Without researching any well-known Apple bloggers, this is my wish list for features in iOS 7.
Updating apps is pain in the butt. Why do I have to bother to go to App Store app, go to “Updates” tab, wait for the view to load, tab “Update All”?
This gets worse the month where a new iOS is released. One of the first thing you do with the new OS is… update the apps! Should it be use some apps instead? Almost every app you installed need to be updated in various time over that period.
I know there are legit reasons why you don’t want some apps to be updated. But that shouldn’t be the reason for not having anything better than what it is done right now.
System clock bug
No more “new year” related bug, please. Some time ago there’s the alarm clock not alarming. Now there’s the “Do not disturb” never turns off for 7 days.
It’s not a huge deal. But it’s obvious and affect to many users. What do users think when they hear that from the press and, at the same time, experience that personally? They probably think Apple’s own claim of superior quality is, just like Samsung, marketing.
Useful built-in apps
Give me useful built-in apps. I am a iOS developer. I know why you dumped all Google apps. But normal people out there don’t. They just think iPhone is less good than it was.
If you are taking away some useful apps (YouTube and Google Maps), give me something back as compensation so that the total is still a gain to the users. Let’s make iLife suit free!
Remove Compass app!
Please take away Compass app!
Samsung marketing is stupid. They should mock Apple for shipping Compass app. (BTW, phone touching phone is also stupid.)
Sharing things with Mac
Sharing spontaneous small chunk of information with iOS device is still difficult. There are a bunch of 3rd-party apps like Pastebot. To me, this should be OS provided feature.
Maybe Apple wanna solve the problem solely with iCloud sync. If so, it will take forever before I can do so.
The springboard is dated. This grid of app icons do not work for me anymore. If Apple expect people to install lots of apps, the current state of springboard is pretty much like bookmark in Safari. Who bothers to tidy up their bookmarks? How many bookmarked sites you can recall?
Android home screen is kinda like Palm Pilot, Windows CE and Newton which is more a dashboard of “what’s going on”.
I’m very sure during the development of iOS. Some design teams were assigned to design a launcher with this traditional dashboard approach. Somehow this current approach was adopted. But I really want Apple to innovate in this part of UX.
Dashboard approach can be boring and get tired easily. People have been complaining about the rainy cloud in HTC Sense UI. It’s pretty, iconic. But, having been so for so many years, it also represents boredom and stagnancy.
What if Apple make something not-dashboard and not-springboard? I think Apple can do it!
Make App Store live in desktop browser
Lastly, and slightly off topic, please open App Store for browser access. It’s such a drag browsing App Store in iTunes in desktop.