With iOS 6 presumably right around the corner, I’ve decided to throw together a wish list. Some of these features might already be on Apple’s to-do list, but it’s really hard to know for sure until it’s formally announced. As I don’t have an iPad or iPod Touch, you can safely assume that anything I’ve written below is geared towards my iOS experience on the iPhone 4S.
- Notification Center API Improvements
Don’t get me wrong, I love the notification center. It’s lightyears ahead of the notifications system that used to be there. If they really want to kick it up a notch, though, opening up the API to allow 3rd party apps to utilize it in a similar way that the “Weather” and “Stocks” apps already do would be amazing. One app I can think of off-hand that could greatly benefit from this is ScoreCenter from ESPN. Merely having to pull down the notification center to see game or stats info on your favorite teams would be fantastic.
- Siri API
While we’re on the topic of APIs, how about opening up Siri a bit? Right now I use Siri almost exclusively for making phone calls and sending text messages. Sure it can do more than that already, but with 3rd party app access, you can potentially post something to Facebook or Twitter, ask IMDB about an actor or movie, or tell Shazam to look up the song you’re listening to on the radio. It elevates Siri from a handy tool to do a few simple tasks to a next-generation user interface.
- Easy-Access Toggles
At a bare minimum, Bluetooth and WiFi deserve a quick-access panel that allows you to toggle them on and off easily without digging through settings. Throw in Airport Mode and 3/4G in there for good measure. Apple could do this a few ways for easy to access, while staying non-intrusive. Placing it on the lock screen is one option, but I’d be concerned about accidentally toggling things you didn’t intend to. The notification center also would be great choice and would allow for the option to not show the toggles at all. My preferred method of doing this, however, would be a “swipe-up” window that functions exactly like the notification center, but swipes up from the bottom of the screen. In addition, allowing Siri to toggle them would be amazing.
- Facebook Integration
This is pretty straightforward. Integrate Facebook in the exact same way that Twitter is currently integrated, but with an added option to “Like” where applicable. Facebook’s current presence on the iOS (in the form of their official app) is a steaming pile of shit. Apple can’t do anything to fix the Facebook app, but at least they can make sharing and liking more universally integrated.
- Hide Unused Apple Apps
I’ve longed for this one since I first got an iPhone 3G all those years ago. Lets face it, there are certain apps that you simply never use, but you also can’t get rid of them. Newsstand is easily the biggest offender, because I can’t even hide it in my “Unused” folder. Stocks, Voice Memos, iTunes, Videos, Contacts, Game Center, and a few others are also tucked away. I’m not asking for the option to delete these or even to disable them. Just let me hide the icon.