The iOS 6 was released in 2012 with a lot of fanfare; there were some hits and some misses, which is usually the case with anything new and revolutionary and there were a fair bit of criticisms and a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, which follow every Apple release.
But that’s about done with for now, and cometh the New Year, cometh the New Expectation. Apple enthusiasts are already talking about what the next version of the iOS, the iOS 7 will look like, as in, what is it that it will offer?
Well, for now, all we can say for sure is that it won’t make all the gaffes that it has made in iOS 6, for e.g. Apple Maps, so I am sure we aren’t going to see Apple take some unnecessary risks with the iOS 7 whenever it is released on the market.
So, let’s get started on what we do best and that is speculate about what we can expect from the iOS that is yet to be released and which will most probably release sometime next year.
Widgets, Finally!! I Think
I know die hard Apple fans won’t say it aloud but it irritates the hell out of them when they have to keep launching an app to get some latest information, for e.g., if they want info about the latest weather update, then they have to launch the weather app and so on and so forth. This is because Apple has stayed away for integrating widget APIs for developers, but I think for Apple, this an idea for whom the time has come. Also, I think this is a natural progression, that’s because it already has implemented a Notifications Center, so the next in line should definitely be a widget. What do you think?
Much Improved Apple Maps
Can’t avoid mentioning this one change, can we? I can’t put this any better, “Apple messed up, with Apple Maps”. This “mistake” saw a huge upheaval and shuffling in Apple’s top management and saw Scott Forestall exiting the company. But, the company has been working on its Maps, and its fixing it. In point of fact, many of its problems have been sorted out, and it’s an ongoing process. So, here’s hoping and praying (what can I say, I am an Apple fan), that they are not just able to get their Maps right, but they are able to take it to the levels that they wanted to, in iOS 7. Fingers Crossed.
I love my iPhone, but here’s the truth, there are some things about it, which frustrate me no end. I mean, why did Apple have to make changing basic settings so difficult. Yes, there is a Settings App, but I don’t want to open it whenever I want to turn my Wi-Fi on, or for that activate my Bluetooth. I want to do this in as painless a manner as possible, so therefore I am hoping that in iOS 7, I will be able to make changes by accessing my Notifications Center. Yes, I know about all those things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone, but the thing is, I don’t want to jailbreak my iPhone, I want Apple to take care of this for me, and it’s high time it does.
Is anybody at Cupertino listening?
Shaking Things Up
Dynamic icons, anyone…No… then how about taking the iOS system closer to its desktop counterpart…still nada… well then how about expandable storage or NFC or well… the list is endless. Apple can do quite a bit to take its mobile operating system to another level altogether. Yes, the time has come to take the bull by the horns and do something different, something that nobody expects them to, and which surprises everybody. And everybody loves surprises.
For too long I have felt that Apple has been trying to play it safe with its iOS, agreed it really doesn’t need to ramp it up, just for the heck of it, but it would be great, if it could reimagine the wheel a little bit, once again, like it did when it came out with its first iPhone, the time it did when it came out with the iPad, and of course when it actually introduced the iOS to the world.
So, here’s hoping that at least some of these predictions come true. All we can do is wait and watch, till then let’s just come up with some more!