15 features Apple should include in iOS 7

15 features Apple should include in iOS 7

Summary: With a rapid increase of iPhones and iPads at work, Apple has yet to embrace the enterprise following by catering for business-focused users. Here's what we want in iOS 7, the next iteration of Apple's mobile platform.

TOPICS: iOS, Apple, iPhone, iPad

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  • Set default apps

    After the Maps disaster, Apple apologized and recommended rival services to use in its replacement. Google Maps shot to the top of the Apple App Store within hours of its release. Along with this, there are plenty of alternative apps for Apple's own in-built features, not limited to maps, browsers, and email clients.

    Apple can't control the monopoly on this anymor, and should instead embrace its own ever-expanding App Store by allowing users to set default applications. This makes even more sense with sideloaded apps provided by corporate customers.

  • iPad multitasking

    Apple may have been accused (and accused others) of stealing ideas, but instead the industry should take a leaf out of each other's books and embrace common ideas. With the iPad in particular, Apple could allow users to multitask easily by embracing a feature first seen in Windows 7, allowing users to "snap" two apps side by side — like the Surface.

    The iPad has a large enough screen to do this in portrait mode, and could allow a FaceTime or Skype call on one side of the screen while being able to make notes on a Pages document on the other side.

  • Uninstall native, unnecessary apps

    Mentioned already, many businesses offer their own sideloaded apps that effectively replace the pre-installed apps on the iPhone or iPad. It would make more sense to allow IT managers — using MDM services — to remove unnecessary apps that aren't needed, particularly for enterprises that aren't yet BYOD ready.

    While some apps and features might be necessary for iOS to function properly — these would obviously not be made available for removal — what good is it having a Mail or Safari app if a third party is already provided?

Topics: iOS, Apple, iPhone, iPad

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  • Why limit profiles to sound or awareness to location...

    One of the few things I miss about Android was the llama app. The app allowed profiles to be created that could manage a variety of things, including Bluetooth, wifi, etc. This was alone made the pathetic battery life on my HTC Evo better. Get to the office? Turn off Bluetooth since I only use it in my car. Get away from home or the office? Turn off WiFi since I most likely won't be using it? I think it even had time of day aware capabilities, where I could set it to turn the volume down or off on alerts during my normal sleep hours. There are so many things that can be controlled by profiles, and so many variables that could be triggers for profile switches, why limit it to controlling sound and awareness of locations?
  • Apple Playing Catch up

    Did anyone else notice that most of these features are already available in other platforms? The first example, BlackBerry hit the nail on the head, Apple needs to follow suite with a similar feature. Apple no longer leads the mobile market, it follows it.
    • Which means that feature checklists

      don't make a successful product. So, the challenge is rather to find what specific features have the greatest draw and implement those.
    • Ignorant

      Give me a break sheep! I manage 50 ipads in the enterprise and I would NEVER use Android devices. Talk about playing catchup, you can't even backup/restore Android, not to mention the HUGE security risk is poses.

      Google has A LOT of catching up to do before they get anywhere near Apple in the enterprise. Being able to add widgets and change themes to your phone doesn't make it enterprise worthy!
      • Edit:

        Edit: I manage iPads as well as iPhones
      • can't backup android?

        You should be sacked.
        Android has better backup ability than iOS could ever dream of.
        • Sycophant

          As usual, you both don't understand the topic under discussion, nor the post you are replying to.
          No, Android does NOT have a reliable set of backup/restore functions for group control and restore.
          • Re: "for group control and restore."

            You're talking about a maintenance requirement of the Dimdows Registry. Android does not have, or need, the Dimdows Registry.
          • Um, no.

            Group restore and control has NOTHING to do with the Windows registry. WTH are you talking about?!?
    • Yep

      Coincidentally, the Droid RAZR line has many of these features and my company replaced all their BlackBerry smartphone with them.
  • What can Apple rip off in iOS 7

    Redid the title of the article for you ^^
    • Apple came out with the iPhone, others copied it.

      • Palm invented the touch screen smart phone

        iPhone copied it.
        • Newton

          • hmm

            Newton isn't a smartphone but way to go with the lame reply
          • Neither was the original Palm

            So what is your point?
  • So in othere words... iOS needs things already in other operating systems

    This article does a fair job of illustrating the advances of other operating systems and/or the rather stagnant setting of iOS.

    If a phone is asking for top level prices, then it should not leave a user fawning over things found in other phones.

    For the price that the iPhone sells for, people with other phones should be left wanting features in the iPhone, but that really hasn't been the case for some time.
    • Or have been available to jailbreakers for years.

      I particularly want to mention slide number 4. I have used SBSettings on various jalibroken iDevices for years now. Even my old iPhone 3G was perfectly capable of this functionality.
      If you are not tech savvy and security conscious already, you have no business jailbreaking. That said, I have yet to have any malware issues with my jalibroken iPhone 4S on 5.1 or my old iPhone 3G on 4.2.1.
      Apple has been ripping off Jailbreakers ideas for years. In each new version they implement something else that third parties have been able to do for years; jalibroken or not.
      • I love how...

        You see it as "ripping off" the jailbreak community, whereas over at android, we're pleased when Google borrows ideas because it makes the platform better for everyone. Stop being so selfish.
  • Good luck with that!

    The chances of AAPL allowing other apps as defaults instead of their own or - horror! - allowing users to delete AAPL Bloatware - I have a better chance of winning the lottery 3 weeks in a row. And as others mentioned, not sure AAPL would do so many 'me too' add-ons at one OS level - even they have some pride.
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