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    Default Help with defining future features for the iPhone v2 -- to be sent to Apple this week

    All,

    I’m planning to write Apple later this weekend regarding realistic new features that I like to see in future releases of the iPhone and I figured that I’d do this as a joint effort project.

    For those of you who have been using GSM phones for the past 15 years, I’m sure that you’ll agree that whilst the iPhone is revolutionary in many ways, the vast majority of what it has to offer is somewhat modest in comparison to phones that have been released in Europe and Asia over the past 4 years.

    So what are the iPhone’s strong points

    The Interface! Need I say more?
    The fact that the phone runs MacOS
    The look and feel

    So what are the “must have” features (please be reasonable)

    1. 1. A larger flash drive (I know the 16GB model is coming, but how about more?)
    2. 2. Drive accessibility as with the iPod/Mac
    3. 3. A Lighter and a smaller footprint
    4. 4. Full Support for SMS (both alpha/numeric senders)
    5. 5. 3G support
    6. 6. Video and iChat support
    7. 7.Options with the camera – photobooth?
    8. 8.A SIP client so that the phone could be used with your ISP’s triple play VOIP offer when at home.
    9. 9. Greater application/widget support (ability to install)
    10. 10. A “airplane” mode like switch for EDGE communication (“Edge off”) when you’re not connected to wifi to prevent high data consumption or provide the end user with the choice
    11. 11. Regarding the weather app/stock app and the like, support for an “image” file that stores the last updated information in the event that the “EDGE off” mode is activated and you’re not synced to any wifi service.
    12. 12. A redesign of the iPhone’s headphone jack that will make it standards based as opposed to the current proprietary design.
    13. 13. Access to the flash drive via Bluetooth for photo transfers/contact transfers/iSync
    14. 14. An improved battery
    15. 15.etc., etc…


    So what are the like to have features (once again, be reasonable):

    1. 1. An unlocked iPhone that Apple prices higher than the network restricted telephone.
    2. 2. Support for video chatting? Phonebooth version Leopard? (would amuse my daughter)
    3. 3. Support for streaming video à la VLC – will allow you to watch TV on your iphone.
    4. 4. Support for some Mac 3rd party apps and widgets (within the realm of reasonable). Clearly it would not be very meaningful to be able to run Photoshop on such a small screen, unless of course, a special video extender was created to that would allow you to connect your external monitor in someway to the iPhone
    5. 5. A Way to interface with your apple cinema display.
    6. 6. Etc., etc...
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    If you don't get any feedback from people it's probably because it seems a little quixotic to think that Apple would pay attention to it. For better or for worse, they just aren't that kind of company. Probably for the better actually.

    They don't recess a headphone jack on a whim, not considering how it will not only improve the aesthetics (and it does) but force people to upgrade their "made for iPhone" accessories (of which they get 5%). They didn't "forget" to include a VoIP client.

    And they don't reverse these decisions on a whim either, or based on e-mails from customers. You can write this and send it, but just do so with the knowledge that no one of any significance to the development of the iPhone will ever read it. It would probably reach more people and have slightly more potential for influence if you posted it on your blog or if you created a blog for it.

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    Yeah, i'm with goodcompany on this one. You can go ahead and send it, but what a waste of time. Apple pays countless amounts of money every year to people that probably have the same ideas as you. Why, then, doesn't the iPhone have all these things? Well, you'd have to analyze each point separately, though I would say that pigs will definitely be flying before you see apple release a VoIP client for iPHone.

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    Goodcompany, this is a good point and I would normally agree with you, but things are changing and Apple does welcome feedback on their new products and under many circumstances have integrated many of these requests into their product development and/or changed policies.

    One recent example of Apple's this is Steve Job's decision to provide all iPhone owners that initially bought the iPhone before the price change with a 100 USD store credit.

    Last point, in today's mobile industry, if Apple wishes to succeed in Europe and Asia they're going to really need to begin listening because 1) phones are new to them and not their core business and 2) a bigger and better telephone comes out at least once a month here.

    Sure, Apple can continue to do things for themselves and define requirements that suit what they think the market wants/needs, but unhappily this is not a wise approach considering that they're upon unfamiliar ground and it's for that reason that I will try to voice my opinion regarding what I feel is missing. That way, at least I can say I tried and I hope others will follow suit.

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    I dont think, Apple will notice your message. But for the record:

    Syncing of Calendar/Adressbook/.mac-Mail via .mac.

    I dont understand, why apple dont use this possibility to realize an Over-the-Air-Sync with .mac. Than the iphone is more interessting for Blackberry Users.

    best regards

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    The syncing with .mac is emblematic of a general problem with Apple's approach (in my view). They treat the iPhone like a phone or an iPod rather than as a little computer that runs OS X.

    Syncing with .mac requires a local truth database on the iPhone. Unfortunately, since the syncing mechanism does not (currently) allow one Mac to sync with another, the combination of iTunes syncing and iSync syncing probably adds more complexity than they think users can handle.

    The real must-haves in my mind are
    * Stop the iPod and Safari features from crashing on complex web pages.
    * Add cut and paste between applications. It's excruciating to type a URL into a web form.
    * Support for GPG and Certificate-based encryption in mail.
    * Support for flash, java, and (I hate to say it) Windows media player plug-ins.
    * Support for multiple users (especially not running everything as root). I know that by making the one volume read-only and the other non-executable they protected people from most root-like vulnerabilities, but as we all know, there are ways around that.
    * Support for the use of Bluetooth keyboards.

    The nice-to-haves that probably won't happen include
    * Officially open to third-party development for those applications that people need to use off-line or cannot be used securely over the web.
    * Change the upgrade process to be more like the Mac OS X upgrade, leaving in place anything that does not need to be changed. Wiping the volumes should be a last resort, not standard practice.


    All in all, I'll settle for them leaving in place the possibility to break jail, so that we can do what we need to do on the side.
    Last edited by dpv; 09-10-2007 at 03:56 PM.

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    must have:

    1. mms. For crying out loud! It's embarrasimg that I can't receive a simple picture message.

    2. That's it.

    Nice to have:

    1. As the above poster says, a cross-application copy-and-paste function. It doesn't have to be copy/paste as we know it. Many phones are capable of identifying a phone number or hyperlink and allowing you to "use number as...".

    2. An extension to above. "cross-application functionality". I.E: tap a youtube link (or a blank embedded yt vid) and be shwooshed straight over to the youtube app with your desired video ready. That is just one example but the power of cross-application functionality is endless and would provide many work-arounds for the iphone's limitations.

    3. No need for full disk access. But a "my docs" folder would be nice, to save pictures, articles and PDFs from the web.

    4. Proper bluetooth. (another embarrasment tbh).

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    - PUSH MAIL! (REAL PUSH MAIL NO SHIT!)
    - FULL JAVA SUPPORT IN SAFARI
    - FLASH SUPPORT IN SAFARI
    - COPY PASTE
    - SCRAP BOOK
    - SEND PICTURES OVER BLUETOOTH
    - SEND CONTACTS OVER BLUETOOTH
    - GESTURE COMMANDS (INCLUDING SPEED DIALING).
    - VOICE RECOGNITION OVER BLUETOOTH


    OPEN THE DARN THINK UP TO THIRD PARTY DEVELOPERS.. OTHERWISE THEY WILL OPEN IT FOR YOu.. HISTORY KEEPS PROVING THIS POINT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbird View Post
    1. A larger hard drive (I know the 16GB model is coming, but how about more?)
    2. Hard drive accessibility as with the iPod/Mac
    There's no hard drive in the iPhone, it's flash based... 16GB model is surely coming already.

    3. A Lighter and a smaller footprint
    That's one of the iPhone strongest point: it's size... It's as big as the screen. How could it be any smaller

    10. A “airplane” mode for EDGE communication (“Edge off”) when you’re not connected to wifi to prevent high data consumption or provide the end user with the choice
    Doesn't make much sense. In most airplane they would ask you to turn of any radio transmitting device, including wifi.
    Or be more accurate with your description, you mean "phone off" not EDGE off

    12. A redesign of the iPhone’s headphone jack that will make it standards based as opposed to the current proprietary design.
    I think you mean not as recessed so standard jack can be used

    13. Access to the hard drive via Bluetooth.
    14. An improved battery
    There's no hard drive in an iPhone, it's flash based
    You want smaller with improved battery ? how so? you need to choose.
    The iphone has the longest battery life of all wifi device I've seen so far.

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    Lightbulb

    - real push email (RIM grade... either allow BlackBerry to port the client - but on the other side we all know proprietary protocols are evil , or make something RFC standard really do work and simple - offer a free server gateway product to Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino...)
    - PDF reader
    - Flash
    - PowerPoint viewer (or equivalent, OpenOffice Impress, Apple KeyNote...)
    - video out interface!

    Imagine pulling out the iPhone, connecting it to the beamer, and scrolling through your keynote - who needs a laptop anymore


 

 
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