Here are some features iOS 7 could really stand to include
It's the little things that make iPhone owners happy, version to version
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It's not too hard to find out what the technorati and analysts are expecting Apple to unveil at its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Just search it out, and you'll hit one of many lists. Like this one from 9to5 Mac: a flat-designed iOS 7, an OS X 10.9, a streaming iRadio service, new MacBooks, so on and so forth.
But that's the big stuff that everyone is expecting. What I find exciting is when Apple adds little things that fix actual problems. Like when they added AirDrop, the Mac-to-Mac file sharing tool that is just so handy when your wife needs that PDF file. Or the addition of "VIP" contacts to Mail on iOS, which makes it almost as prioritized at Gmail.
So, then, a few things that would be really great to see Apple not exactly announce, but at least toss out there, at Monday's big show:
- An interface for iCloud storage that makes sense: I recently had to clear out photos from my wife's iCloud account to make room for her automatic backups. Figuring out how Photo Stream relates to iCloud's Camera Roll backup (I think it does not), how to get to the actual show of what's taking up iCloud space, and how to disable pieces of iCloud backup without canning the whole thing—a lot of Apple's cloud could use some exploring and better explaining.
- A specific NFC application: Right now, NFC is orphaned by not known for any one thing, and for not being on iPhones. It seems like Apple would rather use its own proprietary Apple-to-Apple framework, but if they put NFC on iPhones and gave developers access to the connection, it could mean some really interesting services to come. Not that Apple is responsible for NFC adoption, but it would be great to see what happens.
- Sped-up camera shutters on older iPhones: Not a lot of attention is paid for the past models of iPhones, because the future is what's exciting. Yet nearly iPhone owner who has yet to upgrade to an iPhone 5 would feel such a surge of brand loyalty if Apple could work harder on just what, exactly, makes the Camera app sometimes, without reason, take 4 or more seconds to open up and allow you to actually take a picture. Maybe it is some unsolvable hardware issue. But maybe it's some code refinement that could make many customers happy.
- More keyboard options: Whether it's just more configuration options on the keyboard itself, or something as cah-razy as allowing for third-party keyboards to be installed by iPhone owners, it would give iPhone fans one of the most true advantages of Android. There's a rumor that SwiftKey, a very popular Android keyboard, might be working on an iOS version. But let's hope for more than just one keyboard's features integrated into a locked-down keyboard.
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