10 iOS 9 Enhancements We Would Like to See

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-02-11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 iOS 9 Enhancements We Would Like to See

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    Some Back-End Improvements Would Be Welcome
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    Some Back-End Improvements Would Be Welcome

    Overall, iOS 8 provides a solid user experience, but some enhancements to its stability and reaction speed would be nice. According to reports, Apple is working on several behind-the-scenes enhancements that would make its operating system faster, more responsive when switching tasks and less likely to crash. Back-end improvements certainly aren't flashy, but they are necessary to persuade iPhone owners to deploy the new software.
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    Apple Maps Still Isn't Perfect
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    Apple Maps Still Isn't Perfect

    Apple Maps still has a long way to go to match Google Maps. Apple's mapping application has come a long way since its botched launch a couple of years ago, but its reliability has been called into question when put up against Google Maps. Plus, it lacks a Google Street View experience, which has proved extremely popular. Apple Maps is a solid mapping platform, but improvements are in order.
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    Apple Must Recognize Siri Needs Improvement
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    Apple Must Recognize Siri Needs Improvement

    Siri might have been first out of the gate, but one could make the argument that, in some respects, Microsoft's virtual personal assistant Cortana is even better. Cortana comes with a more refined feel that doesn't sound so robotic and has complex features, like awareness of a user's activities and key dates so it can act unilaterally in a helpful way. For now, Siri is still a passive assistant that needs direction. Cortana is less so. That's a problem that Apple must address in iOS 9.
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    Multiuser Support Is a Must
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    Multiuser Support Is a Must

    Multiuser support was rumored in iOS 8 but never made its way to the platform. Now the time has come for Apple to finally allow iOS owners to have multiple user accounts. It's unlikely that the feature will be used that often on an iPhone, which is typically used by an individual. But it's easy to see the value of multiple user accounts on the family iPad. The time has come to catch up to Android and offer multiuser support.
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    Implement Guest Mode for Added Security
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    Implement Guest Mode for Added Security

    As the enterprise knows all too well, people are often more than willing to hand over their iPhones and iPads to co-workers, family members or friends to use their devices. That's why a Guest Mode would be a nice addition to iOS. With Guest Mode, users could create a firewall around their accounts and ensure data is not stolen. Guest Mode seems like a must-have security feature in iOS 9.
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    Allow Separate Personal, Business Accounts on a Single Handset
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    Allow Separate Personal, Business Accounts on a Single Handset

    This isn't a new idea, but it would certainly appeal to Apple's growing enterprise customer base: a bifurcated software experience between consumers and enterprise users. That capability is already offered with BlackBerry handsets. With many enterprises supporting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, it would be nice to see Apple allow iPhone users to set up separate personal and business accounts on the same phone. A firewall would run between the two sides ensuring data won't mix. Chief security officers would likely love to see that built into iOS 9.
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    Enhance FaceTime With Group Video Calls
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    Enhance FaceTime With Group Video Calls

    FaceTime is a great way to stay connected via video conferencing, but having support for many more video feeds at one time would be a welcome addition. Like Skype, FaceTime could come with support for, say, 10 simultaneous video connections, allowing a large group of people to hold a single video call. Right now, family members may be huddled around a device so they can all be in on a single call. With support for group calls using multiple feeds, all that could change.
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    iOS Could Use Split-Screen Multitasking to Improve Productivity
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    iOS Could Use Split-Screen Multitasking to Improve Productivity

    To its credit, Apple has done a solid job in recent years building out its multitasking and improving productivity. The next step, however, is to add a split-screen functionality that would allow users to see two apps open at the same time. The feature would likely make the most sense on an iPad, but it could also work well on the larger iPhone 6 Plus.
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    Allow Some Flexibility on Default Applications
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    Allow Some Flexibility on Default Applications

    Apple has a tendency to push its own applications on users. Granted, Apple has a big App Store that supports all kinds of third-party map applications, browsers and much more, but trying to remove its default apps, like Phone, is impossible. Perhaps Apple should take a more laissez-faire approach and allow for more flexibility with default apps. The chances of that happening, of course, are slim, but it's worth wishing for.
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    iOS Needs a Real File Directory
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    iOS Needs a Real File Directory

    Apple's iOS still lacks a folder directory that would make it easy to save documents to different directories on the device for access later. That's an issue because if the iPad is ever going to be a true replacement for notebooks or a reliable productivity-boosting device, it needs better file directory support. Reports have suggested the feature has been coming for years, but it has yet to appear. Let's hope iOS 9 is different.
 

If there is anything certain in the world of Apple, it's that the company will launch a new version of its mobile operating system each year. Apple has reasoned that by updating iOS with new features each year, it's in a position to offer a better experience. And to its credit, most of its updates have achieved that goal. News reports, citing sources, say that Apple will again launch a new version of its mobile operating system this year. That version, called iOS 9, will come with stability and functionality improvements, but will not greatly modify the functionality users currently see in iOS 8. If that's true, and it's hard to tell since Apple doesn't discuss product upgrades before they are ready for release, the development of iOS 9 would be consistent with what Apple has done before. Every other year Apple releases a major iOS upgrade. This is one of the off years when Apple mainly focuses on the internal functionality of the operating system, rather than on improvements to the user interface or application functionality that are more apparent to iPhone owners. Still, there will be some improvements that we would like to see both on the front end and the back of iOS 9. This slide show discusses what they are.

 
 
 
 
 
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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