I am an iPhone battery zen master.
I’m thrilled to see T-Mobile be the first carrier to try retiring the contract garbage and sell phones at full price in the US, but I’m worried this might not resonate with most consumers. You can sign up with T-Mobile with no contract, pay $99 up front for a 16GB iPhone 5, but then you pay off the rest of the phone with an installment plan of $20 per month for 20 months.
You’re not locked into T-Mobile with a service contract, yet you are still effectively bound via contract to pay for the phone over time. Going down this road, what’s the theoretical endgame? You sign up with T-Mobile contract-free, opt into a don’t-call-it-a-contract deal to pay for an iPhone over 20 months, get unhappy with T-Mobile’s service, leave for………….. AT&T, your only other choice?
Uh, Mophie? I’m trying to give you some free press about your product. I highly recommend reassessing something as silly (and pointless) as blocking right clicks.
“Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.”
- Steve Jobs
Still my favorite bit from Steve Jobs’s original iPhone announcement keynote. It’s around the 3:12 mark.
Best.first Steve Jobs keynote for which I was personally in the room and first time liveblogging anything back when I was at TUAW.ever
- videos - shooting or watching them
- crummy webpages - When a site doesn’t properly resize itself for mobile devices, text it too small to read, and zooming doesn’t help because then, like, 60 percent of the paragraph is off screen. I’m not scrolling like a typewriter just because your website was built in the 1940’s
- web comics - these do not fall into the “crummy webpages” category because web comics are great and have plenty of reasons to be formatted in their own creative ways
- photos - shooting or looking at them, but only when they have a landscape orientation
- games - they’re fun
- typing demos - to show people how worthlessly small your visible screen real estate becomes when typing in landscape mode, because only silly people type that way
Hey lookit that. iOS 6 fits more than 12 apps in a folder. Is this iPhone-5-only?
I want everything remotely Passbook-related to just get gobbled up into Passbook now. Great app.
It’s official. Tomorrow I will wake up. Ride the train into the city with Jess. Sit down and work for a bit at a Starbucks, or perhaps try the Intelligencia. Finally.
Close to lunch time I will walk up to the Michigan Apple Store. I will then switch mine and Jessi’s phone numbers to Verizon, buying two brand new phones.
I don’t care that a new iPhone is coming out in the fall. I’ll probably get that one too if it’s a big enough redesign. Yeah, it’s that important to me and my work.
But I am determined. I have hope. I have motivation. To ensure that by the end of the day, AT&T will have been killed. Killed with fire.
iOS has come quite a ways since its humble beginning in 2007, when it had very few background tasks, no folders, no Air-anything, no games, no Notification Center (or notifications), and of course, no (sanctioned) way to add new native apps. Apple has added quite a few welcome features over the years, but a number of them feel… incomplete.
Surely, you will be inundated with “new features I’d like to see in iOS 6” lists between now and when Apple finally relents and previews the next iteration of its most significant OS ever. I want to take a different approach and focus on the features that have felt broken, or at least unfinished, since their release.
In Lion, Apple went “Back to the Mac”—or as I called it in my Macworld analysis, “back to basics”. While we’re only five years into iOS, I think it could use some of the same attention in iOS 6:
Photos is broken
The Camera Roll is a mess and Photo Stream is its drunk, belligerent cousin that just came out of the woodwork. Yes, even after 5.1. We need a way to take iOS screenshots that don’t pollute our Apple TV screensavers. We need to be able to actually move photos to albums so they disappear from the Camera Roll.
We need control over default apps
Safari, Mail, Calendars, Contacts, and Twitter are great, but so are plenty of other apps. It was time for Apple to let us pick our own default apps when it launched the App Store in 2008, and it’s still time in 2012.
I’m old ‘nuff paw, promise
Warnings about an app’s content need to stop, and I’m plenty old enough to stop them. I couldn’t care less if a big bad app is going to expose me to the big, bad internet. I’m 31, not 13, and I don’t and won’t have kids—give me a mechanism to prove it and turn off those godforsaken warnings in iTunes and on my devices.
Something, something, homescreen, folders
Besides the arrival of folders in 2010 with iOS 4, homescreen management hasn’t really changed since iPhone OS 1.0. I have 172 apps on my iPhone, and while I’m sure that’s on the high end, I’m also sure I’m not the only one who feels that iOS’s options for managing all this could use… something. Whether it’s a new perk or two or a complete rewrite from byte one, I just hope Apple’s engineers are way ahead of me here.
Sometimes you just gotta turn stuff like WiFi, Bluetooth, Personal Hotspot, and your VPN off. Or on. And it’s always been a pain in the ass in iOS. Maybe they can become buttons at the top or bottom of Notification Center, maybe they can show up as homescreen widgets. They just need to show up.
Restore from iCloud
Backing up to iCloud is awesome. Restoring from it sucks, primarily because you can only do it after a full restore, and then, only for your entire device. If apps actually work with iCloud for storage, they’ll just pull down all your documents the next time you delete and restore those apps (or, at worst, they’ll prompt you to do so). But we need a way to restore files from our iCloud backups for apps that aren’t (and, for whatever reason, may never be) actually using iCloud file storage without having to lobotomize our devices.
AirDrop for iOS
There’s no easy way to send a document or photo from one iOS (or, really, any) device to another without signing up with some service, some ToS, some middle man that uses the internet (and no, Bluetooth file transfer doesn’t quite cut it). Apple applied an arguably post-PC solution to this problem in OS X by introducing AirDrop with Lion. AirDrop sure would make a good bullet item for iOS 6, and perhaps a great addition next to the “Open In” action arrow option.