In a strange way, there’s something exciting about the fact that mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android are relatively immature, and still lacking some features that people really want. If nothing else, it certainly allows their makers to release upgrades that are a big deal, since there’s no lack of worthwhile stuff to add. (With Windows and OS X, there are far fewer obvious holes; a cynic, in fact, might contend that those OSes would benefit from having fewer features.)
I’m enjoying iOS 5 on both both my iPhone 4 and iPad 2. But as I use it, I’m also reflecting on the missing features I still crave. (One example: More serious font support, such as the ability to add my own typefaces.) And over on Twitter, I asked my pals for their iOS 6 wish lists, and got lots of nifty nominations–most of which sounded like things that Apple might plausibly add, and only a few of which were (coughcoughFlash) painfully obvious.
After the jump, a few dozen of them–thanks to all who participated in this brainstorming exercise.
That was fun. I’ll bet some of these ideas show up in iOS 6, or iOS 7 at least. (Back in 2009, I listed 25 features I wanted to see in the OS then known as iPhone OS–two years later, most of them are available…but there are a few I’d still love to see in iOS 6.)