Originally Posted by Dunks
How would you improve upon the iPhone home screen?
Aesthetic changes or functional changes?
Personally I like that iOS sort of gets out of the way; there are very few software barriers between powering on the device and accessing the applications.
I left the iPhone after the 3gs so I might be a little dated if some of these features are already in iOS. Would love to see Jony's new spin on things include Widgets for Apple users. Maybe include a setting in the options for 'legacy' ui for people that prefer the familiar grid of Apps.
But for those that prefer the new:
Slide to unlock options... slide left to right = home screen. Slide right to left = right to email; Down to Up = Texting ; Up to down = straight to phone
Unlimited Apps as widgets might be too chaotic and confusing for Apple's minimalist/simple interface, but they could do 'defined' widgets that a user can turn on or off and reposition on the screen such as:
Weather (up to 5 days, with temps/outlook)
Stock market ticker (user can set their own portfolio and update frequency, then you get a stock ticker running on bottom of phone screen with your stocks)
ToDo list widget
News you are interested in conglomerator widget
Basically there are a lot of cool things and a lot of Apps you can use on your iPhone- but there are 5 or 6 things people do really really frequently with their phones (those 5 or 6 things are different from person to person).
The goal should be to have your homescreen customizable with Widgets so those 5 or 6 things are there for you and already updated. Most of the time instead of turning on your phone and then having to go through each app individually or browse the web to get info- you should just have to turn on your phone, glance at it, and turn it back off.