One of the six Apple apps desperately needs a change
The lead-up to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is always rumored and speculated. But so far this year the leaks have been few and far between and much of what has spread in the public eye is on the vague side. Take, for example, Bloomberg’s generally well-received Mark Gurman, who said last week – there’s nothing more to explain – that iOS 16 will have some “fresh Apple app”.
Let’s assume for a moment that this is not a resurgence of 1990s slang and that the apps in question are not “funky fresh”, but that the company wants to roll out some new and / or updated versions. Apps built into iOS. It certainly sounds promising and as you can imagine, I have some idea of exactly what (or should) be.
It’s time, Apple. After 12 years, the iPad deserves a weather app. I know it’s not the most exciting in development, but let’s face it: you’ve already provided home screen widgets with an updated interface that is almost an app in their own right. And it’s hard to believe that Apple has spent as much money on Dark Sky as it did on all its platforms. (While we’re at it, some integration on the MacOS side, especially as a menu bar widget like Mac’s, won’t go wrong.)
The Weather app has always had a weird absence on tablets. Did Apple think that people who use iPads don’t care about the weather because they usually use the device indoors? However, the latest version of Weather on the iPhone has shown that the company can compete with the best of third party offers, so let’s finally bring the iPad kicking and screaming into the modern era. Just in time for summer!
Apple has been increasingly gaining ground in payment systems through Apple Pay and Apple Card over the past few years. Even the recent minor iOS 15.5 update has made interesting changes to the add and send payment buttons to the Wallet app, a functionality that was previously buried in messages. But one aspect of money is still missing: analysis and budgeting tools.
Yes, if you have an Apple Card, you can see the color fumes that tell you where you are spending your money or export your transactions as documents and import them into another device. But it will also be effective if the company can provide more significant tools for financial health, helping consumers understand exactly where their money is going.
Think less of a wallet and more of a notebook. Apps like Mint and Personal Capital have a lot of traction in this area, but Apple could have a price if Apple is serious about expanding the way it works with money – and it has already announced that it will open access to Tap to Pay in the coming months. Which provides a more holistic approach that helps customers manage that money in a responsible fashion.
Email, phone, message, calendar
The quality of the apps built into the iPhone is that they take care of the needs of most people. Email? Got it. Phone? Check. Message? Yes calendar? Sure. These apps এবং and, for the most part, the work they perform গভীর are deeply mundane. And yet, that worldliness means that users rely on them to get things done. They are essential. This creates a complex balance, because you don’t want to change them for the sake of change, but you don’t want to let them stagnate to the point where they seem old.
Mail and Calendar are two great examples of apps that haven’t been played in years and, as a result, are on the verge of antiquity. While third-party email apps are pushing envelopes (if you forgive the phrase) with features like intelligent filtering, snoozing reminders, and more, Mail has finally been able to add multi-colored flags.
Similarly, Calendar, a nude-bone like app that you can find on the platform, has finally added the ability to detect video calls (two years in a pandemic), but it might stand to see how it displays multiple events. Improve calendar, or its normal language processing, or add support for scheduling events between multiple parties.
Finally, one of Apple’s most popular apps, Messages, should improve cross-platform compatibility with Android (instead of penalizing iOS users for blocking the flow of messages about “likes”), and implement better spam filtering for unwanted ones. Should. Extend useful tapbacks to include text (whether via SMS or iMessage), and any emoji.
These things may not be sexy, but they do bring potentially great quality life improvements for visitors who use these built-in apps সম্ভবত probably the majority of iOS users কারণে because many don’t bother switching to third-party apps.