10 (or More) Things We Hope to See in iOS 6



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We have a household iPad that lays around by the couch... We LOVE it's ease but I have to be honest, it is terrible because I have to go through hoops to get to my bookmarks, check my wife's mail or worse yet, TMZ is up in Safari and my 7 year old wants to use it for school. (Yeah, I know it is my 7 year old checking out Kim Kardashian. )

It would be nice to have multiple accounts.

... and then we will still need permissions for the kid account?



How about restrictions that ask for a password to clear the restriction instead of disappearing the icon or option. Also, allow each program to be individually selected (including third-party) for the password restriction.

Even better would be a restricted access password so I could enter one lock screen password and give my iPhone or iPad to my 4 year old son and another password for me to unlock everything for myself.



@Thomasj106 - *Multitasking Bar: Why not have a large X in a cycle on the new full screen to close all at once? 35-50 apps running because you haven't taken the time to shut the app down is ridiculous. What's more ridiculous is having to close each one individually.

One common misconception points to apps appearing on the multi-task bar. Anything on that bar, other than the one opened app, is simply a marker or alias to facilitate the opening of an app recently used. None of these apps are using IOS memory unless like Music, they are actively running in the background.

And yes, I agree, would be nice to be able to remove them all in one pass.



@2stepbay That is a good point that apps in the task bar are not normally sucking up resources, but that too depends on the app. For instance, RunKeeper. This app continues to run in the background while you are doing other things. I walk every morning. I fire up RunKeeper and head out. I may use 3-4-5 apps while I'm walking but RunKeeper reports back to me every 5 minutes letting me know my stats for the walk. So even though it's minimized, it's running until I close the app. Google Maps and TeleNav also run in the background.

If I forget to close any of these apps even though I may have used Safari, YouTube, Mail, the phone, Messages, Music and other apps, I will be out of battery in two hours. Shutting down RunKeeper right after I'm done saves my battery. Even though Apple says that these apps are not using up resources, I disagree with that.



I say resist the urge to give up your hardware buttons. While Apple has made the iOS platform gorgeously minimalistic in terms of hardware buttons and the like, the few that remain are there for your benefit. The physical home and power buttons are there for same reason Ctrl+Alt+Del is there on your keyboard (or if you're a Mac user, like you should be, CMD+OPT+Esc.) They are physical buttons there that can interrupt and supersede any software malfunctions, crashes, or other problems. If your home button were to be apart of the screen and the software suddenly doesn't recognize screen input, good luck rebooting your iDevice. Or imagine that you've stumbled onto an auto-play site of some sort that has something loud and perhaps NSFW playing through the speaker and your volume is now only controlled by the touch screen and the software has suffered a similar failure as previously mentioned—how do you plan on turning down the unfortunate porn before your boss catches on? I agree, some nifty software driven buttons or capacitive buttons would be kinda neat. Like a couple buttons to button mash with games, that would be awesome—more screen real-estate. Or dedicated back and forward buttons... something like that... OOO! << ||> >> buttons! that would be great! (I.E. music controls) But NOT a home button. Just a thought.



Custom ring tones and text tones for individual contacts is nice, but where is the custom tone based on e-mail sender, or subject? This is pretty much a must have feature for those in I.T. who are on-call. 3rd party apps can do it, but you have to forward your e-mail to them to scan, which is less than ideal. I would love to see Apple implement this!


jack jack jack

I have seen a keyboard exactly like the one you are describing. It is used at the genius bar. How hard would it be to make it available to consumers?



id like the ability to turn off notification alerts when im on a phonecall..regardless of speaker headphone,bluetooth whatever...nothings more annoying when i have to stop talking or ask again what did you just say, because of espns dada da dada dahn alerrt noise is going off in my ear AND the normal speaker and vibration!!hate that!!

also would like the ablity to add text alerts to specific contacts and not just one default noise.



I would easier access to turn Bluetooth and Wifi on & Off.



Things I see that would greatly improve the current iOS experience:

* Lock Screen: It should have at least three apps that you can access w/o having to unlock the device. The camera could stay as a constant but the other two should be optional/programmable. I walk every day for exercise. Having to unlock the screen to access RunKeeper each time I want an un update of my progress is a pain.

* Multitasking bar: Currently it's limited to the four apps on the bottom and you have to swipe through countless pages of 4 apps at a time to either access what you running or to close them. The Home screen is rendered useless during that process anyway so why not have the whole screen open with running apps, giving you access to 16 at time instead of 4.

*Multitasking Bar: Why not have a large X in a cycle on the new full screen to close all at once? 35-50 apps running because you haven't taken the time to shut the app down is ridiculous. What's more ridiculous is having to close each one individually.

* App option: With the app running, how about a - in a circle on the top left that when tapped, drops the app into the Multitasking Bar and X in a circle on the top right that actually closes the app instead of adding it to the already cluttered Multitasking Bar.

* Quick Access to Settings App: How about an app similar to the Settings app that provides you with quick access to On-Off switches or adjustment slides to things such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Brightness, and Location Services.

* Call Blocking: Ability to add numbers to a block call list. If not built into the iOS, remove restrictions to let third party developers create them

* Message Blocking: Same as the Call Blocking ability but for SMS.

* Call log needs to be infinite. I'll decide what I want to delete and what I want to keep. Also a place to add notes to a call. You want to be enterprise friendly, but not being able to add notes or keep a continuous log prevents many businesses from using the iPhone.

* Real GPS: C'mon Apple, this is way behind everyone else.

* Contact Adding: How about being able to select what group the new contact needs to get added to. If you create a new contact from scratch, we currently have the ability to elect the group first, then add the contact to that group. But if you add a contact from an SMS, email, or a received/sent call, that ability does not exist. I have to back to my Mac and find the new contact and make the adjustment there. You freed the iOS devices from needing a computer, but not totally.

* Event/appointment scheduling: How about allowing the same choices of alarm notifications as they are on the Mac? The current choices are very limited and ith this kind of technology, there os no excuse for that.

* A full year view on the calendar: Please don't tell me the screen is too small. I had a full year view and the capability to access any one day from that view on my 2.5" Palm Treo screen. Surely the same thing can be made for a 3.5" screen. Again, think enterprise. Being in construction, I look a year, sometimes two, in advance for my schedules.

* Zoom: Zoom for video.

* Horizontal for video: It feels more natural to hold the device horizontal for video taking than vertical. How about an option to select which one.

That's a start. I have plenty more.

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