I don’t expect anyone to read ths… But maybe I’ll make some posts soon.
So like I’m an incredibly amateur photographer, like I think it’s a disgrace to photographers to call me a photographer. But I liked this picture so I thought I’d share.
iOS 7 Wishlist
This is my list, in no specify order of things I’d like to see in the next version of iOS.
- Refreshed Interface: Yeah, this is the biggie. The one everyone is talking about. I don’t want flattened interface. I’d like something along the lines of the work being done by apps like Instagram, Reeder, Flipboard, Tumblr, Paper, the list goes on. App design has found its way out of Apple’s gross basic UI Kit. Apple needs to meet this design. Not flattened, not glossy, not heavily textured. But besides the basic look of the UI, which simply needs to match the standard by current developers, what’s more important is Interaction. The “inter” of interface. The needs to be more intuitiveness in the UI. Pressing buttons and pinching and zooming isn’t cutting it anymore. Facebook seems to recently be the kind of intuitive touch features, and I think Apple should be taking note. For example, I was looking at a picture on my phone today, and I tried to use the gesture to close the photo, and then I realized I was in the Photos app, and I had to bring up the menu and press the “done” button. It shouldn’t be that hard. It’s not even that hard in the first place, but in this market, things just need to get easier. When developer interactions are leaps and bounds ahead of the actual interface they are developing for, it’s time for change. Speaking of change, this whole business about Skeuomorphism is out of hand. And yes, it is slightly out of hand on Apple’s part, but more so, on the part of tech journalism. That reaction is going to create worse design in the OS. iBooks is a marvel of design work, and it completely appropriate. While Find My Friends, and the old Pocast App were a bit too much, there is room for useful skeuomorphism, another example being the Garageband app. The design in that app creates context and makes the app actually easier to use, and it would be a crying shame if that was taken away. It’s beautiful when it’s done right, and I wouldn’t want it see it all go away.
- Inter-App Communication: This new dialogue box introduced in iOS 6 was a nice start, but this is a place where Apple needs to loosen the reigns a little bit. Other apps besides Apple’s need to be able to communication. It’s so nice to be able to send an iMessage through any app when I hit the share button, why not a Facebook message? I want my Instapaper app to immediately know when I’ve sent something to it from Reeder, and not have to refresh when I get into the app. This kind of interaction also allows for tons of new stats and recommendation apps. What if calorie counting app and the Fuelband app constantly shared information, giving an exponentially better experience? What if an app knew whenever I was listening to something on Spotify, or the Music App, or Youtube, or Safari, and sent that info there, and could make incredibly precise recommendations. While that could be completely impossible with battery considerations, and while all of it is semi-possible with developer workarounds, it’d be cool if it was built in and easier to access for less skilled developers. Apple needs to let developers into its gated community or the will find ways around it, leaving more room for error in the OS, and less ease of use for general users. A Side Note: This bullshit about developers leaving for Android is a lie, because there is no money in Android. There’s money in free apps with ads, but no where else. Android users hate paying for things, that’s why they chose the free- on-contract device in the first place.
- Improved Siri: The thing is, Siri has so much potential. But Apple over the past 3 years has become complacent with the initial idea. For this to work, it needed to be constantly improved. Siri’s popularity has no doubt waned because everyone got the gimmick out of their system. Siri is the kind of feature that needed to be improved upon consistently, not yearly. To be specific though, here are some things I’d like to see. Text-Based Siri would be insanely awesome. Sometimes… it’s just not ok to talk to your phone. The truth is… in most places it’s not socially ok to talk to your phone. Siri is great because it provides information easily without opening apps, but I don’t always want to talk to her. Developer Access is a must have, everyone has been thinking from day one, but it’s a necessity. Trust me, I see the downsides to letting fart apps invade the purity of Siri, but it’s time. Maybe there’s a stricter approval process for allowing apps into Siri? No matter what the compromises are, it’s time. I can’t even count the amount of times I have wanted to ask Siri to play a song from my spotify, and can’t. Not to be extreme, but the lack of developer access to Siri is literally a safety hazard. People are gonna want to use their phones while driving, and if Siri is supposed to be some quaz-solution to this problem, developer access is a must. I wouldn’t have to worry about opening Spotify while driving if it was included in Siri. Active Siri: "Ok Siri, find me a Chinese restaurant" Glass, as flawed as the product itself is, has gotten one thing completely right. While I don’t see this being used all that often on a phone, it would be a nice feature to have, and it would help pave the way for some more accurate data for some wearable devices possibly in the future. In-App Siri: There are two facets to this idea, and it’s my least well thought out one overall. Siri takes you out of your current app, there should be some solution so that it becomes more of an overlay and less of a new screen? Then you can reference your current app and such. But the other part of this is Siri integration in apps. Siri has the potential to be something very powerful outside of it’s linen backed walls. Along the lines of in-App communication, Siri could do a lot for search in apps and between apps. This issue is whether its title is Spotlight or Siri, but it could be something in a new multitasking or something, but I’m making a poor segue and I’m rambling.
- Improved Multitasking: Multitasking on iOS is simply a shitty experience. Well, multitasking on any moblie OS right now is a pretty shitty experience. WebOS had it very very very right. And given that WebOS is dead… it may be time for Apple to capitalize on the successes of the OS. While that would be highly unlikely in this next update of iOS with all the other necessary changes, something needs to be done. Something like the leak from a few years back, or the new jailbreak tweak Auxo. No matter the change, please bring something better.
- Easy Settings Toggles: I don’t care where they go, just put them somewhere, it’s a no brainer. Going all the way to settings to turn on Do Not Disturb or Bluetooth is a pain in the ass (Putting them in Siri would also be nice)
- Better Notifications: Notification Center was a HUGE improvement to the previous system, but that doesn’t mean its not flawed. The clear buttons are tiny, and honestly a swipe would work better. There should be more possible action from Notification Center, like reply buttons and such (maybe something similar to Android’s latest notification update, i can’t remember the name of the desert it was associated with). The linen looks bad here and should be replaced with like transparency or something. Also, for the banners, I want a quick way to dismiss them. Right now it’s confusing, I like the nature of them but sometimes someone is looking at my screen with me and if I get a notification I don’t want them to see, it’d be nice to have a quick way to dismiss them. And that’s only one need for a quicker way to dismiss, it’s a necessity nonetheless.
- Active Icons: Honestly, how hard is it to get accurate updating temperatures on the weather icon? Open this up to developers and you’ve halfway solved your “glanceable” information problem in an elegant way.
- Fix iMessages and iCloud: Make it work the way you said it would.
The following ideas are more my ramblings and less thought out dreams for future updates.
- Integrated Messages: Stealing one from webOS again, how about integrated the Messages app with other apps. It would make a whole lot of people’s lives easier. Maybe even integrating all commucation with specific people into a place to sort through it all.
- Improved Lockscreen: I feel like there could be more functionality here… but I don’t know what.
- Multi-App View on iPad: Some like the “snap” feature in Windows 8, a man can dream can’t he?
- Apple TV SDK: Pleeeeease? I beg.
Ok this post was really long and I rambled a lot I’m sorry.
I just feel like Facebook could’ve been such a better fit for Tumblr. Facebook (aside from the atrocity of the explore page) has made Instagram infinitely better, while letting it remain mainly independent. I feel like Tumblr would’ve thrived under Facebook, and grown so much. Under Yahoo? Not so much. I worry Yahoo will become complacent with how the service is and not let it grow, mainly because Yahoo needs Tumblr more than Tumblr needs Yahoo. I pray that some of Tumblr’s beautifully simple graphic design sensibilities transfer over into the new Yahoo realm. Everyone is cheering at the new Flickr, and while it’s improvement, it’s still shit ugly compared to the web design work coming out of Tumblr and other companies like Facebook. My argument against a Facebook acquisition would’ve been that Facebook would possibly push unnecessary social features onto Tumblr, and not focus on the content, as it did to Instagram. The most recent features added to Instagram have been solely for social expansion and none for creative. Tumblr needs creative expansion. It doesn’t need to be hyper social, nor does it need to become a Facebook type of hyper social. Hopefully Yahoo will appreciate it for it’s content, simplicity, and WEB DESIGN. While I’m skeptical, it’s not the worst acquisition I’ve ever seen (I’m looking at you Google+Motorola) and I think good could come out of it for both parties.
iOS 7 (Flat Design Concept)
does anybody know what wallpaper this is?
I don’t use this blog at all.
There’s probably no one reading this either so like…yeah… Also laughing at the fact that I used the “Coke” reference to be like Marco Arment or something because they all like coffee and I don’t and I wanted to be artsy like them. My posts were like eh. I’ll probably write a post about my iOS 7 wants soon.