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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  • Unread item count on lock screen

    iOS has a privacy problem. There are numerous options available for displaying incoming messages and notifications on the lock screen. For those dealing with particularly sensitive or personal work, it makes sense to display these items, but in a privacy-conscious way.

    Apple could include an unread-count-only feature that would only display simply the number of unread emails, SMSes, missed phone calls, and suchlike in the lock screen, without displaying the first line of the message or the caller's name.

  • Location-aware sound profiles

    Apple has seemingly taken a backseat on location services with its mobile platform, while rival mobile platform makers have taken full advantage of APIs and functionality. It would, for example, be very useful for business users to detect when they are in the office or read a calendar entry setting, and have the phone automatically switch into "silent" mode depending on where they are.

  • Location-aware wi-fi networking

    On the topic of location-aware features, a feature that many would love to see is the ability for the iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad to switch on wi-fi networking if they are in certain places. Because wi-fi can't turn itself on, it would make sense for iOS' location features to detect when a user is in the office or at home, and switch on wi-fi to cut down on data bills. This geo-fence technology is already used in iOS' Reminders app, and should be expanded to other areas of the mobile platform.

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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