Enterprise Mobility: Apple iOS 5 Wish List: 10 Must-Have Features

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-18 Print this article Print
Improved Multitasking

Improved Multitasking

Multitasking was one of the most coveted features of iPhone and iPad owners. Finally, last year Apple brought the functionality to its operating system. But was it too little, too late? Multitasking in iOS 4 isn't fully functional. Yes, users can switch back and forth between apps and they do run in the background, but having desktoplike multitasking where processing can go on in the background and having the ability to view windows before opening a program would make iOS 5 all the more appealing.
When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPad 2 at a March 2 event, he also revealed that users would be able to download and use iOS 4.3, an update to the company's popular iOS 4 software it released last year. That update brings personal hot spot functionality and improved Safari browsing, among other features. For the most part, users are quite happy with its functionality. Still, for the vast majority of iPhone and iPad owners, the wait is on for iOS 5. As expected, Apple hasn't made any indication that it will be launching iOS 5 this year, but given its recent history of releasing major updates every year, it's likely that iOS 5 will be made available with the iPhone 5 later in 2011. When that platform comes out, there will be several features iPad and iPhone owners will hope to see. Yes, iOS 4 is a fine mobile operating system, but it has some glaring issues that need to be addressed in the next update. The following list of improvements would make iOS 5 not only a better operating system than its predecessor, but would undoubtedly cement its position as the top OS in the mobile market.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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