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Forget features, some things need fixing sooner rather than later
iOS 6 had 200 new features from its previous version. But with those new features came bugs and flaws that hadn't been tested out in the wild. Many have since complained that features didn't work as they had expected or that they were incomplete.
iOS 7 is expected to be announced in mid-June at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California, where new features and services are expected to be unveiled. But for the features that already exist, Apple can do a lot more.
Here are 20 things Apple needs to fix in the next version of iOS.
iCloud: Great for document sharing, but awful for sync
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With iCloud, you can work on a document on your Mac and instantly switch to your iPad or iPhone. You can also sync your contacts and calendars. Except many can't, or won't. The problem with sync is that you can never tell whether something will be overwritten or not, or which 'wins' — the server or the device. The upshots of iCloud are negated by its failure to work half the time. Contacts in particular go everywhere, duplicate, or simply fail to sync.
App icons don't reflect what's going on
Feel sorry for those in the rainy climes of Seattle, London, Helsinki, or anywhere in Russia during the winter months. For iPhone owners, it's permanently sunny and a hearty 73°F. Except it's not. It's cold and windy, and it hasn't stopped raining in days. If Windows Phone devices can update their app tiles automatically, why can't iPhones and iPads simply reflect what the actual weather is without opening the app? So many examples, so little time. And by the way, it's not 10:15, as so the clock says — except maybe twice a day.