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A new rumor claims Apple will hold its annual iOS roadmap event in early April to show off iOS 5 as expected, but also states the company will also unveil an updated MobileMe service.

Citing a "confident" source, German site Macerkopf.de reported Tuesday (via Google Translate) that the event will be held in early April at the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus. The timing would not be a surprise, as last year's iOS 4 preview event was held in early April.

But the inclusion of MobileMe in the annual event would be new, and could signal that anticipated changes to the cloud-based service will be heavily integrated into the next major release of Apple's mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

In February, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to improve MobileMe by having the service act as a "locker" to hold personal data such as photos, music and videos. It was also said that Apple is considering making the service, which currently costs $99 per year, free.

Corroborating that information, The New York Times separately reported that Apple plans to roll out an enhanced MobileMe this year. It was said that Apple is working on improved "voice navigation" on the iPhone, allowing users to operate the device through voice commands without the need to rely on a virtual keyboard.

Further evidence of planned changes to MobileMe came as Apple discontinued the sale of retail boxes for the service last month. It has also been rumored that the new MobileMe will rely on self-storage from a home computer for streaming, rather than remotely saved files hosted by Apple.
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That soon? Well, the sooner, the better: I suspect iOS 5 will bring us more tablet interface features and OpenCL support for that marvelous PowerVR 543 GPU !

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If its not free then who cares, it would just remain an overpriced service you don't really need.

As for self storage, that's an awful idea. People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money. Particularly if you have a laptop there's no real feasible way to have it on when your not around.
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If its not free then who cares, it would just remain an overpriced service you don't really need.

As for self storage, that's an awful idea. People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money. Particularly if you have a laptop there's no real feasible way to have it on when your not around.

Sure there is. Turn it on, keep it plugged in, walk out of the house. Boom.

IN FACT, I actually left my computer on for a month straight while I was in Iowa, and I used Orb to get to my photos and videos on my computer back home, both from my phone and from my laptop. It's pretty wild.
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My wishlist for iOS 5:

1) Improved notifications. There is NO EXCUSE not to fix this **** in iOS 5
2) Ability to have information on the lock screen (like current weather conditions, missed calls, etc... stuff I can glance at without even "unlocking" the phone). The current lock screen is full of wasted space.
3) The ability to "Mark All Read" in Mail

That's about all I've got.
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Can't wait! Hopefully iOS 5 will bring better PN system and multitasking interface.
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If its not free then who cares, it would just remain an overpriced service you don't really need.

As for self storage, that's an awful idea. People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money. Particularly if you have a laptop there's no real feasible way to have it on when your not around.

Say what? Is English your first language?
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If its not free then who cares, it would just remain an overpriced service you don't really need.

As for self storage, that's an awful idea. People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money. Particularly if you have a laptop there's no real feasible way to have it on when your not around.

I think you are missing something. It is certainly possible that a new feature in iOS5 might be the ability to stream your media from a home computer, over the internet to your iOS device. But what this is talking about is Apple's huge server farm basically hosting your media collection in the cloud for streaming to your iOS device. Your home computer would not be used in this scenario, so you could definitely leave it at home and turned off or in sleep mode.

As for turning computers off...I commend your desire to save money and energy, however, I think alot of people out there are not as eco-friendly as you and leave their machines on constantly.
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If its not free then who cares, it would just remain an overpriced service you don't really need.

As for self storage, that's an awful idea. People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money. Particularly if you have a laptop there's no real feasible way to have it on when your not around.

I don't mind paying for a service that keep the ads away and my data safe from third parties.

I wish Apple turn the Time Capsule to some sort of iTunes server. With TC you can already access the files stored on it using your MobileMe account. Maybe Apple could do the same with the iTunes library since the library is already backed up there.
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My wishlist for iOS 5:

1) Improved notifications. There is NO EXCUSE not to fix this **** in iOS 5
2) Ability to have information on the lock screen (like current weather conditions, missed calls, etc... stuff I can glance at without even "unlocking" the phone). The current lock screen is full of wasted space.
3) The ability to "Mark All Read" in Mail

That's about all I've got.


Hear, Hear! Except for the third one (which simply doesn't bother me), this is *exactly* my same wish. I would also like to add:

4) improved multitask switching!
First, the double-click thing is awkward. Second, it's silly to be able to side-scroll thru every single app on your phone. Every user I know simply switches apps the old fashioned way. The only thing the multi-task bar is good for is killing misbehaving apps (Words with Friends comes immediately to mind).
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My short wish list includes:

1. Faster App startup

2. More inclusive keyboard that includes apostrophe, hyphen, and @ and .com on the 1st screen

3. It's be cool to have the option of requiring a definite 'tap' to register a key press while typing. After seeing what they've done in Garageband with faux pressure sensitivity, this is doable. That way, typists could optionally rest their fingers on the keyboard as they do with a hardware keyboard and only when they strike a key with some definite pressure would it register.

Typing speeds would skyrocket.

4. Haptic feedback when interacting with the OS and in appropriate apps.
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

My wishlist for iOS 5:

1) Improved notifications. There is NO EXCUSE not to fix this **** in iOS 5
2) Ability to have information on the lock screen (like current weather conditions, missed calls, etc... stuff I can glance at without even "unlocking" the phone). The current lock screen is full of wasted space.
3) The ability to "Mark All Read" in Mail

That's about all I've got.

1. Absolute must - it's just a mess at the moment with no logic in how they behave.
2. I feel the same about the Spotlight screen too. One swipe left, remove the default keyboard pop-up, and it's begging for widgets. (Remember SJ called Weather and Stocks "widgets" in 2007 and afaik they've never appeared apps on the iPad - perhaps in IOS5.
3. Don't share that pain but I would like to mark SMS as unread. I like the unified mailbox but it feels awkward to get into drafts or sent on the separate accounts - I'd like that to be streamlined too.
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Can't wait! Hopefully iOS 5 will bring better PN system and multitasking interface.

Yes, those top my list.
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

My wishlist for iOS 5:

1) Improved notifications. There is NO EXCUSE not to fix this **** in iOS 5
2) Ability to have information on the lock screen (like current weather conditions, missed calls, etc... stuff I can glance at without even "unlocking" the phone). The current lock screen is full of wasted space.
3) The ability to "Mark All Read" in Mail

That's about all I've got.

4) Preference setting for backlight/sleep timer.
5) Optimized picture compression for the iPad in Aperture.
6) Folder ability in mail.
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My short wish list includes:

1. Faster App startup

2. More inclusive keyboard that includes apostrophe, hyphen, and @ and .com on the 1st screen

3. It's be cool to have the option of requiring a definite 'tap' to register a key press while typing. After seeing what they've done in Garageband with faux pressure sensitivity, this is doable. That way, typists could optionally rest their fingers on the keyboard as they do with a hardware keyboard and only when they strike a key with some definite pressure would it register.

Typing speeds would skyrocket.

4. Haptic feedback when interacting with the OS and in appropriate apps.

All of these are "nice," but imho they need to fix notifications FIRST.

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Apple has got to get iOS 5 in developer's hands ASAP to exploit new hardware capabilities.

I suspect that the SmartCover iPad wake-up may be done with RFID/NFC rather than being magnet or proximity activated.

Probably won't know until iFixit teardown.

It is almost a given that next iPhone and iPod Touch will have RFID/NFC/

If the iPad 2 has it -- the iPad could be a great POST (Point Of Sale Terminal) among other things.
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Wow, where to begin. At the top of the list is notifications. Better lock screen. Mark all as unread in mail. Custom sound levels.

SWYPE!
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Every time there's an Apple event, they say Apple's going to unveil the new MobileMe.

I'll believe it when I see it.
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All of these are "nice," but imho they need to fix notifications FIRST.

w00master

Yes!

In order to do notifications properly, Apple needs to implement more liberal multitasking. For example: allow a PN (or a threshold of PNs) to wake up an app, that in turn retrieves any outstanding notifications -- the next time the user invokes the app, all the notifications have been retrieved & the app is current.

I think that the more robust hardware and iOS can do this with little cost in performance or battery.
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My short wish list includes:

1. Faster App startup

2. More inclusive keyboard that includes apostrophe, hyphen, and @ and .com on the 1st screen

Letters with apostrophe and the @ is possible:
1. Apostrophe over letters; á, ñ, ö, are possible if you hold your finger on the letter you want to have something added, and boom, there's all the different a's, n's, and so on.
2. With the @, same procedure: hold your finger down from the symbols-key, and drag it all the way to the @, and release, when you release, you're back on the regular keyboard. Boom.

Boom. Boom. (I know it's not the quickest way, but it's better than having five extra buttons. )
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I think they really need to give the UI a huge overhaul for the iPad. It's starting to look very plain when you see newer tablets with stuff like Honeycomb and the Blackberry OS. I like simple, but a 5 x 6 grid of square icons is not going to hold up forever. And the multitasking popup / settings bar should take more advantage of the large tablet form factor beyond a tiny sideswiping bar. I'd like to see a well thought out and more functional lockscreen at the very least on both devices.
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My wishlist for iOS 5:

1) Improved notifications. There is NO EXCUSE not to fix this **** in iOS 5
2) Ability to have information on the lock screen (like current weather conditions, missed calls, etc... stuff I can glance at without even "unlocking" the phone). The current lock screen is full of wasted space.
3) The ability to "Mark All Read" in Mail

That's about all I've got.

I can just hear a whining baby 3GS owners complaining already because they get NONE of those features!
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It seems that in years past by now we usually have heard some whispers about the next iOS, and devs have it and we know a thing or two about what is coming. But this year it seems much more quiet. I wonder if some big changes are coming. Here's hoping~
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. It was said that Apple is working on improved "voice navigation" on the iPhone, allowing users to operate the device through voice commands without the need to rely on a virtual keyboard.

Does anybody actually use Voice Control? I tried it a few times but it is terrible at recognizing my voice. I grew up in Colorado and I think my accent is fairly typical of midwest America.

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I can just hear a whining baby 3GS owners complaining already because they get NONE of those features!

Why would those features be left off for 3Gs owners?
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Better native Google Maps.
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Why would those features be left off for 3Gs owners?

3G support is going out the window sometime this week because of 4.3, its only a matter of time until the 3GS gets the AXE! iOS 5.0 sounds like the right time to force people to upgrade.
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Hello all,

I rarely post but this bugs me so much! Would it be too much to ask to have iOS detect sentences that start with Who, What, Where, When, Why or How so that double space adds a question mark? Or double 1 (one) makes an exclamation mark?

That would probably require similar code to grammar checker.

:-)
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Does anybody actually use Voice Control? I tried it a few times but it is terrible at recognizing my voice. I grew up in Colorado and I think my accent is fairly typical of midwest America.

I agree. I have never had my iPhone successfully execute a command via voice control. I guess I should rephrase...it has successfully started playing music for me each time I have tried, although it is always the wrong artist/song.
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Where's the question mark in the title of this post? Or the word: "rumor" ?

The word "rumored" would be the second one in the title right after the word "Apple."
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People turn there machines off otherwise its just a waste of electricity and money.

The only person I know who does that is my grandpa who also logs off his email service after getting mail.

Modern computers with energy saving features use an insignificant amount of energy when in sleep mode and are designed to be left on 24/7.
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Hello all,

I rarely post but this bugs me so much! Would it be too much to ask to have iOS detect sentences that start with Who, What, Where, When, Why or How so that double space adds a question mark? Or double 1 (one) makes an exclamation mark?

That would probably require similar code to grammar checker.

:-)

That would be awesome!
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I agree. I have never had my iPhone successfully execute a command via voice control. I guess I should rephrase...it has successfully started playing music for me each time I have tried, although it is always the wrong artist/song.

Google translate is about 90% accurate for me though.

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My short wish list includes:

1. Faster App startup

2. More inclusive keyboard that includes apostrophe, hyphen, and @ and .com on the 1st screen

3. It's be cool to have the option of requiring a definite 'tap' to register a key press while typing. After seeing what they've done in Garageband with faux pressure sensitivity, this is doable. That way, typists could optionally rest their fingers on the keyboard as they do with a hardware keyboard and only when they strike a key with some definite pressure would it register.

Typing speeds would skyrocket.

4. Haptic feedback when interacting with the OS and in appropriate apps.

As far as keyboard tweaks go, I'd be more interested in having different "modes" of keyboard for different types of typing. For instance right now it's kind of set for internet use which makes sense, but if you're typing a novel in Pages, it's very frustrating.

In a novel situation for instance, Every letter after a leading quote mark is capitalised, this could easily be done automatically just like the leading capital is now, but if you're typing code that would be irritating so they don't do it. Also, it capitalises every letter after a period right now, but that means you can never use an elipsis without editing the errant capital after the fact.

I could go on, but there are all kinds of things that should happen automatically (or not), by the rules of a given type of writing. It would be nice to have more flexibility and to be able to switch between different setups.

It would also be nice to be able to edit the autocorrect. Some of the strangest things show up there that I don't remember "teaching" the software. It would be nice to be able to delete them and it would also be nice to add back in all the censored words.

Finally, anyone who's seen the extra row of keys in iA Writer knows they would be really handy as an option in iOS in general.
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Does anybody actually use Voice Control? I tried it a few times but it is terrible at recognizing my voice. I grew up in Colorado and I think my accent is fairly typical of midwest America.

I just started using it to make phone calls and it works quite well. Very helpful in my car that doesn't have bluetooth.
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3G support is going out the window sometime this week because of 4.3, its only a matter of time until the 3GS gets the AXE! iOS 5.0 sounds like the right time to force people to upgrade.

FRAGMENTATION! Tens of millions of iOS devices that cant update to the latest OS, my gosh it sounds a lot like ANDROID!
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Multi-user support on iPad.
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3G support is going out the window sometime this week because of 4.3, its only a matter of time until the 3GS gets the AXE! iOS 5.0 sounds like the right time to force people to upgrade.

Well sure, eventually, but you made it sound like 3Gs was cut off as of iOS5. I would be extremely shocked if this were the case. it still has great performance compared to the 3G.
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Apple has got to get iOS 5 in developer's hands ASAP to exploit new hardware capabilities.

I suspect that the SmartCover iPad wake-up may be done with RFID/NFC rather than being magnet or proximity activated.

Probably won't know until iFixit teardown.

It is almost a given that next iPhone and iPod Touch will have RFID/NFC/

If the iPad 2 has it -- the iPad could be a great POST (Point Of Sale Terminal) among other things.

Unlikely that it's RFID/NF. From the product videos we've seen, in my opinion, the iPad wakes up too fast for it to be anything but a magnet. I don't think RFID has the sensitivity to range that a magnetic switch would have.

Besides, for RFID, isn't the part in your device more-or-less passive until it's been passed through the field set up by a terminal? That activates the chip and initiates the communication between the devices. So in your scenario, the iPad would need to be constantly broadcasting a field. Quite a waste of battery power. And it would be extreme over-kill since no data is being exchanged between the cover and the iPad.

But, no need to wait for the iFixIt teardown. As soon as you can get your hands on a new iPad, grab a magnet and try to activate the sleep mode.
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