Ah…iOS 4.3 has finally been pushed to the masses last week, and you know what? It’s actually a pretty solid release. Sure, it took almost a month and a half of [extraordinarily buggy] beta releases, with some features being still locked to just developers (i.e. 4-finger app switching), but 4.3 is noticeably better than 4.2. The browser is certainly faster than before, and the UI generally feels more responsive. All good things, really. Still, with Android Honeycomb and a tablet optimized WebOS on the horizon, where would iOS 4.4 or iOS 5 go from here? Here’s a personal wishlist:
Improved Notifications System
For those who jailbreak their iPads, there’s already a really neat and intuitive notification system called MobileNotifier. It somewhat combines Android’s dropdown notifier with a bit of that iOS slickness. Really…check it out if you’ve jailbroken your iPad. Now, if only Apple can implement something similar to existing devices, my iOS life would be closer to completeness.
Improved Folder Setup
Now don’t get me wrong. Folders is a huge step for iOS, and it really has improved my workflow on the tablet. On the other hand, the initial set up for folders is a real pain. I’m not entirely sure how to improve this, but I’m sure the folks at Apple could figure this out.
Family Profiles for Shared Devices
This has definitely been discussed on and off with Apple pundits web-wide. Unlike the iPhone or the iPod, the iPad is much more of a shareable device. However, it just doesn’t seem like Apple’s been able to make this differentiation in this case. While I appreciate that Apple’s M.O. would certainly be to have an iPad for every member of the family, it would still be great if Apple allowed us to have distinct user profiles for the device.
Improved App Discovery
I love apps, and I love discovering new and innovative apps that make me re-think the potential of the iPad. Unfortunately, neither the App Store UI nor Genius simply is conducive to that, and while there are other apps that attempt to tackle the discovery problem, none of them really live up to offering solid recommendations in an easy-to-use fashion. Perhaps it’s just a personal issue, but it would be nice if this were improved.
iOS 4.3 isn’t what we’d call a revolutionary improvement on the platform, and if the results of the recent Pwn2Own is to go by, we’ll probably get iOS 4.3.1 pretty soon to patch some significant security flaws in the system. Couple this with the iPad 2′s release in a few short weeks, it really means that the next version of iOS will take a bigger leap forward for the platform. I’ve given my 2 cents on the topic, now let us know what you think. What would you like to see in the next iOS? Is there much that can be improved upon? Or do you think the next version will depart from the existing platform for it to be truly revolutionary? Tell us in the comments below.
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