You already know five things that I’d love to see in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but what about the next version of Apple’s iOS? Admittedly, it will only arrive with the iPhone 5 in 2011, but it’s never too early to start thinking, right?
1. A More Functional Lock Screen
We’re at iOS 4, and we’re still using the same lock screen that we had in the original version of the iPhone OS when the iPhone was first introduced to the world. It serves it’s purpose as a lock screen, but it becomes incredibly tedious when you have to unlock your phone before you can see how many messages or emails are waiting for you.
I’ve been using Element on a jailbroken iPhone for all my notifications, and to go back to a stock version of iOS is pretty painful where the lock screen is concerned. Apple could take a lot of cues from this app and implement them in a future lock screen.
2. Multitasking Made Easy
There’s no perfect recipe for mobile phone multitasking. Every manufacturer has chosen to implement it differently, and each way has its pros and cons. Although Apple’s method of iOS multitasking for the iPhone and iPad is kind on system resources, which is arguably the most important factor, but it can be awkward to go along each and every app on the multitasking bar to close it; after a few days, you could be closing apps for quite some time!
I personally love the implementation of multitasking on webOS, with previews of each app available through cards. Whether Apple will go a similar route is anyone’s guess; I’d say they won’t, as they’ve only just brought us multitasking, but you never know!
3. Ability To Save App Data
There’s nothing more annoying than spending hours on a game, only to lose all of your data when you take it off your device, even when you still have the app in iTunes. Whether this comes in iOS 5.0, or a minor upgrade in the near future, it needs to come at some point!
Apple could go even further and create a cloud-based service for this type of storage (MobileMe?), so that every time you have an app installed, all of your data comes along with it. Simple, makes sense, and puts that new data storage centre of theirs to use.
When asked what people want in future versions of iOS, widgets often come high up on the list. Android has widgets, and for the most part, they add something to the experience of using it, such as viewing weather at a glance without needing an app, checking out movie times without entering Flixster… you get the idea.
Whether Apple would go down the route of having widgets alongside app icons or implementing a dashboard style widgets screen like you see in OS X, I don’t know, although I’d be willing to bet that they wouldn’t want their screen of apps disturbed. With iOS and OS X seemingly beginning to take cues off each other, I wouldn’t be surprised to see dashboard alongside the spotlight screen currently available.
5. Make It Easy To Jump Home Screens
With apps come icons, and with lots of icons come lots of home screens. Folders helped to reduce the number of home screens on my iOS devices, but it would make things much easier if I could quickly jump from, say, the first home screen to the sixth home screen without swiping across the screen six times.
These are just a few thoughts I’ve had for iOS 5.0 and the iPhone 5, hopefully Steve Jobs has now taken note, but what do you think to my ideas? Do you agree? Or do you have all different suggestions to improve Apple iOS and prevent it from looking too long in the tooth compared to its rivals?