The ninth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is expected to be announced at the WWDC keynote on Monday. The update will mostly come with bug fixes and improvements, but there will also be a few other features like an updated keyboard layout, colorful Siri interface and new Home app. In spite of what we have heard, we have some things we would like to see in the new operating system.
Customizable Control Center
Jailbroken iPhone with a customizable Control Center
The Control Center is the menu that comes up from the bottom of the display and has buttons on it for many common functions: Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Clock, Flashlight, etc. In iOS 9, we would love to see customization for this so we can switch out and reorder the buttons. Instead of the Calculator icon, I would love to add one of Apple’s stock apps or a third-party app like Spotify.
We love using the “Hey Siri” feature, but since it’s limited to when the iPhone is being charged, we don’t use it that often. Thanks to the powerful battery in the iPhone 6 Plus, I only charge my phone at night when I’m asleep so I’m not able to say “Hey Siri.” On a recent iOS 8 beta there was a bug on the iPad that allowed Siri to be accessed with those special keywords without being plugged in. I would love for Apple to allow the option of Siri always listening instead of just when the phone is plugged in.
With iOS 7, Apple introduced more white space into their apps, which is great unless you are using your iPhone at night. To enable a “Night Mode”, you can turn on inverted colors which turns the whites into blacks and vice versa, but all the colors are also their complete opposites. We would love to view apps with a darker hue to them so it’s easier to use the iPhone at night.
Clear All Apps in App Switcher
When the iPhone 6s with Force Touch comes out in September, this would be a perfect time for Apple to add the ability to clear all apps in the App Switcher. We have theorized before that a simple tap/swipe could delete an app, while a deep press could delete all the apps. This function, although, would be limited to devices with the Force Touch.
Reachability is a feature that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so the buttons at the top of apps can be accessed with one hand on the large display. When Reachability is turned on, the app slides halfway down the display leaving the top open. Apple should take advantage of this empty space by turning Reachability into Multitasking. They could either allow a second app to be added to the space or have widgets added (like the picture above).
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On the Mac, there’s a search bar for Settings so if you are looking for something specific, like enabling the dark menus, you can find it. (By the way, that’s in the General section). On iPhone, it would be great to have a search bar so you can look for specific settings.
Do Not Disturb
On the Apple Watch, you can cover the display when receiving a notification to silence it. The iPhone should have something similar when turning on Do Not Disturb. When you’re studying or doing work, Do Not Disturb could be automatically turned on by placing the iPhone screen-first on a table or other flat surface.
Notification Center Widgets
World clocks work on the Mac so why not the iPhone?
Apple should create more widgets for the apps they already have on the iPhone. The Clock app could have a stopwatch button or a world clock always present in Notification Center, Maps could always have a mini-map of your current location, Messages/Phone could store icons for your Favorites, Mail could have a new email icon, etc. This would work in conjunction with the customizable Control Center since many of these shortcuts are already found there.
More Dynamic Wallpapers
We’ve seen the same dynamic wallpapers for the last 2 years….
Dynamic, or moving, wallpapers were introduced alongside of iOS 7, but have yet to be updated. They are dated, we see the same basic colors and they really need to be updated. Hopefully we will see some additions with iOS 9.
The WWDC Keynote should be amazing even if Apple decides not to update iOS 9 with any of these amazing features.