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Which iOS features should be on the Mac OS X?

Which iOS features would you want on your Mac? Touch screen definitely sounds like a fun feature for the Mac. Wouldn’t it be cool to change your Mac into a touch screen like an iPhone and change it back? There are rumors that Apple is planning to make an iMac with a screen that pivots into a horizontal touch mode. It sounds like it will be a combination of a Mac and an iPad. It sounds like they should call it a MacBook touch or something like that. Combining the features of both would be really cool because the touch screen is what attracts many users to iOS devices. There are also many other features that would be great for Mac OS X.

Virtual iPhone dashboard widgets could be a possible feature for Mac OS X. Your Mac would have a screen that looks similar to an iPhones, with wallpaper, apps, and etc. It would be easy to organize your programs and it would make use of all the free space on your desktop. When you look at your Mac desktop, it looks very empty and spacious, but your iOS devices have different pages of apps. Some may prefer to have this feature offered on their Mac. It should be an optional feature.

What else does your iOS device do that your Mac doesn’t? Your iOS device has the option to alert you automatically if you receive an email, even if your device is on sleep mode. Wouldn’t it be smart to give that feature to your Mac? The idea of having your Mac alert you that you have received a new email while the Mac is on sleep mode is fairly simple. Apple should definitely allow people to use that feature and for those that don’t want to, turn it off.

Have you ever noticed that when you play music off your iPod touch or your iPhone, it is simple and organized, but when you play music off iTunes, it can look pretty cluttered? Don’t you think it is time that Apple made an iPod app or Music app on your computer that may be simpler and more organized then your iTunes? I think so. Also, my iTunes can be really slow, so I think having an iPod app might help.

When you are outside, you take out your iPhone and can surf the internet from wherever if you have 3G, right? If you are lost, you can just check your GPS on your iPhone too and find directions. There are many people that also take their MacBook everywhere, so shouldn’t they have the same features as an iPhone? Should there be 3G for the MacBook? I think that 3G should be made available for MacBook users, especially when it is made available for the iPad.

Another feature that iOS devices have is that many iOS apps have notifications that are provided by third-party software. It notifies you if there is new information and other important news. Apple should definitely provide a feature that provides notifications for your apps on your Mac too.

When you go on an airplane, you can click Airplane Mode on your iOS device. But can your Mac do that? Not that I know of. If Apple adds that feature, that will be really helpful to those that travel a lot with their MacBooks. You should definitely add that feature on so people don’t have to manually turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth separately.

Your iOS device has iBooks and Game Center, but your Mac still doesn’t have either of them. It is about time that Apple provides iBooks as a feature. If I wanted to read a book on my Mac, rather then my small iPhone, I would really want that feature. Game Center should also be a feature for Mac OS X. People get pretty competitive with gaming on the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s time for the competition to get started on the Mac.

All and all, I figure that Mac OS X definitely needs an upgrade. Why does iOS have so many features that Mac OS X doesn’t have? It’s not because it isn’t useful on the Mac, so it’s probably about time for Apple to improve Mac OS X. Once Mac OS X gets more features such as an iPod app and touch screen, I can’t wait to use my Mac.

What do you think?

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Meet the iPhone OS 4!

It’s difficult to tell who won MORE with Apple‘s newest release: the iPhone OS 4. With increased capabilities for both users AND developers, the iPhone OS 4 has not only answered the prayers of many a mac head, but also has given more tools to the common programmer. With a release date of late spring for the iPhone and fall for the iPad, developers are scurrying to download the newest Beta SDK and begin taking advantage of the newest additions to the iPhone OS.

Now, let’s compare the major innovations, first for the user, then the developer.

USERS:

The greatest addition to the OS and one for which users have been begging for since 2007 is MULTITASKING. Since that time, Apple has said that they have not wanted to sacrifice precious memory space and battery life for multitasking. However, they have reportedly found out how to implement third party multitasking, making the dream a reality. On their website, Apple elucidated how this will change the user experience: “You’ll be able to make a Voiceover IP call while playing a game or checking email, find a restaurant on Urbanspoon while listening to Pandora, and more.”

To my dismay, however, multitasking will only be available with iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009). That means if you have an iPhone (3G) or 1st /2nd Generation iPod Touch, you’re out of luck on this feature. Apple says the hardware just doesn’t support the new software.

The message is clear: if you’re interested in taking advantage of all the new features that OS 4 has to offer, it’s time to part with your out-dated device.

THAT MEANS MY 3G HAS TO GO! It seems my decision to trade in my iPhone 3G for the iPad 3G makes even MORE sense than before. (Read that article here: Trading in my iPhone for the iPad.)

Another new feature that Jobs premiered today is FOLDERS. If you have pages and pages of apps on your iPhone, iPod Touch or new iPad, Folders will enable you to, as Apple says, “Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. ” This also means that you’ll get faster access to your favorite apps and browse and manage up to 2160 apps at once – many more than the current limit of 180 apps.

The next new feature is an app, namely iBOOKS – the iPad’s little brother app for the iPhone. While some consumers have recently complained that iBooks is only available for the iPad, Apple revealed this app for one last “In your face!” or, as Ali G might prefer, “BOO-YAH-KA-SHA!” According to Apple, the iPhone app, like the iPad version, will allow users to flip through the pages of a book they’ve downloaded from the iBookstore. In the new iBookstore, released in conjunction with the iPad, users can browse tens of thousands of books – many of which are free. You can even check out reviews and read sample pages before you buy.

The last major update is ENHANCED MAIL. Apple has coalesced email accounts making the mail client even easier to use. They report users can now “see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a unified inbox, switch between inboxes more quickly, organize messages by threads, and even open attachments in third-party apps.”

Summary of updates for Users:

MULTITASKING
FOLDERS
iBOOKS (already available on iPad)
ENHANCED MAIL
BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD SUPPORT, and with SPELL CHECK (already available on iPad)
USER-DEFINED WALLPAPER
TAP TO FOCUS when recording VIDEO & 5X DIGITAL ZOOM for the Camera
PLAYLIST CREATION
GAME CENTER – iPhone game achievements, leader boards, and match making (think like Xbox Live!)

DEVELOPERS:

The new Beta SDK will be available to developers, starting TODAY (4/8)! What will be available to them in this new OS, you ask? To start, the iPhone OS 4 has 1,500 new APIs and, thanks to the new multitasking feature, developers can utilize background audio, VoIP, location data collection, and local notifications (no more “push” notifications).

For applications, one of the most innovative changes comes with the new iAd. iAd is Apple’s answer to more interactive mobile advertising that can be integrated directly into the app without needing to shut the app off. This comes compliments of Quattro Wireless, consolation prize and competitor of AdMob, who, though initially in acquisition talks with Apple, was stolen away by Google. The irony here is that, now, the Federal Trade Commission (the people who OK  or stop companies from a merger that would create a monopoly) has blocked the acquisition fearing monopolization of the mobile and internet ad industry. It’s as though, “if Apple can’t have them, no one can!” What a jealous lover Apple can be!

With this new iAd integration, free apps will feature rich media ads that will “combine the emotion of TV with the interactivity of the web.” Therefore, while iAd will keep you in the app, it will take over the screen and even add interactivity — using HTML 5 for video. For developers, Apple will offer a 60 / 40 split on revenue, and users can even buy apps straight from an ad.

Summary of updates for Developers:

Thanks to the new multitasking feature:
BACKGROUND AUDIO
BACKGROUND VoIP
BACKGROUND LOCATION DATA, both with live GPS for background turn-by-turn, and cell tower-based
FAST APP SWITCHING
LOCAL NOTIFICATIONS including “push”-like notifications but from the app itself, bypassing the need for a “push notification server”

iAd (it’s a big one, so it gets its own line…)

IN-APP SMS
MAP OVERLAY
“QUICK LOOK” to preview documents
PHOTO LIBRARY ACCESS
CALENDAR ACCESS
FULL CAMERA ACCESS
VIDEO PLAYBACK / CAPTURE
“DATA DETECTORS” for dates and address
AUTOMATED ANALYSIS: performance / power testing

In the Q&A section, Jobs and Scott Forstall (SR. VP of iPhone Software) took questions regarding the new multitasking. When asked how one closes the applications when multitasking, Forstall responded “You don’t have to. The user uses things and doesn’t ever have to worry about it.” Jobs added, jabbing at the netbook computer culture, “It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager, they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it!”

Thanks for looking out for us, Jobs! You’re the man!