As a 3G owner who bought his phone back in November of 2008, I’ll be looking to make a move to upgrade when the 2 years is up. While the iPhone has hands-down been the best “phone” I’ve ever owned, this multi-media device has a bit of catching up to do in certain areas. Here’s what I’m hoping to hear on Thursday when the announcement is made about iPhone 4.0:
Integration of Address Book and Social Media Accounts
This is something where Android phones have trumped the iPhone thus far. There are people whose information I’ve got on Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin but haven’t got in my address book. This seems like a no-brainer since it’s already been done so I’m hoping I can sync up the information in these social media sites to my address book by this summer.
Seamless Integration With Gmail and Google Calendar
I know. I know. Why don’t I just get the Droid? I love everything about the iPhone but I’d like to have some of the features I love about Gmail like conversation threading, labeling, and really good search. I’d also like to be able to sync my ical and Google calendar more seamlessly than I can now. I have a feeling that these wishes won’t come true but it would be great if they did.
This is the big one that everyone is hoping for. We want to be able to do something other than just send an e-mail while listening to music or talking on the phone. It’s the user’s decision as to how much of their battery they want to drain at any given time. We should be able to have multiple applications going at the same time be able to come back to where we left off on the app.
I honestly don’t feel that the GPS and maps feature on the iPhone is all that intuitive. I feel that the user interface could be a lot smarter and hopefully 4.0 mean that users can more easily start a new search and maybe we’ll get turn-by-turn directions.
Either approve Opera Mini or make Safari faster. Despite how many versions they attempt, Safari is one of the most sluggish desktop browsers around. I abandoned using it about a year ago when it would hardly work on my ibook (and Firefox and Opera worked fine). Now, I’ve got a new iMac and I still use Firefox, Opera, and Chrome. So there’s no reason why the same won’t hold true for the iPhone. I’m hoping for a really fast new mobile Safari but if they can’t do it, let’s go to the Opera.
Much Better Camera
I love the convenience of having a camera on the phone but let’s face it, the iPhone camera isn’t that good. The technology is out there to improve this. Let’s just hope that Apple blows away the competition on this so that we can quickly upload great quality pics to flickr and have them printed and sent to mom’s house for an 8 x 10 frame.
So I think my wish list is pretty small. I’m sure there are some much bigger expectations out there.
What new features and improvements are you looking for?
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