By Anu Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 19, 2013 12:02 PM EST
Rumor has it that Apple is working on the next revision for its mobile operating system, the iOS 7, which will likely be showcased at the company's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.
With iOS 6 garnering more brickbats than bouquets thanks to its Maps debacle, iFans will be fervently hoping that iOS 7 brings with it some innovative features that ups Apple's game.
Even though it's too early to confidently say what upgrades iOS 7 will bring to enhance the user experience, here's a look at the top five features we'd like to see iOS 7 feature.
1. Multi-Window View
Apple would do well to take a page out of Samsung's book and incorporate the Multi-Window View feature, which enables users to run two app's simultaneously. How cool would it be if you could multi-tasking on your iPad or iPhone? The possibilities are tremendous!
Apple, could even go a step further and make the feature applicable for several apps and not limited ones (like Samsung).
Sure enough the iPhone 5 with iOS can run apps in the background and the push notifications feature is helpful; however, with a larger screen and higher resolutions on the Retina display, the experience with Multi-Windows would be incredible.
Multi-Window view would allow apps to be run side-by-side in the landscape or portrait mode. What's more, the apps should be resizable. So if users prefer single tasking, they can do so with ease as well.
A preview option for the apps would be the cherry on the cake!
2. Biometric Security
This feature is high on our wishlist and would be quite a leap for iOS. Sure enough plenty of devices in the market have the face lock option, but biometrics would be taking things to another level. Just place your thumb or finger on the display, let the biometric reader scan your fingerprints and you're good to go!
3. Smarter Siri
Siri may be smart but you'd have to agree that there's plenty of room for improvement. Apple's voice assistant was quite the rage upon debut, but with time the digital assistant has aged. Siri is great for scheduling reminders, alarms, appointments etc., but surely she is capable of doing more!
For instance, if you search for something on Safari Siri should be able to keep track of the user's search history, preferences, and even have the ability to recommend relevant information.
A better Siri integration could also see the voice assistant scanning the e-mails in your inbox to help you keep track of shipment notifications, perhaps even track the packages on request. Siri could even remind you that you have a flight to take or a movie to catch, and have the ability to integrate your boarding pass or movie tickets into Passbook.
Third-party app integration would also be a step forward for Siri. There would be no need to dial in from Skype to make a call, just ask Siri to do it.
4. Location Aware Locking
Presently, iPhone and iPad users have the option to set reminders to locations. To illustrate, you can set a reminder to purchase vegetables at the supermarket. If the location aware locking feature were to become more intelligent, with password protection in tow, it could be tied to more features on the device. Settings for the feature to work in trusted environments would act as a safeguard.
5. Improved Home Screen
This is possibly one area where iOS may slightly lag behind other ecosystems like Windows and Android. Even though simplicity is great, the home screen really hasn't evolved much in the last six years.
Currently, some jailbreaking tools enable users to modify the look and feel of the home screen icons, but an official change would surely be welcomed by iFans
A more dynamic home screen that can be personalized, like Windows 8's Live Tiles, would add a fresh lease of life.
What are some other features you would like to see Apple incorporate in the iOS 7?
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