1. elvisx77's Avatar
    The following common gsm network features which are available for some time on gsm networks worldwide. They are widely common in smart phones such as android as well as normal phones, and not available in iOS, but why ?

    * call waiting notifications - you are calling someone and he/she is on a another call, and has call waiting enabled, your phone displays "caller waiting" or something similar while ringing

    * you are on a call and the other party put the line on hold, your phone displays "caller on hold" when he/she back on line, your phone displays "call active" or something similar so you don't have hold on to your phone while other party finish its call.

    * when you are on a call, other party activated conference call and your phone displays "conference call" on the display. So you know that you are speaking to two or more people not just one.

    * SMS delivery notifications, currently available only on iMessage. Again, common in other phones but not iOS.

    You may not aware of these features but they are widely used and highly useful. Is there anyway we could send these feature requests directly to apple.

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    Last edited by elvisx77; 02-22-2014 at 12:00 AM.
    02-21-2014 09:52 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    02-21-2014 10:01 PM
  3. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    Those would be good features to have.


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    02-21-2014 10:42 PM
  4. elvisx77's Avatar
    Yes, they are not new. It's only matter of iOS interprets that's signal in to a readable message. Most of them are network features common to gam (and other standards).

    If you buy a normal phone and try above, you will get all the above notifications. But not in iOS and it's disappointing.


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    02-22-2014 12:31 AM
  5. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I wonder if there is a reason for that?


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    02-22-2014 02:20 AM
  6. rayz336's Avatar
    I'm assuming they haven't had enough requests for those to be included just yet
    02-22-2014 02:49 AM
  7. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    Even though the features are nice, they mostly involve making phone calls, which I hardly ever do anymore. It is probably the reason why those features hadn't occurred to me before.


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    02-22-2014 03:21 AM
  8. nikkisharif's Avatar
    The following common gsm network features which are available for some time on gsm networks worldwide. They are widely common in smart phones such as android as well as normal phones, and not available in iOS, but why ?

    * call waiting notifications - you are calling someone and he/she is on a another call, and has call waiting enabled, your phone displays "caller waiting" or something similar while ringing

    * you are on a call and the other party put the line on hold, your phone displays "caller on hold" when he/she back on line, your phone displays "call active" or something similar so you don't have hold on to your phone while other party finish its call.

    * when you are on a call, other party activated conference call and your phone displays "conference call" on the display. So you know that you are speaking to two or more people not just one.

    * SMS delivery notifications, currently available only on iMessage. Again, common in other phones but not iOS.

    You may not aware of these features but they are widely used and highly useful. Is there anyway we could send these feature requests directly to apple.

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    Definitely send the feedback to Apple. I've used several Android phones and haven't missed any of these features but I'm sure there are others that feel the same way you do.
    02-22-2014 11:02 AM
  9. elvisx77's Avatar
    Another feature I forgot to mention here is "increasing ring". it's not a network feature but very useful.

    For those who don't know, when enabled what it does is when receiving a call start the ringer in the lowest volume level and gradually increase it to a pre-defined maximum volume level within 15 seconds or so.
    When ringing you have some time to answer the phone or mute the ringer without disturbing others.
    It's simple but very useful feature, but iOS doesn't have it.


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    02-22-2014 12:51 PM
  10. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    It's important to remember that just because you find something important or even 100,000 people find something useful...it doesn't reflect a consumer base of hundreds of millions of people. Functionality differs from device to device, even more blanket functionality that apply to network settings vs. on device software features.

    That said, I could list things other OS's are missing that iOS includes as well, but in that, if there was a perfect OS, everyone would use it. You live in a consumer product world where you essentially have to select the one that does the most of what you want with the smallest amount of sacrifice. It'd be amazing if iOS did everything that every person wanted, but it's never going to happen.

    In other words, I'm happy to be missing these functions for the functions iOS does right that I don't find on other devices.
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    02-22-2014 03:43 PM
  11. HAWK's Avatar
    Sean has a good point, iOS can't have everything.. Have to take the good with the bad, and in most apple fans lives the good outweighs the bad.... I wished I had wifi texting capabilities to my android friends when I used an android. No such luck.


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    02-22-2014 03:49 PM
  12. acerace113's Avatar
    The following common gsm network features which are available for some time on gsm networks worldwide. They are widely common in smart phones such as android as well as normal phones, and not available in iOS, but why ?

    * call waiting notifications - you are calling someone and he/she is on a another call, and has call waiting enabled, your phone displays "caller waiting" or something similar while ringing

    * you are on a call and the other party put the line on hold, your phone displays "caller on hold" when he/she back on line, your phone displays "call active" or something similar so you don't have hold on to your phone while other party finish its call.

    * when you are on a call, other party activated conference call and your phone displays "conference call" on the display. So you know that you are speaking to two or more people not just one.

    * SMS delivery notifications, currently available only on iMessage. Again, common in other phones but not iOS.

    You may not aware of these features but they are widely used and highly useful. Is there anyway we could send these feature requests directly to apple.

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    Not all carriers support the features you listed.


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    02-22-2014 05:15 PM
  13. agarwal.apar's Avatar
    I would also like to have a notification LED(blinking light) in the home button for any kind of notification. Imagine, touch id glowing when a message comes up.. Will be very very cool
    02-23-2014 10:35 AM
  14. elvisx77's Avatar
    @agarwal. That'll be awesome.


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    02-23-2014 12:04 PM
  15. taz323's Avatar
    @agarwal. That'll be awesome.


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    I like the notification center as it is, it's funny that's one of those things I disliked the most about BB.
    02-23-2014 12:27 PM
  16. agarwal.apar's Avatar
    That's Ok but a notification LED will save you from lighting up your screen after mins/hours in case you have been away from your iPhone(more battery life). I have a strong feeling, Apple will introduce this very soon
    02-24-2014 12:10 AM
  17. taz323's Avatar
    Sure is a want for it, so I hope it works out for you. Hopefully if they do it, they will put in an off switch.
    02-24-2014 12:56 AM
  18. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    lol...the old notification light. It's never going to happen, but you know, as legitimate as anything else that people "wish" for I suppose. I wish the iPhone could make me a nice 1/2 pound burger cooked to a perfect pink medium temperature, but like the notification light, it's never going to happen.
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    02-24-2014 09:56 AM
  19. elvisx77's Avatar
    @sean don't think iPhone is a perfect product. You are talking like its complete but it's not. It has so many negatives, unfortunately most of them are simple things which can be fixed/added very easily but apple do not care about. The reason for that is uses never ask for it. Most of users don't know these features even exists.

    Example: old iPhones didn't have Picture messages (MMS) feature. Funny thing is, at that time the whole world was enjoying mms in other phones.

    My final conclusion is apple can always introduce new features, if you don't like it, you can switch it off like we do now. Even now we switch off most of the cool features cos of iPhones poor battery life. That's another proof that apple does not give a **** about their customers . Internet is flooded with this topic. Apple could easily fix this by introducing a little larger battery.


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    02-24-2014 10:40 AM
  20. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    You are putting words in my mouth that I never said...and you're also assuming a lot, which is foolish. I personally never called anything generally perfect...but I will say that the iPhone is perfect...FOR ME (and I always reflect my reviews and input as such).

    Instead of typing it all again, I'm going to copy and paste a response from another thread that fits a retort to your own comment. And let me say this, while you feel that Apple doesn't care about their customers, they are the only company that has the customer service level that gets such high praise...year in and year out they are reflected as a top tier company in terms of customer service, so I'll stick with that vs. your opinion that they don't care based on your "insight"...that said, here was my response...

    The iPhone is overshadowed by the Lumia line of phones in terms of camera...there's just no way around that. But while the camera function is bettered by significant hardware betterments, the chassis, weight and size of the phone is traded off (if we think of it in terms of preference to the iPhone size). Even with larger screen real estate, the iPhone simply won't have the internal space to improve the camera to over come that gap that the Nokia's have put out now.

    The Galaxy Note series of phones have an unprecedented battery life that pretty much dwarfs everything else...but it's also nearly the size of a tablet, so the battery they are able to include is also substantial in size. This is just not something we can expect from the iPhone because of it's current design cues...not until better technology comes along, and even then, it'll be a market application, not specific to the iPhone at all...so we can safely assume that the iPhone will never have that kind of market leading battery life...it's just not that kind of device, nor is it designed to be.

    I mean we could even get into the more specialty built devices like the HTC's that featured "Beats Audio"...I mean these are DESIGNED with the focus of playing your content aloud for others to hear with better quality audio components...again, the design allowed for such (and the size of the chassis), so it is something you'd never really expect to be in the iPhone as it is currently setup (that and it was kind of like a "sponsor" of sorts with the Beats by Dre audio development...where Apple would simply do that in house if ever)

    ...and I know that I'm missing about a hundred other things. You see, there are better features on other devices...but here's the kicker, the iPhone is designed to offer as much technology within the most streamlined package, and right now, there is not another phone that competes in that regard. If you look at it like a car (which I so often do because I'm a grease monkey), you're never going to find a Ferrari that is built like a Lincoln Towncar, and you're never going to find a TownCar that is built like a Ferrari...these are different focuses, different fields of success...just because the Ferrari won't accommodate an adult comfortably in the rear seats doesn't mean it's a lesser car, and just because the TownCar won't accelerate to 60mph in a couple of seconds doesn't make it any lesser a car.

    I grow so tired of reading "Well this is the better phone..." and "No...this is the better phone...", and then all the crap about which phone is behind which in terms of technology and development and blah blah freakin' blah. They are different...they are developed for different audiences in many ways, and they are filled with features that cater to different brackets of consumers. On the other hand, you have a general assortment of features that cater to every consumer in the market, so because of this, you have to pick and choose which device is best for you.

    Bottom line...there is no "best" device. None of them are falling behind or gaining a lead, because none of them are a generally attractive device for every consumer. They implement here, and sacrifice there and in the end, you're left with a multitude of products that cater to a multitude of people and each one of them, in the hands of the person who prefers it, is the best on the market. The iPhone is no different...it does some things better, some things worse and some things the same...it's all a matter of whether it does what you need it to better than other devices, and it does for me.
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    02-24-2014 11:37 AM
  21. iRiidium's Avatar
    @sean don't think iPhone is a perfect product. You are talking like its complete but it's not. It has so many negatives, unfortunately most of them are simple things which can be fixed/added very easily but apple do not care about. The reason for that is uses never ask for it. Most of users don't know these features even exists.

    Example: old iPhones didn't have Picture messages (MMS) feature. Funny thing is, at that time the whole world was enjoying mms in other phones.

    My final conclusion is apple can always introduce new features, if you don't like it, you can switch it off like we do now. Even now we switch off most of the cool features cos of iPhones poor battery life. That's another proof that apple does not give a **** about their customers . Internet is flooded with this topic. Apple could easily fix this by introducing a little larger battery.


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    The iPhone being imperfect for/to you does not make imperfect. Please keep in mind that you're reflecting your opinion. In example, I don't need my iPhone to be bigger so that it can house a larger battery. When one of my iPhone's battery dies I do one of two things:

    1. I charge it
    2. I forward the number to my other iPhone and use that one.

    Now, if long battery life were paramount to me I would choose a larger phone that offered physical space for a larger battery.

    IMO, when you make statements like "Apple does not give a **** about their customers ." it makes you sound either young or inexperienced given that customer service surveys clearly show otherwise.


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    02-24-2014 11:51 AM
  22. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I wonder how long these debates are going to continue? At the end of each of these threads, it seems like most people agree that it is a matter of perspective and personal preference. I think that the differences between iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, etc, have been well documented at length. We have witnessed the diatribes of iSheep and Crapsungs and the like. I can understand critiquing features, but this notion that one device is the "best" or my device is "better" than yours seems illogical. Maybe as a community, we need to agree to move past it?


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    02-24-2014 11:54 AM
  23. iRiidium's Avatar
    I wonder how long these debates are going to continue? At the end of each of these threads, it seems like most people agree that it is a matter of perspective and personal preference. I think that the differences between iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, etc, have been well documented at length. We have witnessed the diatribes of iSheep and Crapsungs and the like. I can understand critiquing features, but this notion that one device is the "best" or my device is "better" than yours seems illogical. Maybe as a community, we need to agree to move past it?


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    They will go on and on forever as there's always a new generation that can benefit from the message.


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    02-24-2014 11:58 AM
  24. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    They will go on and on forever as there's always a new generation that can benefit from the message.


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    But what is the message? Saying my phone is better than yours doesn't seem productive. Like I said before, analyzing features is the nature of the forums. Having heated arguments because people have different preferences doesn't seem to benefit anyone.


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    02-24-2014 12:02 PM
  25. iRiidium's Avatar
    They will go on and on forever as there's always a new generation that can benefit from the message.


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    The message is that neither Android or iOS devices are better at everything. So, one must weigh what their priorities are and make a decision based on them. This might seem like common sense but these ongoing debates are objective proof that it is, indeed, not.


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    02-24-2014 12:05 PM
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