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Well what do we have here? According to the latest Apple press release, their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) scheduled for June 6 is going to be chock full of new technology related to Mac OS X Lion, iOS5, and their newest cloud-based service, dubbed iCloud.
While Mac OS X and the cloud service will definitely garner a lot of attention in the tech world, people tend to attribute Apple more with their iPods, iPhones, and iPads than Mac OS X. Some people even think Mac OS X is pronounced “Mack Oh-Es Ex” instead of “Mack Oh-Es Ten”. It goes to show how powerful the iPod, iPhone, and (now the) iPad brand is and how important it is to Apple for both as a marketing tool and industry icon. That being said, with the newest iteration of iOS almost upon us, it’s time to cross our fingers and hope iOS 5 will be just as game-changing as iOS 4.
So what do I want to see in iOS 5?
- Facetime using 3G traffic
- Speech-to-Text dictation
- Wireless backups to “the cloud”
- Device-to-device wireless sharing
- Fewer ‘Damn You, Auto Correct!’ Moments
- Allow users to delete native apps
With T-Mobile’s MyTough 4G allowing video calling over their 4G network, Apple (as well as AT&T and Verizon) is going have to step up their game in order to compete. Sure Facetime over Wi-Fi is fun and all, but with Wi-Fi not being available everywhere and the lack of 3G support, Facetime is doomed to be another marketing gimmick.
Much like Google’s Android speech-to-text integration which allows dictation using only the sound of one’s voice, Apple should integrate this feature into iOS5 as a much-needed utility in order to compete with Android. Typing is so 2010. Any non-obstructive utility is good utility, right?
Here’s a demo of Google Chrome’s native speech-to-text capability: http://slides.html5rocks.com/#speech-input
Backing up to ones desktop is cumbersome and somewhat useless since most people (including myself) very rarely sync ones iPod (or iPhone/iPad) with their computer unless needed to. Wireless backups would be more ideal (much like Google’s Android implementation) and easier. Coupled with Apple’s new cloud service, wireless backups would be easier to implement and easier for users to use.
Instead of being tied to the computer in order to share data or using third-party software (a la Dropbox), Apple should implement ad-hoc wireless sharing software in iOS 5. That way it will be easier for people with iPods, iPhone and/or iPads to share data with one another without the use of third-party software or a home computer, thus finally severing the tie between home computers with pocket devices like the iPad.
Admit it. It’s happened to us at least once. We will be innocently typing away until iOS barges in a discreetly and inserts their suggestion, leaving us to correct the autocorrect. While I enjoy reading sites like F You, Auto Correct!, typing on iDevices needs to be significantly improved. I personally would like the option to disable it via the Settings. Hey, some people are just better spellers than others am I right?
Given Apple’s inclination to control every aspect of their products, this will definitely be a long-shot. My current solution is to dump apps like Weather, Stocks, and Voice Memos into a folder called “Crap Apps” and move it to the last screen on my iPod Touch. That way, I’ll rarely have to encounter it. Shudder. With over 500,000 applications at the App Store, I can find countless alternatives like Weatherbug, DailyFinance, and Evernote to meet my needs that the native apps fail to do.
What do you want to see in iOS 5? Share yours in the comment section or poll below!