Five things I'd like to see in iOS 5 and beyond

Playing around with my Apple iPhone 4 for the last few weeks (having upgraded from an iPhone 3G), I've come up with a list of things I'd love to see in the next versions of iOS. Some of these I believe are coming with iOS 5, but some are things that if I were building a future version of iOS, I'd like to see included.

  • Better push/text notifications - This is coming, I've read. Having the ability to see more than one notification on the locked screen is huge. I can't tell you the number of times I've missed a push notification because I thought there was just one and clicked through them. Even better would be a place to see the last (pick a number here) notifications your device received, in the order they were received.

  • Camera from the locked screen - We went on vacation last month and I used the camera in my iPhone 4 as the main camera to document the trip. Having a button on the lock screen to activate the camera would be great. This is also something I've heard is in iOS5, so I'm happy about that.

  • A keyboard button to paste your e-mail address - Most user names are your e-mail address, so why not be able to set your e-mail address to a button on the virtual keyboard. Maybe it would be like a special "paste" button or something that can be user set, if they didn't want to use their e-mail address, but the number of times I've had to type my e-mail address is amazing. To have a shortcut to do it would save a bunch of time.

  • Widgets on the locked screen - This is sort of like the first item, but to be able to have a screen where I can tie the apps that are already running in the background anyway for instant update of information would be a great advancement.

  • Location aware settings - My iOS device already knows where I am all the time, so a way to set up a group of settings specific to the location I am would be helpful. For instance, when I'm home, I usually use WiFi on my iPhone but when I'm not, I don't (the unlimited data plan I'm still on helps me do this). There are other setting that I change from time to time, depending on location, so this could be useful.

I'm sure there are others. If you have ideas, please feel free to include them below.


By To Be Frank » Blog Archive » New iPhone 4S doesn’t bring buyers remorse on October 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

[...] more excited about iOS 5 and what that will bring to the iPhone. Back in June, I wrote a post about what I’d like to see in iOS 5. I’m pleased that at least some of the features I identified as wanting will be there. [...]

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