A Wish List for iPhone 4.0

iphone4 300x265 A Wish List for iPhone 4.0

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.

Multitasking

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.

GPS Improvements

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.

Faster Browser

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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  • http://twitter.com/dgospodi Desislava

    Video calls, very very powerful battery to support the amounts of apps I have installed, less bugs, more integration – sync my notes for example… :) oh and way to organise apps not just have them all over the place.
    I want iPhone to play all popular video formats, I hate that you have to convert the video to get it run on iphone and despite all i never really made one with good quality – video handling in these days of video popularity shouldn't be that difficult for the consumer.
    I was happy with the search facility, but agree on the multi tasking. I always wanted to keep few apps running at the same time.

    I owned 3G, which got stolen (from my car) and although I miss to have the world in my pocket but won't forget the terrible performance on the last few updates I made. I'm holding myself from getting a replacement in anticipation for the new iPhone :)

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    Thanks for your comment Desislava! I completely agree with you on the battery, notes, and organizing the apps. I'd thought about listing the app organization briefly but then thought – how would they do it. But surely Apple could come up with a way.

  • http://twitter.com/dgospodi Desislava

    Video calls, very very powerful battery to support the amounts of apps I have installed, less bugs, more integration – sync my notes for example… :) oh and way to organise apps not just have them all over the place.
    I want iPhone to play all popular video formats, I hate that you have to convert the video to get it run on iphone and despite all i never really made one with good quality – video handling in these days of video popularity shouldn't be that difficult for the consumer.
    I was happy with the search facility, but agree on the multi tasking. I always wanted to keep few apps running at the same time.

    I owned 3G, which got stolen (from my car) and although I miss to have the world in my pocket but won't forget the terrible performance on the last few updates I made. I'm holding myself from getting a replacement in anticipation for the new iPhone :)

  • http://www.JohnVasko.com jvasko

    Thanks for your comment Desislava! I completely agree with you on the battery, notes, and organizing the apps. I'd thought about listing the app organization briefly but then thought – how would they do it. But surely Apple could come up with a way.