It ‘s not often that I find myself thinking ‘Boy I wish I had some of that Windows Mobile goodness on my iPhone ‘.  And that ‘s a big-time understatement of course. There is one area where I do find that I ‘ve got misty, water-colored memories of WinMo days though: backup.  Not a super-sexy […]
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My 2 Biggest ‘Why Oh Why’ Wish List Items for iOS

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It ‘s not often that I find myself thinking ‘Boy I wish I had some of that Windows Mobile goodness on my iPhone ‘.  And that ‘s a big-time understatement of course.

There is one area where I do find that I ‘ve got misty, water-colored memories of WinMo days though: backup.  Not a super-sexy area admittedly, but something that is of course completely critical if you get a lot of use out of your iPhone.  And one where sadly the current solution is not a solution at all.  For my money, backup on the iPhone might as well not exist at all, for what it ‘s worth in practice.

The reason I think the current backup setup is virtually worthless is that there are “ and always have been with every generation of the iPhone and its OS versions “ a large number of occasions and situations where the only way to get past a troublesome issue is to restore your iPhone and NOT restore via a backup, but setup as a new phone.  Over the years, I ‘ve seen this end up being what ‘s needed in a myriad of different scenarios “ including many where it is the recommended course of action from Apple themselves.

Add to that the fact that we have almost zero input or control in terms of what is backed up by iTunes (or what we might exclude to shorten a backup time on a given day), and it just leaves me wondering what ‘s the point.

Honestly, on this subject I don ‘t even want a solution from Apple.  I think they will likely continue to feel there ‘s no need for anything better than iTunes for backup and I ‘m tired of waiting for a sensible way to handle backup “ so what I ‘d really love is to have real, proper backup solutions from 3rd party publishers allowed by Apple. 

Just let the likes of Sprite Software come in to the App Store and give us a real backup solution. So we can have a backup app that lets us choose exactly which application and system data to backup, and get some restore options that might well allow us to get past the need to setup as new phone to get past an issue.

Oh, that would be my first ‘Why Oh Why ‘ wish list item by the way.

Item 2 is another old stalwart.  And another that makes no sense at all now that we are into the 4th generation of the iPhone ‘s OS.  Services toggling.  If you ‘re a jailbreaker, this one is a non-issue of course “ as the lovely SBSettings app has you covered.  And it also serves as a constant ‘why can ‘t we just have that on a stock phone ‘ reminder as well.

If you haven ‘t ever jailbroken your iPhone, here ‘s a quick rundown of the difference in how doing something as simple as toggling key services On and Off is.  Let ‘s say you ‘re browsing the web on your iPhone and you have either no WiFi network to use or one where speeds are too slow to handle, and you want to quickly turn 3G on

On a stock iPhone:

  • Tap the home button to get to the home screen.  Tap again if you need to get to another home screen to see your Settings app.
  • In Settings select General
  • Under General, select Network
  • Under Network, go to the ‘Enable 3G ‘ button and tap to turn it On.

On a jailbroken iPhone Using SBSettings:

  • Double-tap the status bar, without leaving Safari
  • Tap on the 3G icon to turn it on

The thing is, toggling services is a very common task for most iPhone users “ especially as there are several key services that have a big impact on battery life.  Turning 3G on and off on its own is something I do countless times per week.  And Apple ‘s ‘solution ‘ takes (at least) twice as long as the jailbreak solution.

It ‘s just dumb.  Apple ‘s excuse for taking so long to bring copy&paste and multitasking to the iPhone was something along the lines that they didn ‘t want just any solution, they wanted to do it right, do it better and more elegantly than others had. 

Fair enough, but in this case someone else has already shown the way.  SBSettings works perfectly for this task.  Just let it into the App Store.  Or pay off the developer and ‘borrow ‘ some of his work for an Apple-branded solution.  Just do something that makes it less of a painfully stupid process to carry out a simple and common task on the iPhone.

OK “ deep breath.  End of rant. But if someone is making an Apple Santa list, please put me down for those two. 🙂

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