In March, we offered some of the things we’d like to see in “iOS 10,” which Apple is likely to announce in June at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). We’re adding more to our list.
Street Views in Apple Maps
Flyovers in the Maps app are great, and we love that Apple continues to add to this list. However, these beautiful moving images can’t help us get from point A to B.
In iOS 10, we hope that Apple finally takes the plunge and gives us a street view option in the native Maps app. Google Maps is great at doing this, which is one of the reasons so many iOS users continue to use it.
In January, BGR hinted that Apple is working on a street view. We hope that they are correct.
An entertainment API, app
It seems that everyone offers a streaming video app for iOS and tvOS. Unfortunately, finding the perfect video to watch can be problematic, at best. Apps like Fan TV do a nice job of showing us where TV shows and movies are located to view online. However, there should be a better solution.
This is where a universal entertainment app would come in. Imagine one app that manages all of your entertainment subscriptions and content, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Showtime.
For this to work, Apple would almost certainly need to offer an entertainment-based API that works across iOS, tvOS, and OS X. They would also have to offer this to everyone. Yes, this means negotiating with companies like Amazon, which have yet to bring its video service to Apple TV.
We keep hearing that Apple wants to become the leader in entertainment. Wouldn’t this be a nice place to start, perhaps alongside the long-rumored Apple streaming video service?
Push Apple News
Apple News was first introduced last fall with iOS 9. Think of it as a much lighter version of Flipboard, which is part of the problem, no?
Back in March, Tech Radar suggested that Apple News should expand its presence into the leftmost menu in iOS. That’s a great idea. Better still, Cupertino should make Apple News a separate tab in Control Center, alongside Today and Notifications. Otherwise, Apple News is just like every other news app on the App Store.
Limit iOS 10
It’s common knowledge that older iOS devices don’t always play nice with newer iOS software updates. Case in point: the recent iOS 9.3 fiasco that affected the 5-year-old iPad 2.
To eliminate a lot of headaches, Apple should rethink how long it offers iOS updates to devices you can no longer buy. We’re thinking that once a device is discontinued, Apple should continue to offer full support for no more than a year. After that time, only bug fixes would be provided.
Obviously, this might cause a lot of anger. However, Apple has done a good job of keeping devices on the market for a relatively long period of time.
For example, the iPad mini 2 was first introduced in November 2013 and remains in stores. If it were pulled from the market in November 2016, it would still be fully supported until November 2017 under our scenario.
The iPhone 5s offers a more timely scenario. This handset was introduced in September 2013 and discontinued last month when the iPhone SE arrived. This means that full support would continue until March 2017; thereafter, only bug fix updates would be provided.
Providing four years of support for a tech product sounds reasonable, no?