With news recently that this summer’s WWDC event will focus mainly on software, it seemed right to conduct a little questionnaire on our Facebook site. The question I asked was “what area of iOS does Apple need to address in the next major update?” Now, this was presuming that Jobs&Co will be unveiling iOS 5 in June.
iOS has been virtually the same since its launch on the original iPhone back in 2007. It’s had the same notifications, the same icon layout, and the overall design is pretty much as it was. So what were the three most hankered after features in our poll?
1. Notifications – (32% vote so far)
No surprise here. Every single year before the iPhone is launched almost everyone states their desire for a less obtrusive notifications system. Why, oh why can’t we have a drag down, or pull up bar that hides until we want to see it? Surely we don’t need that annoying blue pop-up ruining virtually anything we could be doing on our iDevices. Apple did hire a the guy behind WebOS’s notifications last year. Hopefully he’s being made useful.
2. True Multitasking – (17.7% vote so far)
App switching just aint cutting it for must of us. Seriously, in most occasions I’ve not found it to be that useful. In fact, I often forget to do it, preferring instead to do it the old fashioned way. I know real multitasking would drain the battery a little more, but surely it’s worth it? I don’t want my device to simply remember where I was last time I was using it. Palm WebOS handles it very well, and with the next iPhone hopefully being powered by the dual-core A5 processor, there’s no reason why iOS can’t do it.
3. Wireless Sync, without jailbreak – (14.9% vote so far)
I have to admit, I threw this option in on a whim, but it has proven pretty popular among our Facebook fans. Last year an app was rejected from the App Store which enabled the user to wireless sync with iTunes over WiFi or bluetooth. Presumably the amount of time it would take to sync up, and the amount of battery power drained would make this a negative experience for most. However, it would be great to not have to plug in the USB cable every time I wanted a recently downloaded song on my iPad.
So how about you guys? Our fellow iOS lovers, and readers, what do you think iOS needs to shape up? Does Android now make it look a dinosaur? What does it need to put off a Windows Phone resurgence? Comment below or tweet @TiP_Cam.
Every now and then we do like to pose questions to our fans on Facebook, so if you want to interact with us there don’t forget to check out Facebook.com/TodaysiPhone.