iOS 7: 10 Important Features We Want to See

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-05-31 Print this article Print

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) later this month, Apple is expected to show off iOS 7, the latest version of its popular mobile operating system. What makes this launch special is that it's the first to be led by the company's design guru, Jonathan Ive. According to several recent reports, Ive has quite a few changes in store when the software officially launches. That's actually good news. Although iOS is still a favorite among smartphone users around the world, the operating system has been looking outdated compared with many of the latest competing mobile platforms. Under the supervision of Ive, there's a good chance that Apple will breathe new life into it with some truly new features that customers will find appealing. This eWEEK slide show presents a wish list of what we'd like to see in iOS 7. If Apple can deliver at least some of these suggested new features, iOS 7 could be a huge success. Take a look at the design changes and new features we'd like to see in iOS 7.

  • iOS 7: 10 Important Features We Want to See

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - iOS 7: 10 Important Features We Want to See
  • A Less-Corny Design

    Let's be honest: the interface design that comes with Apple's iOS is looking a little corny these days. Apple provides a host of textures and real-life designs that are supposed to mimic what a particular application would look like in the real world. That has hurt the design a bit and caused Apple's operating system to look a bit gimmicky. That needs to stop.
    2 - A Less-Corny Design
  • Support for Near-Field Communication

    According to several reports, there's a chance that near-field communication support will be coming to iOS 7 at some point. Chances are that will happen when the next iPhone is announced. But if Apple has plans for a near-field communication system—a feature that has been a major advantage for iPhone's competitors—it has to make sure to deliver a solid implementation.
    3 - Support for Near-Field Communication
  • Multiple-User Support

    One of the glaring omissions in iOS 7 is multiple-user support. After seven versions, it would only make sense for Apple to allow multiple users to access a single device and have their own applications and other information retained in separate profiles. Mobile operating systems need to grow up. And that can only happen with help from multiple user features.
    4 - Multiple-User Support
  • A File System

    Why doesn't iOS come with a file system? For years, users have been requesting the ability to manage files on the operating system, and yet, Apple hasn't delivered. It's high time that Apple bundles even a simple file system into iOS to make it more useful.
    5 - A File System
  • Improved Notifications

    The notification system built into iOS is fine, but it needs some revisions. The system should be more configurable, allowing users to have more control over what they see and what they don't. It would also be nice if the notification system wasn't so intrusive—a pop-up at the top of the display is still annoying. Fewer annoyances would be nice.
    6 - Improved Notifications
  • More Unlocking Features

    Since its inception, iOS has only allowed users to unlock their devices by swiping across the screen. But with Android now supporting several different unlocking features, including the ability to take a picture of yourself to open the device, it's about time Apple catches up and delivers more unlocking options.
    7 - More Unlocking Features
  • Enhanced Security Features

    All of the data surrounding the security community suggests that more malware than ever is being created to target mobile devices. So, it would be nice to see Apple boost iOS 7's security features to keep users safer from malware threats. The more security the operating system delivers the better.
    8 - Enhanced Security Features
  • A Return of YouTube

    Apple's ridiculous spat with Google is only hurting its users. The lack of a built-in YouTube application in iOS is downright ludicrous. Apple needs to bring back YouTube to the operating system and make it easy to access videos. Not to do so makes Apple look petty and would be a huge mistake.
    9 - A Return of YouTube
  • A Much, Much Better Maps App

    When Apple unveiled its Maps application last year, it was so bad, the company was forced to apologize and suggest alternatives. Since Apple won't bring back Google Maps, the company should make clear at its upcoming WWDC that its Maps application has been dramatically improved. If it can't do that, Apple will have real trouble appealing to users.
    10 - A Much, Much Better Maps App
  • More Control Over Its Look and Feel

    Apple loves to control all aspects of its products' hardware and software design. But sooner or later, Apple needs to give users far more customization options to truly make the operating system look the way they want. If the rumors are true and iOS 7 will come with a simpler, flatter, and less-colorful design, Apple should give users the opportunity to modify it as they see fit. Customization options matter to smartphone users.
    11 - More Control Over Its Look and Feel

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