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Rumor Rage: iOS 6

Posted: February 20, 2012 in iOS, Rumor Rage
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Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5, was the most advanced mobile operating system in the world. It had a good amount of new features like better Twitter integration and iCloud, but what will we expect from the next rumored edition of iOS, iOS 6. I have gathered up some of the rumors and thrown in some of my ideas.

First off, iOS has a really significant design aspect. It has several home-screens with icons to your applications. Maybe we’ll see some widgets or items that go onto the home-screen. For example a calendar or a clock. I think, iOS will never get widgets. It would make iOS loose its personality and differences. Almost every mobile operating system has some sort of home-screen widgets. In my opinion it would also make iOS less luxurious and simple.

A big thing that would probably be in iOS 6 is better integration and more devices with Siri, Apple’s voice command system. I can see some problems and benefits to that. One problem would be that if Siri were to run on an iPod Touch, it wouldn’t work without Wi-Fi. Siri connects to Apple’s servers to receive information and to convert your voice inputs into actions for the device. An iPod Touch doesn’t have a cellular antenna or ongoing communication with the internet, well except if your connected to Wi-Fi. A benefit would be that Siri would be better know and would make all iOS devices easier and more fun to use.

What about that feature called iCloud, in iOS 6, Apple must design better integration with iCloud and a little more usage to it. iCloud for now just syncs your photos, apps, iTunes stuff, and documents with other iOS devices and Macs. If Apple were to add in mobile streaming or something more or big into iCloud, they would probably get more users to use iCloud.

Everybody wants to communicate and talk face to face with each other. That’s why Apple created FaceTime, but you can only use it through a Wi-Fi connection. That’s a big downfall and problem. There are a lot of reasons why it doesn’t work. One reason could be that Apple doesn’t want users to be shocked at their phone bill. FaceTime uses a lot of bandwidth and internet speed. This brings in another problem, speed. Is 3G fast enough to handle live chat. Just think about it, live video and your voice is streamed from one device to another in real-time. Apple would not want to make it a bad experience with FaceTime, but one fix to that would be if they lowered the resolution of the live video chat on 3G and make it higher to Wi-Fi.

Mostly everyone goes onto the web on their devices. Apple’s mobile internet browser, Safari, hasn’t been updated in a while, both the user interface and performance wise. The user interface of Safari doesn’t really look nice and sleek like the rest of iOS. All of the features are amazing but I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple replaces the separate URL bar and the search bar with a unified search bar, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. That would make it less advanced looking to the eye but stylish. Also performance wise, HTML 5 should be better integrated and upgraded in Safari. Right now it isn’t that powerful as other mobile web browsers. I’m sure that Adobe Flash Player will never come to iOS because there plainly no reason for it. Also, Apple needs to take in mind hardware acceleration and battery life. Hardware acceleration and battery life need to be balanced. What I mean by this is that browsing the web on Safari needs to be really light on the battery life but take as much usage of hardware as possible.

Most people use their iPhone to travel and to use as a GPS. There isn’t a really good navigation system inside iOS. Third-party apps from the App Store can be used for GPS. Apple should work on getting a good navigation system that’s fast, sleek, and matches iOS. Also, the Maps app does its job of viewing maps but it needs to have more features and better integration with the rest of iOS. By better integration, I mean that you can post your locations really easily to Facebook or other services, seamlessly in iOS itself and that you can share locations or maps by email or social media really quickly.

Most people watch YouTube on their mobile devices. Apple needs to upgrade the YouTube app adding more features, better quality and faster loading of videos. Also a big thing would be to integrate watching YouTube live and commenting live and even also stream live to YouTube through the app.

Twitter has been deeply integrated with iOS 5, you can post pictures from your albums, shared locations, and quick post to Twitter. What about Facebook, what about Google +. Those are some big social media networks. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple would make iOS 6 more integrated with these big social media giants. It’s all about content and how to publish it. Apple also needs to keep in mind, how to do it seamlessly and really nicely and stylishly to match the rest of iOS.

iOS is one of the most secured and safe mobile operating system in the world. I would be surprised it Apple would push that further. Make web surfing safer and more secured. Make emails and personal messages more secured. I’m not only talking about cyber-attacks or hackers but if you lose your iPhone for example. You want the data on that iPhone to be a secured as possible so that nobody except you can look at it. Apple should make the unlock screen more safer, photos to be kept safe, and better and easier remote controlling and locking of the device.

A lot of people use their iPhone as a pocket camera. I really hope that Apple would add in even more features to customize and fix your photos and videos and easier ways to share it. That 8MP amazing HD camera wasn’t put in the iPhone for nothing. Apple needs to make good use of it like add a Photobooth app to the iPhone. Photobooth is a fun way to take wacky photos of you and your friends. Photobooth is only available on the iPad. Why not bring it to the iPhone.

All this are just predictions and rumors. Apple really needs to keep in mind to keep the user friendliness, luxurious feeling and strong reputation of iOS and its user interface. Apple never wants to make anything worse, they defiantly want to make it better. You’ll never know what Apple could think of, because there’s always a “one more thing” at Apple.