iOS 7 has left many of Apple’s long time users feeling quite perplexed, as they are stuck using an operating system that they may not be particularly fond of, on the device that they likely use the most. Even worse, users that want to downgrade can not even do that, as Apple has stopped signing versions of iOS 6, making it virtually impossible for users to downgrade, regardless of how badly they despise iOS 7. Since iOS is expected to be announced within the next couple of months, we have resorted to creating a wish list for a future edition of iOS 8, in hopes that maybe eventually one of these ideas will also end up on the minds of developers in Cupertino, who can actually employ these changes. The list will be of our five most desired features in iOS 8, and so without any further ado, let us begin.
One of the biggest things many are wishing for is a remodeling of the User Interface. Ever since we left lonely, old, iOS 6, things have been different. I, for one, can not stand iOS 7, and I fully believe that iOS 6 is still the greatest version of iOS to ever be produced for consumers. The layout, the Notification Center, the multitasking, in our humble opinion, were perfected or already perfect amongst implementation. Because of that, the drastic changes are unappreciated by the proponents of iOS 6.
Over the summer, Apple decided to make their Macintosh Operating System, known as OS X, more like their mobile OS, iOS. They did this by giving every Mac running OS X Mavericks their own notification center, and giving a key feature: quick reply. With quick replies, Mac users are able to quickly respond to emails, iMessages, and more, without ever leaving the screen that they are already on, nor having to actually go to the Mail, Messages, or other application. Just a small but noticeable banner shows up in the upper right hand side of the screen, and after a few seconds, they go away, giving users the ability to see what information is attempting to reach them, and allowing time to quickly respond to whatever it is that needed of them. The convenience that this feature has is incredible. On iOS, however, the only way to get off a reply is by leaving whatever app you are in, and going to embark on the “laborious journey” in
Customization of Notification and Control Centers
One of the main things I wish was already included with the addition of the new Control and Notification center was the ability to customize the apps and shortcuts that you are given by default. Personally, I never need to use Bluetooth, nor do I utilize the “Do Not Disturb” feature. I am far more likely to need to turn off the data accessibilities, or I’d even prefer a mute button inserted in that top row of the Control Center. Customization would allow all users to tailor their center to their needs. Also, the old Notification Center in iOS 6 was far more useful, than the current.
The Last Wish is Less of a Feature, More of a Desire
Recently, whilst pondering why I personally am so in favor of iOS 6 over iOS 7, I came across a brilliant point, offered by a friend. With iOS 6, you had freedom. Think back to the release of iOS 6. Nothing terribly different from iOS 6, just the addition of some new cool features. Because of this, you were able to jailbreak your device no problem. Upgrading and downgrading was seamless.
For those of you who have never done it, jailbreaking is truly the greatest opportunity any iPhone user has in regard to their phone. It is the wardrobe used to enter the magical world of Cydia, the marketplace of tweaks and add ons. Cydia and the jailbreak community do a far greater job of enabling iPhone users with power, and freedom. The ability to install features on to your device, features that you want, is what truly tipped the scales. No longer are you subject to the same changes in your Operating System as every other iPhone user. No longer are you forced to have the new design, or new feature. Everything is personal. I would love to see Apple stop chasing the jailbreak community, and to stop patronizing hackers, and let the people eat cake, as we are in Rome.
In addition, if I am to shell out the $600 to purchase a new phone without a contract, I would legitimately forgo AppleCare, my warranty, Genius Bar appointments, and everything else if it simply meant I was able to be on whatever software I wanted, and do with it as I please. I’m simply offering some alternatives to the communistic command Apple has over their clients.