Mobile and Wireless: iOS 6: 10 Features Apple's Mobile OS Needs to Impress Customers

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-21 Print this article Print
An Improved Siri

An Improved Siri

Siri works fairly well and has impressed customers. But it's by no means perfect. Apple even admits as such, leaving the "beta" moniker on the voice-activated personal assistant while it works on improvements in iOS 6. It would be nice to be welcomed by a smarter and more powerful Siri.
Apple's iOS 5 platform is starting to get a little old. Although it launched less than a year ago, it's showing its age as newcomers, like Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, have entered the market with some nice new features. The ball is now in Apple's court either to stick with iOS 5 for the time being and try to improve it with an interim upgrade or offer up iOS 6 as an entirely new generation of the software. Given Apple's history, it's quite likely that the company will unveil iOS 6 at some point in the next month or two. A likely date would be during the Worldwide Developers Conference. So, rather than waste its time trying to improve an operating system that's about to be replaced, the company is probably devoting much, if not all, of its energy to iOS 6. While it's hard at work on iOS 6, perhaps it would be a good idea to remind Apple about some of the flaws in iOS 5 and some of the things that most iPhone and iPad users would like to see in the new version of the mobile operating system. Apple's iOS 5 platform is nice and all, but let's face it: There's always room for improvement. Take a look at this slide show to find out what sorts of features should make their way to iOS 6 in order to impress today's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners.
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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