Features Apple should take from Android
It’s not surprise that features Apple currently has were “taken” from Android. Most features that people love on iPhones were on Android first. Yes, the iPhone did come out first but it wasn’t the first to have slide down notification bar, low power mode, night mode, split screen, ability to choose keyboard, and other smaller features. There are more features Apple should utilize to make their already great device even better.
The ability to change default apps
As much as I love iOS, I have to admit my iPhone never feels like it’s truly “mine” – it always feels like I’m borrowing it from Apple. This is mainly because iOS doesn’t allow you to change the default apps it comes preinstalled with: Mail, Calendar, Safari, etc. While these apps are at the top of their game and are fine for 95% of users, power users and more advanced tech geeks would love the ability to set third-party apps as the default apps for their email, calendar, messaging, maps, and web browsing needs. I mean, this is a feature Android has had for a while now and the OS is still standing. How hard can it be to implement on the iPhone?
None Moving App Icons
OK — this is a simple one. But it is a problem I have had with iOS since, well, forever. When you move an application in iOS, say, to a different homescreen or a new location, all the other applications move as well, in a sort of shuffling effect. I hate this. It annoys the hell out of me — why the hell can’t they just all stay put?
I don’t really understand what the utility of this is, or why Apple keeps it in place. I mean, wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just move applications around individually, rather than one displacing everything? And while we’re at it: I’d also like widgets, or some kind of real-time homescreen information display for apps that show notifications.
Multiple user accounts
This is a feature that many Android devices have had since Android 5.0. It’s also been a long requested for iOS–particularly on the iPad—for quite some time: multi-user support. The way this would work is that iOS would allow users to create multiple accounts on a single device. A user could log in with their pin, password, or Touch ID fingerprint and their iOS device would then be fully customized to their last-used settings: everything from app layout to wallpapers to email accounts.
This is arguably a feature more appropriate for the iPad or iPad Pro as often times families or couples share one iPad between then. Also, iPads are frequently shared in work environments. Multiple user accounts for the iPad in these environments would mean secure sharing between people without the risk of anyone else seeing your private information. As for the iPhone…multiple user accounts could also be enabled, but since our phones are such personal devices it’s not clear how many people actually share their phones with others to begin with.
Customizable Control Center
Control Center was introduced in iOS 7 and was pretty much stolen from the Quick Settings feature of Android. With a swipe up from the bottom of any screen users could finally quickly toggle Airplane mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and rotation lock on or off. Users also finally got quick access to music controls and shortcut icons to Flashlight, Timer, Calculator, and Camera. But in Android M, Google went further and now offers the ability to customize quick settings. This is something Control Center desperately needs. I mean, I don’t use the Timer that much, so I’d love to replace its shortcut button in Control Center with a button for Calendar, an app I use a lot. And who the heck needs constant access to Flashlight? Here’s hoping Apple steals the rest Quick Settings’ features.
In iOS 9 Apple introduced Proactive, essentially a Google Now competitor that learns things about you–such as your favorite apps or upcoming events you have schedule–and offers you quick access to or information about those things without you even having to ask. The problem is Proactive looks like a kid’s 4th grade coding project compared to Google Now. I’m constantly amazed how well Google Now works–showing me things like apportionments and upcoming flights automatically.