Possible Upcoming Features in iOS 6
As WWDC draws nearer, the anticipation for iOS 6, and perhaps the iPhone 5, is slowly growing. The topic of iOS 6 has just began to surface on forums and blogs, and seems to grow increasingly popular as the days go by. Here is a list of some of the things we would love to see on iOS 6.
1.) Improved Multitasking
Multitasking in iOS 6 might be more or less like the “iPhone 5″ concept introduced before the launch of iOS 5. Supposedly, Apple did not include this feature in iOS 5, since it was to undergo more testing before it could be deployed.
The new multitasking screen will show a thumbnail, cached right before the app was closed, or switched out of, allowing running applications to be browsed much easier than before.
2.) Better Spotlight Search
Spotlight Search will be optimized to reduce it’s memory footprint and CPU load. Also indexing will have far less of an impact on performance.
Hopefully, third-party apps will be able to index internal information, if allowed by the user.
3.) Improved System Wide Animations
New smoother, richer animations will be added, including some optimations on SpringBoard, resulting a very responsive UI.
4.) Password Protected Folders
Individual folders can be secured with a password. This allows more convenient access to apps not containing private information. There will also be an option of showing password protected folder icons as empty.
5.) Third-Party Widget Support
Applications will be able to add widgets to the Notification Center, with the user’s permission of course. It is rumored that third-party widget support was supposed to be introduced in iOS 5.1 (see here), but was held off for a future update.
For the most part, that’s the majority of the major features we hope to see in iOS 6. One of the things we really would like to see more than anything is the improved UI responsiveness, and overall increased stability (not that iOS isn’t very stable already).
What is something that you would like to see in iOS 6? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear your opinion!
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