With WWDC only a few days away its time for us here at AlliOSNews to put together our list of wants, hopes and things we are pretty darn sure we are going to see next week. In previous years we have posted a list of things we expect to see and assigned a probability of those things happening. Don’t worry, we are still going to do that. But this year, with TechMomTuesday Tricia on board, we thought we give you two views for the price of one read.
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Hi. Pleased to be here at my first predictorial. I’d like to kick things off with a disclaimer that while I wear my nerd stripes proudly – I am in no way, shape or form of the developing ilk. Not that prevents me from my opinions.
So we will start with the most obvious…
iOS 7 – Change of Announcement: 100%
This is the Developer conference so it only stands to reason that the next version of iOS would be introduced at this event. The real question though is what exactly will be in iOS 7?
For me, I’m really hoping that the rumours stand true and we see a cleaner, more industrial look to iOS. I’m so over the faux leather looks and green felts. I hate them in OS X and I feel the same about it in iOS. Frankly, its distracting.
I’m also hoping that we see a much improved Notification Center. There are so many things that could be done with this part of iOS like being able to turn WiFi on or off, or go into Airplane mode or set up Do Not Disturb. All these things require me to go into Settings which is just-that-many-more taps for something that should be simple.
If the Lock Screen is improved with some more information or the ability to quickly respond to a Tweet or iMessage, that would be a bonus for me. It is the same way I feel about Flickr and Vimeo integration. Great if it happens but it is a bonus item for me.
Apple has already shared that there will be new versions of iOS and OS X. So that’s happening. For me the question is more when it will be released widely to users. Given historical precedence – my bets are on developer release and discussion next week with access to the general public coming this fall (along with more consumer product shiny toys).
I’m looking forward to the possibility of enhanced sharing tools like AirDrop on my devices. This will be very helpful in the TechFamily when it comes to files and photos – sure beats, “Hey honey, can you remember to email that to me? Oh, it’s too large? Ok. Let’s go find a USB” – because we’re usually sitting next to one another, clearly on the same Wi-Fi network.
Allegedly there is also going to be more “intuitive” gesture-based info-finding. While I appreciate the drive to reduce the amount of click-throughs, I quoted intuitive because sometimes it’s a bit much and I end up gesturing to a screen I wasn’t going for. Then, given my directional ineptitude in all facets of life, I inevitably can’t figure out how to simply swipe back to where I was and just start pushing buttons to start over.