Maybe many of us love the iPhone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t turn a blind eye to its flaws, maybe if the decision was up to us, we’d still make a few changes to improve iOS and the platform it runs on.
If you’re a longtime iPhone user who’s developed something of a love-hate relationship with iOS, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Although iOS is known to be a smoother, easier and more secure experience than Android.
But still this operating system is not perfect and the iPhone has its flaws and there are many other features that we would like Apple to give us.
At this point, waiting for features that have been on mainstream Android smartphones for years seems to be just part of the iPhone experience.
In this article, we review the top 6 features that we are still waiting to see in iOS.
1. Multitasking with split screen
Unlike iPadOS and most Android phones, the iPhone still does not have multitasking with a split screen, and this is one of the biggest drawbacks of this company’s phones. This means you have to use separate programs, one at a time. While we’re glad that picture-in-picture video finally made its way to iOS in 2020, it’s still a great feature for watching, not for doing.
When the iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen, the lack of split-screen functionality in iOS might have made sense, but considering that the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro have 6.1-inch screens, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a large 6.7-inch screen, the lack of split-screen functionality makes sense. Page in iOS is a pain point for many professional users.
2. Smarter Siri
Siri got a lot of attention when it was introduced on the iPhone 4S in 2011, but things have changed since then. Although Apple has seemed to be the leader for years, other voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant have created their own buzz in the market. Alexa in particular has excellent and efficient integration not only with Amazon services, but also with many third-party apps, while Siri’s third-party support is very limited in comparison.
And even though Siri is great for short, simple commands like setting reminders or sending text messages, it’s easy to confuse the assistant when it comes to more complex tasks. Ask Siri to do a lot of things to see that it often shows you Google search results.
In recent years, Apple has been updating Siri with new voices and even regional accents, but while Siri is more stylish than ever, it still needs to get smarter.
3. Horizontal Face ID
Although Face ID was met with skepticism when it was first introduced on the iPhone X, it quickly proved to be secure, reliable and fast. Continuous updates have made Face ID faster and better at recognizing faces. If you have an iPhone 12 or later, you can even use Face ID with a mask.
Face ID works well as long as you hold your iPhone properly. Even on the latest Apple devices, Face ID still requires an almost direct view of your face to work, and if your iPhone is tilted horizontally, it won’t work at all. If you use your device while lying down, this can lead to an uncomfortable experience.
4. Apple pen support
Since the Apple Pencil was originally released in 2015, we’ve seen it grow into a versatile and powerful tool for digital artists, illustrators, and other artists. Much of Apple’s marketing for iPads even puts the Apple Pencil at the center of attention, showing the many ways it can enhance creativity and productivity in the right hands. That said, we haven’t received any Apple Pencil support for iPhones yet.
When it comes to phones, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a big phone. In fact, its 6.7-inch screen is almost the same size as the 8.3-inch iPad mini. So there’s no reason why we can’t use the Apple Pencil on it. The Apple Pencil is one of the best iPad accessories, but unfortunately, we wonder why we can’t use it on our iPhone.
5. Schedule in iMessage
Whether it’s easy syncing with other iOS devices, the ability to play iMessage or use Animojis, there are many reasons to love iMessage. However, one of the biggest features missing from iMessage is message scheduling. The ability to write and schedule messages in advance makes it much easier to schedule events, send reminders, and a bunch of other things, and their absence is considered one of the drawbacks of the iPhone.
Currently, if you want to schedule a message from iPhone, you have to use complicated and confusing workarounds. Although Apple has been great at adding more functionality and features to iMessage, message scheduling is one thing that is still missing from iOS.
6. Freedom of action in the layout of the main page
The iOS operating system has come a long way since the days of iOS 1.0, but many things have remained the same. One of the iPhone’s biggest gripes, and one aspect that hasn’t changed yet, is the way apps are laid out on the home screen.
Instead of giving you the freedom to place apps wherever you want, you’ll still be stuck organizing all your apps into a simple list. If you decide to move an app to the top of the screen, everything below it—apps and widgets—will also be moved. This can turn a simple task like organizing your home page into a huge hassle.
While there are plenty of ways to customize Samsung devices, and other manufacturers offer the same capabilities, we’re yet to see the same functionality on iOS, meaning most people’s home screens look pretty much the same.
iOS still has a long way to go
Whether it’s iMessage, FaceTime, or Siri, there’s a reason why so many people still choose iPhones and iOS. Although Apple has been stubborn in the past, we’ve seen it begin to listen to more user feedback and finally begin to deliver long-awaited features in iOS, such as widgets and lock screen personalization, so there’s hope for improvement in the future.
What is your opinion about this? What features would you like to see added to the iOS operating system? Share your opinion with us.