In recent years, iOS has been at the back of the pack for innovation in mobile operating systems. If iOS is going to remain a heavy hitter, it needs a serious overhaul in the upcoming version 7. Here are the top 10 things it needs to have to hit it out of the park.
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1. Redesigned Launcher
Currently, iOS users can put app shortcuts on any number of home pages. Users can also organize icons and create folders to hold application icons by placing one icon on top of another. The interface has remained largely unchanged over the past six years.
A launcher is really nothing more than a way to sort through, manage and launch applications. The launcher in iOS is used on all iDevices, and it's clearly in need of some sort of improvement, update or change. Android allows users to install a number of different third-party launchers, such as the innovative Paranoid Android shown at the left. While I'm certain that Apple isn't going to allow users to install a custom launcher, a lot of ideas can be gleaned from apps of this type from other OSs. Maybe even from Windows. Have at it Apple. Wow us and give us something modern and new. However, choice is important. It would be nice if in giving us a new UI, Apple would allow users to revert to the current UI as well.
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