iPhone OS 3.0: What new Wi-Fi improvements and features do you want?

iPhone OS 3.0: What new Wi-Fi improvements and features do you want?

Summary: For iPhone users, the good news about tomorrow's event debuting the latest version of its OS appears to be that cut and paste will finally be implemented, thanks perhaps to the upcoming competition from the Palm Pre. The bad news is that running background apps beyond Apple's own may still not available, even though it was promised to arrive several months ago.

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For iPhone users, the good news about tomorrow's event debuting the latest version of its OS appears to be that cut and paste will finally be implemented, thanks perhaps to the upcoming competition from the Palm Pre. The bad news is that running background apps beyond Apple's own may still not available, even though it was promised to arrive several months ago.

What else should make the cut as new features of the iPhone (and iPod Touch)? Since this is a networking blog, let's focus on the devices' Wi-Fi functionality. What could be done to improve this aspect? Apple may not want you to do so, but checking out what's hot in the world of jailbroken iPhone apps is always instructive, as its limitations are overcome—even running official iPhone Store apps in the background. While AT&T has mentioned that the iPhone will eventually be allowed to share its Wi-Fi connections with your laptop, no timeline has been announced. In the meantime, jailbreak app PDAnet already offers the capability without any potential added costs AT&T may tack on. It'd sure be nice if Apple is set to include this feature without letting its sole U.S. cellular partner add fees to our data plans.

Another annoyance that hopefully will be shed in version 3.0 is needing to drill down into the Settings menu every time you want to turn the Wi-Fi mode on or off. Again, a jailbreak app has already remedied that irritant: SBsettings gives you one screen on which you can make adjustments to popular settings, including toggling Wi-Fi on and off.

Are there other refinements Apple should offer when it comes to Wi-Fi capabilities in iPhone OS 3.0? Let us know in the TalkBack section, and we'll see if any of them show up during Apple's event tomorrow.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • Take a look at the features Windows Mobile had 5 years ago

    and implement those. That would be a good start. :)
    NonZealot
    • Why? WinMo is the Crap of Windows in your hand

      Complete with the Start menu, registry, and other junk that makes an inefficient handheld.
      itguy08
    • Based on iPhone sales and other platform sales that

      are NOT WM I would have to think that would be a bad idea... wouldn't
      you agree!?!

      I mean when you add up all sales that are not WM related don't you have
      a sizable sales number?

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: iPhone OS 3.0: What new Wi-Fi improvements and features do you want?

    How about...

    Make the iPhone actually function as a decent phone? Make the crappy transceiver work correctly in 3G mode instead of throttling down back to EDGE constantly??
    jperlow
    • 3g works fine here. I suggest you stop beating the dead horse

      Has been working fine since the firmware upgrade that fixed it.
      itguy08
    • 3G

      3G on my iPhone has worked nearly flawlessly for me since the firmware
      upgrade several months ago. It works so much better than the Treo it
      replaced.. I travel a lot and the phone features have been the high point
      for me. Now if I could set my Out-Of-Office in Exchange from the
      phone, it would be perfect.
      crash89
  • Locations

    I can't believe that Apple had locations in their laptops years ago, but there's no similar concept for iPhone. Every morning on the way to work I turn WiFi and Push off, then turn them back on again when I get home in the evening. Why can't I set a location to do that (and other settings) all in one go?

    Another request: can we [b]please[/b] have landscape Mail! It is absurd that most apps automatically sense landscape and portrait mode, yet Mail, which [b]really[/b] needs it, doesn't and is stuck for all eternity in portrait.
    Fred Fredrickson
    • Just for the record

      Windows Mobile supports Mail in portrait mode. :)
      NonZealot
      • It's like target practicing with a shot gun....:P

        And with a big enough load/spread in a shot gun you are bound to hit
        something. It does not however make one a marksman:)

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • Windows Mobile supports Mail?

        Must be a pretty good VM in there that MS haven't told anyone about if WM can run Mail.
        Fred Fredrickson
  • RE: iPhone OS 3.0: What new Wi-Fi improvements and features do you want?

    Just one feature I would like to see. A nonexplode in pants mode.
    Erroneous
    • Haha now that was the only true example of Apple innovation! (nt)

      .
      NonZealot
    • Um sounds like a very personal issue to me....

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • Toggle WiFi would be nice

    There used to be an app called Toggle WiFi in 1.1.4 - which would enable/disable the wifi with a single touch - while with Boss Prefs you have to open the app and slide the slider to enable/disable, and then close the app.
    Not really what I call one-touch.
    ragskl