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Fourteen Minor Updates iPhone 4 OS Needs
Friday, April 2, 2010
There has been a lot of hoopla going around about multi-tasking in iPhone OS 4.0. While that is certainly the must have feature, the following list are not as prevalent, but equally important.
- Orientation Lock. Currently there is not a way to read email or browse the web while laying down. MobileRSS has an excellent implementation of Orientation Lock.
- AppStore Shopping Cart. When you buy a new application the AppStore quits to load your new application. However, more often than not, I have updates for existing applications available. I end up launching the AppStore at least twice for every new application that I download.
- Folders on the Home Screen. I have about six pages of icons on my home screen. This makes it difficult to keep my information organized. Ideally, I’d like to put my five movie related apps in a “Movie” folder and my seven games into a “Games” folder.
- Voicemail in Background. While listening to voicemail, you cannot leave the app without the voicemail stopping. What if you need to take a note with an account number?
- Call Log App. While on a call, you are not able to view the call log. Sometimes you need to look-up a phone number.
- Voice Control Commands. Voice control was an excellent addition to OS 3.0. However, I find that I want two more commands. “Redial” and “Back”. Redial is obvious. A lot of times I say a command like “Call Mom Mobile,” and the iPhone will return and say “Multiple Matches Found, Ron Schwartz, Ron Johnson or Ron Thomson?” I should be able to say “Back” so that I can issue a new command since the interpretation in this case is wrong.
- Calendar Improvements. The calendar allows you to create recurring appointments, but it does not let you create recurring appointments like “Every first wednesday of the month” or “The last Thursday of the month.”
- Updated Keyboard. Like the Android keyboards, the on-screen keyboards need to have predictive words above the keys. Too often a simple typo early in the word means back-spacing the entire word.
- The weather app needs to be improved. While the main screen of the app is fine, when you click the “Y!” icon in the lower left, the yahoo page provides no additional information. Because of this shortcoming, I’ve downloaded WeatherBug, but now I have two weather icons since there is no way to remove the built-in icon.
- Notes Desktop Editor. This is self explanatory.
- Bluetooth Keyboard. It is absolutely unacceptable that we still do not have an external keyboard for the iPhone.
- Missed Call / Voice Mail Badges. If I miss a call and that person leaves a voicemail, I get a badge with the number two. However, it is really a single event that I should be notified of.
- SMS Timestamp. Add the timestamp, or the option to see the timestamp, for every SMS. I maybe neurotic, but sometimes I want to know when a particular SMS was received, not just the approximate time the thread started.
- Rename iTunes. It is no longer just for tunes.
Did I miss anything? What do you think needs to be in iPhone OS 4.0?
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