With Christmas (and MacWorld) just around the corner there is no end to the hardware hopes and rumors. Will we see an ultralight MacBook? How about a 3g iPhone? Will a Newton for the new millenia make an appearance? All will be revealed in a few short weeks. Yet the best gifts St. Jobs could […]
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My iPhone Christmas Wish List

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With Christmas (and MacWorld) just around the corner there is no end to the hardware hopes and rumors. Will we see an ultralight MacBook? How about a 3g iPhone? Will a Newton for the new millenia make an appearance? All will be revealed in a few short weeks. Yet the best gifts St. Jobs could bring ( even to those of us whose gift-giving holiday has already passed) are perhaps firmware related. Here are just a few …

1. Voice notes. While Jott offers a useful and more powerful alternative to voice notes if would be nice to have the ability to record a lecture using some of the 8 gigs of memory on the iPhone.

2. Notes Sync. Enough Said.

3. Video recording. The iPhone’s camera is far better than its paltry 2 megapixel lens suggests and there has already been proof of concept with regard to recording video using the camera. This would be a great app to see in the next upgrade.

4. Exchange Integration. Six months and still no Exchange integration. What gives Apple? While I personally have no need for it, having happily made the move to Google for email, calendar and contacts and actually liking the lack of push email (can you say Pavlov’s dog? I knew you could.) integration with Exchange would quickly quiet the on-going chorus of folks who continue to argue that the iPhone is not for serious work.

5. Screen Rotation 1 I love this feature. I really do. But I also hate this feature. Nothing is as annoying as trying to read something in bed and having to constantly deal with rotation every time you change position. (Okay, lots of things are more annoying like going to the dentist, Sunday drivers and global warming, but I could still do without it.) Apple, give us the option to turn it off when we want.

6. Screen Rotation 2. Typing in landscape. My typing on the keyboard has and continues to improve in both speed and accuracy. But as quick as I am with the screen in portrait, I am exponentially faster and more accurate with the wider keyboard provided when the screen is in landscape. This is so much the case that I often find myself choosing to type emails with Google’s web interface (although it is the least iPhone- friendly interface in Google’s arsenal.) Currently the landscape keyboard is web only and the built-in email app is Portrait only. I can’t imagine it would be a biggie to allow a choice of Portrait or Landscape.

When St Jobs introduced the iPhone almost one year ago he cited the lack of a hardware keyboard as a major advantage over other phones since it allows greater flexibility when introducing new apps and features through firmware upgrades. While not being constrained by a hardware keyboard’s limitations gives the phone a huge potential advantage it has thus far  gone largely untapped. The two firmware upgrades have offered only minor use advantages. These Christmas gifts would change all that.

Update: Now I understand the “making a list and checking it twice” aspect of the season 🙂 Actually I made my list and DID check it twice but the third time that would have been the charm… Why? Because any list of wanted/needed/pleaded-for upgrades would have also included….

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