Note: This list may be updated.
iOS 7 is mighty unstable both itself and applications. Newsblur crashes almost daily for me and the OS crashes once or twice a week. I’m expecting much of this to be fixed prior to iOS 8. In case Apple doesn’t consider this a widespread problem, iOS 8 needs to be much more stable.
Update: iOS 7.1 appears to be much better in this regard. We’re not a week in yet but this was a focus of Apple’s and seems to be better.
Custom Map Directions
iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks allows sending directions from a computer to a phone. Relatively obvious feature and it works as advertised. Adding the capability to do custom maps on the computer and having the custom map on the phone would be very appealing.
More Keyboard Shortcuts
Apple increased the number of shortcuts available with iOS 7 but they’re still falling short of where it needs to be. Applications are probably going to be adding support for keyboard shortcuts in the near future. Apple needs to step up their game even more though.
A lot of people love the current animations but they wear on me. They feel slow and unnecessary. I disabled them and have been glad they’re gone but do miss having the defaults setup.
Better Siri Integration
iOS 7 “improved” Siri. Supposedly the voice got better although I’m not sure it’s better. That’s another section. I’m looking for integration. Control the Podcasts app with Siri. Allow third-party applications to tie into Siri. That is the killer feature of Siri for people who drive (aka. screw the city folk).
Better Siri Voice
iOS 6 had a Siri voice which was robotic but relatively clear. The new voice is less robotic but makes sounds with humans do not make and that includes the Swedes. Its pauses for commas are awkward as well. “Okay, Paused, Kevin” has spaces more like periods, not like commas. Overall the voice is a step back, not forward.
Crowd Sourced Maps
Waze did a great job with crowd sourcing events on the road such as construction, speed traps, and objects on the road. They took it a step further and allowed collaborative map modifications. Apple’s accuracy problems would disappear in a matter of months if they allowed collaborative map editing. Crowd-sourced events would be nice too. Apple isn’t a social company and this will never happen.
Less U-Turns in Apple Maps
Apple Maps loves u-turns. Stop that. They can update this prior to iOS 8. Just fix this.
Not interesting for the phone but could be great for an iPad. Apple’s iPad nomenclature points to an iPad Pro. Multi-user on an iPad could be exciting for families who don’t need a full laptop anymore.
More Intuitive Photo Burst Mode
Using burst mode for photos on iPhone 5s is easy but choosing the desired photo and deleting the others is confusing. I have only used burst mode a couple times but I still fumble around every time.
Unlimited Photo Stream Use
Everpix went out of business. Modify Photo Stream to support all my photos and videos for life. Yes there are scale issues but it would make people’s family photos reliably available even with new devices. Apple could advertise this feature and I expect it to resonate with a lot of people, even if they don’t know it. Oh, and don’t compress the photos.
I know a lot of people who think iOS 7 looks great. I’m not one of them. I have almost no ideas on how to improve it, but just improve it. Just because Johnny Ive knows how to make great hardware doesn’t mean he has a clue about software. I said this a while and feel like I have been proved right. I’m considering not moving my iPad to iOS 7 for performance and appearance reasons. While I’ve grown used to iOS 7 I am generally happier on iOS 6. iOS 7.1 may make some small improvements but time will tell
x-callback-url exists and is being used well by numerous applications. A fully featured inter-app communication system could significantly change how people use applications. Text can be reliably moved from application to application using native methods. Safari would even play with this as x-callback-url isn’t supported by Apple whatsoever as far as I know.
Improved Touch Targets for Scroll Wheel
Previous versions of iOS used the slot machine style wheel. iOS 7 refreshed the look of the wheel. Not only was the look overhauled but the touch targets were also modified. An article is on the Internet about why it is more challening to use than the old one. Fix this.
I know Apple loves their new font selection but it’s not a great font. It’s not very easy to read and it’s often too thin. I can’t articulate what I don’t like about it, but I don’t.
Context Sensitive “Grammar”
Full context sensitive auto-correction is hard and processor intensive. Instead, why not just use context sensitive punctuation. If I open a sentence with “Can” a double tap of the space bar should render a ? instead of a ..
Slide to Delete Behavior
A lot of apps have swipe to delete. A recent behavior, iOS 7 related possibly, is they require a very long swipe to keep the delete button visible. If you let go too quickly it will go to another screen. Tis ambiguity and precision required for swiping is very frustrating. Only makes me hate gestures more than I do.
More Informative Lock Screen…On Calls
I don’t want my lock screen constantly showing statuses I don’t care about. However, it’s not uncommon I need to access the phone controls while it’s locked and I’m using the phone. Mute, “press 1 to join the conference”, and similar functions all require access to the basic phone controls. iOS 8 would do me a favor if it gave me basic controls without having to unlock the phone.