14 features we want to see in iOS 8

14 features we want to see in iOS 8

Summary: Apple's next-generation mobile software is expected to land on devices in September, along with a new iPhone. Here are some of the improvements and features we hope to see.

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  • Granular settings in Control Center

    Control Center allows users to switch on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings at the flick of a switch. But not everyone uses the five settings that are available. To some surprise, Control Center wasn't given granular options. In iOS 8, allowing users to select and choose what they want to activate at a swipe and a touch of a button would be highly desired by many.

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  • Set downloaded apps as default

    After the Apple Maps disaster, many bailed on the program and downloaded significantly better rival apps. There's a lesson in there: Apple can't control the monopoly on its apps anymore, and should instead embrace its own ever-expanding App Store by allowing users to set default applications. There's hope that Apple will eventually allow this, especially within existing apps, such as the default Mail client. 

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  • Battery monitoring functionality

    iPhones have typically always suffered with one major problem: poor battery life. Although, each iteration of the popular smartphone is getting better and better, with the latest iPhone 5s managing at most 10 hours talk time. What Android and Windows Phone devices have that iOS devices do not is a battery monitor that would allow users to swipe away some of the more power-hungry apps.

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Topics: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • Sounds like a lot of features found in Android/WP8

    and that seems to be the trend for iOS every year. Wanting things from other operating systems.

    I would rather see Apple start adding things that innovate above what the competition is doing instead of playing catchup. That may sound like a criticism, but it is more of a desire. The whole tech industry really benefitted when Apple was hungry and pushing tech instead of content to rest on their past accomplishments.
    • Greed

      Also any chance of seeing last years features wanted in iOS7?
      Bet they are mostly outstanding, or in this years, ripped from Android.
      • None are ripped off Android, the features are different

        And please do not say that events/notifications stream was invented on Android. It existed for ages before that, and Apple's version is different from others.

        At the same time, whole concept of Android's touch GUI is ripped off from iPhone.
        • But I agree most of Zack's suggests are useful

          Though I am not sure if Apple would implement those.
        • Both of you are wrong

          These UIs have been around for years before the iPhone and Android devices came out. Microsoft actually had a few of them with CE as well as Palm. All of these companies copy each other and personally I am glad they do. Take the best from everyone and build something new.

          But Apple has been playing catch up with the other smart phone makers in many areas while still charging way too much for a "as good" product.
          Rann Xeroxx
          • Very Right

            The influence of Palm and CE are often totally overlooked. Of course modern products tend to be superior, but give credit where it's due...
            luke mayson
    • Really?

      Which Touch ID enhancements in Windows Phone or Android do Zack's suggestions catch up on? As to the Print to PDF thing, BlackBerry are the only folks I know of doing that now.
      • Notice that I didn't say "ALL" features. I said "a lot"

        Pointing out the few exceptions to the rule doesn't change the trend that exists.
        • yawn

          There are hundreds of Android phones.

          Pick a feature and there will be a phone with it.

          But that doesn't mean that all of the phones have all of the features.

          If you want a half decent Android phone that comes anywhere near the iPhone then your only change is the latest Galaxy S. The rest really are dross.

          Which is why Samsung make money, and the rest of the Android device builders lose money. And is also why the latest Galaxy S is little cheaper than an iPhone.

          So, given that the Galaxy S is the ONLY Android phone that can come close to the iPhone, how does it help a prospective buyer of the Galaxy S or iPhone, to know that there are hundreds of other models, one of which might have some feature that they would like, if that model is otherwise useless, and the Galaxy S doesn't have that feature?
          Henry 3 Dogg
          • Since these articles revolve around iPhones needing Android elements

            I think you mean the iPhone comes close to the latest Galaxy... that is assuming it gets all those features people keep asking for. Not that those things are not easily found in most Androids, but whatever. Split hairs if you wish.

            When we start to see several years worth of trends where tech writers talk about what the next version of Android needs and it is nothing more than a list of features found in iOS, then you have a point. Until then, the iOS needs to be more like Android (and even windows) continues for another year.
          • Confused by the marketing again?

            You read too many tech blogs and spend too little time in the real world.
            There are certainly other android phones comparable to the iphone, HTC certainly, Sony right up there. You make the mistake of reading tech journos and taking their word for it. If you think a top-end HTC is no match for a galaxy - you really should stop commenting. It's about the marketing/branding. Samsung have realised that for some time now and that is the main reason the likes of HTC have been losing out to them! (For me it was simply the sd card and replaceable battery - features not capabilities).
            Little Old Man
      • Touch ID? You mean like the old Motorola Atrix?

        The Motorola Atrix had a fingerprint scanner, what, 4 years ago? 5?

        The market leader ALWAYS controls the smartphone paradigm.
        Whoever is not leading it, needs to provide the features and functionality that people are voting with their wallets to make the leader, well, the leader.
        Anyone who wants to be the market leader needs to provide those things as well.
        That's just naturally how the market works.

        Apple lost control of the smartphone paradigm several years ago.
        Since then, Apple fanboys have had to eat crow, after years of claiming Android was "copying" iOS features, because iOS had more marketshare than Android.
        Now, it's exactly the opposite, so naturally Apple is forced to copy Android features to keep up with the smartphone paradigm.

        Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, given Apple's resistance to change), Apple has failed to keep up for years now - and continues to charge Mercedes money for Camry features.
        Marketing keeps them selling...
        • I had an Atrix...

          And I totally forgot about the fingerprint scanner. I heard about it in the iPhone and went 'wow, a new feature!'

          I guess innovation depends on your audience not paying attention to what came before, eh?
          luke mayson
          • Which is rather the point

            You didn't remember that your Atrix had a fingerprint scanner...

            ...because it was unusable. What an innovation that was.
            Henry 3 Dogg
          • So marketing not invention

            is the important definition of innovation?

            Really, yeah okay. Maybe you don't have a clue.
            Little Old Man
  • If you have to start with those words . . .

    "If you're a little more relaxed about security"

    If you have to start with those words . . . it's probably something Apple *shouldn't* do. We already have enough security problems in today's world; we don't need to intentionally lower security.
    • Make it too difficult

      They may not set up security at all.
  • Longer passcode might be good...

    Though 6 not 8.

    Bank pins were originally 6 as they provide adequate security and are memorable, 8 risks being too tiresome with the high risk groups and getting turned off.

    I'd also like to see apple allow the possibility for an apple id to reset the code. Obviously this should be an option - businesses especially want a lock code that cannot be bypassed in any way, however with an aging population increasingly adopting ipads, allowing them to reset forgotten lock codes with two factor authentication instead of re flashing their device would be helpful, and with icloud, not difficult to impliment
  • Get rid of galleries, ZDNet

    I am so not reading this.
    • Actually, ZDNet galleries have been vastly improved.

      I think this is an issue that has been addressed with the adoption of AJAX coding technology. The speed of updating the web page with a new gallery slide is quite acceptable now, IMO.