What iOS 7 Needs

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I have gone through the weeks saying what I want to see in iOS for the iPhone and the iPad but there is one or two things I want to stress the most about. For years iOS has been relatively the same in terms of the looks which is okay but yes it is time for a redesign, however that redesign should be secondary to features brought to the system itself. I read an article over at BGR today and it really caught my attention. The main point of the article is that Apple’s iPhone is a smartphone that really hasn’t gotten smarter over the years while its competitors have. This is actually true and it has to be changed with this update.

The article says how iOS 5 was a sort of catching up to the game and iOS 6 in my opinion should have been a 5.X update because honestly I can only name maybe 3 features in that entire update. Apple needs to do something big, something like multitasking in iOS 4 which is actually what I want to see improved on monday. Apple need something big and what is that? I want my information coming to me I don’t want to go searching through apps just so I can see the weather where I am. There needs to be something like live icons where the icons will show a little bit of information then you can choose to go into the app. For example weather will display the temperature and if it is say sunny outside. It is something that needs to happen and it should happen with iOS 7. It is long overdue.

Check out our iOS 7 coverage and WWDC countdown clock. 

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iOS 7 May Include Airdrop

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Airdrop is a great way to share files between Macs very easily. All you need to do is drag and drop the file and then it is shared if the other user accepts it. It would appear that Airdrop may be making it’s way to iOS 7 that is being revealed next week from today.

Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person’s iPhone to another person’s iPad.

While iCloud synchronization works well for sharing photos and documents between two iOS devices owned by the same person, the AirDrop feature will allow seamless individual file exchanges between iOS devices belonging to different people.

This would be great for iOS as it would allow people to share something instantly with no trouble at all. I can’t wait for it and I hope it is true but Apple was rumored to do this last year and scrapped it but I hope they introduce it this year.

WWDC  countdown clock is available here and iOS 7 information can be found here including what I want. 

Lets Talk iOS 7 (iPad)

NewI talked about some things I wanted to see with iOS 7 in the iPhone and now I am going to do the same thing with the iPad. So lets get started.

Multitasking

For multitasking I want it pretty much the same as what I said with the iPhone. Live tiles with toggles. If you want a more I’m depth look then read it in the iPhone post.

Screens

Now remember this is from a software standpoint so this is not about retina or anything like that. You can find that in let’s talk about the next iPad mini. What I am talking about is 2 different apps side by side. The iPad is supposed to be a post PC device and in many ways it is but there needs to be away for two apps to run side by side at once. Maybe not in this update but someday it has to happen for the iPad to fully beat the PC.

Missing apps

Before we get to the iPad on this one let us take a trip to 2007 with the release of the iPod Touch. The iPod left out some of the most basic apps including email and then later on got them in a software update for $10. Even though the iPad comes with standard apps there are a few missing such as a calculator and weather. Before iOS 6 the iPad didn’t even have a native clock app and instead of just installing a clock they should have brought the missing weather, stocks, calculator, and clocks app into one sort of app or section. Something like dashboard for the mac where you can have different clocks and alarms but also a calculator, stocks, and weather all in the same screen. It makes sense!

Facetime

Now Facetime is going to be a little weird due to the fact that it goes both on the Mac, iPad, and past and current iPhone’s and iPod Touch’s. Now With the iPad there needs to be the ability to be able to talk to more than one person at a time using the giant screen. Even with the iPhone 5’s added screen size there is a way to have more than just one person chatting with you at a time. The iPad could easily fit 3 and the iPhone 5 could fit 2 people. It would work s being able to tell what device you are on then having a “+” near the end call. If both you and the person currently on call are using iPad’s or Macs you can add up to 2 more people and if one person is using an iPhone 5 you can have one extra person. If one person is on an iPhone 4/s then you can’t add someone so the call will still look fine for them.

Screen Sharing

I don’t know about anyone but one of the best things about Messages for Mac and Skype is that you can share your screen with someone so you can tell them how to do something they don’t understand. Something small but I think that would be great especially for people like myself who need to help a lot of people with their iOS problems.

Homescreen

One of the things that has annoyed me ever sense the iPad was introduced was that the home screen is exactly the same as the iPhone. Don’t even deny that it is. Without a few of the default apps the home screen is exactly the same and it is annoying me because there is so much extra space you can put. The iPad has great battery life so yes I am going to say it – GIVE IT WIDGETS. The screen is big enough for them and the battery is good enough to handle them. Just give some functionality to the space and the home screen. I have faith in you Ive don’t disappoint.

Summary

Most things I want for the iPad are also in the iPhone version of this same post. So if you want to check it out: Let’s Talk iOS 7 (iPhone). I have hopes for iOS 7. I think it’s going to be great for something new.

Lets Talk iOS 7 (iPhone)

There is no doubt that WWDC is going to show us all the iOS goodies. However what should we see and expect from Mondays keynote for the iPhone? There are some things Apple needs to do and some things they should do… Get ready for a long post… Lets get started.

Multitasking:

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Above shows a multitasking jailbreak tweak for multitasking called Auxo. Auxo allows you to see a sort of “screenshot” off the apps that you have opened. In addition if you swipe to the right you will have music controls and if you swipe again you will have the option to toggles such as wifi, bluetooth, and more. The concept is good but could be improved. There needs to be more of the multitasking on the screen when you bring it up so you can actually see what is happening inside the app rather than having the current running app that is in an unusable state filling most of the screen. Also make the toggles under the apps running in the background. That’s what I want to see done because I am bored of the multitasking they have now.

Messaging:

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Now you may be thinking: The messaging is fine iMessage works (most of the time) and there really isn’t something to be done with it. Well that isn’t true. There is always room for improvement. I am surprised more people especially the heavy teen texters aren’t asking for a way to reply to messages very quickly without leaving the app they are in. Something like Messages+. Above is messages+ running on my old iPhone 4 (I deleted my jailbreak last night before getting a picture of it on my 5). What it does is allows you to reply to an incoming message wherever you are without having to load the Messages app. Now it looks like something Apple would incorporate and I am not sure why they haven’t done it yet. I have a hope that something like this will come to the iPhone with iOS 7 because it is honestly one of the best tweaks I have ever gotten for my iPhone.

Homescreen Changes:

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If I were to take an iPhone from 2007 and unboxed it for the first time and turned it on you would almost see no difference between the home screen from 2007 and the one on the iPhone 5. Yes there would be an absance of wallpaper and app icons would be different but by the picture shows there has been really NO change over the years. They need to do something to change this and it needs to be really with this version. There needs to be something that brings the information to the users instead of the users having to go and get it all the time. I am not saying WIDGETS EVERYWHERE but I shouldn’t have to enter the the weather app to know I should bring a jacket… There needs to be a way to have that information on the home screen without having to swipe for notification center or enter the app. I think that Apple knows this and they are going to do something about it.

Lock Screen:

Alright… This is where there is going to have to be improvement. The only thing Apple has done in about 6+years of iOS to the lock screen is really put a camera slider into it. Honestly they need to do something. Again add a way to have a quick way to get information on the Lock Screen. Apple wants developers to come up with things but they need to change the lock screen to at least have maybe a calendar up there. Do something… ANYTHING.

Siri:

Siri is kind of weird in the sense that there is so much you can do with it but it doesn’t always work with some of the things it is supposed to currently be able to do. To make Siri even more successful then it already is you need to add developer support. The jailbreak community has Siri do some pretty insane stuff but you shouldn’t have to jailbreak to make Siri developer enabled. Siri needs to be available for developers who don’t want to have to release it for jailbreak. What I mean is allow it so if you have pandora installed you can tell Siri what station you want to listen to without actually having to go and select it yourself. Small things.

At the moment those are the big things I really want to see. There are a lot of small things I want to see but I don’t think they are big enough to be included but maybe in a video later. I have high hopes for iOS 7 for the iPhone and I can’t wait to load it on my iPhone 5.

WWDC 2013 Set For June 10-14

wwdc13-about-main_2xApple announced earlier today that WWDC 2013 will be happening from June 10th to the 14th. Tickets will be available for purchase tomorrow at 10 AM PDT (3 PM EST). The event will show all of us iOS 7 and Mac 10.9:

Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, June 10-14, San Francisco

Tickets go on sale worldwide on April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT

Get an in-depth look at what’s next in iOS and OS X, and learn how to take your apps to the next level. With over 100 sessions, extensive hands–on labs, and engaging events, you’ll connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers for an incredible week of inspiration.

I am personally excited for both 10.9 and iOS 7. I hope to have my thoughts up on iOS 7 before it’s announced.

 

 

Apple To Give iOS 7 A Major UI Change

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iOS (previously known as iPhone OS) was what made the iPhone the best of the best back when it was announced in 2007. Sadly though it has gone untouched in the sense you could take an original iPhone out of the box and the whole thing would look almost exactly similar. There would be changes to Apps and to functionality (including the app store) but it would look almost exactly the same with the grid of icons.

That however may be coming to an end. Earlier this year Scott Forestall in charge of iOS development was fired and the prestige Jony Ive took over. There is a sense that Jony is going to get rid of some of the texture we see in apps such as the calendar and contacts and mold them to a more aluminum based design. What else will be done in the operating system is yet to discovered but I have hopes for the next iOS version. iOS 7 is expected to be revealed sometime in the summer with the next iPhone following it.

My let’s talk about the next iOS will be coming soon as I have a lot to talk about but will be up soon.