With so many great Android phones coming out every month, Apple’s iOS product line is not nearly as exciting as it was when iPhones 3GS and 4 were launched. With iOs 5 around the corner and iPhone (5?) rumours coming out of every hole on the internet, the product features speculated just aren’t as exciting as they used to be.
There’s only so much you can do with a simple app launcher homescreen, before you users begin to get tired of it. Here’s what I would like Apple to add to the homescreen:
- In the same manner as folders they could add “widgets” i.e. lets say you have a weather icon that show current temperature on it, well you could tap on it and it would “open” a la folder with additional details in it, add horizontal scrolling and it’s golden.
- Allow larger app icons i.e. 1×2 or 1×4, that would act like widgets and still launch apps
- Treat each “screen” like a card and allow rearranging them
I’m really glad that Apple wasn’t afraid to copy ideas from other platforms when it came to notifications. This was iOS’ Achilles’ heel even since Google released Android platform, soon followed by Palm’s WebOs beautiful notification area at the bottom of the screen.
To improve iOS’s notification popup I suggest the folling:
- When pulling notification curtain down, show most important messages right away at the bottom of it. Sometimes I just want to take a quick peek and just pull that curtain down 3rd of the way to see if I even want to open at this particular moment in time.
- Allow removing messages by swiping motion to the right, as if throwing them off the notifications area.
- And replace the ugly background pattern with something that goes with the rest of the OS. It just doesn’t feel right.
This is it for now.