Unicorn Wishes: If Only iPhone OS 3.0 Had These Very Cool Things!

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And now, I will continue the fine tradition of bitching and moaning for the features we want to see in America's Next iPhone Software Rev. We will open with our usual salvo: CUUUUUUUUUUT AND PASSSSSSSSSSSTEEEEEEEE!!!

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Beyond that, here's our magical unicorn-fantasy list:

• Multitasking gestures, like the Palm Pre
• Background app running, like the Palm Pre
• App store submission fees, or some way to limit app store spam, like Microsoft's planned app store
• MMS - I don't care about this, really, but you might
• Video recording
• Voice dialing and text-to-speech caller ID
• Better software support for phone-related stuff, like optionally adding "Favorites" or "Recents" to home screen (and improved voice quality if possible)
• Bluetooth stereo streaming, like the Palm Pre
• Bluetooth file transfer and storage
• Bluetooth/Wi-fi sync, like the Zune
• iLife and iWork Mobile for editing docs and multimedia on the phone itself
• SPEED - The OS gets really sluggish after using it for awhile
• A completely new or refreshed UI - There's something to be said for meaningless but thoughtful design refreshes
• Big keyboard support and bulk delete in every app
• Flash support in browser
iTunes app management
• Popups and notifications that don't interrupt your current activity, like the Palm Pre

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That's all I can imagine now. Two things come up, reviewing that list. I'm surprised by how our wish list is narrowing from the first-gen software. And I'm surprised at how aged the iPhone's software seems, in stylistic terms, now that the Palm Pre is about to hit. I think it needs a UI overhaul if Apple wants it to remain the slickest around. Other ideas? Leave them below or in our earlier post.

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one2manycords
Creole Trash Panda

So lets see....

Almost everything on these lists I can already do with my Dash. So you are telleing me that my WinMo 6.1 (XDA Baked) can do more than the Jesus Phone.

Seriously,

What is all the hype about. A touchscreen and nice aesthetics? I am really missing the point. This seems like the classic case of style over substance.