonts??? Yeah, you said I was lying and trolling? Thats not an attack? And what was I lying? iOS IS overall more restricted and inflexible compared to Android and WM. Its the fact. It may be perfect for you and have everything you need, you may not need any of the flexibility and extra features Android and WM offers, that DOESN'T make iOS more flexible or feature rich compared to Android. And yes, I still prefer transfer by wire. Much faster than wireless medium. I could care less on what other users wrote. I'm not the one who wrote "Android's been doing this for years" comment. You made me go TechieXP for 1st time on this site. Never thought I'd see this day.

11. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

emm.number 1 and themes

12. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

My list: 1. Fix text selection when copying. I know apple tries to help to copy a paragraph, but it makes links in safari, for example,hard to copy 2. Fix Safari freezing when entering private mode 3. Numeric row. But not additional row, just make holding top row letters to enter numbers, so it won't take space or make letters smaller 4. Remove stock apps that are less used (photo booth, tips, podcasts) and make them available on app store 5. Ability to hide app icons

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nice list Just wanted to build on it a little 3. Not just numbers but symbols as well It's so handy to long press d for $ or m for ? or k for ( 5. An app drawer and app gesture shortcuts (like Nova launcher) would be awesome, I'd like to have a clean desktop of just my wallpaper and widgets

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS is an app drawer; gestures are nice, iOS has some of them and with Touch ID it could really be a great way to do all sort of things.

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