What iPhone 3.2 for iPad has, and TiPb wants for iPhone Actual ASAP!


The brand new Apple iPad is running iPhone 3.2 and has several features we've wanted on, you know, the actual iPhone device for a while now. Never mind that the iPhone 3.2 SDK is iPad-only, just like the features. And never mind that the iPad might still be waiting for iPhone 4.0 to get it's full functionality in place. TiPb wants an iPhone (and iPod touch) version of iPhone 3.2 while we're waiting, and we wants us some of those features!

Our list after the break!

Home Screen Wall Paper

We noticed it the moment Steve Jobs pulled out the iPad. It had wallpaper behind the Home Screen app grid. And he said users could customize it. Sure, the iPhone has a denser grid (the icons are closer together and would blot out more of the background), but it would be nice to have a background we could blot out. Also, we couldn't help but see that the iPad could go landscape with the homes screen. Flipping back and forth would probably annoy us too much to want that, however, at least for the current 3.x home screen...


iBooks App/Store

Is it strange that iTunes Store and iPod are separate apps, but the iPad iBooks app spins around from reader to buy'er? Maybe, but since we already have iTunes Store, App Store, and iPod on our iPhones, we'd like iBooks as well. As with many of the other items to follow, the UI will obviously need tweaking (as apps taken from the iPhone for the iPad have already been tweaked) but we want it and Apple is going to want the whole platform to have it. Oh, and something akin to Kindle-like "WhisperSync" would be nifty for all our media, so where we finish reading, listening, or viewing on the iPad is where we pick up on the iPhone (or iTunes, or Apple TV, get the idea?)


Calendar Week View

The lack of a week view on the iPhone calendar is something we've complained about since the original iPhone 2G launched in 2007. And now the iPad gets it? Fine. Whatever. We're just happy it's finally here and we'd like it on our iPhone now-ish as well. And landscape mode to make it more useful. Please.


Enhanced Photo App

The new scrubbers shown off on the iPad are hawt. iPhone iPod app lets us scrub quickly through audio and video, and while the thumbnail line probably wouldn't fit on the smaller screen, just the ability to quickly fly through photos with a standard scrubber would be great. One. By. One. Flicking. Can. Get. Tedious. After. All. Syncing Faces, Places, and Events from iPhoto is also want-worthy, as are the new slide transitions.


Drop-down/Pop-up Menus

Probably the biggest system-wide eye opener for iPhone 3.2 on the iPad was the use of drop down and/or pop up menus. The way they're implemented on the iPad wouldn't work on the smaller iPhone screen, but the idea behind them -- to allow quick access without moving up or down a set of screens -- would. Let us tap the top corners to get quick access to radio settings, for example. It may sound all Android/Windows Mobile, but Apple could make it work. SBSettings already does...


Mechanical Keyboard Support

iPad gets both dock-connected and Bluetooth keyboard support at launch. We'll forgive not getting it in three versions if you give it to us in an iPhone 3.2 update post haste. Many people might never use it, or want to, but for some road warriors it would be just what their productivity ordered.


Mobile iWork

3rd party apps shows it's possible to do office suites on the iPhone and iPod touch. You're Apple and you figured it out iWork for the iPad. You could figure it out for the iPhone too.


What Else?

That was just TiPb's quick take, did you see any other iPhone 3.2 features on the iPad that you want for your own, more mobile, device?

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What iPhone 3.2 for iPad has, and TiPb wants for iPhone Actual ASAP!


i hope the features for the ipad will be brought to the iphone soon. looking forward to what apple has in store

If all the features are taken from the ipad, it makes it even less worth having besides a big screen. I would like a lot of these features but all of them would take away what the ipad has to offer

not ipad feature, i don't think, but a jump to last homepage shortcut, and please fix the wifi issues! i be happy!

Freiteez i do have to agree with you on this one. maybe we won't get anything till 4.0 or something. for now its just a waiting game

I hope that the shared folder for files used by mobile iWork also makes it to the iPod/iPhone. I would like to refer to some of my PDF's without having to access the iDisk.

I'm hoping that Apple really tries to figure out a way to implement a lot of the cool new iPad features into the iPhone, and doesn't give up on the iPhone and start focusing all of it's resources on the iFad. I feel like a first born child when Mommy brings home the new baby and is cooing all over it. What about ME? What about MY needs?

Can't help but feel it's all wishful thinking that we will get any of those features. As was stared 3 years without a week view in calendar.

When I saw the keyboard dock for the iPad, I immediately started drooling. Having a real keyboard to use with my iPhone would make it infinitely easier to leave my laptop behind when traveling.

Self-Orienting home screen icons. They showed the home screen icons right side up in both landscape and portrait orientations. I want that!

Hey its apple they always hold some stuff behind when ever they release new phones. SO my guess is the stuff we see in the ipad might be just limited to the ipad only.

Doesn't make sense they would rob Peter to pay Paul; why delay features on one product so you can go WOW, LOOK AT THIS! months later with a different product?

Well, this isn't something that was showcased in iPhone OS 3.2 on the iPad at the event, but the bigger screen now makes the continued reliance on a modal notification system that much more inexcusable. Why not have a sidebar that pops up as notification appear and automatically hides when ignored (in a manner similar to that found on the webOS)? There's certainly now more than enough screen real estate so that such an enhanced notification system would not significantly increase screen clutter and would make the device much more powerful. Then, update the notification system for iPhones accordingly!

I think for notifications, you should do a 3 finger sweep left -> right, then down, then lift one finger and create an oblong shape with the remaining two.
Sounds complex. Yup ... but it'd make a damn sight more sense then the current system!

I think the iPhone will get a limited version of the iPad's [#cringe#] features...
For example. I'm unsure how good the calender in landscape view might look on the iPhone.
They'll just redesign the iPhone's UI to that of the Pad's [#cringe#].

This wasn't shown on the iPad, but for my iPhone I want a way to go back and see a list of all received push notifications. All too often I end up in a situation where the most recent push notification has wiped out a previous one and I don't realize it for hours.

I'm still highly unimpressed by the iPad (a.k.a. The Giant iPod touch). Cause that is exactly what it is. A giant iPod touch, but I'll agree, Apple should have given us faithful iPhone users at least a little taste of these features to tide us over, seeing as they showed us no love yesterday.

Do a google search for iPhone and Lockinfo. Then explain why Apple hasn't implemented something so simple and useful in both the iPad and iPhone yet. I love having pictures of my kids on the lockscreen as much as the next guy, but Daddy likes having productive information over the top of the photo, too.
Incidently, I'm assuming the next iPhone OS update will make iPad pop up on the autocorect menu while typing.

I still wonder if we have a tendency to won¡¦t see a flip in the ¡§publishing¡¨ model, too, where, rather than the publisher basically ¡§hiring¡¨ a stable of writers, if we have a tendency to won¡¦t see a stable of writers pool their resources to hire an editor, marketer/publicist, and copyeditor/designer (and, presumably, some kind of accountant).

The analyst that I was taking note of on Nice Polite Republicans this morning was saying that this was very making Amazon nervous ¡X since the Kindle is heretofore unchallenged within the digital publishing/ebooks marketplace, Amazon has pretty much been ready to set the value of an ebook and to declare terms that the publishers will don't have any selection however to simply accept if they wish to play in Amazon¡¦s marketplace.

this thing seems to be so simple. i am amazzed reading the info. apple should implement somethinglike this

Did anyone notice when he was sending the email to scott and phil he "accidentally" typed 'announcingthe' and it was autocorrected (he thought about it)... maybe they have an updated autocorrect in 3.2 so that not only does it corrects single words but two words, maybe even sentences or paragraphs?

I still surprise if we have a tendency to won¡¦t see a flip in the ¡§publishing¡¨ model, too, where, rather than the publisher basically ¡§hiring¡¨ a stable of writers, if we have a tendency to won¡¦t see a stable of writers pool their resources to hire an editor, marketer/publicist, and copyeditor/designer (and, presumably, some kind of accountant).

I just don't understand why iPhone users had to wait because of this? The iPad has potential I admit but damn. I guess 3 years don't mean nothing to Steve.

The Drop-down/Pop-up Menus were the biggest shock for me! They were amazing! Something so small makes a huge impact on user-friendliness!