iOS has changed a lot over the years while maintaining the same base design. iOS 6 was a good update, but still lacked a lot of functions. There’s no doubt that iOS gets better with every release, but some aspects of the operating system haven’t seen improvement in years.
Here’s a handful of features that I would like to see Apple bring with iOS 7:
1. Provide demo versions of apps
Apps and games might be cheap, but that doesn’t mean I need to buy something really bad or something I don’t need or like at all. Apple should just allow demos of apps: 24 hours from first launch and then you buy or the app won’t run.
2. Provide setting shortcuts on screen or notification center
Android already provides setting shortcuts on its notification bar and for jailbreak iOS devices, there are also some useful apps can do such things like SBSettings. Now, with iOS6, it’s just not convenient when you need to modify something on setting by clicking for many times.
3. Let me hide Apple apps
Apple apps are good but many of them are what I don’t need or dislike. And I don’t have a way to uninstall them, so many people use a folder to hide them.(Compass, Stocks, Voice Memos, Passbook…)
4. Allow me to choose a third-party keyboard
Yeah, iOS keyboard is not bad but it’s not better than Swiftkey. And for Chinese users, iOS input method is just not very convenient and many of Chinese input methods like Sogou Input, Baidu Input, Touchpal Input and QQ Input are just way better on many details. But now we can use these Chinese input methods only when I have got my iOS device jailbreaked.
5. Provide a guest account
Now, iOS devices are getting more and more popular in many families. But there is no such guest account mode for people to use iOS devices more frequently and more completely. Without guest account, people often affect other users’ user experience when they are sharing an iOS device.
6. Power up ‘Do Not Disturb’
Do Not Disturb is a great feature but it can’t block the unknown phone numbers which are often from advetisement companies or cheaters. For jailbreak iPhone, there are some apps can do this better like iBlacklist.
7. Better cursor
iOS’s cursor is not useful if you have used something like SwipeSelection. Because of the low efficiency of cursor, text editing is such a painful experience, which many people can feel.
iPhone 5S is said to be out on August with China Mobile support. While iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 is rumored that will come on April. [Source: iMore]