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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4. SaaS Interoperability
SaaS Interoperability — Apple services are not an island, and thinking I'm just going to use iCloud and Apple PIM apps is silly. We need to return to interoperability. Yes. I'd be willing to pay an (albeit, nominal annual fee) for this.
Attention major computer vendors of the world, specifically Apple, Google and Microsoft: You are NOT an island. I use tools that are offered because they solve problems for me, and not any other reason. I have Gmail that I use on both Windows and Mac machines. I have an iPhone and an iPad. My kids have iPhones and Android tablets. Everyone else in the house uses a Windows PC, though my daughter runs Windows 7 on a 13-inch aluminum unibody MacBook.
Until recently, you could use just about any device with just about any service available from any vendor. Recently, both Google and Apple announced changes to their interoperability options by discontinuing support for Exchange ActiveSync. Google did this on the desktop and on mobile devices. Apple did this mainly on the desktop, but with the way that iOS and OS X interact, it's eventually going to affect how mail works on your idevice.
The effect here is that Android phones that want to sync data must do so via the Gmail app and not through Android Mail. On the iPhone, unless you've got a paid Google Apps account, you can't sync new accounts with iOS Mail. The same can be said on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone.
I know most everyone is going to paid services now, and that's fine. The problem here is that you've taken away something I was relying on without giving me the ability to pay to keep it where it is. This one is easy to fix:
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