How iOS could and should look like in a future version

One of the things that most people agree on, is that iOS is looking a little dated these days when compared to Android and Windows Phone; not even the (beta) launch of iOS 7 could shield it from critique with people saying that the flatter, more vibrant icons looked like it was taking visual cues from Windows Phone 8's tile format.

Nailed it?

People were expecting widgets to finally come to iPhone, and sadly that didn't happen leaving many disappointed. Enter Techradar, who have put together a video of what they would like to see with a future iOS - widgets and all included; have a look below.

They suggest a revamp in how users interact with notifications, better task switching (which looks similar to Windows Phone) as well as the addition of widgets and the option of being able to use third party keyboards.

What would you tweak?

Apple is likely to release Beta 5 of iOS 7 on 12 September before releasing it to the public later in the same month.

Source: TechRadar via The Telegraph

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Basically the guy is sayinv he want s and Android device....SO GET ONE. Stop waitinv cor Apple as tbey milk you to buying a ew devjce to one ew feature (siri Iphone 4s) and maps (iphone 5). Get a phone with every thing and be done with it.

were these guys speaking english. sounds like they had sausages and mash in their mouth (i visited the uk a couple of times).

but I think we all know that apple will do things at their own pace. I dont think widgets is something apple want so i doubt we will see it.

Maybe the number one problem on iOS right now is the disconnect between notifications and apps. On Android if for example someone sends you a message on Facebook or Facebook Messenger, you can open it on any device and read it. It gets marked as read also on your Android device, dismissing the notification.

What happens on iOS is that the notification lingers. I have come back to my iPad after a few days only to see it displaying Facebook notifications from several days ago. If I just dismiss the notifications, they are still not cleared from the Facebook app, with the badge showing I have x number of notifications. I have to open the app to clear those. It's downright ridiculous.

If you would like to open things in another app or save something etc similar things happen. Due to no visible file system you have no idea where things are stored and if they can be accessed in other apps. Dropbox helps a bit but not all apps support it. Hence the need for a real file manager and also app-to-app communication.

Apple simply needs to open up its system. Unfortunately it's probably not built for that so a major overhaul will eventually be needed if they are to keep up with Android.

LaXu said,
Maybe the number one problem on iOS right now is the disconnect between notifications and apps. On Android if for example someone sends you a message on Facebook or Facebook Messenger, you can open it on any device and read it. It gets marked as read also on your Android device, dismissing the notification.

What happens on iOS is that the notification lingers. I have come back to my iPad after a few days only to see it displaying Facebook notifications from several days ago. If I just dismiss the notifications, they are still not cleared from the Facebook app, with the badge showing I have x number of notifications. I have to open the app to clear those. It's downright ridiculous.

If you would like to open things in another app or save something etc similar things happen. Due to no visible file system you have no idea where things are stored and if they can be accessed in other apps. Dropbox helps a bit but not all apps support it. Hence the need for a real file manager and also app-to-app communication.

Apple simply needs to open up its system. Unfortunately it's probably not built for that so a major overhaul will eventually be needed if they are to keep up with Android.

That sounds like a Facebook app issue, not an iOS issue.

I am able to message someone on iMessage then switch to Messages for Mac and it clears out my unread messages as soon as I read them on my iMac.

So it works on Apple's end. The Facebook app isn't refreshing enough or doesnt keep a constant sync.

wow, these suggestions are so original. /s

If apple adopts these features, it will only make it less differentiated from Android. This is not what competition looks like.

I get the feeling that what's being asked for in the video isn't what most iPhone users really care about? If they had, they wouldn't be iPhone users.

so what they said is that they want them to look more like android but with an apple twist. not trying t sound negative or anything. its just what I understood by this

Hey Steven...you might want to correct your article. Beta 5 should be out on August 12th not September 12th. It has also been confirmed that there will be 6 betas before iOS7 goes gold for release in September.

As always....great reporting.

Edited by #Michael, Aug 6 2013, 3:13pm :

better lock screen modification, like pattern lock or picture password

better text manipulation - as they have said. i think text selecting is way better on android

changing control center shortcuts... what if i don't want the calculator there?

icon changing - be it via a Special setting on the settings app, or a long tap to enable me to not only move app icons, but change them to my liking

changing default apps - for video playback, mail, web... i'de like to not have to use the built in mail app ever again

file manager, it is time, i want to be able to download a zip file from the web and open it on the go - which leads me to my next item on the list:

on the go-adding, deleting of ringtones, i want to download an m4r on the go and install it on my phone and use it right away - and not have to go to the computer to do so
(the same for music! please!)

sound check for ringer volume - if im in a quite room, i don't need my phone to blast away when someone calls, have it dialed down automatically, and also when i'm in a loud environment - the phone should ring louder

a fifth row to the keyboard with numbers... i mean come on!

widgets - i can do without, but i swear apple - NO ONE would die if you'll add them to the mix...


that's my iOS wishlist!

Why are people so obsessed with widgets? They're beyond useless, I hated them on my Android phone and I hate them on my Nexus 7

Which have you used? I really like my Calendar widget. It shows the upcoming week on my home screen all the time. I never need to open my calendar to check what's coming up. I also have the Google Keep widget. It's also great for quickly looks at my todo lists. My weather widget is also great. I can always easily check my weather.

Yeah I don't get it either. Currently the only widget I use is one for clock and weather.

That said, I do like being able to add shortcut icons for calling people etc. This is something I could find useful.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Which have you used? I really like my Calendar widget. It shows the upcoming week on my home screen all the time. I never need to open my calendar to check what's coming up. I also have the Google Keep widget. It's also great for quickly looks at my todo lists. My weather widget is also great. I can always easily check my weather.

It must be me but I also don't see the point of a widget. It's probably because I dont have to glance at a calendar that often, or check the weather at all.

I like the Live Tiles on Windows 8... but I honestly could do without them and I usually turn them off unless it's the Weather, Mail, and People tiles.

If the icon for the app itself shows the current date, the current weather, and the unread messages, it's pretty much all I need.

With that said, if you use widgets and have to have them, that's your choice and I respect that. Hopefully iOS implements them for you (and allows me to disable them).

Extremely informative. I can only pray they will make a video of a few random features they miss from Ubuntu in OS X.

So they basically want iOS to be Android.. why don't they just use Android?

I also think it's laughable they made a video for this, non of the 'missing features' they want actually came from them, they just pointed out what Android has over iOS... sorry they mocked up a widget screen, which looked awful anyway.

I know you guys work with TechRadar, but ..mehhh

The point, you're missing it.

The point was, iOS is falling behind Android in every way including but not limited to design, function, integration, customization, etc.

But yeah I sort of understand how you feel coz I'm using the underdog WP8 and W8.

sanke1 said,
I watched the video without sound and still didn't get what they were trying to tell.
I just listened to the video without watching and I agree, no idea what they're getting at.

sanke1 said,
I watched the video without sound and still didn't get what they were trying to tell.

I feel the same way. It's like they were complaining because iOS isn't Android.

This.

Everyday I'm using my mom's iPhone 5, but I can't help thinking, "Something is missing." And I used to be an Android hater until I opened up and tried my cousin's Android device. And I seldom browse Lifehacker for featured themes and I thought, "Wow, Android's so customizable."

Well, I don't have money to buy one right now though.