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iOS 8 changes we'd like to see: The OS and Home screen

Dan Frakes | June 2, 2014
WWDC is almost here, which means we're likely to see a preview of iOS 8, the next iteration of Apple's mobile OS. Over the past few weeks, we've been publishing lists--with a little help from our Twitter followers--of the features and changes we'd like to see in iOS 8, covering Notification Center, Mail, Calendar and Reminders, Photos and Camera, [<a

App assignments

Speaking of settings, we mentioned this in several of the other wish-list articles, but we'll repeat it here, as it's a system-wide wish: As good as Mail, Safari, and Maps are, some people prefer third-party alternatives. But choosing to use one of those alternatives currently means giving up a good amount of convenience — and putting up with a good amount of hassle. You can't, for example, tap a URL to open that link in Chrome or iCab. Conversely, tapping a link always opens that webpage in Safari, even if you prefer another browser.

In OS X, on the other hand, you can choose your default browser, email client, music player — your preferred app for pretty much any type of activity. We, and many, many of our readers, would love it if iOS gave us the same freedom, at least for common tasks such as browsing, email, messaging, and maps.

Printing potential

Way back in iOS 4.2, Apple promised to let you print wirelessly from your iOS device to any printer shared by your Mac. That feature never fully arrived — unless you have an AirPrint-capable printer, you need to use a third-party OS X utility, such as the excellent Printopia, to get this useful functionality. But once you have the right components in place, iOS printing actually works well...

...assuming, that is, that the only printing option you want to change is the number of copies to print. We'd like Apple to add a few more options to the iOS Printer Options screen: black-and-white printing, scaling, and n-up printing would be a great start.

Of course, it would also be great if Apple added the entirety of the feature we expected in iOS 4.2.

Do Not Disturb daily schedules

Finally, most Macworld editors religiously use iOS's Do Not Disturb feature, which lets you configure specific hours during which your device won't bother you with phone calls, text messages, or notifications. The problem is that you get only a single schedule that's repeated each and every day. We'd like to be able to configure daily schedules, so that, for example, our do-not-disturb hours begin later on Friday and Saturday nights and extend later on weekend mornings.

 

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