Still the iPhone is missing some critical features. Okay, missing but it has not dampened demand for it. But I still wonder why it has taken Apple so long to bring something as simple as cut-and-paste. So, what are these other features?
Well, MacDailyNews has a list of critical features that folks want (it's a poll) and I want to go through and maybe we can all figure out why its missing.
- Spotlight system-wide search. This is an easy one. Security. And there is no need at this time for such a feature. You've got e-mails, appointments, contacts, and dates. Well, maybe we do need it. But given security reasons, Apple will not offer this feature.
- Native local storage. Again, I think it's security related. Plus there are 3rd party apps that open up online storage. A bit of cloud computing if you will. Eventually, it makes sense to get an mobile version of iLife and maybe access to MobileMe.
- Native voice-dialing. It's coming. Google has enabled voice-search so we know the capability is there. It's more likely that Apple is saving this feature for a future upgrade so they can make a big deal out of it.
- Turn-by-turn voice navigation. It's coming. Otherwise, the GPS would be pretty useless. Honestly, I don't know why this is being held up. Many GPS companies have expressed interest in providing apps for the iPhone. I want to say it has to do with the battery power but I think it's more than that. One, revenue. Apple wants a piece of the piece beyond just the 30% of every GPS app sold. Two, they could be working with car companies for additional integration with vehicle systems.
- Potentially power hungry features. I'm lumping them together for this reason. Bluetooth stereo headset and video recording. Now, I'll come out and say I have no experience with wireless headsets but I imagine it'll take a bit of power that the iPhone really can't spare. Video recording is in the same depart but I also tried Cycorder and it's just downright aweful. We're better off carrying around a true HD camcorder. It's what Steve would want. I see bluetooth stereo headset but I don't see video recording from Apple. Maybe third-party apps.
- Bandwidth-hog features. MMS. Apple fans are very creative (that isn't to say RIM or Windows Mobile fans aren't) and such a feature would very popular. I want to say it's due to bandwidth alone but the feature is just too bland for Apple. I have a feeling a similar feature will be jazzed up and closely integrated with MobileMe.
What do I consider are critical features?
- iWeb access to MobileMe webhosting for blogging.
- Mobile office suite. But it'll be useless until cut-and-paste is available.
- Voice-command with shortcuts.
- 3-D interface that Apple looks to be developing.
- Battery life. We need the ability to change batteries. Since this is not a wish Apple will grant us, we can only hope components will improve power usage.
- iChat video.