• 10 new features people expect to get in Apple iOS 7

    Posted on April 22nd, 2013 David Brooks | 2 comments

    Without doubt, iOS is a wonderful platform and mobile fans are all familiar with this mobile operating system. Based on iOS, Apple has brought quite a lot of wonderful devices to the world, which greatly improved our daily entertainment and drove the fast development of mobile industry. However, even the unprecedented level of polish cannot prevent Apple’s mobile operating system from looking somewhat stale. And no wonder, after all, iOS hasn’t seen a major overhaul since its first release in 2007. Sure, Apple has been perfecting the platform ever year, adding numerous new features and improvements, but its look and feel have remained largely the same, making it appear boring and static compared to its rival, Android.

    With the fast development of smartphone and mobile industry, since the first iPhone release, people are much more knowledgeable about mobile tech, applications and the possibilities our favorite gadgets hide, which results in that people have become more desired in greater control over their smartphones. People start to 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. With the upcoming of iOS 7, we don’t know what it would bring to us, but we could have our own expectations on what the next iOS should include.

    USB mass storage and file browser

    USB connection

    Apple will probably never allow USB mass storage mode and an open file system in iOS, but they can’t take our dreams, can they? We’re looking forward to the time when we’ll be able to just plug our iPhones in and start transferring any type of files freely.

    Widget

    Widget

    From all the things we’d love to see in iOS 7, widgets, or at least some form of live icons, is probably the most wanted. Sure you can do things pretty quickly with iOS right now, but this can never beat the comfort of getting info that updates in real-time by just glancing at your home screen. Widgets also unlock many new possibilities for app developers, who will be able to use them to complement their apps. Widgets for iOS do not necessarily need to take huge amounts of space, they can simply be live-updating icons, or something like that. Whatever it is, though, it’s time for Apple to make that home screen a bit more dynamic.

    Vertical App Store lists

    Verticla App Store list

    Do you remember the old App Store design? Well, we think it was actually better than the current one. The thing is that your phone screen, which has a portrait orientation, can show more items if they are listed vertically, instead of horizontally. We understand the need for a more contemporary look of the UI, but that could have been easily achieved while keeping the good old vertical orientation.

    Animated and parallax wallpapers

    Wallpapers

    Static wallpapers are cool, but how about something with a little bit more eye candy, like animated wallpapers or parallax ones? That’s surely a leaf Apple can take from Google’s book. Sure, those are going to be a bit more demanding on the system, but having a more appealing home screen will easily make up for it.

    Open access to Nitro Java Script engine

    Nitro Java Script engine

    Safari is probably the fastest browser available for iOS devices, and that includes other notable offerings such as Google’s Chrome. However, it’s worth knowing that Apple has reserved the fast Nitro Java Script engine for itself, while it’s forcing others to use a slower Java Script processing. Now, don’t get us wrong, Safari is an absolutely wonderful browser, but we think that it’s not very cool of Apple to force third-party browsers to be slower. All apps should be on an equal footing, because that would mean more competition and faster progress.

    Quick settings in Notification Center

    Notification center

    So, why do we have to go to the Settings app and then navigate the sub-menus each time we want to tweak the brightness or enable/disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth? Every user nowadays would prefer to have those frequently used toggles in an easily accessible part of the interface, like the Notification Center, for example.

    Flash Player support

    Flash Player

    If there’s one thing Apple could use to blow us away with iOS 7, that’s Flash Player support! That’s actually super-unlikely, considering that even Adobe and Google discontinued Flash support for Android, but c’mon, guys, there’s still tons of Flash content out there in the web – content that’s not really accessible on a mobile device. And by the looks of it, that whole HTML5 thing is moving at a very slow pace, so why don’t these companies just do us a favor and bring Flash back to mobile?

    Changeable default applications

    Changeable default settings

    Once again, it’s all about freedom, as some people may prefer having Opera, Chrome, or some other browser set as their default one, or Google Maps set as their default maps application. Yes, we can have those apps running now, but what happens when we click on an address somewhere? It takes us to Apple Maps, without any way to set Google Maps as the default choice. That probably won’t happen, but we wanted to express our willingness to have this feature anyway.

    UI themes

    UI themes

    When you want to make your device feel like new, the easiest way to do that is by applying a new UI theme. Let’s face it – the stock UI of iOS is gorgeous, but even it can get a bit boring after a while. Here’s what we suggest: if Apple could add a number of cool themes that drastically alter the looks of the interface, then maybe people won’t complain so much about the stale appearance of the OS?

    Bigger folders

    Folder

    Folders is one feature that iOS customers use a lot, but why should iPhone folders be limited to just 16 apps for the iPhone 5 and just 12 apps for all previous iPhones? Why can’t we just have an infinite amount of space inside a folder? While you can’t have that now, unless you’re jailbroken, that’s actually a very good idea for Apple here – make folders infinitely big, and let users store as much apps inside a single folder as they can. Break those useless chains!

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