More iPhone features iWant

You heard them here first. Well, maybe not, since I haven’t been an iPhone watcher since forever, but still, I think they’re new ideas.

  • Next/Back songs in iPod by simply quickly shaking the iPhone forward or back (relative to the current screen orientation). This would be a great demo: just tip the iPhone to the right, and get the next song.
  • Better use of the motion sense-y stuff overall. C’mon, why don’t all the native apps support all 4 directions. Upsidedown should be easy too. And hey, the You Tube app really needs to support both right- and left- handed orientation – especially since sound quality varies with the integral bottom speaker, depending on where you’re sitting.
  • Please, please, please, put the Emergency Call button somewhere not immediately next to the PIN entry pad. I know it makes it look pretty and lets your screensaver picture show better, but it leads to endless screwups when you’re doing it without looking.
  • A zoom lens for the camera. Oh, wait, that’s not very realistic.
  • An engineering version of the calculator. I know, adding in the integral and Fourier code actually takes a little bit of space, but what gadget geek wouldn’t want to use RPN to input calculations on such a shiny consumer device?
  • Actually useful stock lookup links. The stock app is fine; just when I click for details on a ticker symbol I want an actually useful iPhone formatted screen about the company instead of the ad-laden and not very useful screen I get from Yahoo now. When I’m looking up stocks, I want to go to a detail page with just links to the core financials and latest finance-related news. Links to everything else can be somewhere else.

Who’s downloaded 1.1.4? How do you like it?
Who’s planning on writing an iPhone app? What is it?

Jon has more iPhone ideas, even if his blog title is somewhat… painful.

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