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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2. Take a Note from Cydia and the Jailbreakers
I recently ventured outside of Apple's walled garden before upgrading to iOS 6.1.3 and jailbroke my iPhone 5...for all of about 27.5 minutes. The stuff I installed was a disaster and looped the phone into a perpetual "safe mode" state. Upgrading removed the jailbreak and fixed the problems, but I learned a great deal about variety and choice during my "half hour of freedom." There's a great deal of customizations out there.
There's a heck of a lot that can be done with iOS, and it would be really cool if Apple would take a walk on the other side of the wall and find out what jailbreak software authors are publishing. Some of those customizations might fit very nicely with the new vision that Jony Ive is constructing for iOS 7. Some may not. It might be nice if iOS 7 incorporated some of those software ideas and designs. At the very least, it would bring a fresh look and some new options to an OS that's six years old, literally a digital eternity.
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