Top 10 things the iPhone needs in firmware update 1.2

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jbomber, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    These are the top things I want Apple to address in the next firmware release.

    10 - Radio Remote support
    Hey Apple, I've been your ideal consumer for the last few years. I've bought all kinds of add-ons and random accessories for my ipods, including TWO of the original ipod remotes, and then upgraded to the radio remote. Now, I don't think I'm asking too much when I say please, please, PLEASE allow the iPhone to make use of this accessory. Even if you aren't going to make the radio work, at least allow me to control my music without having to constantly fish the phone out of my pocket to go back a track or turn down the volume.

    9 - Ringtones
    Look, maybe this one's going to step on some toes, but here goes... I hate Marimba. There I said it. Nothing against the people who use it, but I've never used a factory preset ring in my life. I literally made my own from scratch. I'm not talking about a song snippet or anything, I mean I made it from the ground up, and frankly, I think I should be allowed to use it without having to void the warranty on my phone.

    8 - Nike+ support
    Hey, we all know that the groundwork has been laid for this. All we want is the switch to be flipped... I actually bought one of those Amp+ watches in anticipation of being able to control the music on my iPhone directly from my wrist. Truth be told, I'm not even that big of a runner, but on the few occasions when I actually motivate to hit the track, it'd be nice to know I could just carry my iphone with me. Make it happen and you can take #10 off the list...

    7 - SMS/MMS upgrades
    This is a 2-part problem. The first and presumably easiest to fix is the SMS issue. I should be able to send a message to multiple recipients. Incidentally I should be able to know how many characters I've written in a message so know whether I'm going to get charged for 1 or 2 messages.

    The second part is the MMS issue. At first I wasn't really stressed about the lack of MMS support, but not being able the receive picture messages directly on my "next generation phone" is, frankly, a little embarrassing... I catch no end of hell over this from apple-hating friends... Please help me shut them up.

    6 - Emailing pictures
    So if I'm browsing pictures and then decide to send one in an email, I'm all good. But if I'm writing an email and decide to add a picture, I'm out-of-luck? Seriously guys...

    Let's not even get into how I can only send 1 picture per message.

    5 - Notes/To do lists
    C'mon, this seems like a no-brainer. Notes and To-do lists are most useful when you're out and about. Makes perfect sense to create them on my computer, sync (wirelessly, if possible. see #2) and have access to them on my mobile device. Maybe that's just me... Guess I'll just continue to slap post-its to my phone until this one gets sorted out.

    4 - Small UI problems
    The iPhone is so stunningly great that the handful of tiny UI issues really stand out. They're not showstoppers, but resolving them would only make us love it THAT much more.

    • caps lock locking- ever since the update, when I click to activate uppercase, the type remains like that until actively disengaging it. Meanwhile there's the perfectly serviceable double tap to activate caps-lock. no need for both of them to do the same thing. Change it back.

    • wifi sniffing - it's great that the iphone lets me know when there are wireless networks nearby. However, if i can't jump on them, it doesn't make sense for it to constantly tell me that they're there. case in point- another company's wifi extends into my area, and while it's nice to know that their wifi is there, I'm never going to be able to connect to it. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to block that particular network instead of being constantly pestered by it ? I don't want to turn wifi off, as there are plently of other areas in my office and in the city as a whole that I can access. I just want to be able to screen out the ones I'm never going to use.

    • ability to drag single songs to the phone - I'm actually all about the playlists, so I actually hadn't realized this wasn't possible until someone pointed it out to me. But now that I know it's not possible, it just seems a little silly.

    • wide keyboard- It's been said before, and I'm pretty sure it's coming, but people want the wide keyboard as a standard option, not just a safari option. Fat fingers of the world rejoice! (kidding)

    3 - Battery Issues
    I'm not sure why, but after upgrading to 1.1.1, gauging my battery life has been a total crapshoot. Sometimes it lasts about 36 hours, other times it lasts about 7. And this is all with roughly the same amount of usage. A little music, a little video, a call or 2, some texting, and a whole lotta sitting around. What gives?

    2 - Bluetooth
    Can we PLEASE make bluetooth work for more than just the headset? Like wireless transfer of contacts, appointments, notes etc. I'm not even talking music or files here.... I'd settle for the basics.

    1 - Copy/Paste
    Too big to get lumped in with the other UI issues... the ability to copy/paste is likely the single biggest thing missing from the iphone since its launch. Regardless of how you feel about any of the other fixes listed here, this is the one everyone's been waiting for.

    Did I miss anything? Anyone got anything else to add?
    *Didn't add flash to the list because it's not something that Apple has directly under their control...
  2. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
  3. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
  4. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
  5. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
  6. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Well-spoken. We can only hope that this information creates a stir in Cupertino.
  7. ghostshadow777 macrumors member


    Oct 4, 2007
    Word up, dude! Nice summary, hopefully Cupertino listens. :)
  8. mugwump macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2004
    The number one feature that's missing is search.

    I can't even find a contact if I don't know the person's last name.
    I cant find a calendar item from sometime last year.
    I can't find the nugget of information from an earlier email.
    I can't find the note where I wrote down someone's address.
    I can't find that certain song.

    Search is required, even the Treo from 2001 had system-wide search, and that device is based on 90's tech.
  9. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, Back to My Computer, just like with Leopard/.mac ... telekinesis looks about 90 percent there, but I'm sure Apple could do it more elegantly.
  10. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
  11. SirOmega macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2006
    Las Vegas
    The ability to uplaod pictures via web forms (e.g. to social networking sites, blogs, etc) like the iPhone commercial shows.
  12. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    I don't get it with your caps lock problem. You know there's a setting you can change, right?

    And the wifi issue. What's your problem with using the huge "forget this network" button. Kind of addresses your issue pretty directly.

    I could care less about the first 4. I must be old.

    I would add that it needs to have a finder. Basic file management. And it needs to operate as a hard drive like any other iPod.

    And one of the biggest, it needs to sync with .mac. It has the web. It has wifi. It should just be another computer and sync with .mac. If I change a calendar item it should sync with my home computer via .mac from anywhere on the planet. Why the hell I gotta plug a cable in.

    For syncing songs and such it should just do it seamlessy via bluetooth.

    Make the dock look cool like the iPod Touch.
  13. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Ok. Ringtones can already be put on your iPhone without voiding the warranty if you use a Mac. Go download iToner. Also, if on a Mac and subscribing to .Mac you can sync to do's through your .Mac account.

    As far as the other things go. I could care less about radio remote support and Nike+ support. I have never had this caps lock problem you have either. To me, I would be perfectly happy with my iPhone and want nothing else(other than the third party apps in Feb) if I can have these:

    Flash player... if Apple wants it, they will get it.
    Copy/Paste (This would also allow the ability to send to multiple people, just copy and paste it).
    Widescreen Keyboard in email, sms, and notes
    Ability to save pics off of web pages and out of emails. This would also allow us to email them.
    Bluetooth file transfer
    Ability to arrange home screen icons how I want them
    Actual wallpaper that shows up on the home screen, not just when iPhone is locked.
    New tones/ability to make tones for text message, email functions, calendar and voicemail.

    I know that is a lot and all of it would never come in one update, but those are all the things I want. If I got all of those I would be very happy and never complain.
  14. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Being able to play Flash is a clear need for both the iPhone and Touch.
  15. stephankrasner macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    Vancouver, WA
    Games... Don't forget games. I thought nintendo was going to release games a while back. What happened to that?
  16. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    E-mail this to Steve @ sjobs [AT] apple [DOT] com
  17. confirmed macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2001
    New York, NY
    offline support

    in a perfect world, the iphone should be an always connected device, but there are times when you just don't have a signal, the iphone should be smarter about how to handle those times. the iphone needs offline support for SMS and email. when i'm in the subway or in airplane mode, i shouldn't see error messages saying Mail cannot connect to the server. the No Service indicator is enough. and when I get back into range of the EDGE network, emails should be instantly sent, it should not wait until the next time it's set to check for email.

    as for SMS, there's no queuing support at all. if i'm out of range or in airplane mode, it should queue my texts until i'm back in range. every phone with SMS i've ever had does this.. the iphone absolutely should.

    of course, i'd love to see offline support in safari as well, with a Save for Offline use option, but i doubt we'll see that anytime soon.
  18. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    I always stop reading when I see this mistake. You mean that you don't really care at all? That's couldn't care less, as in "I couldn't care less about what this guy is typing". It means you don't care about it.

    If you write "could care less" you imply that you care a great deal, and that you could care less if you tried.

    Anyway, how does one sync to-dos with .mac??
  19. jbomber thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    The "Forget This Network" button only comes up if you've successfully connected to the network. A little difficult in the case of one that's locked down. Kinda never comes close to addressing the issue...

    I agree that being able to use it as a hard drive is something that should be implemented.

    As for the 'cool' dock, I'll pass on that one... ;)
  20. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    I didn't care at about MMS until the other day when a friend tried to send me a video from her phone to mine. She laughed at me when I told her my expensive iPhone couldn't receive multimedia messages. So now I want that feature just so I can throw it back in her face...
  21. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A109a Safari/419.3)

    Flash all the way! But you should be able to turn it off if you need to manage battery power.
  22. sstern1 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2004
  23. artalliance macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2005
    In the cool neighborhood of LA
    How about some voice dialing. Really handy in the car.
  24. FunkyJunk macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
    Leesburg, VA, USA
    Things I'd like:

    • iTunes over EDGE, not just Wi-Fi
    • Wallpaper on the home screen
    • Ability to re-order icons on home screen
    • Flash
    • Open 3rd-party apps (or at least Apple certified)
    • File storage
    • Ability to read, edit, email common file types

    And for the next version of iPhone:
    • better black level & contrast ratio on the screens
    • no deep headphone jack
    • black backplate, black bezel (probably won't happen due to Touch similarity)
  25. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    To do's sync through email with .mac. This is with Leopard only I think. It creates a new folder in the mailbox called Apple Mail To Do and stores any to do events you have in there. You can also set an alert with these if there is a certain time you need to do something. I have only used it once so far, but it worked for me.

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