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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Expectations for iOS 5

What can we realistically expect to arrive in iOS 5 to be previewed this Spring (?) and launched this Summer?

Will the iPad version of iOS 5 be ready & released alongside the iPhone/iTouch version?

Remember, the key word is REALISTIC. No use in making wildly fantastical wishlists that could never happen.
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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pegasus tracker, now that's more like it!
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:22 PM   #4
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Realistic expectations? I have no clue...

What I'd realistically like to see?

- Revamped notifications

- Some better support for files, either sandboxed "documents" "photos" etc folders, or at the very least a better way to transfer files between applications

- It'd be nice if there were widgets of some sort... OSX has dashboard, but I really don't think thats happening as Apple really, really likes battery life
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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I just want Apple to re-think the notification system in iOS. Really, the current notification system is at the level of dumb phones. There are plenty of examples already a better way to do it as shown in Android and WebOS. A combo of Android's notification and iOS' badge on the app icons would be great.
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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I think Apple might widened the gap between iOS iPhone and iOS iPad. Or at least i hope.
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:35 PM   #7
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Ok, I'll play...

What I would like to realistically see in iOS 5?

1) Widgets

2) Notification banner. Just a little scrolling banner at the bottom of the screen on the iPad (I am not a smart phone user, so I don't care about the iPhone). While I am happy with the numbers that are displayed on the application icon, I get migraines reading the bitching going on about the notications. Just a simple banner like they have at the bottom of the Daily App (app blows btw) scrolling your notifications.

3) Wireless backups and calendar / contact sync. I get all my data wirelessly now anyway, but it would be nice not to have to plug in to update calendar and contacts. Come on $99 a year for Mobile Me?

4) And while this isn't an iOS issue, it's just that I haven't bitched about it in a while. Maybe I'll give the right person a migraine and they will do something about it. What I need is big boy Excel. Numbers unmerges merged cells. Come on Apple really ? Microsoft, how about REAL Excel for the iPad ? Please.

That's my thoughts.
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:38 PM   #8
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This was a nice concept (quite recent)
http://www.redmondpie.com/mobilenoti...ilbreak-tweak/

However, it's interesting how everyone moans about notifications when this feature consumes a *****load of battery as well. I think the UI needs an overhaul or at least a sub-feature. It's getting quite dull looking at perfectly-aligned icons. Ya know?

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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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some kind of previosly discussed 'shared services' like OSX.

Eg, you set your default photo browser/uploader/tweet/facebook/flickr/instapaper/rss apps for use under a contextual menu in any app, instead of apps having to manually provide options for the services under a menu.

That, and a revamped notification system.

What I will find interesting is the supported devices list. iPhone 3G has already been dropped from OS4.3, so other devices are likely not powerful to run the new magical, revolutionary features...
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:41 PM   #10
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I'm hoping for
-more distinction between iPhone and iPad... They are too similar right now, and there are certain things that could be better on iPad vs iPhone.
-Better notification system
-Better multitasking for iPad.. I think we will se something like mission control on lion... Specifically how it handles switching between full screen apps
-Sandbox file system for documents... Sort of like the photos app but for miss file types
-Create camera roll on device rather than syncing a folder from the computer.
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 09:56 PM   #11
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When do they typically preview the new iOS? I remember them showing at WWDC in early June...but is that when we normally see the first preview or is that when they normally release it?
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 10:02 PM   #12
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-expose with four finger down swipe
-folder for files
-notifications popup in the bottom right hand corner with recent notifications list where search currently is (left swipe)
-back and forwards in safari with 3 finger swipes
-resizable app windows so you can view more than one at the same time
-interactive top bar, much like you have in mac osx (make adjustments to volume, brightness)
-printing!

i know, only printing and notifications will probably be upgraded in iOS5
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 10:18 PM   #13
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When do they typically preview the new iOS? I remember them showing at WWDC in early June...but is that when we normally see the first preview or is that when they normally release it?
Last year they previewed on April 8th
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Last year they previewed on April 8th
Yea? Nice! What about in '09 and '08? Is it a yearly thing that they preview in early-mid April?
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Yea? Nice! What about in '09 and '08? Is it a yearly thing that they preview in early-mid April?
No before, it was in mid march. So we're close....but theres no way of knowing.
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Old Mar 6, 2011, 12:37 AM   #16
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I just don't get the love affair with widgets. When I used an Android device on a daily basis, I quickly grew bored of this useless feature. It really saved me no time between checking my data through a widget, or launching the full app. In addition, the widget usually displayed the data in a far inferior way to the full application. After the second week, I never used the widgets again.
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Old Mar 6, 2011, 12:40 AM   #17
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Rumor has it that iOS 5 is supposed to revamp the UI a little. So that, plus a new notification system. Other than that, I'm not sure.
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I just don't get the love affair with widgets. When I used an Android device on a daily basis, I quickly grew bored of this useless feature. It really saved me no time between checking my data through a widget, or launching the full app. In addition, the widget usually displayed the data in a far inferior way to the full application. After the second week, I never used the widgets again.
What I really dont get but I see some people drool all over it are "live wallpapers". I mean really? Who cares...why do I need the wallpaper to be animated? It's only visible when you don't have an app open, which is not the case most of the time you're using the device...and make it look all busy. I usually have my wallpaper as a very simple gray pattern or just a solid color, so the app icons stand out, not the background itself.
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I think Apple might widened the gap between iOS iPhone and iOS iPad. Or at least i hope.
Stop looking at them as iPhone and iPad. Look at them as mobile devices. Different, but somewhat similar devices that work together.

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I just don't get the love affair with widgets. When I used an Android device on a daily basis, I quickly grew bored of this useless feature. It really saved me no time between checking my data through a widget, or launching the full app. In addition, the widget usually displayed the data in a far inferior way to the full application. After the second week, I never used the widgets again.
It's not a love affair, I started using them again on the iMac. Just a few useful ones. It might be nice to have a couple on the iPad.
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