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Topic # 116659 6-May-2013 12:33
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The rumour mill has started to heat up on what iOS 7 may look like, and I have to say - I am a little bit hopeful that Apple will do something amazing that could lead me back the iOS way.

I had an iPhone 4 for just short of 2 years. It was a great phone. It worked well, it looked amazing and I enjoyed owning and using it.

When I dropped it last year (and smashed the glass), I had a good think about replacing it with another Apple, or something else.

Being the geek I am, I couldn't move past the fact that Android had come so far since I purchased my iPhone 4 and so I opted for the newly released S3. Now the S3 has been a great phone too. I love some of the things Android offers that iOS simply can't do. Widgets and proper SIP clients being the primary ones.

But my S3 feels cheap and plasticy by comparison, and the iPhone 4 has a notice better screen and I honestly think the 5MP camera on the iPhone took a better photo than the 8MP camera on my S3.

Apple make some beautiful hardware, but their software has become years behind. So what will we see in iOS 7?

Can we expect Android style widgets or Windows phone style tiles? Can we expect proper VoIP integration, or ability to select default apps that differ from what Apple sets?

Or do we think we will see more of the same from Apple, where they keep tight control over as much as they can, in order to keep you locked into their platform?

2010 was a big year for Apple in my eyes - the iPhone 4 was a hugely innovative phone. The 4S and 5 left me with pretty underwhelmed - and iOS has been pretty unexciting all the way along.

I don't think we will see any revolutionary hardware from Apple this year, but I think there is potential for iOS 7 to make a big splash (If done right). And I could be coerced back....

So - what are your predictions for iOS 7?




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  Reply # 811958 6-May-2013 12:38
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Battery drain and WiFi issues....always seem to go hand in hand with new updates.

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  Reply # 811961 6-May-2013 12:39
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An even more complicated and bloated version of iTunes

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  Reply # 811979 6-May-2013 12:49
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To be honest I really like iOS and don't need any changes. Its a pretty solid OS.



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  Reply # 811991 6-May-2013 12:55
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langers1972: An even more complicated and bloated version of iTunes


At least there has been a de-coupling of iTunes and iOS in recent years. You no longer HAVE to use iTunes to run an iDevice any more.




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  Reply # 812006 6-May-2013 13:09
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ajobbins: So - what are your predictions for iOS 7?


You have too much spare time and so do I for reading all that. 

I just want lastpass to work in chrome/safari. 

Other than that, the OS is perfect for me as - is. 

I looked at android, but, it's too cluttered in a distracting way for my liking. 


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Reply # 812011 6-May-2013 13:17
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They'll do what they usually do and claim bug fixes as being a slew of new features...

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  Reply # 812012 6-May-2013 13:17
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My predictions:
  • Widgets - the height/size of a row of homescreen icons (but only available for iPhone 5, due to the increased vertical real estate). OR a Dashboard-type screen to the left of the home screen (where Search currently lives).
  • Much cleaner interface - we know that Jony Ive isn't a fan of skeuomorphism, so we'll be saying goodbye to all the leather in the Notes & Reminders apps etc.
  • 'Unsubscribe' from group iMessages (removing yourself from the message thread, like you can do with Messenger)
  • Ability to select/change default apps (especially now that Google have removed Push & Exchange mail from iOS without the Gmail app)

My wishlist:
  • Battery Saver mode (like in Android and WP8). When you hit 33%, push notifications and background requests are disabled for everything. Calls and TXTs still come through, and apps load on demand.
  • Hands-free gestures (not sure if this can be achieved without new hardware?) like on the S4. Waving your hand past the front camera to switch Safari tabs etc.

That's about all I've got for now. If there aren't significant changes and improvements, I'll be jumping ship to either Android or WP8. I've had every iPhone since the OG version (aside from 3GS) and I'm getting pretty bored with iOS.

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  Reply # 812020 6-May-2013 13:36
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Game centre that has more pop ups than a p0rn site

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  Reply # 812083 6-May-2013 14:51
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ajobbins: So - what are your predictions for iOS 7?


You have too much spare time and so do I for reading all that. 

I just want lastpass to work in chrome/safari. 

Other than that, the OS is perfect for me as - is. 

I looked at android, but, it's too cluttered in a distracting way for my liking. 



But with android you can make it identical to an iphone if your like. There is far more customization. I consider the iphone as a phone for the masses who just want it to work out of the box, a bit like nokia used to be. Androids are more for power users who want more control. They are more buggy than IOS from my experience with an s3

I think this new flat layout is going to end up being a bit like windows metro with it's live tiles. But with perhaps with a better user interface and  animations and better control. I think one thing they will bring in is a touch display that is less laggy.
But really they need to increase the resolution so there is more screen realestate. Even if the screen was full HD, they would only be playing catchup.

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  Reply # 812202 6-May-2013 18:43
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Dont believe it will be much different for 5S and they will leave all the goodies for the iphone 6 next year.

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  Reply # 812208 6-May-2013 18:56
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Android is terrible. I unfortunately fell victim to a very convincing Indian friend who told me to change from iOS to Android (SIII) what a mistake! Generally people who say Android is better have NEVER tried iOS. iOS is more smooth and the apps are MUCH better. The Camera on the SIII is weak. My iPhone 4S that I had takes way better pictures than my current SIII.

The only thing I personally believe Android has over iOS is the "Light Widget". And somewhat flash for watching movies but most people won't watch movies on a phone.

I personally believe in iOS 7 and the iPhone I want these features:

- 13MP (Isn't needed but would be nice to shut up the Android Fanboys). : More MP is just a gimmick.
- NFC
- Widgets : Apple Made Light Widgets, e.t.c.
- (Most likely not) Waterproof, Fingerprint-proof & Dust-proof case. //Smash-proof/Drop-Proof would be extra nice!
- The ability to drag/drop music/movies into a specified folders without the need of iTunes.
- Higher PPI.
- Better Front Facing Camera.
- Ability to watch flash videos.
- IR Blaster to control TV/Home Smart Applicances.
- Fingerprint Reader (Highly Likely).
- Bit bigger screen.
- Better GPU/CPU.
- More RAM (iOS handles RAM much better than Android so more RAM would be even more advantageous).

In all iOS is better than Android. But if they came out with all of these features and more they would completely outclass players like Samsung.

The Galaxy range is so bad. The Micro Scratches are highly visible and annoying. Build quality is so cheap it doesn't deserve to be called a flag-ship phone. The HTC One is much better.

Viva iPhone/iOS. Let's hope they bring out something good!

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  Reply # 812209 6-May-2013 19:07
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Google maps please

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  Reply # 812213 6-May-2013 19:10
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Once again I will note my annoyance that my iphone and ipad don't know each other exist.

There needs to be some better integration between them, shared clipboard, smart data tethering, single point notifications.

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  Reply # 812224 6-May-2013 19:28
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Two things I'd like - neither of them software based though:

1. Dual sim - and proper dual sim with both 3G support

2. Optical zoom on the camera. Would like to see if they can still make a slim phone though.

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  Reply # 812227 6-May-2013 19:32
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jonherries: Once again I will note my annoyance that my iphone and ipad don't know each other exist.

There needs to be some better integration between them, shared clipboard, smart data tethering, single point notifications.

Jon


Jon, are they both on the same Apple ID? And same iCloud ID?

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