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What Features Does iOS 7 Need? 262

Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple's iOS 7, which is heavily rumored to make its debut at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, will almost certainly feature a totally redesigned interface. According to recent rumors (including a few key postings on the Apple-centric blog 9 to 5 Mac), the OS will stand as a shining example of "flat" design, which eliminates "real world" elements such as texture and shading in favor of stripped-down, basic shapes. That means certain iOS environments such as Game Center (with its casino-like green felt) and Newsstand (with its wooden shelving) could soon look completely different. But what about iOS 7's actual features? What could Apple change that would improve the operating system's chances against the increasingly sophisticated Google Android, not to mention the new-and-improved BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8? What would you do to iOS with Apple's full resources at your disposal?"
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What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

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  • by Prez Cannady ( 2945605 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @05:39AM (#43944809)
    I might be a terrorist, after all.
  • by AC-x ( 735297 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @05:59AM (#43944879)

    It's not going to happen, but a single checkbox in the settings would do:

    [ ] Allow installation of apps from unknown sources

  • by solidraven ( 1633185 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @06:22AM (#43944969)
    Two words: Self Destruct
    Possibly a large enough explosion that makes an apple shaped mark on the device owner, so I know who to avoid talking to.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 08, 2013 @06:48AM (#43945057)

    Perhaps what it really needs is a "NSA Prism" icon

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @07:34AM (#43945205)

    Actually, not a bad idea. Why not let the NSA host your email for you? They will have access to it one way or another anyway. Taxpayers have already paid for all those super-duper NSA data centers, so give citizens access to all that computing power via a free NSA cloud.

    It will save costs at the NSA, because they won't need a PRISM to refract your email . . . they will have direct access to it. And if you know that the NSA has access to your email, you won't need to worry about if they do have access to your email . . . because you know they do already. It will also be secure, because the NSA are the best professional hackers in the world.

    So getting back to iOS 7 features, I'm sure the NSA has already supplied Apple with a long list of their requirements. Let's open up those hidden NSA APIs so that everyone can use them and the NSA's unlimited resources.

    Once again, I have to ask myself, "Who's been sleeping in my brain . . . ?"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 08, 2013 @08:20AM (#43945323)

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 08, 2013 @08:29AM (#43945345)

    More like the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy GUI design...
    Every time I press one of these black controls, labelled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let me know I've done it.

  • by Lynchenstein ( 559620 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @09:16AM (#43945561)
    Cook holding a new iPad up for the audience to see: "Multiple logins? We've heard you loud and clear. Users want to be able to share the incredible iPad experience with their mother, their kids, their best friend. Up until now, that's just not been possible." ...he pauses for dramatic effect...."At Apple, we have the best and most creative engineers and designers in the world. We've had a team of 140...they have spent many many long nights figuring out the best, most seamless, and utterly beautiful way for you to share your iPad experience with others, without compromising your security, privacy, or individuality." ...again pausing...more pausing... "Today, I present the iPad Too." He pulls out a 2nd iPad that he has had stuffed down the back of his pants. He proudly displays two tablets, as if he's Moses... He holds them up high for everyone to see..."A totally secure multiple log in, guaranteeing no data leakage between the two accounts. This is Apple innovation, and that's why I just love the new iPad Too, and everyone at Apple is really proud to show it to you today. The new iPad Too. It's simply stunning."

    The audience erupts in rapturous applause. Some are crying. They're holding each other, hopping up and down. Confetti and balloons rain down.

    The Android and WinPhone8 fanboys lose their minds online. Servers explode. Anarchy.
  • Re:themes. (Score:2, Funny)

    by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Saturday June 08, 2013 @09:43AM (#43945721) Homepage

    You're holding it wrong....

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser