iPhone Improvements — An Open Letter to Steve

iPhone

Dear Steve,

I’m impressed with your recent introduction of the iPhone. Congratulations on keeping it (almost) secret for so long. Instead of sleeping I’ve watched your keynote the same night and played with all those nice animations on the iPhone pages. My current Sony Ericsson phone now feels like my granny’s landline phone.

You’ve proven once again being a real innovator. Thanks Apple Computer Inc.!

Nevertheless there are some areas where I’d love to see improvements made over the next several months until the iPhone is available (late 2007 in Europe/Germany):

  • Rethink decision of closing down the iPhone: This one is important to people like me who work in IT or consider themselves power-users. Think about how cool it would be for the likes of me having SSH and VNC clients on the phone. I want or even need to carry a few programs and custom widgets around.
    A first step will be to add more applications to the iPhone. Also do the next step and open it completely.
  • Safari on the iPhone: Does the mobile Safari edition support PDFs? If not: add an PDF/eBook reader. It seems like PDFs will be supported. This is very important for documentation and the likes or to kill commuting-time in the morning. Also don’t forget to add RSS capability with image caching (while connected to your home’s WLAN).
  • SMS and iChat: Further improve the iPhone by adding an iChat (AIM/ICQ) application to the phone (maybe add video chat and voice while connected via WLAN?) and integrate SMS into iChat (on both sides: Mac and iPhone). Send short messages via the internet when connected to make it cheaper or negotiate a fixed price model for SMS sending with your partnered carrier. Your current implementation turns SMS into chat.
  • 3G & pricing: This one is a no-brainer. The iPhone needs UMTS (from the begining) to become a hit in Europe. UMTS is everywhere in the ads and has a lot of potential combined with a decent mobile internet device. Though there needs to be an appealing price model to succeed. (Fixed price model again. Hint!) I won’t pay several Euros to see Rome or even 1 Infinite Loop from above while on the train!
  • Add gaming! The built-in accelerometer and high-res screen combined with multi-touch are perfect for new concepts and high quality games. Just think about the possibilities!
  • Landscape mode: Please make the landscape mode work in both directions. I’m left handed and want to stay this way. It’s different ;-)
    Landscape mode works in both directions. Now It’s time to include landscape mode in Mail and the other apps.
  • GPS: Integrate a GPS receiver into the next-gen Nike + iPod sports kit to plot one’s run through Google maps on the iPhone. Then send the zoomable map to your blog.

It took 2 seconds of my time and no money to come up with the last idea. Think about what Apple can still do to improve the iPhone prior to its launch having that many smart brains sitting in 1 Infinite Loop.

Thanks for your time, Steve!

Best regards,
a potentialfuture iPhone customer

(Photo courtesy of Apple)

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9 Responses to “iPhone Improvements — An Open Letter to Steve”

  1. Kieran says:

    The iPhone idea is awesome.

    Some things are essential for the iPhone to be ‘cool’:

    *MMS (PXT etc) (feature on all new phones)
    *Bluetooth file send/recieve (very fun to share things)
    *Bluetooth audio streaming (good for newer products)
    *Larger storage (for iPod migrators)
    *Non-recessed headphone jack (for other headphones)
    *Multiple colours/shades (its great to have choice)
    *Video recording (nifty feature)

    The bulk of the changes Apple should make are to the software, the hardware is almost perfect.

  2. (post author) Daniel Gattermann says:
  3. Luca Forgione says:

    Please, let Apple know about this basics IPHONE Improvements:

    real time sync: you need to click on synch button each time you add a new voice into outlook to be synchronized.
    notes synch
    email synch -it syncs the email accounts (very cool) and not the email themselves (very loW)
    email deletion selecting a group not just one by one
    email management: possibility to save/export attachment
    headset with a button for answering
    SMS multi sending function
    SMS management: forward – reply….

    Blutooth settings missing
    Blutooth services missing but the blutooth-headset

  4. (post author) Daniel Gattermann says:

    Luca,
    good suggestions. You can send them to Apple yourself:
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    Also note that the headset has a button for answering calls. Emails can be synced by using IMAP as the protocol (though it doesn’t help those with POP3 accounts).

  5. tobi says:

    don’t know what type of iphone you have, but landscaping mode IS working in both directions on my iphone!

  6. (post author) Daniel Gattermann says:

    Thanks for the reminder Tobi! I just forgot to update my post.

  7. Adrian Spiteri (Malta) says:

    I have been using iphone for the past 4week and it does have lots of restrictions such ase:

    Miltiple line selection to delete a paragraph from email…
    spell checker it would be a good function
    copy and paste email to browser, from email to another email, to callendar…
    Delivery report when sending sms
    Be able to record video
    Sms which was already sent to a contact would be able to foward it another contact
    aditional buttons on the side to skip track so you would not have yo look and lauch ipod to skip tracks

    P.s hope to the some if the updates mentioned if not all

    Kind reagards
    adrian

  8. (post author) Daniel Gattermann says:

    You can quickly press the button on your headset twice to skip a track and press it once to pause playback.
    It is also possible to double click the home button on the iPhone (even when it’s locked) to display the music controls (depends on your settings though).

  9. Adrian Spiteri (Malta) says:

    aa ok mate thank you regarding when pressing double click on the home button and the ipod turns up i new about it but pressing twice the head set i did not thank you


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