Jailbreak concepts Apple should implement in iOS 6
We're just under a month away from Apple's WWDC 2012 and with it, an expected preview of iOS 6. Last year, we had a list of features available through jailbreak that we wanted Apple to make mainstream in iOS 5. Apple listened, and we got everything from Notification Center to Wi-Fi sync. This year is no different -- once again we have wants. Here are my top jailbreak concepts Apple should implement in iOS 6.
Developers don't currently have the ability to develop widgets for Notification Center. If Apple would open up API for widget access and allow developers to integrate them with current app offerings, it could open up a whole new world of possibilities. This ability is already available on Android and other mobile platforms.
Jailbreak apps have been taking advantage of widgets since iOS 5 was released. There are several widgets that allow access to contacts, system toggles, music, battery info, quick Google searches, and more. Having access to all kinds of settings and apps right from Notification Center is much more convenient than digging for an app or system setting.
Notification Center enhancements and quick replies
While iOS 5 was a huge improvement over the way notifications were handled under previous versions of iOS, there is still room for improvement. Jailbreak apps like IntelliscreenX and LockInfo offer much more control over notifications than stock iOS does. You can fine tune notifications down to the tiniest detail. Do all users need this ability? Absolutely not. But a compromise would be nice.
First, find a way to make the Lock screen more intuitive. Right now all Lock screen notifications are dismissed the moment you swipe to unlock. By all means, clear the screen, but why not keep the notifications available in the window shade until they've actually been viewed, like they are in Notification Center proper.
Second, add the ability to clear app badges the same way Notification Center can be cleared. One little X gets rid of an entire list in Notification Center, but there's no way to get rid of badges in an app without hunting down and viewing every alert individually -- if you can find them.
Thirdly, make in-app banner notifications actionable. Right now if you tap them you're ripped out of the current app and sent into the source app. Having to exit one app to respond to something as simple as an SMS or iMessage, or tweet, is irritating. BiteSMS and Messages+ for jailbreak have offered this functionality for a long time. Enhancements of this nature would make the entire experience of using the iPhone or iPad much faster and much better.
While Siri is great at dictating notes, punching out emails, scheduling Reminders, and sending messages, it can't do anything beyond that. Yet. And even if Apple expands it to support other integrated services, like Twitter, it still wouldn't enough.
Having options like sending out a tweet via Tweetbot, or adding a task to Clear, or otherwise letting App Store apps integrate with Siri directly would be a welcome addition. Jailbreak apps such as AssistantExtensions add tons of functionality to Siri. It'd be nice to see that become official in iOS 6.
Better multitasking gestures and shortcuts
Right now the iPad has limited multitasking gesture shortcuts but the iPhone and iPod touch have none at all. Jailbreak apps like Zephyr have brought gesture shortcuts to iPhone and iPod touch, but this is really something Apple needs to slap a coat of paint on and release as stock in iOS 6.
Tabbing through apps should be easier. Sure there's the iOS 4 fast app switcher, but swiping is faster. Custom gestures for favorite app access would be great as well.
Mail has previously been given a unified inbox, threaded messages, and flags. Otherwise it's not much different from the days of iOS 1. Mail Enhancer allow jailbreakers to better handle and sort mail on their iPhone or iPad. You can color code different mail accounts so you know what account a message is from when in the unified inbox.
And for the love of all things that are good in the world, can we please have multiple signatures for mail accounts? For users with separate accounts that they use for different purposes, editing signatures can be a huge pain. I may not want a client having my home phone number but I want my friends and family seeing that in my signature. Allowing multiple signatures is the only feasible solution and hopefully it's on the slate for iOS 6.
In addition to per-account signatures, per-account mail tones would be a nice bonus. Sometimes work mail needs to stay on when personal mail does not (or vice versa).
Better Folder functionality
iOS 4 brought the addition of Folders but their functionality remains limited.. The iPhone only allows you to place 12 apps within a folder while the iPad allows 20. Sure, the iPad screen can show more apps at one time, but the difference harms users who want a consistent Home screen setup between devices. For example, if I have 15 productivity apps and keep them on both my iPhone and iPad, on my iPhone I have to have 2 folders while I only have one on my iPad.
Jailbreak apps such as Infinifolders and Folder Enhancer have been around before iOS supported folders. They've also been more functional. Both allow you to stick as many apps as you want in a folder and either page through them like you would Home screen apps or scroll vertically, whichever you choose.
Nested folders is also something jailbreak apps allow for. I frequently use this feature for game folders. I have my strategy, puzzle, adventure, action, and other types of games inside of one main games folders. Unfortunately, it's probably far too hierarchical and "file system-like" for Apple to ever consider.
Themes or Home screen refresh
It's about time for Apple to re-design the Home screen or give us a way to customize it if we want to. iOS 4 introduced the ability to set a picture as your Home screen background but besides that, the Home screen we all know hasn't changed much since the inception of iOS. There's always an argument for familiarity and experience which Apple prides themselves on but it's beginning to look a bit dated.
Jailbreakers have been theming their iPhones for years. While I don't necessarily want my iPhone looking like an Android phone, apps like Shrink allow me to change icon size while apps like Winterboard give me the ablity to change up fonts and status bar icons.
It's highly unlikely that Apple will ever integrate even an Apple exclusive Theme Store into iTunes, but at the very least it would be nice to see iOS 6 bring with it a newly designed Home screen or a few options for customization.
Your iOS 6 want list
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1) Auto-updating Apps
2) Dynamic app icons (Apple should declare "the app icon is dead") Dynamic app icons are like little widgets (API for developers).
1) Airprint to any printer on WiFi network
2) iPhone: icons rotate as device is turned from portrait to landscape
3) Siri Commands via Apple Remote
4) Let me use my iPhone as a hotspot, I'll manage the provider who wants to challenge my grandfathered unlimited plan.
Gatekeeper for iOS would provide most, if not all, of the benefits of jailbreaking without some of the liabilities. Gatekeeper would allow the downloading and installation of signed apps from alternative sources which would protect users to some degree while allowing flexibility. Gatekeeper for iOS is conceivable as a feature Apple might consider implementing.
Maps with additional capabilities would be an excellent addition to iOS. Apple has purchased Placebase, Poly9 and C3 Technologies over the last few years which suggests a strong interest in native mapping solution. The addition of speech recognition enabled turn-by-turn directions with dynamic routing and three-dimensional views would be nice. Apple Maps are almost a certainty in the next version of iOS or iPhone.
Siri APIs should be available although a workflow analysis must be performed for each and every action type which requires significant effort. A few workflows which should be given high priority are:
Activation of Apps
Settings activation/deactivation (3G data, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.)
Social Media updates (Facebook messages and updates, FourSquare check-ins, Twitter "tweets," etc.)
Voice enabled GPS Navigation
Siri APIs are very likely in the next version of iOS.
User selection of Default Apps (email client, Twitter client, stocks, weather, etc.) although this is the least likely to occur of my suggestions.
Widgets APIs suggest frequent updating of apps which requires processor power that could effect user interface responsiveness and battery life. We know how this impacts users of other mobile operating systems.
No, make that +2
Some other features that I believe should be stock are: Activator: Having the ability to access a menu of things that matter most to each user. I currently have 3 menus on mine. One menu has 5 options including "Home", "Screen Off", "Respring", "Music Controls", & "Assistant (Siri)".
I hate hard press buttons, they wear out too quick, so this 1 menu is very important to me. Another menu has all of my favourite apps in it. Also, I have screenshot set to a corner, & multitasking bar on another corner. It is just so useful.
Worst case, Apple just adds a slide up the center of the screen from the Home button to return to the Home screen. Because that feature they offer in the Accessible section putting a Home button on the screen is obtrusive. BiteSMS: It should have a popup text window like BiteSMS offers. It is easy to access & unobtrusive. Reply in the window, & its gone. No need to switch apps. Also, having a quick compose in the notification window would be awesome too. Widgets: Yes, it is a sensitive subject, bc some do not want their home screen cluttered with flashy widgets. But, I believe if Apple could make it an optional thing, like they did with the notification center preferences, it could be a win for all.
To be competitive, Apple would need Widgets that helps users access the info they need without having to go into the app, then pressing a Home button that wears out, & having to go back to another app. Android has had widgets for a long time, & is is a success there.
And if Apple was going to get sued over widgets, they would have gotten sued over the Notification Center already. A Notification Light: Perhaps Apple doesn't want to use a multi-coloured light as Android & Blackberry use. Here's an idea, the white rounded-square symbol on the Home button flashes a soft white (or even in colours) when an unread SMS/MMS, missed call or unread email has occurred. Maybe the Apple on the back itself could light up instead of the Home button ring.
Apple needs to add something to alert us that there is something that needs our attention other than turning the phone screen on just to check. Adding SMS/MMS tab to the Phone/Dialer screen: Apple should just merge the SMS/MMS screen & features into the Phone/Dialer app itself. Make it a Communication app. It's frustrating to have to text, then go to the dialer to make a call, then come back to text.
The Line 2 app in the App Store has this setup, & it looks very nice. They have Phone, Text, Contacts, Recents, & Settings (which could be set to Voicemail). I believe replacing the Favorites tab with SMS/MMS might be a better solution, or just have that selector bar be scrollable. Quick Settings: As Allyson mentioned, having a way to toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on & off without having to go into the Settings app would be a life (& Home button) saver. Perhaps just like IntelliScreenX does it, pull down on the Notification Center & it exposes the options for minimal accidental toggle taps. Less Important, but still important:
7. Shake To Unlock: Some lose the power button due to excessive usage.
8. Infinifolders, Infinidock, Infiniboard: Explains itself.
9. Themes: It would be awesome if Apple would allow us to customize.
10. Five Icons: If Apple rejects the Infini line, then 5 icons per row.
Other than that, I don't really know, as far as iOS goes (the software, aside from the hardware). Widgets aren't that big a deal to me; on Android I've used very few of them, as I prefer a simple, uncluttered screen. But I would like Apple to do something fresh, unique, and different this time around with the home screen and the whole OS & UI, something both aesthetically pleasing and useful that improves and enhances the whole UX.
Infinate folders and quick settings.
Everything else, no way.
Umm... no they haven't. Both apps were released after iOs4 added folders, and both are based on Apple's folder concept. Please get your facts straight.
I want Siri for third party apps.
Activate Settings upon arriving/departing a Location (Wi-Fi active at Home)
Download App updates everyday at 3:00 a.m.
Backup to iCloud everyday at 2:00 a.m.
Send all saved email at 1:00 a.m.
Open "Find Friends" and find xxx at 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Open "Stocks" at 4:00 p.m. EST and send email with updated results to xxx
Open "Remote" upon arrival at Location "Home" and AirPlay Playlist "Relaxation" to Living Room Stereo at 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday AirDrop for iOS is actually likely although this may not arrive in the near future and would likely be an API available to apps.
Another thing I'd like to see happen is for toggle switches for Wi-Fi, cellular network, Bluetooth, screen brightness, etc. to be added to the notification shade if desired (similarly to some Android phones). That way we wouldn't need to exit whatever app we're in and open Settings just to switch Wi-Fi on or off, for example.
The only options are play/pause, rewind, fast forward and AirPlay so the current implementation assumes you have your playlist set.
So, in your case, the Camera button on the lock screen would be replaced with the music icon.
1. Pull to refresh safari/mail
2. Infifolder & dock
4. Sb settings
I would definitely like to see different colors and signatures for different mail accounts, as was suggested in the article.
Apparently Apple will get away from Google as a maps provider in iOS 6 and will have some cool 3D map feature or something. I honestly couldn't care less about 3D, which - in my opinion - is mostly useless screen candy again. I 'd rather have proper built in turn by turn navigation as Android has had it for ages with Google Maps.
Finally a couple of days ago a video made the news with some very nice keyboard swipe gestures to make navigating a document you work on asier. I'd like to see those implemented in iOS 6.
Screen thinner, maybe hybrid with eink layer for iBooks. Bigger edge to edge screen.
Siri taken mainstream. Proper voice control were your voice is a controller, more like a personal assistant. With Uk search and functionality. Ask"what's the traffic going to be like on my way to work?"
Siri "I suggest avoiding the A123 altogether, try the B road, as xxx reports 20 min delays"
Share photos via Bluetooth. For those of us with too many photos "file away" in a year/month montage those pics, then tap to unleash them. Save space, looks elegant. Tap status bar to go to the top style for the bottom. Tag people Facebook style, then these could be accessed from contacts. Auto collage on selected photos, options like a pin board or faded into each other like a pro photographer would do.
More gestures to control apps. Lift to dial current contact. Double tap bottom to go to the end. Reverse of double tap at the top.
Stereo output from your iPhone, using THX technologies.
Moving away from other companies products on iPhone eg google use own maps and location software. Traffic info improvements, a choice of where to get the traffic info from.
Apples turn by turn navigation with all new maps and system wide integration.
Improved camera min double digit megapixel with additional editing software built in. Panorama function straight from camera. Option to doodle on or highlight a part of a photo when sending them. Face recognition to live tag say my wife in camera mode then, be able to smart sort photos. Able to display camera roll photos by date newest first, newest last, location, tag eg birthdays, family, wife, London, holiday. Make it Siri compatible. Greater control over journals in iPhoto, integrate this with photo editor straight from camera roll.
Unlock iPhone using owners face, based on user profiles could limit layout and functions. Children unlock games only no Internet or phone. Could be confirmed by owners voice. Secret "killword" could disable/wipe iPhone or call 999.
Point camera at a barcode or QR code this would switch to decoding price comparison within the camera app.
Enough with the basic mail...Make email sexy, choice of colours, fonts, sizes, backgrounds, breaks, scan in your signature or add company logo to your mail. Attach not just a photo, but also a location, the weather where you are, a note "quote". Templates ! Different signatures and different colours for different accounts, like we have for different calendars on iCloud.
Quad core processors faster performance better battery life.
Gorilla glass 2 same strength thinner glass
Phone book browse by photo, like cover flow activated by turning phone sideways. Of browse like a different views, please cover flow, card and preview by hovering over contact name. Preview haw a contact will look full screen by flicking sideways. Categorise too like Chinese, friends, work, relationship, star sign . Add a photo to contact, but not have that photo ring large when that caller rings. For their www. Show small homescreen, who's address appears when you hover over it. Bring back search by emoticon, because putting a next to a contact means somewhere to eat. Facebook profile links, gesture to poke or be taken to their wall or "quick post". Smart contacts based in where you are eg at work show colleagues by default.
In phone mode, be able to block texts or calls from known spammers or when certain numbers call auto decide what to do eg when work calls always give engaged tone. Different voice mail messages for different numbers, so your callers get the personal touch.
Location aware New weather app with a choice of where to get the source data from
Ability to delete native apps to save memory who uses compass?
Make some apps like clock, weather, compass show information from the icon. In the same way calendar shows the date. information density.
Share via bluetooth eg photos, contacts navilty from iPhone.
Calendars share from iPhone. Proper invites too.
Reminders to be system wide and integrated into improved calendars app. "Smart create" events in the same way you highlight text to copy or paste, this would auto create an event. Could also if you "made favourite" a particular websites events page out make events for you, a bit like RSS auto brings you that info, but straight into a calendar. simple Calendar themes.
Facebook integration like twitter, able to choose which bits you want to integrate with. In an easy settings menu, so you don't have lots of options on each menu.
Status bar customisation eg date or temp
Bold, italics, highlight like in iBooks
Notifications "quick reply" to texts,tweet, etc from the app or game your currently in. Or "quick create" calendar options from the app or game your in. Don't interrupt me in a call by text alert or email pinging me, wait! May be priorities, if I am on the phone don't... Or if I am playing my fav game don't break in with a text, wait or listening to don't... Hold email pings & only notify between tracks?
Avatars. Maybe Siri could have one, you could have one?
ability to share photos via facebook , twitter , google + , Flicker, instagram and videos via Youtube , FB , Twitter , google + and viddy .
mission control and active expandable apps like in that video :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDK7ut4pc_U
just add those features and you can say bye bye Android :)
2) Please remove the home button, just make it touchable. And maybe good if apple makes a flashing light for incoming call, sms, mail etc. around the touchable home button ;)
3) a button maybe a good idea to take picture near the phone. and no need to lock screen camera shortcut, just push and hold it for a second to switch to camera app ;)
4) share photos etc. over bluetooth please!!
5) Why apple is not using vcard for contacts? it would better if android users switches to use iphone, they can easily transfers their contact lists.
6) i want stereo speakers!
5 it uses .VCF like Android. Just share the contact info and boom done.
1) Allow attachements directly from the mail app.
2) Integrate the swipe functionally from Meego
3) A new spring board