What do you rate the chances of a totally revamped IOS this year?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Risco, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Risco macrumors 68000

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    Anyone think this will happen. I am not talking just about IOS 5 as it has been done to death. What I am talking about is a total revamp. For example multiple customizable home pages ( verticle and horizontal ), with movable icons a revamped camera app, intergrated map navigation and well just something completely new.

    I am hoping this will be the case, but I guess this is just wishful thinking and we will have to wait for iPhone 5 next year?
     
  2. wikoogle, Jan 10, 2011
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    wikoogle macrumors 6502a

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    Slim to none.

    However, I think if Apple made most of the changes to iOS outlined here...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1021233

    I think 99.9% of Apple's consumers would be fully and completely satisfied with iOS. Just the ability to sell/buy custom themes over the app store alone would be all that's needed to keep the people bored of the standard iOS look happy.
     
  3. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    Slim to none sadly. The iPhone version of iOS is getting it's development speed crippled by developers getting stolen away to work on porting the OS to other platforms. iOS4 obviously suffered from dev effort getting diverted to developing the iPad version, and the iPad version was delayed by developers getting pulled off to the Apple TV version.

    Finishing the Apple TV version will probably stop any proper effort being put into iOS5. :-(

    Phazer
     
  4. Eso macrumors 68000

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    Not good...

    Over at Apple they like to take things one step at a time. Right now we can't even place an icon anywhere on the home screen (so there's blank spaces). I wouldn't get your hopes up for a revamp until you can do simple things like that.

    Take it easy on them, though, ya know? I mean, they release a completely new phone every two years! :eek:
     
  5. wikoogle macrumors 6502a

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    That sounds messy. I kind of like that my app icons are all aligned perfectly and thus not asymmetrical.

    If you mean, getting blank spaces but keeping the icon locations still aligned to a grid, I could probably get behind that.
     
  6. Eso macrumors 68000

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    That's what I mean.
     
  7. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816

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    Zero.

    iOS is nice and very fluid which I love, but don't think I don't realize that toe-to-toe Android has surpassed iOS in OS functionality. That said the apps on the iPhone to me are inherently better.
     
  8. Risco thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh well, tbh the main thing I would want is a customisable main page and of course a better lock screen. I played with a HTC Desire HD that my old my bought. It was hella fast, but battery life was not so good and there was way too much nipping in and out of settings to get basic things done. I like the settings screen on iPhone as everything is in one place.
     
  9. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816

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    Once you go SBSettings on iPhone you can't go back.
     
  10. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Total makeover??? Zero chance!

    Tweaks? A certainty!
     
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  12. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    None. Look at Mac OS for example. In the last decade, when has there ever been anything besides an incremental upgrade on the UI level? Overhauls are usually not good ideas for OSes. Just jailbreak and customize your SpringBoard with WinterBoard for a few weeks until you're tired of it.
     
  13. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    Infiltrate Apple and brainwash Jobs if you want a radically different iOS within the next 2-3 years.
     
  14. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    Mac OS would allow you to fix anything as broken as lots of iOS and it's UI are with third party applications. iOS doesn't, so it's issues are much more important.

    Phazer
     
  15. PNutts macrumors 601

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    None I hope. I'm fine with iOS the way it is. In fact I would give back a few of the recent changes (OK, I'm still bitter over losing double home click to favorites).

    Off topic: To be honest I'm puzzled at the iOS hating. I don't want a new OS every year or so.
     
  16. Sedrick, Jan 11, 2011
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    Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    Well, Apple get's all their dev ideas from the Jailbrake community, so you just may get your wish. I'll add themes to the list.

    They need to do something this time around because ios is getting ripe.

    It's been the same basic OS since 2007, what you talkin' 'bout Willis?

    Oh, to the OP's point. Zero.
     
  17. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Something about a snowball in hell comes to mind. :D
     
  18. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Apple needs a "theme" section in the app store. That, plus vertical pages as well as horizontal and i'm a happy customer. Oh, and of course new notification system.
     
  19. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a

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    why should they? people don't buy the iphone just because it's pretty (ok, maybe some do)

    There's a reason so many people love iOS and why it gets the most user satisfaction from surveys, because it works. It's smooth, it's easy, it has tons of apps, and the touch is the most accurate out there.

    They made huge strides with 4.0 by adding multitasking and all the other stuff they added. The only thing that does need a complete overhaul are in my opinion notifications and the lock screen (I guess that would also be part of notifications.) A Google-like native navigation app would be nice to have though. And other minor things like single text and single phone call delete, a find text command on safari would be nice.
     
  20. rbf1138 macrumors 6502

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    The primary change iOS needs is better notifications. Seriously, the one main thing going from my Android to iphone that's going to be painful is the outdated way of handling notifications. Well, that and the lack of any sort of status light for new messages, missed calls, etc.
     
  21. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    We need home screen customization

    When iPhone first came out and nobody knew what an "app" was, the home screen layout made sense. Put the emphasis on the competitive advantage - apps. However, now that apps are mainstream on other products it's time to take a look at what people really need from their home screen.

    Every person needs something slightly different. For instance, it would be nice to have a Today-style home screen where I can see my calendar and recent messages at a glance without having to launch any specific apps. Someone else may want something else. The solution to this is widgets.

    You have to wonder why adding simple features like this are taking so long in iOS. It took 2 years to implement cut/paste. Email is still lacking basic features found on desktop clients, photo album is severely limited in functionality, notifications are a mess, you can't access your call history while on a call... the list goes on. Yet while basic things are given zero priority, we get stuff like HDR photos - nice but hardly in high demand.

    Sure you can jailbreak your iPhone, but that's not something the majority of users are willing to do. It's very sad that you have to go to Android, Blackberry or WM 7 in order to have a more productive home screen.
     
  22. tritonj macrumors 6502a

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    they haven't even revamped it once yet, there have been some big features updates but the OS still remains for the most part the same, a revamp would imply something completely new
     
  23. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for none. In fact, absolutely zero chance.

    Apple has a winner with iOS. Why would they ditch it all in favor of something confusing for the general population? They'll continue to gradually expand it with features, working things in only when they can find a simple, elegant, intuitive, all in all likelihood innovative way to expand.
     

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