Apple iPhone Users Still Waiting for Multitasking

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-06-08 Print this article Print


5. Google Voice

Don't look for a native Google Voice application on the iPhone 4. The software, which has been the subject of much debate over the past year, is still nowhere to be found on Apple's platform. For its part, Apple hasn't said a word about the program and likely won't. But it still would have been nice if it made its way to iPhone 4. Google Voice could have significantly expanded the functionality of the iPhone, offering users the ability to place calls, while saving minutes. But alas, it still has yet to make its way as an application to Apple's platform. Maybe next year?

6. Removable battery

One of the key complaints about the iPhone from enterprise customers is Apple's decision to ditch a removable battery in place of a built-in battery. So far, that hasn't proven to be such a problem, since so many folks buy new iPhones every year or two. But eventually, Apple's decision to not allow users to remove the battery could be a problem. That said, the company obviously isn't too worried. The iPhone 4 lacks a removable battery. If nothing else, it seems that a removable battery isn't part of Apple's strategy going forward.

7. Better FaceTime

Apple has added a new feature, called FaceTime, which allows users to place video calls over Wi-Fi from one iPhone 4 to another iPhone 4. Unfortunately, the software won't work for those that want to place calls from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 3GS for several reasons that include both hardware and software limitations. That said, users also won't be able to make video calls to folks who own other devices. That's unfortunate. There are several applications available in the wild, including Fring, that allow users to place video calls from one mobile platform to another. FaceTime is a hobbled alternative. 

8. A physical keyboard

No shocker here, but Apple has once again decided to leave the physical keyboard out of its iPhone strategy. In its place, the company has improved its virtual keyboard, thanks to an improved display and software tweaks. That should help appeal to most folks that use the device, but for those that are used to working with physical keyboards it might prove troublesome. The physical keyboard is viewed as a relic of the past by Apple. And that won't be changing anytime soon.

9. OTA updates

Apple made no mention of over-the-air updates during Jobs' keynote address. That's unfortunate. Unlike so many other platforms on the market, Apple's iPhone must be connected to a computer in order for users to update the device. Apple has said that it makes the experience more robust, and it rightfully believes that few care. But being able to update the iPhone 4 on the fly without worry of being within range of a computer is awfully nice. And let's face it, connectivity options available today make it much easier to get those updates than ever before.

10. A bunch of little stuff 

Apple's iPhone 4 is certainly one of the most capable devices on the market. But like previous iPhone releases, it lacks some other features that consumers have been waiting for. That's nothing new. Apple has gone out of its way over the past four years to deliver almost everything consumers want, while still holding back a few things they covet. It not only helps build hype for the new version next year, it also helps the company generate revenue with each new iteration.



Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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