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Today is Apple’s WWDC Keynote day – their keynote event is set to start at 1:00 Eastern today. The event should see Apple unveiling iOS 6, the next major new version of the iPad and iPhone operating system – which will likely be ready for public release by September or October.
iOS 5, released in October of last year, was a huge update with a slew of significant new features. The expectations for iOS 6 seem to be that it won’t be quite as substantial an update – but we’ll have to wait a few hours to see if those pan out.
In the meantime, here’s my quick rundown of what I believe is widely expected to be coming in iOS 6 and my own short wish list for it:
Here are a few of the things widely expected to be coming in iOS:
— a New Maps app that sounds very promising
— revamped design for iTunes, the iBookStore and the App Store
— major Facebook integration
— some features brought over from Mountain Lion – mail VIPs, better notification center and more
And a few things that are on my wish list for iOS 6 on the iPad:
— Easy Services Toggling: This is so, so long overdue. The jailbreak favorite SBSettings has been showing how to do this for years now. It’s stupidly hard to toggle Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, Location Services and others on and off in iOS. I would easily ditch the brightness slider in the MultiTasking Bar if it could be replaced with services toggles. Same goes for the redundant volume adjustment slider.
— Something, Anything to Make Home Screen & App Organization Easier: I agree with David Chartier – folders are not enough and this needs a more major rethink and refresh by now.
— More Choices and Control over Photos – We should be able to move images from the Camera Roll into albums, not just copy them. The current system where you copy something to an album then find that if you want to delete an image your only choice is to ‘Delete Everywhere’ is way beyond stupid.
— Another in the Something/Anything Category is some greater level of shared data access between apps.
— Proper Backup and Restore Abilities in iCloud: The current iCloud backup system is better than nothing, but just barely. Restore (except in relation to Apple’s own iWork apps) is an all-or-nothing choice – which is really nothing like backup and restore is meant to be. We should have more choice on what gets backed up, an ability to name backups, and an ability to do selective restores.
— New Maps Need to Kick Ass: Ditching Google Maps for Apple’s own is a pretty major step, so the new maps need to be awesome, at least as good as what Google offered and hopefully better in at least some ways. I’m happy to see the change, as long as we don’t lose functionality or features.
— Allow Us to Delete Unwanted Built-in Apps and (cough. cough) Folders: A lot of people would love to say bye-bye to Newsstand and some of the built-in apps. We should be able to do this and have the option to re-install if ever needed just as with other apps.
That’s about it for my quick off the cuff list. What are your thoughts on iOS 6 and the iPad? What’s on your wish list?