My iPhone 3.X Wish List

| Just a Thought

iPhone OS 3.0 is the iPhone upgrade we needed. The new OS brings the feature set of the iPhone on par with, and in many cases surpassing, those of the competition. But, even with Cut-n-Paste (which I love), shake undo (which I hate), Push notification (which is cool), easier Wi-Fi connectivity (which is surprisingly useful), and all of the other upgrades there are still some things I wish the iPhone would do.

Here's my relatively short list in no particular order of importance:

Profiles:

I've noticed that there are situations where I would prefer to have Wi-Fi on, Push Notification off, and my phone in silent ring mode while there are other times when I want just the opposite, or something completely different.

Currently it is such a bother to go into Settings to reconfigure my iPhone when I need to make those changes. It would be so very cool to be able to save a list of settings into profiles, similar to Airplane Mode, that would let me turn on and off those features in the profile just by selecting it.

I don't just want settings, I want profiles that will reconfigure a broad range of options on my phone.

It would be great if I could create profiles for my job (No Wi-Fi, silent ring, push notify, email, calendar and chat/SMS/MMS at the home screen), home (Wi-Fi, medium-loud ring, email, chat, news and a select few games on the home screen), travel: car (No Wi-Fi, iPod, Maps, soft ring), travel: air (airplane mode, iPod, games on the home screen), and so on.

How about a "Battery Conservation" profile, or an "In the movies"?  An "I'm busy" profile could direct call straight to voicemail and IMers know you don't want to be disturbed.

And I want to configure them on my Mac as well, in iTunes, and have the profiles saved and synced to my iPhone. It would be nice the be able to share profiles as well.

It would make iPhones and iPod touches even more unique as the smart phone world gets more crowded with iPhone wannabes.

(Even more) Expanded Bluetooth:

Before iPhone OS 3.0 the only thing we could do with Bluetooth was connect a monaural headset. I never quite understood the logic Apple must have used to decide to exclude wireless stereo headsets from being used on an iPhone. I'm sure hope there was some deep geek technical reason behind that decision.

For instance, by giving iPhones stereo bluetooth headphone capability when the iPhone first came out users might inadvertently cause micro-black holes to form which would either cause the total annihilation of everything in existence, or give the user a mild headache. Apple, being genuinely interested in the welfare of its patrons, wisely chose to delay the release of that feature until further testing was completed. Go Apple!

Of course, all of that is now water under the proverbial bridge, but what still hasn't happened is FULL Bluetooth support. No keyboards, no joysticks, no alien technology, none of the good stuff that's available or will be available.

Again, I don't get why Apple refuses to let Bluetooth loose. I have a nice portable BT keyboard that I'm sure would be perfect for composing emails or typing out ideas for articles. There's also a pretty cool BT joystick from Zeemote that I'm dying to use. If Apple would only stop screwing around just think of the kick-butt games we could play.

Themes:

I really like my iPhone. What it does it does well. I like my iPhone so much, in fact, that I would like to make it more personal, something more than changing the background.

A friend of mine, Jay, has jailbroken his iPhone and has installed all sort of wonderment that lets him access features no standard iPhone can boast. Those features are cool and all, but the one I like the most is the ability to create themes; changing the icons and other desktop features so that my iPhone stops looking like everyone else's iPhone and starts looking like MY iPhone.

Jay's Jailbroken iPhone all themed up

Themes could be a whole new revenue stream for Apple, too. I'd pay 99 cents for a well executed Star Trek or Firefly theme.

System Status:

The iPhone and iPod touch are computers, and like any computer, it would be nice to know what's going on under the covers.

Which apps are running? What's hogging all my memory? What's my uptime?

True, most people don't want to know such things, but that's no excuse for not including a more comprehensive system status reporting tool. There are some free apps that will report what's up with your iPhone, but they are limited in what they show.

Really, a system monitor is something that SHOULD be included with every computer.

Should makers of these apps worry if Apple produces a decent system status app? Maybe. However, I'm sure they can find other thing s to report that will make their app unique.

That's it. That's all I want.

Well, I could stand to be taller, handsomer, and comfortably rich. And world peace would be nice too. If we can get all of that rolled up into the next release of iPhone OS I'd be one happy camper.

I'm sure you can think of a few I-wants of your own. Drop me a line and let me hear about it.

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Comments

Tony Voss

Re: Profiles Yes I agree and have been wondering how to put in a plea for these.  A nice touch would be to optionally associate a profile with a location (OK within defined distance of location).  Then when I arrive at the office, my iPhone would adopt my office profile, and when I get home it will adapt to that too.  That would be cool!

jbruni

S/MIME

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

<audio> tags in Safari should play sound without switching to an audio player!

Lancashire-Witch

Folders or similar hierarchical structure so that the UI doesn’t look like a Smorgasbord.

Tiger

iPhone video chats.

The Digital Alchemist

You really need to consider jailbreaking.  I love Winterboard (that’s where the themes come from), UAFaker gives me a more real “just the internet” experience (wasn’t that promised to us initially?), and while SBSettings may not have profiles, it does have toggles for almost every setting possible and it does have some system status info.  I’m not a hardcore jailbreaker, I don’t try every JB app that comes out, but the JB apps I do have make my iPhone so much more friendly!

I’m still using my trusted 3G iPhone running 2.2, because of JB I’ve had video, tethering, SMS, copy/paste, landscape keyboard, etc. available to me months before 3.0 was ever released, and there isn’t much of a reason at all for me to upgrade now either.

Until apple gets around to making Winterboard, UAFaker, and SBSettings equivalents I will continue to jailbreak my iPhones and advocate others to do so as well.

iGav

for me the most annoying glaring ommission in the iPhone software so far is the inability to invite people to appointments on the phone - it is so annoying and, to a certain extent, limits the usefulness of the calendar app as it’s not possible to create an appointment on the phone and then send it to all the people you want to invite.

Also, why can’t you read invites and either accept or decline them on the phone.

Also the lack of a todo list program that syncs with the system wide todo list on my mac is yet another glaringly annoying lack of the useability I expect from Apple - does it really not irk Steve Jobs that something so glaringly obvious has been overlooked?

The thought that this will not be fixed until next June, frankly, fills me with depair

rwahrens

Voice DIALING for the 3G.  I couldn’t care less for the iPod control.  I want completely hands free dialing.  I don’t want to have to touch the damn thing when I’m wearing my Bluetooth headset.

The 6 year old POS Motorola I passed onto my wife has been able to do it from the beginning, over Bluetooth, with a single click of the headset.

Why the hell can’t the most advanced hand held computer on the planet do it?

Lancashire-Witch

Also the lack of a todo list program that syncs with the system wide todo list on my mac

“Mobileme To Do” on the Computer syncs with “Apple Mail To Do” on the iPhone - though it doesn’t work well. (MIME!)

As for Calendar applications - Mac and Iphone. I agree. Preety poor. There’s no doubt that iCal is the weakest of all Mac apps.  I have to rely on a 3rd party app on the phone (Occasions) just to remind me about people’s birthdays. Even my 10 year old Nokia phone could do that!

Jeff

I want to be able to TURN OFF COVER FLOW! It’s so annoying. And the next hardware upgrade (2010) should include a front facing camera for video chats. Other than those I LOVE my iPhone and 3.0!

blazintech

I like the Nike + iPod support feature in the new iPhone 3.0.

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iPhone OS 3.0 the only thing we could do with Bluetooth was connect a monaural headset.I never quite understood the logic Apple must have used to decide to exclude wireless stereo headsets from being used on an iPhone.

Jennifer

That’s great! iphone themes changing automatically is really amazing stuff and I am sure there must be more to it which I am certainly going to find out as soon as I am pissed off laptop repair work.

Laptop Repair

I have fairly good knowledge about laptop parts but not sure what they are doing with these small gadgets every now and then. If I am getting it right now they have come up with another one. iphone themes changing according to the place! Well, now they are taking it all to some other level.

stuartbennett

i have never used an iphone before so cant comment on its usability flaws, however i can comment on what i would want the iphone to possess before i would be willing to buy 1 so heres my wishlist.

presently i have a number of different devices, i have a samsung D900i mobile phone, a 2nd generation ipod nano and a sony dcs n2 digital camera.

in my opinion the iphone needs to outdo the specs of all three devices in order to be useful to me.

Samsung D9001:
this gives me large text on screen especially when typing numbers to dial, being visually impaired this is a must, i like having different numbers under a single contact for example my mums home, work and mobile numbers all under the one contact record of “mum” just as an example.

i think thats all my current phone offers that the iphone doesnt so ill stop there.

Sony DSC-N2:
with this camera i get 10megapixels digital still photos, it has an AF Illuminator that improves the quality of night time shots or shots in dark places, large lcd touch screen.

my dad also has a video camera and i would ultimately like to have a video camera, the iphone has a video camera but doesnt even meet the specs of my still camera, but in a video camera i expect more, i want 12 megapixels digital still photos with equally high definition in the video that it records, i want a light that i can have turned on while videoing in dark places or when its night time, i want a built in zoom microphone so that as you zoom into a person the microphone locks onto their voices and focuses less on the background music, and for all this high def stuff youll need atleast a 120gb capacity.

i want all this plus all the features of a 5th generation ipod nano and all in one easy to use and affordable iphone, if all of this can be built into an iphone then i would happily buy it.

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