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Apple WWDC 2014: My Wish List
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BillB031
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5/31/2014 | 9:31:36 AM
glass
I would like to see an iPhone that wasn't so fragile.  My wife has broken the glass on her 5s twice.  It looks like the new iphone 6 will be edge to edge glass which may be even worse.

If Apple was so inventive, why the heck was it Samsung to come out with something as simple as a water resistant phone.  I can see why Apple has not come out with split screen multi-tasking.  Hard to deal with on a postage stamp size screen.  But maybe they will with the next larger screen model.

Also, Apple absolutely needs to do something about the lousy camera.  Samsung has blown Apple away in this arena.  If I recieve one more upside-down video or sideways picture from an iPhone user, my head is going to expload.


Yes, My Wife has the iPhone 5s, and I have an old Galaxy S3.  My S3 is a much better phone than the iPhone 5,  and the new Galaxy S5  even more.  I'm waiting to upgrade.  Hopefully the new iPhone 6 with have some features that I like.  I would love to switch to an American Company.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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5/31/2014 | 12:23:33 PM
Re: glass
@BillB031> 
I would like to see an iPhone that wasn't so fragile.  My wife has broken the glass on her 5s twice.  It looks like the new iphone 6 will be edge to edge glass which may be even worse.
 
--That would be nice on all phones to be honest. My wife and I have had iPhones for 4 years now and never so much as cracked the screen. My children on the other hand...are definitely candidates for Otterbox cases ;)

If Apple was so inventive, why the heck was it Samsung to come out with something as simple as a water resistant phone. 
 
--I wonder, truly, if that's a big selling feature. Not saying it isn't, but I'd be curious how many people actual list that on their requirements for a new phone.
 
I can see why Apple has not come out with split screen multi-tasking.  Hard to deal with on a postage stamp size screen.  But maybe they will with the next larger screen model.
 
--Or not. The rumor was that split screen was being targeted at iPad I think. I gather though that you like to hold a phone against your head that's roughly the size of an encylopedia, which is of course your right. 


Also, Apple absolutely needs to do something about the lousy camera.  Samsung has blown Apple away in this arena.  If I recieve one more upside-down video or sideways picture from an iPhone user, my head is going to expload.
 
--Upside down video? Ok, that's a new one on me! I'll give you the camera thing; not that the 5s had a bad camera, but it needs to keep evolving to keep up. While megapixels aren't the end of the argument for quailty (by a long way), Nokia has been innovating the heck out of the cell phone camera recently

Yes, My Wife has the iPhone 5s, and I have an old Galaxy S3.  My S3 is a much better phone than the iPhone 5,  and the new Galaxy S5  even more.  I'm waiting to upgrade.  Hopefully the new iPhone 6 with have some features that I like.  I would love to switch to an American Company.
 
--Better is such a subjective word, but if you prefer it then that's cool. I happen to prefer the iOS interface and ecosystem, but then there are definitely things that I see on Android phones that make me thing "Wait, why can't I do that?" ;-)
 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/1/2014 | 2:21:28 AM
Re: glass
Bill, 

"My wife has broken the glass on her 5s twice."

I really thought hard about this and couldn't find a way of breaking the glass of an iPhone twice. How did she do it? Is it really Apple to blame because she brakes her phones? :/ 

-Susan
RAM1950
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5/31/2014 | 10:38:39 AM
iOS 8
Swipe keyboard? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. After three Androids and the disgust of never getting updates I moved to the iPhone about 18 months ago. Overall I'm happy, but when you say that a swipe keyboard is almost a deal breaker I can totally relate. I own an iMac, a Macbook, an iPad Mini and a 5S. You could say I'm all in, but without a swipe keyboard I "may" seriously consider another phone this fall.
jgherbert
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5/31/2014 | 12:27:28 PM
Re: iOS 8
@RAM1950> I guess Swype is an acquired taste, and I wo uld probably need to use it more to appreciate it - it didn't grab me when I tried it. However, I'm happy to believe the legions of users who say it's great, and I do think that Apple's resistance to third party keyboards is a bit odd. Of course, there are other keyboards out there, with APIs so that app developers can incorporate "better" keyboards in their apps, but that won't help with any of the core Apple-supplied apps, which will use the default system keyboard.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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5/31/2014 | 12:31:40 PM
AirDrop
Oh gods, yes, Please.

AirDrop is so incredibly useful (and underutilized by owners), but one of the key uses I'd have would be to get pictures quickly from my iPhone to my MacBook, and I can't do that because iPhones can ony AirDrop to other iPhones for some unknown reason. Right now I end up doing stupid stuff like emailing myself pictures. And ok, yes, I could plug it in, but we live in an awesome wireless word, but AirDrop is so fast it's a silly set of steps to make me go through. So yes, please, AirDrop interoperability between iOS and OSX. Urgently.
danielcawrey
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6/2/2014 | 3:44:44 PM
Re: AirDrop
Steve Jobs sure was mad about Google supposedly stealing iOS from Apple to make Android. But I'd say that the two systems are keeping up with each other technologically and competitively. That makes for better products for us consumers, and I think that's great.

I used to be an iPhone user; now I am on Android. I still like the form factor of an iPhone though, so that's why I have a Moto X. With Android, you have many, many choices. 
jgherbert
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5/31/2014 | 1:43:45 PM
Ecosystem
I was thinking about this some more, and I realized that with the aggressive development undertaken by the other smart phone companies, for example, the iPhone itself is - perhaps obviously - not out on its own any more. It's not unique, so why would I buy it? 

The Mac has slightly more pull - OS/X has been so much better to use than Windows, it's not the hardware so much as the software that brings me into the fold.

Most of all though, I'm sold on the integrated ecosystem. I love that I can read books on my Mac and on my Phone. I love that I have the same music on laptop and phone without having to plug them into one another. My bookmarks are shared if I want, as is my password list via Keychain.  

So while commenting on AirDrop, I think I would have to expand my wish list to include a more general "things that make my devices work together more seamlessly" request for WWDC. Allow me to share more easily. Allow me to pass documents back and forth more easily. Use more phone data to sync with my computer (e.g. if you have a GPS lock on my phone and it's within bluetooth distance of my computer, then use that GPS data when I ask the computer for a weather update or make a mapping request!). Keep using the capabilities unique to each device to feed the other and provide an enriched experience. Now expand that to the alleged Healthbook and iWatch (or whatever) as well as home automation, and the blending of mobile, tablet and laptop devices could be a huge attraction for people on the fence.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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6/7/2014 | 11:36:47 AM
Re: Ecosystem
So I guess off the back of WWDC I am saying thank you ;-) Not only will Airdrop work between iPhone and Mac at last, but they're making moves towards exactly what I asked for - tighter, seamless integration between their products. They've not taken me up on my GPS idea yet, but the other things they announced really do seem to shift in a direction that I think I'm going to really enjoy. Yay!
anon4192578946
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5/31/2014 | 1:49:58 PM
Split Screen Multitasking
Windows 8 is the original split screen mobile OS, and they still implement it better than any andriod variation.
jgherbert
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5/31/2014 | 5:39:19 PM
Re: Split Screen Multitasking
I've tried Windows on mobile phones, and I just can't get into its way of working. Sadly for me that means that even with the best will in the world (and the best split screen technology in the world) it isn't enough to get me to change platform.

As I asked siilarly in a comment earlier today as well, is "split screen apps" on people's "must have" list when shopping for a new phone? I really don't know, and I'm interested to hear what people think.
mak63
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6/1/2014 | 1:03:23 AM
Re: Split Screen Multitasking
If I ever switch to a Windows Phone will be for the camera. Don't really care about a split screen in a tiny device.
moarsauce123
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6/1/2014 | 8:31:26 AM
One more thing
If Apple cannot deliver "one more thing" it will all be uninteresting. Apple used to be the innovation leader and now they are nothing else than yet another consumer electronics company that asks way too much for their unimpressive product.
batye
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batye,
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6/2/2014 | 1:50:38 AM
Re: One more thing
like everything else Apple is changing... and it having it ups and downs...  for now Apple get a bit off... with it line of products... but as time goes by... you never know...
anon4363085991
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6/2/2014 | 8:18:05 AM
IOS upgrades
I don't know what swipe is - but I do know that I have a very hard time typing on my phone, and even have difficulty in selecting the right text when I am reading a book on my iPad to select.   My fingers and eyes don't coordinate with IOS.

 

I've been begging for child/guest access to IOS devices for some time.   The finger pad recognition needs to recognize more fingers - to allow my grandchildren to use their fingers.

 

SIRI on my Mac needs a text mode, come to think of it, SIRI on IOS does too.   I'd like to text SIRI without saying anything out loud.
mak63
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6/2/2014 | 4:13:44 PM
Wish List vs WWDC 2014
I was wondering how Erics feels after the unveiling of the new iOS 8 and see that a few of his wishes have been granted, well kind of...

Swiping keyboard: QuickType keyboard. Some improvements, but no swiping yet.

Siri: Some nice Siri improvements.

Guest/kid mode: Family Sharing. Not what Eric wanted, but at least something for the family.

Split-screen multitasking: Not yet. iOS 23 perhaps.

Mass transit for Maps: MIA. It seems that Apple users don't use public transportation or iOS developers don't think it's necessary.
jgherbert
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6/7/2014 | 11:46:36 AM
Re: Wish List vs WWDC 2014
@mak63: Yeah, I'm very curious to see how the Family sharing mode thing works. I read that developers of new apps will automatically allow their apps installed on up to 6 devices to allow this to work, and that existing app developers are being asked to opt in. Something like that. 

I'm not entirely sure how this will really work, but if they're saying that I can finally have all 5 of my family members using unique Apple IDs, yet by sharing my credit card across those accounts I can buy an app once and make it available to all of them for free, then that would be a huge win for me. Make it happen with music too please. I'm bored of having to pay for apps and choons on my device, then my wife's, then the kids. And boy, it would be so much simpler than having to buy DRM-free music on my account then manually importing thos same files into their accounts, right?

 
mak63
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mak63,
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6/9/2014 | 1:23:29 PM
Re: Wish List vs WWDC 2014
It seems that Family Sharing will allow to share any apps or media content. I believe music will fall in the media content category.

In any case, you can always sign up for the beta and tell us all about it.
jgherbert
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6/9/2014 | 1:43:00 PM
Re: Wish List vs WWDC 2014
I fear I am not brave enough to roll with a beta release, so I will find out how cool it is later this year. I suppose I'll also be (at the same time) figuring out whether to get the expected new iPhone as well, so it's going to be all change I suspect!


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