Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements

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  • Reply 21 of 72
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by Galley View Post


    Great idea!



    I concur.
  • Reply 22 of 72
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
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    Originally Posted by sirius2k3 View Post


    Pulsating lights are tacky. The iPhone's hardware is perfect and slick - Apple like and doesn't need to become fugly like other products out there. For instance, there are only two lights on MacBooks (closed lid and sleeping, and charging on power cord) while there are hundreds of random flashing lights on PCs.



    Therefore, by the first and third sentence, MacBooks are tacky.
  • Reply 23 of 72
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
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    Originally Posted by Animaniac View Post


    While we're on the subject, why don't we already have an LED that pulsates when there is a missed item? It's the first thing I noticed missing and unlike other shortcomings, I haven't been able to forgive this one.



    It doesn't even have to be a separate LED. They could make the Home button itself light up.
  • Reply 24 of 72
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    It doesn't even have to be a separate LED. They could make the Home button itself light up.



    An LED light, like the sleep light on the MB, behind the Home Button would be un-tacky, IMO.
  • Reply 25 of 72
    They are things like battery life/consumption to consider for some functions...
  • Reply 26 of 72
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I concur.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Galley View Post


    Great idea!



    Thanks! I submitted it to Apple's iPhone Feeback. Let's hope I get a two line response from His Steveness.
  • Reply 27 of 72
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,427member
    voice dialing PLEASE!!!



    power management settings,

    one touch and i can go to my preset battery savings setting

    when plugged in goes to another setting automatically

    double tap and goes to my midlevel power settings



    mute my ipod and auto answer the phone using my earbuds
  • Reply 28 of 72
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sirius2k3 View Post


    Pulsating lights are tacky. The iPhone's hardware is perfect and slick - Apple like and doesn't need to become fugly like other products out there. For instance, there are only two lights on MacBooks (closed lid and sleeping, and charging on power cord) while there are hundreds of random flashing lights on PCs.



    hello? have you not seen the Mac Pro, with its single super-elegant-sexy tiny blue LED above the power switch?



    That light rocks.



    You could put one on an iPhone and it would be awesome under the power button, dead center, one tiny pinspot LED, like the MP, like their BT Keyboard, etc...
  • Reply 29 of 72
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
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    Originally Posted by Murphster View Post


    Again a clear example of why the iPhone has not been designed with the business user in mind. My BlackBerry spends most of the day on silent (vibration off as is distracting in meetings). I need the red light to tell me when a new message has been delivered. Most business users will spend a large proportion of their time with a phone on silent, Apple should now this, after all there must be some business people who work for Apple.



    Admittedly I don't work in the business the world so I must ask. A beep is distracting, vibrate is distracting, but a pulsating light isn't distracting?



    Keeping in mind that a vibrating phone can be in your pocket. While the phone has to be visible to see the light.



    Quote:

    Apple could learn a few things if they bothered to ask anybody what they want from their Apple products instead of telling us what we should be doing instead.



    Apple has reportedly given the iPhone to various Fortune 500 companies to use and give feedback. So no these choices were not made in an Apple vacuum.
  • Reply 30 of 72
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    An LED like the sleep light on the MB behind the Hoe Screen seems un-tacky.



    In that sense yeah I guess that doesn't seem too bad.
  • Reply 31 of 72
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
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    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    The phone does give an audible beep and vibrate when a message comes. Listing the type of message and who the message is from on the opening screen is much more elegant than a flashing light.



    So you would prefer to have the screen stay constantly on, even when the phone is in sleep mode.
  • Reply 32 of 72
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    In that sense yeah I guess that doesn't seem too bad.



    I'm surprised you understood what I was trying to say. Using an iPhone for forums replies is not a desktop replacement.
  • Reply 33 of 72
    ivladivlad Posts: 742member
    I hope iPhone 3.0 will have new User Interface. But these things have been seen on the Jailbroken phones. The unlock screen with notifications. That's been done before.
  • Reply 34 of 72
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    So you would prefer to have the screen stay constantly on, even when the phone is in sleep mode.



    Obviously the screen doesn't stay on. It only shows you messages when you wake it up.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I'm surprised you understood what I was trying to say. Using an iPhone for forums replies is not a desktop replacement.



    I got basics of what you were saying.
  • Reply 35 of 72
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iVlad View Post


    I hope iPhone 3.0 will have new User Interface. But these things have been seen on the Jailbroken phones. The unlock screen with notifications. That's been done before.



    That's not added by jailbreaking. The phone already shows multiple missed messages on the unlock screen. The patent shows it organized a little differently and gives more information about the nature of the message.
  • Reply 36 of 72
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    Apple has reportedly given the iPhone to various Fortune 500 companies to use and give feedback. So no these choices were not made in an Apple vacuum.



    Receiving feedback does not imply that Apple actually acts on it. For example, I find it hard to believe that not a single one of those Fortune 500 companies mentioned support for Tasks or copy/paste.
  • Reply 37 of 72
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    Obviously the screen doesn't stay on. It only shows you messages when you wake it up.



    So we are right back to where we started. The point is to have some sort of persistent indicator that is visible even when the phone is locked or in standby mode. That way, the user can just look at the device and see that there was a phone call or message without having to wake the device.
  • Reply 38 of 72
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post


    Admittedly I don't work in the business the world so I must ask. A beep is distracting, vibrate is distracting, but a pulsating light isn't distracting?



    It is supposed to be somewhat distracting, i.e. you want to be told you have a message. But during meetings, phone conferences, lunches and presentations (i.e. most of my day) You do not want to be making a noise, this is considered very bad form. Many business meetings are fairly casual affairs, i.e. it is not uncommon for people to be checking mail and even sending replies, but the last thing you want is for your phone to be bleeping away constantly for the duration of the meeting. And vibrate can be just as bad, they don't half make a loud noise when rumbling away on a table.



    For more serious meetings, i.e. with clients you would turn off your phone anyway.



    But can you set the iPhone for silent use and still get beeps for new messages anyway? I do not think you could, So not only is your phone beeping away but also ringing when someone calls you.



    BlackBerry it has to be said nailed it with the flashing red LED, it stays flashing for long enough to alert you to new messages but does not flash forever, not sure how long actually but maybe 10-20 seconds. There are some features that cannot be perfected and an only be copied, this I would think is one of them.



    The Bold even has a cool as hell function that can be turned on if you want, As soon as I plug the phone into a charge next to my bed for overnight charging it dims the screen and turns off the LED so to give me a break from emails! ;-) very cool.



    Quote:

    Keeping in mind that a vibrating phone can be in your pocket. While the phone has to be visible to see the light. .



    I cannot think of anyone who would put an iPhone or a full size BlackBerry in their suit pocket while sitting in a meeting. Which pocket exactly would you put it in?



    Phones in meetings are either in your bag/briefcase under the table or as is usual are sat on the table in front of you. Very rarely in your pocket.
  • Reply 39 of 72
    Seems to me that these patents aren't doing much in protecting Apple iPhone IP. Look at all these devices coming up this year.
  • Reply 40 of 72
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pmjoe View Post


    What I can't figure out is that on my iPhone 3G there appears to be 3 LEDs at the top next to the speaker, some of the moulded cases even have openings for them, but they don't seem to be used for anything.



    Those are the 2 proximity sensors (for turning off the screen when you're on a call and put the phone to your ear) and the light sensor (for dimming the screen in dark environments, brightening it in bright environments).



    But I'm glad to hear that Apple is on this. The "at-a-glance" screen and the inability to quickly access settings are probably two of my biggest complaints about the interface.
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