Well Apple has only just released the New iPad, and we are already seeing so many rumors about the new iPhone that is due to be in our hands this fall, it’s time to talk about iOS 6.0. Now it looks like WWDC will be taking place in San Francisco June 11th-15th which would make the keynote take place on June 11th, at 10am PT/1pm EST. That is where we are expecting for Scott Forstall to unveil the newest update to the world’s most advanced Mobile Operating System, iOS.
So what could Apple add to iOS 6? iOS 5 was already a huge update. Well they could add quite a bit actually. Let’s run down our list of what we’d like to see.
New way to deal with apps
For the most part, iOS has handled apps pretty much the same way since the App Store arrived in 2008.
As apps are added, they line up across the screen, with positions determined by the user. With iOS 4.0, folders were added to the mix. When in “jiggle mode,” users can drag any two apps on top of each other and create a folder. From then on, other apps can be added to the folder; up to 12 on the iPhone and 20 on the iPad.
While we don’t expect Apple to reinvent the wheel here, it would be nice to see some improvements to how iOS handles apps.
Some ideas include a frequently accessed app folder, where your most used apps reside without user input. These apps would always be open for quick startup.
In addition, a weather splash would make accessing the latest outside temperatures much easier. When on the go, it isn’t always convenient to go into the Notification Center or click on an app to bring up the weather. Another company does this quite well, as this photos shows:
Finally, rather than having to go into the App Store to find updates, iOS should instead offer alerts when new updates are available. Better still, iOS should change the look of the icon for these apps so that one click would automatically install the update.
Toggles in Notification Center
The Jailbroken hack by SBSettings already offers this, making the process that much easier and faster. Apple should give this to all iOS users.
App Store shopping cart
Buying new apps remains a cumbersome process. Each time a purchase is made on an iDevice, iOS throws you back to your home screen. Instead, offer us an App Store shopping cart, where purchases can be bundled and then downloaded at the same time.
While we’re at it, will we ever get trial apps?
Third Party Access to Siri
Siri, the voice recognition software, remains limited. Apple should open this up for other developers.
For example, have ESPN tell use the baseball games scheduled for this weekend; or have the iTunes Movie Trailers app tell us what’s showing at our local multiplex.
While we’re at it, extend Siri’s reach to the iPhone 4.
First launched with iOS 4, multitasking on an iPhone/iPad is more like multitasking-lite. To make it better, Apple should offer a split screen app view. In addition, by double-clicking the home button, we can see icons for those apps already open. Instead, give us the ability to preview those apps performing the same steps.
Improved Music App
Initially called the iPod app, Apple’s Music app is in desperate need of a makeover. Our advice: Apple should look at any one of the many third party streaming apps out there and compare it to the Music app. In this case, more isn’t always better.
Millions of customers listen to podcasts each day. Unfortunately, there is no way to subscribe to these feeds on your iPhone/iPad. Instead, users must select specific podcasts, which are then downloaded onto the iDevice. Subscriptions, where are you?
Now this may not be as useful on the iPhone, but it’d be great for the iPad, especially if it is used by multiple people. Allow iCloud to push all the users information to the device once they login. Nice idea right? I think so, but the 5GB probably won’t be enough for it, and you’d need a fast data connection.
Pictures Next to contact Names
One thing that Android does that I wish the iPhone did, was add contacts’ pictures next to their name. Like in the Messages.app I’d like to see the contacts’ picture then their name, it makes it look nicer and more like we are in 2012! I’m not the only one that agrees with this either. In fact there’s a tweak in Cydia that allows this. And if iOS 5 was any indication about Apple’s feelings towards the jailbreak community, we could see this in iOS 6.
We know this isn’t a complete list, but rather a place to start! What would you like to see on iOS 6?