Friday, April 13, 2012

What do we want in iOS 6? - II

Improve the actions of multitasking

IOS 5, Apple added some multitouch gestures to help manage applications on the iPad. Shifts to four or more fingers can open or close the drawer of multitasking, to close the current application or proceeding to the next or the previous one.

These gestures have proved ideal for daily use, but they are also more complex than others, designed by the competition. With his playbook, RIM has chosen to use the frame around the screen: a finger began to slide off the screen to switch from one application to another, from the keyboard or display to return Home to the bar.

This method is much simpler than that of the iPad and Apple would do well to be inspired to 6 IOS. Gestures to four or five fingers are possible on the big screen of an iPad, they did not make sense on a lot smaller than an iPhone or iPod touch. Failing to take them back as is, Apple could add a move or two on the iPhone. A shift from the top of the screen down the center displays notifications: a gesture from the bottom up could very well bring up the drawer of multitasking in iOS 6.

Change the brightness on the iPhone

On the iPad, Apple slipped into the trap of multitasking a handy brightness slider. Using the home button or multitouch gestures, you can very easily change the brightness of the screen of the tablet.

On the iPhone, iOS 5 displays a cursor useless since it can adjust the volume ... that can also deal with two dedicated buttons on the side. This is redundant and the brightness control is missing: 6 IOS hopefully correct this error and replace the volume by the brightness there.

Apple applications

GPS in a free iOS

IOS is the last major mobile system does not offer any free GPS system built into the system. Windows Phone Android as each proposes their solution, with preservation of the local route, voice directions and even calculations of other ways.

IPhone users are not without solutions, but they are mostly paid and free applications available on the App Store are generally of poor quality. The lack of quality integrated GPS iOS becomes annoying over the years and we hope that Apple will eventually propose something more useful than the route calculation application plans.

Hide applications

Since the first version of its mobile, Apple offers a few default applications. Some are undoubtedly essential, as the phone application, messages or camera. Others, such as Exchange, Compass or even calculator are not critical and yet one can not remove them.

In iOS 6, Apple might finally allow its users not to delete them - then it should find a way to reinstall them if necessary - but to hide. A section in the settings with the list of Apple applications and a check box would suffice widely...

FaceTime and 3G Audio

The video chat service is tightly integrated with Apple iOS which makes it especially easy to use. It is totally free and much better than its competitors, but it never really took off.

One possible reason for this fact (that also chat by video is not always convenient) is the restriction to WiFi. To use FaceTime, both terminals must have a WiFi connection; it does not work on 3G. Apple has already justified this limit by accusing the operators, but hopefully it will finally be lifted in iOS 6. At the very least, the new iPad could be right with its 4G connection.

With IMessage, Apple replaces partially the SMS and MMS that are traded far between mobile phones. If you contact an Apple product user recent, your iPhone will automatically send an IMessage rather than an SMS. The change is seamless to the point that it is difficult to move from one system to another.

Apple could do exactly the same thing with a FaceTime dedicated to audio calls. We can already call someone with only the sound in FaceTime: initiate a video conversation, exit the application and you can always communicate by voice. This method is complex, then 6 IOS could easily detect itself if the person you are calling has an account FaceTime.

Where applicable, the iPhone would go of itself on the VoIP service from Apple and not by the network operator's voice. It would, for users, undeniable progress, but it would also attack more against the operators. Apple is likely she is to put them all back even more?

Generalization of the shoot to refresh

Since its appearance in the Twitter client Tweetie, gesture drawing to refresh has emerged everywhere. There are countless applications that use it, including our two mobile applications.

Why Apple would not use it in their own applications? There are some potential legal problems, but it never slowed the manufacturer in the past. It is also known that this gesture is used in applications deployed internally at Apple.

Apple could then implement it in its public applications, but the company could generalize the above by offering brick ad hoc developers. A list of current events in an application would then IOS will always update with this gesture that has been proven.

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