You knew this post was coming. You heard whispers of it in the back alleys, and I may have accidentally texted you about it and spoiled the surprise. In any case, it’s here now: a quick list of what the JAiB team expects from the upcoming iPhone 4.0 firmware, organized per writer. Let’s get to […]
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Our iPhone 4.0 expectations

You knew this post was coming. You heard whispers of it in the back alleys, and I may have accidentally texted you about it and spoiled the surprise. In any case, it’s here now: a quick list of what the JAiB team expects from the upcoming iPhone 4.0 firmware, organized per writer. Let’s get to it.

Patrick

I have quite a few, but my top two – by miles over all the rest are based on things we know can be done well based on current jailbreak solutions that run very well (especially on a 3GS):

  1. Some greater level of multitasking along with rapid app switching.  I don’t mind if  multitasking is still limited (in sensible ways that help save battery etc) as long as it is accompanied by effective, slick methods for fast switching between apps (and an ability for the OS to remember the state of apps).
  2. Better (much, much better) ways to organize our apps and home screens.  Ditch the home screen or do something to make it less of a misery when you reach 150 apps and above.
  3. If Apple wants to keep selling us all tons of apps, they need to give us much better ways to arrange and manage them, and access them quickly.

Alicia
Let me mention 2 that others probably won’t. Especially as I’m one of the few that don’t jailbreak 🙂

  1. Ability to create user-defined profiles beyond the current silent and ring (e.g. office could be vibrate yes, low ring; or sleeptime could be no mails or sms, alarm yes, no vibrate)
  2. Integrated Smart Shortcuts e.g. I want to swish or tap TWICE to call my husband. Now when screen is locked I have to press the home button, swish to unlock, press phone, tap Andy’s name

Frank
I would say I agree strongly with Patrick.  I wish for a multitasking solution.  There has to be a better solution for switching in and out of apps. It is way too time consuming.  I think ProSwitcher works great and it would be nice to see something like that implemented.

My biggest wish for 4.0 besides multitasking has to be some level of customization.  Like the iPad, I want to be able to add a wallpaper to my home screen. Please let me delete the stock apps if I don’t use them… Stocks! If Apple would give me some level of multitasking and customization I would have two less reasons to jailbreak my phone.

Brandon K
I’m hoping for the implementation of a status bar.  You know that gray or black bar (depending on the app) at the top of the phone?  I’d like to see icons there for unread e-mails and texts, and missed voicemails and phone calls.  I don’t like having to unlock my phone all the time to see exactly what I missed.  This would be really easy to implement and, if the user wanted, could be toggled on or off in settings.

Frank (again)
That is a nice one Brandon.  I would love for Apple to redo the notification system. In my opinion it is the one feature I feel was put together sloppy. Another hope for 4.0 🙂

Brandon S
Status bar notification as Brandon K mentioned.
App organization (SBCategories is my preference).
Task management / memory cleanup added back into the store.
Light multitasking. I don’t want to be able to run everything in the background, but I want streaming radio and things like that…

Jay
[I want] a notification system that can be personalized. Imagine explaining to my wife, after an upgrade to a “Smater than iPhone” that it doesn’t “beep” or give an audible alert from inside the depths of a mom-purse that a call, text, or voicemail awaits her attention. At least her old Razr used to keep beeping until she heard it and could call me back.

And “nighttime” hours for settings (like sounds) to be disabled without have to nightly disable the New Mail setting.

Thomas
Since the other writers covered all the other bases, I’ll suggest something a little different: I’d like the iPod app to be updated a little. I’d like updates to quite a few of the default apps, actually (threaded email, please!), but a more integrated music + iTunes experience would be great. I’d love to see artist bios and possible lyrics access from within the iPod so that it really takes advantage of the connection I have. If the Zune HD can do it, why can’t the iPhone?

My last bit is a bit of a rehash, but I would love to have tighter SDK integration for services that are currently relegated to Push. I hate that external alarms need an internet connection, and I hate how Boxcar can’t actually be linked to Mailroom’s badge for showing me how many new e-mails I have.

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