Does iOS need an OVERHAUL?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by UCF-ENG, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. UCF-ENG macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
  2. UCF-ENG thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    I hear progress is best made standing still... Also, as a product function and use grows, and new products are added, it is best to just tack-on new functionality to the OS instead of redifining the work flow to optimize the user experience, I completely agree.
  3. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
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    Widgets, more custom graphics and sounds. Display some usable info on the lock screen. Notification overhaul. Maybe a few other small odds and ends.

    Other than that, keep the UI the same.
  4. reyno28 macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2010
    Noooo widgets. Get out of here with that mess!
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    There are a few things I'd like to see added, but they are relatively minor and wouldn't require a complete overhaul. I would like to have a homescreen like Windows Mobile has; the ability to put controls on the screen and not have to dig through settings, etc.
  6. UCF-ENG thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    Yeah, I would agree with this. I'm not sure I meant a full overhaul of the entire UI, but surely it could use some work. I was playing around with android the other day, and while it has some shortcomings. I loved having a full calendar open on one of the home pages.

    Imagine if we could set a few of our Apps to be open all the time, having Facebook or your calandar only a swipe away.
  7. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010
    I would have liked to see 4.0 look more like the iPad OS.
  8. Ramunas macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2010
  9. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    yes it does, i am tired of it and actual this is the first year i went out and got another phone to try to get away from the iphone(evo) but it did not work out so i came back. I was tired of the iphone when the 3gs is launched, looking at the same screen for 4yrs is getting pretty boring.

    I think it will change next though, i think they will go with a 4" screen with 5 icon rows.
  10. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    I would like apple to get rid of the cheesy icons all over the screen and make the iPhone's home screen cleaner and more professional looking. I want my home screen to tell me how many new messages I've received, missed calls, notifications, etc. all in an at-a-glance format. I like the idea of widgets or "overlays" that can be added on top of your regular iPhone home screen to customize the display to whatever you like.
  11. Robby C macrumors regular

    Robby C

    Jul 11, 2008
    iOS gets an "overhaul" practically every year. So in regards to your question, "Does iOS need an OVERHAUL?", my answer will go two ways. Yes it does need an overhaul, but NO it does not need an overhaul RIGHT NOW.

    Your suggestion about a 4" screen is completely hardware based and has nothing to do with software. If iOS was "overhauled" you would not be seeing a bigger screen. And for the record the iPhone 4 does have a new screen, it's just the same size as the 3GS.
  12. dallas112678 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    Gadgets then? :)
  13. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    I don't think they want to bother with widgets. As mobile processors get more powerful app icons themselves can become "widgets". Apple would then have to eliminate something they spent a long time creating or have it wasted in the background. If Apple sees this becoming possible within a short enough timeframe they might not bother wasting time now developing what would ultimately be a stopgap measure. Why spend months of manpower and development on something that could be completely pointless a mere three or less years from now?
  14. The Governor macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
  15. TMar macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    The only reason I stay jailbroken is for lockinfo, sbsettings, toneFX and quickreply/bitesms. I don't have a need for myfi or it would be on the list. JBing would be mostly killed if apple as these.
  16. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
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    Overhaul I don't think so. Seems like all those people wanting these things are just in need of Android. I love the iPhone OS and although Android is also good I came back to the iPhone because of certain areas that remain unpolished. One advantage is that the iPhone OS is made for a single hardware manufacturer where Android is licensed.
  17. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    widgets would be nice, and I'd be pretty pleased with them (though Im sure there are people on here who would complain)

    but the 2 big things I really want iOS to add, in order of importance

    this has to be done. iOS is, imo, at the bottom of the smartphone pack when it comes to notifications. Calls and texts, push notifications, calender reminders, they all stop the app your using, dominate the screen, and interrupt what you're doing. Look at WebOS, imo the best notifications there are. A text or call comes in, and a small banner appears at the bottom of the screen, Your app continues to run, and you may choose to respond if you'd like. But if you'd rather not, nothing is interrupted.

    Android and WP7 both have similar notifications.

    Another problem with iOS notifications is the way they are presented on the lockscreen and across the OS. Missed calls and texts play nice with each other, displaying together on the lockscreen so you can see what you've missed. But a single push notification gets rid of all other notifications, and then you can't get them back unless you happen to notice the red badge on the app, which you may have on the last screen and won't look at for a while. Not to mention sometimes a text will come in without any notification at all, noise, pop up, or badge (it happens to me about once a month)

    2. Social network integration
    WebOS, WP7, and some builds of Android do this well. Your contacts stay in sync, you can start a conversation with someone in text, continue it in IM, then move to email, and then switch to facebook messaging, and it all stays as a single flowing conversation. WP7 takes it a step further, and integrates social networks into many of their apps. This is the other place where iOS lags behind

    those are the main 2 things I think future builds of iOS need
  18. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Things I want to be native:
    1. Important info on the lock screen( weather alerts, calendar dates,texts that you have more than one of,app updates) all in a nice non cluttered way.
    2. Active weather and stocks icons
    3. Some gestures (two-finger slide to open messages or any app)
    4. New less intrusive notifications.
    5. A slightly different design flair( make icons look like shiny rocks or marbles)
    6. Resolution independent apps.
  19. broncopde macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Conway, AR
    Would adding widgets be an overhaul?

    There are several things I would like to see in iOS, but I don't know that they constitute an overhaul.

    These are in no particular order. They are written in a note on my iPod touch whenever I think of an iOS annoyance.

    1. Need to be able to refresh a webpage without going back to the top of the page

    2. Need native Find in Safari

    3. New notification system, perhaps like WebOS, but I'd love to see Apple even knock the socks off that (make somebody nobody has thought of yet)

    4. Utilize the FM radio hardware that is already there in the Broadcom Wifi/Bluetooth chip with great software like the Nano

    5. Quit kicking me out of the app store when I install something so you can show me where you're installing it

    6. Many more fonts in Notes AKA Marker Felt is no good.
  20. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002

    I'm not sure what you mean by #3, but other than that, this is exactly what iOS5 needs to be.
  21. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA

    and not bigger updates like 4.01
  22. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think iOS needs an overhaul.

    The UI, is constraining and forces apple designers to jump through hoops just to add anything. Look what they had to do with the task manager.
  23. broncopde macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Conway, AR
    What do you not like about fast app switching (the task manager)?
  24. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It needs to be document-centric, not application-centric.

    Better notification system.

    Preferences in each App, not the Settings app.

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