You have some very interesting points here, many that reflect my opinions or usage.
Originally Posted by antkm1
first of all, swiping from the bottom up is actually a function on the iPad. A 4 finger swipe up gives you the multi-tasking bar.
I do agree that the Spotlight screen is blank and pointless. I've never used it. Not even to search.
Neither have I. I actually get frustrated when that screen pops up. It might become useful in the future when my usage of the iPad goes up.
What i'd like to see on that screen would be similar to OSX's dashboard widget. A great place to put the clock, weather, stocks, etc. apps for quick checks.
Widgets or micro apps - this is an interesting idea. I might go for it is the apps where allowed to run in background with user specified time slices. Such apps aren't all that useful unless they are up to date instantly. So if the user could specify a time slice in minutes, so that say the weather widget app is never more than 30 minutes out of date would be cool.
In stead of placing them in the Notification Window (swipe down)...which I also never use..place them somewhere that is intuitive...a place that mirrors features in OSX.
Actually the notification window is useful to me but it does need to be used properly for notifications.
that would instantly signal a connection between the two platforms and be totally natural feeling for the Apple ecosystem. Right now I put all my dashboard apps on either the first home screen or a "Utilities" folder.
Personally, I don't think iOS is "long in the tooth" Sure there are a few things I'd like it to be more efficient about, but they will come...I have faith Apple will fix things.
Such comments must come from one of three types of people, that would be idiots, people expecting a desktop OS or paid trolls. The only people with a perspective worth our time is the people with inflated expectations, at least I can understand some of their desires. You are right Apple does fix things but more important they add to iOS with every release. IOS has move very fast from its beginnings.
It may not be at the pace YOU want, but when has it ever? I grow tired of hear how dated iOS is. It's not meant to be a computer. It's not OSX, it wasn't design to be your primary device. Some might say maybe it should...I say...my iPad works fine as my primary device...I don't expect anything more than what it was designed to do...and it does it all lightyears better.
I started out with iPad one which at best can be called a proof of concept machine. That machine brought back the excitement of the early years of computing even if that machine left a lot to be desired. Now I'm on iPad 3 which is quickly becoming my primary tool. Even here I can see that Apple has a long way to go, but really the OS is the least of their problems.
Now I never even open my MBP to check email. My iPad works so much better for that. Same goes for IM and web searching. I'm no power user, just the average user, and that's what iOS is for.
For me it comes down to this, iPad is often far faster for these needs. Often I turn to the iPad even if I'm working at my Mac simply because it is the faster solution.
"People have hundreds" of Apps? Personally, I bought into the ecosystem because of the very nature of Apple. All the native/standard Apps that work seemlessly together. I have no need for Apps that do the same thing as the native ones. I can deal with their inefficiencies for a while until they fix them. Except for maps. The native apps i don't use get stored away in a back screen folder otherwise. I've downloaded and tried probably around 124 Apps. I use (not including the native/standard and downloadable Apple Apps apps) about 10.
For the most part "ditto". The only thing that I don't buy into is the negativity with respect to Maps. For me Maps now does exactly what I want it to do.
As far as apps being more intuitive, I'd really like to see more OSX gestures in Safari. I love 2-finger swiping for web browsing. Wish iOS Safari did that.
IOS Safari does lag the Mac version a bit but I think that this is an indication of hardware limitations. Safari on iOS still isn't as snappy as I would like and often drags on some web sites. I can see Safari being much nicer on newer hardware. Especially if we get a RAM upgrade in iPad 5.