Now that we have laid our hands on the iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus and done with reviewing and comparing them, the next task that lies before us is to await the iPhone 7 and iOS 9 which is expected to be launched this year!
When looking back, the iOS 7 had the utmost compatibility with the iPads and iPhones of Apple while it hit the markets in the year 2007. This also meant that it teamed up with traditional and trendy devices, which was the sole aim of its transfer. You would even remember that Tim Cook bestowed Jony Ive, The VP, Industrial Design, Apple to design the layout of the latest OS that opened the door for polarised critiques during 2013.
Apple launched iOS 8 last year along with its two other devices, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. The iOS update offered an array of advanced options and few layout tweaks then and there to complete the task that was initiated by the iPhone maker in 2013. It also included various adjustments and additions such as improved touch ID, HomeKit creation, HealthKit and creating an environment for the new payment method called Apple Pay.
Sources state that the reputed iOS manufacturer would be debuting its next iOS model at the WWDC which would be held this year. We are already aware that WWDC is held regularly during the month of June and this indicates that we just have 5 months before us to get a glimpse of the much acclaimed iOS 9 Beta. SO in the mean time, let us make an analysis of what features would we want Apple to include in its upcoming iOS 9 to make it much useful than its previous versions.
1. Enhanced Maps
Since the presentation of Maps which was featured in iOS 6 during the year 2012, we have not seen any sea of changes with this app. It’s true that the data available in the app has got much better, clear, accurate and higher. But, it lacks behind in complex options and fundamental options especially when you are comparing it with the best one in the industry, which is Google Maps.
Apart from the enhancements in the data, we wish that Apple includes an enhanced Map in iOS 9 which will have more than indoor maps and instructions for public shipping. Public shipping is not a big thing and hence we hope Apple just acquires and collaborates with the CityMapper app. With the barometer in iPhone 6, indoor maps have faded as you can now know the latitude easily. The sensor also allows Maps to understand the floor of a building under construction and offers the apt flooring’s map.
2. Apps with password protection
App developers can easily code a passcode to get displayed on the app that would lock the other users out of it if they can’t realize the pin you provide. This arrangement makes sure that none of your folks use your app as it prohibits their entry. However many app developers upload this function on their apps and hence we love to see a stunning display change in the toggle passcode, Settings or login of Touch ID which would have ON and Off function for any app on the iOS.
3. Merging Apple IDs
Though this function is not connected to iOS 9 alone, it would be advantageous to for every iOS user. When the Apple IDs were made available about 15 years ago, it was started as club IDs for those who wanted to pay for the products and services of Mac and the iTools they used. However, as iTunes store was introduced in 2003, Apple used the IDs for this function and then it was later used for App Store. The disadvantage of having many Apple IDs is that it made us to make purchases one below the other, which made it a tedious task. Hence it means that having a single virtual ID is very easy as there is no confusion, which is why we hope Apple lets its users to merge all their Apple IDs as one.
4. Third Party Apps by Default
Though we expected this function in all iOS from Apple since day one, we would love to see it at least in iOS 9. I’m a fan of Safari, Calendar and Mail but personally feel that 3rd party apps would handle such services in a better fashion. If Apple decides to place a 3rd party default app by replacing the standard apps then I would totally love the upcoming iOS. Though it is unlikely, we must remember that Apple does support keyboards of 3rd parties.
5. Hide apps which were pre installed
I would like to convey to Apple that I never use its Podcast App or Tips and if you don’t allow me to delete these apps, then I feel you must at least allow me to hide those apps which I don’t use often from the home screen. This would eradicate the issue of dumping them in a separate folder with a name, Useless.
6. Sensible sharing
Android lovers would agree that they love to share anything that grabs their attention. It does not matter whichever application you are using, you can just share almost everything with your contacts using that phone app. If you find something interesting in a social media platform and wish to share it with your contacts then it is very simple in android. But on iOS from Apple we have to pass through four hoops to share anything which is very annoying. Hence we hope that this issue would be sorted out in the upcoming iOS. This would enrich our user experience as it would make it a breezy affair to share any kind of media with your contacts. It would be even better if applications are able to share the content with each other and not with Apple alone.
7. iCloud drive app
iCloud Drive feature was seen in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 as an attempt by Apple to make sure its solutions for cloud file management are much better. It also made this available on OS X as the Mac OS lets you to access through the iCloud drive where you can browse or manage the files on iCloud just like any other folder that you will find on the Mac. However, it would be better if Apple includes a dedicated iCloud Drive file manager app in the latest iOS just like Dropbox app.
8. iPad Weather App
I fell in love with the Weather App of iOS 7 featured in iPhone as it was so helpful and the best climate app among the others. But one thing I don’t understand is why it was not available in the iPad? You would surely love the large sized animations about the climate on your iPad device. Hence I really hope that Apple includes Weather App for iPad too in its iOS 9.
9. Stronger multi user support
This is yet another long pending wish right from iOS 8 especially to make Apple offer multi user support for iPads. This would help the users to have many accounts on one device. They just have to log in using their Touch ID fingerprint, pin, password etc which would enable their device to customize based on the settings that were lastly used. This is applicable to various features like layout of the app, email accounts and wallpapers. This feature is useful for families who use the same iPad or friends who are sharing the device. Such an arrangement is also followed in various firms as there is no need to be worried about anyone using the data to access data which is private. Hence having this feature on our devices would prove very useful for Apple users. However, it might not work for those who are not keen to share their devices with others as some of you might love to have personal devices and some would not be even interested to share others’ phones unless if it belongs to their work place.
10. Custom made control centre
This is also one among our wish list we had for iOS 8 right before its launch as iOS 7 featured it earlier. This feature would allow the screen users to swipe effortlessly from the bottom to toggle the rotation lock and set it as Off or On, Wi-Fi, Airplane mode and Bluetooth. It also bestowed users with swift access to icons shortcut like Camera, Calculator, Timer, Flashlight and music controls. It would be simply great if Apple allows me to customize the buttons for shortcut to help me choose those functions which I would be using most of the time.
So these are 10 features that we would love Apple to include in iOS 9 and we also hope that these were the ones that you too wished to find in the latest Apple iOS would have. Isn’t it?