iOS 8 is now available for the download for the users of iPhone 4S and its younger siblings. Install it now to experience the new interface and new features. This is indeed a leap from the iOS 7 but if you ask us, it is still not there yet. It is not that we are too critical or have high expectations; it is just that we would like to see the Cupertino based company achieving each software benchmark.
1) Locked down NFC
So, we were kind of happy that finally, we have NFC which Android users are enjoying since times immemorial. But apparently, our happiness vaporized the moment when we came to know that it only works with Apple Pay wallet. Well, it reminds us of the times when Apple locked its keyboard for third party developers. The only respite with iOS 8 as of now is that AirDrop still works perfectly and will connect your device for file transfers.
Well, we kinda hope that like the keyboard, NFC will open for third parties when the iOS 9 will be out. It is high time that this California based company takes inspiration from Android smartphones and opens for third party developers. Rather than getting away from it, Jailbreaking should be encouraged to get innovative ideas and ways to make phone user-friendly in real sense.
2) The delay in the launch of OS X Yosemite launch
This delay has deprived the iPhone users of the coolest features of the software upgrade. It is to be noted that Handoff and Continuity will be available only after the upgrade of OS X Yosemite. Handoff will let the users open a Safari page, compose an e-mail, page or keynote documents on one device to another where you left from. The feature, Continuity will allow the users to send or receive MMS, text or SMS and receive phone calls on iPad (Hope this feature include in iPad Air 3)or MAC.
The features can be used to its full advantage only after the launch of Yosemite. So, till then we can install the new iOS 8 to experience the partial features or wait for about a month to enjoy it in the full swing.
A complete release, it should be either this side or that for users.
3) Not as customizable as android phones
If you have seen or used Android phone at some point, you can see that Apple does not offer you much as far as the customization is concerned. May be, Apple likes to be the one in control. With the iOS 8, you get modified version of iOS 7’s Control Center which gives you a break from limited toggles and app shortcuts. But that is it.
How we wish that we could get lively widget or tiles from Android and Windows phone respectively than just almost dead static home screen panel! iOS 9 could work to make the screen more user-friendly and functional. You should also be able to remove the apps you do not use much and customize the screen with the widgets you use frequently.
4) The not-so-smart Siri
Siri gets powered up in the new software launch but Cortana and Google Now beats it up hands down. The latter could keep you updated on the sports scores in real-time but Siri still asks you about your favorite game. Though, now you can activate Siri by just saying, “Siri” if your device is plugged in.
Well, we want Siri to be as capable as the voice assistants in Android smartphones. It should take voice orders even when it is not plugged in. Hope iOS 9 could fulfill this for us.
5) The limited landscape view
The landscape view of iPad comes to iOS 8 but only iPhone 6 Plus users can enjoy the sideways screen. In the iPad, the sideway tilted screen shows e-mail and the content separately. This is so unfair to the iPhone users who might get an upgrade but won’t get this exclusive feature.
This is the feature we could totally use in all iPhones which are due for an upgrade.
So, iOS 9 could bring this to the older Apple flagships of 4.7 inch screen as the landscape model would do just fine in this size as well.
6) No Improvements in Maps
Apple’s move to replace Google Maps met with a tepid response and the OEM had to issue an unconditional apology to its customers for the bad decision. Though, Apple has still to roll out any improvement for its Map app as there was no announcement regarding this in the iOS 8 roll out.
So, while Google is leaving no stones unturned to make Map apps for the iPhone, we would like the OEM to take the lead and do some improvements to make it the default app for the users. If the company decides to take the plunge for the maps with the iOS 9 at all, we would expect it to launch turn-by-turn directions, public transit directions, street-view, dynamic re-routing and offline view of maps. Indoor maps and voice speed alerts should also be included.
The iOS 8 has been in a rollout phase for the users and we are expecting it to address the concerns that the previous software updates could not. If it does not, we have already come up with our #iOS9Wishlist to help the tech giant. These inclusions are not out-of-the-box but much-needed aspects to make Apple flagship more user-friendly and feature-rich. If we have left something out, drop in the comments with #iOS9Wishlist tag and we will be happy to hear from you.
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