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    Rene Ritchie's Avatar
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    Default Is it time for a new iOS home screen (Springboard)

    The current iOS home screen looks pretty much as it did back in 2007. Sure they've added fast app switching and notification center and folders, but the basic paradigm is still the same - an icon launcher, like Palm had a decade ago.

    Is iOS 6 time for something new? And if so, what would you like to see? Something more like webOS cards (Safari pages), like Ice Cream Sandwich for Android? Or something totally new?

    Total Siri?


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    Themes would be a great start. How about the ability to move the icons to any spot on the home screen? I've pretty much given up the dream of any type of customization on a iDevice, though.
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    Ya, a refreshed UI would be nice to see. Nothing dramatic really is needed, but something a little fresher would be appreciated.
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    i'd love to be able to get themes for my iPhone 4S without having to jailbreak my device first.
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    I would like to see a few things:

    1) The ability to place the icons anywhere on the screen. I'm ok with the grid, but allow me to place it anywhere I like in that grid. Allow me to frame them around the outside or put them into an L-shape to show a gorgeous picture I took.

    2) Similar to swipe down for notifications, what about a swipe up for the multitasking? It would make me use my home button less, making it so I'm not tempted to use WD-40 on it! :-P Might only be allowed from the Spring board due to in-app gestures, but it would be great.

    3) In either the notifications or multitasking area, add some options toggles for wifi, airplane mode, Bluetooth, etc. Also, make them customizable for the settings that each user uses the most.

    I think in general, they have done a great job with a "stock" OS. If they give the options for users to customize their interface how they would like, especially for everyone reading iMore, it would make a great thing that much better. Giving options to better interact with your device is exactly where Apple needs to keep pushing.


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    I vote for adding option toggles in the notification area.... The biggest thing I miss coming from Android. Was really convenient to be able to turn bluetooth, wifi...etc. on/off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJcas15 View Post
    I vote for adding option toggles in the notification area.... The biggest thing I miss coming from Android. Was really convenient to be able to turn bluetooth, wifi...etc. on/off.
    ^This i miss my quick toggles
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJcas15 View Post
    I vote for adding option toggles in the notification area.... The biggest thing I miss coming from Android. Was really convenient to be able to turn bluetooth, wifi...etc. on/off.
    i realize not everyone wants to jailbreak, but i really wanted this feature as well and it was the main reason i did.

    i keep everyhing abuot my homescreen stock except for i have 5icons in my dock, and i can place my icons anywhere in the grid, (believe the tweak is called "gridlock", and also "springtomize"

    i also have sbsettings activated in the notification center, so with a drop down i can change my brightness, wifi and location settings (i could add others but these are the 3 i use most).

    with a jailbreak i can most all the features requested in this thread, but i still think they should all be included in the stock OS, i still dont see why they arent.
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    I'd like to see some widgets.
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    I think a high quality theme section in the app store would be a great start. Some of the themes on Cydia are absolutely outstanding, and I think Apple should consider them.

    Swiping up to open the fast app switcher would be great, that way I wouldn't be so worried about wearing out my home button.
    In fact, I think the app switcher should be reorganized into something with more eye candy and functionality. Perhaps a cover flow effect for open applications, that takes up as much room on the screen as the cover flow for the Music app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shahm0nsterr View Post
    I think a high quality theme section in the app store would be a great start.
    That's what I want more than anything. I'd pay up to $10 for a really nice theme. If Apple took their standard 30% they could do alright with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Rose View Post
    Themes would be a great start. How about the ability to move the icons to any spot on the home screen? I've pretty much given up the dream of any type of customization on a iDevice, though.
    I'm with you. It would be so nice to be able to place icons anywhere on the screen. As for Rene's primary question, I agree that it is time for Apple to stun the technology world and introduce a new & innovative user interface that is still simple to use for non-tech types.


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    I think if Apple does change up the springboard, it'll be done awesomely! You see how they made notifications look and act better than in Android!
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsalexaye View Post
    i'd love to be able to get themes for my iPhone 4S without having to jailbreak my device first.
    I don't care for themes but still dont know why Apple does not allow them.
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    I like the windows phone ui so I have the revive os7 theme. I don't know if apple would do anything major with the springboard, but official themes would be easier and more bug free than jailbreak themes. Also oficial sbsettings, which if we bought sbsettings as an official app, it would only require that apple gives more capabilities to 3rd party apps to customize their notifications in nc. But if I ever saw a ui mockup that I like better than iOS or wpos, than id vote for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garz View Post
    I don't care for themes but still dont know why Apple does not allow them.
    Because allowing themes would take a little more control away from Apple and we all know how they like to control the total user experience.


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    Widgets - yes. Place icons anywhere - yes. Themes - yes.

    Problem is that Apple is the only major OS that doesn't let you do that (BB is somewhat limited though) and with their trigger happy lawyers suing everyone else over UI aspects, if they implemented any of those things, they might find themselves on the receiving end of those suits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rene Ritchie View Post
    The current iOS home screen looks pretty much as it did back in 2007. Sure they've added fast app switching and notification center and folders, but the basic paradigm is still the same - an icon launcher, like Palm had a decade ago.

    Is iOS 6 time for something new? And if so, what would you like to see? Something more like webOS cards (Safari pages), like Ice Cream Sandwich for Android? Or something totally new?

    Total Siri?


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    For the past few months I have thought they just needed a re-fresh, but the other day I used a non-jailbroken phone and I realized how stale it has become, I'm used to my jailbroken phone, so I think it's time for some major changes.

    iOS still class leading in most ways, but all consumer products need change eventually, can you imagine if a car company decided to never update a vehicle again? It would eventually become dated and forgotten. I believe they can do it fairly easily too, theme store, widgets, updated ui, dynamic icons, turn by turn GPS integration, etc. All things which are doable considering what the jailbreak community can do.

    I feel it's time when a homescreen on iOS 1.xx looks exactly the same as 5.xx minus wallpapers!!
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    whatever Apple does we have to know that battery performance is one of THE top priorities and that is why i feel it will never be what most would like

    can you imagine adding battery hogging features to the point of people having to charge their phone twice, or more, a day?? their freaking heads would pop OFF!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLiNK View Post
    whatever Apple does we have to know that battery performance is one of THE top priorities and that is why i feel it will never be what most would like

    can you imagine adding battery hogging features to the point of people having to charge their phone twice, or more, a day?? their freaking heads would pop OFF!
    Can you imagine if someone made a phone that you didn't have to charge for days?? They do, it's called a jitterbug, it doesn't have any battery hogging features, and I don't ever want one..
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbeard View Post
    Can you imagine if someone made a phone that you didn't have to charge for days?? They do, it's called a jitterbug, it doesn't have any battery hogging features, and I don't ever want one..
    The Razr Maxx its full of features and last for days! Its tops on the market today.
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    I don't see Apple ditching the Springboard. Judging from Lion it becomes even more prevalent. Not to mention the millions of pitchforks that will be sharpened Apple actually did it.

    What I see happening is we get more layers of functionality (like the switcher and Notification Center). Perhaps Mission Control?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rene Ritchie View Post
    The current iOS home screen looks pretty much as it did back in 2007. Sure they've added fast app switching and notification center and folders, but the basic paradigm is still the same - an icon launcher, like Palm had a decade ago.

    Is iOS 6 time for something new? And if so, what would you like to see? Something more like webOS cards (Safari pages), like Ice Cream Sandwich for Android? Or something totally new?

    Total Siri?
    Definitely not "total Siri". I have no problem using my hands to control my phone. The only use I would have for voice control is when, for example, I'm driving.

    Other than that, what others have already said: Themes without jailbreaking and the ability to put the app icons anywhere in the grid I want.
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    I think they should at least allow for landscape home screen if nothing else.
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    Default 4x1 folder/live tile/widget

    Right now what Android users enjoy are widgets, but they are locked into usually one app. That's great, but an inefficient use of space.

    Windows Phone users benefit from a live tile, also a beautiful implementation, but still only one app.

    I would love to see a live tile/widget that takes up 4x1 of real estate that has four apps as a part of it. The functionality would be to have a few different views.

    One view would be showing one apps information in the live tile with a swipe to reveal the next app in the widget and it's corresponding information. Once you see the one you want, simply tap to open the app.

    Another view would be to show all four apps information at once and you can tap that corresponding 1x1 spot to open the app.

    I would not want the live tile/widget to switch automatically, that's inefficient and some users would think they had to wait to see and select that information. Also it takes my eyes away from my surroundings for too long. The stock setting should be a swipe to reveal the next app.

    Another aspect would be to show what is in the live tile/widget by tapping on the farthest right 1x1 spot to reveal the folder contents. From here you can add/remove content like you do now with folders in iOS. The reason to use the furthest right spot is that for most people (right handed users) it makes that the hardest location to tap accidentally. Another implementation would be to simply long press the folder, like we do now to get the wiggly function.....perhaps that would be better. Not sure.

    Another thing that needs to be added is a settings icon for the live tile/widget inside the folder. You can choose what you want the live tile/widget to show. This would need to be added here as another 1x1 'app' labeled 'tile settings'.

    What does everyone think of this? It's what's missing in every OS in my opinion.
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