10 Things We Want to See in the iPhone 2.1 Update

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The iPhone 2.0 software is pretty good. We like the App Store a lot; it adds a boatload of new functionality to the iPhone. But it's certainly not perfect. Having used it for a few weeks, we've discovered a number of little quirks that we really hope are addressed in the upcoming update. From bugs to missing features, here are ten things that would make the iPhone a much more attractive device.


Click to view1. Make it Less Crashy

The iPhone with 2.0 software feels a little… buggy. It'll randomly crash or slow down to the point of unusability until you restart every few days with normal use. That's not right; this is a cellphone. It shouldn't feel like an unstable computer.

2. Fix the Keyboard Lag

A good chunk of the time, typing on the iPhone keyboard is made even more difficult due to the lag involved. Typing quickly means the letters pop up four keystrokes after you hit them. Make the keyboard move as fast as the user can type.

3. Fix Safari Orientation Switch Lag

Sometimes, Safari takes its sweet, sweet time switching from portrait to landscape when you turn the phone. This should feel almost instantaneous, not something you have to wait for.

4. Make Backing Up Faster

For some, "backing up" whenever you plug in your iPhone can take upwards of 30 minutes. What is it doing, exactly? The iPhone sync should be near-instantaneous when you plug it in if you aren't moving large files back and forth on purpose.

5. Make it More Efficient

The 3G mode is a battery hog. You can turn off 3G completely, but if there was an option to only use 3G for certain programs, such as Safari and Maps, it would go a long way towards making this a phone you aren't afraid to unplug in the morning when you aren't planning on getting home until very late that night.

6. Video Recording

This could easily be implemented, as we've seen from apps available for jailbroken phones. What's the holdup?


7. Wi-Fi Syncing

We'd love to have our iPhone sync automatically when it hits our home Wi-Fi network, from app data to photos to music to contacts.

8. Leave App Icons in Place After an Update

When apps update, their icon gets picked up and moved to the very bottom of your last screen. Why? When you updated four apps at once it then makes you awkwardly move them all back to where they were. Just leave them in place.


9. Make Moving Icons from Page to Page Easier

Moving an icon from one page to another takes multiple tries and, unlike most things on the iPhone, feels awkward and user unfriendly. Make this less of a pain.

10. Copy & Paste




The MMS thing could fairly easily 'fixed' by AT&T until Apple implements the functionality for the iPhone. Send pictures as a picture message is not hard to do from the iPhone. Every carrier (I'm pretty sure) allows you to email to an address and have it pop up as a picture or text message on their phone. T-Mobile, for example is @tmomail.net (not sure what it is for other carriers, but it can be found with a little research). I send my friends picture messages like this from my phone all the time via the existing email capabilities. Maybe it could be helped by AT&T having some kind of lookup somewhere that if you email to a phone number@attmms.com or something and it sends it to the other carriers.

Receiving messages is another story. AT&T already sends you a text message saying that someone sent you a MMS and you can go see it at [viewmymessage.com] and entering the id and password. First off, this site RARELY works. I think I've had it work like once. AT&T needs to fix that first. Then change the message so that is says 'www.viewmymessage.com' instead of just 'viewmymessage.com' so the iPhone will see it as a URL and change it to a link automatically (already does that for other text messages). They could even go a step further by making it so that the link itself has the id and password is embedded in the link so it just takes one tap to go to the site with the picture.

If they did that, AT&T could by-pass Apple's delay in implementing MMS and please their customers until then. You could send MMS via the iPhone using the existing email functionality, and receiving them wouldn't be half as painful to try and see them, and all of that without having to rely on Apple adding the functionality. (Please let someone with some pull at AT&T read this)