iPhone App Wishlist and the 2.0.2 Update

On Monday I wrote a post listing My Top 10 Favorite iPhone Apps and I got a lot of good responses to that post including a couple of suggestions for Apps that I didn’t even know existed (I love iFlix, thanks!). One thing I thought about the next day was “what apps would I like to see?” So here are the Apps that I would LOVE to see on the iPhone and most of them I’d be willing to pay for:

 

Sling Player for iPhone

When the iPhone SDK was introduced the folks over at Sling said that they were working on a player for the iPhone. This player would probably only work over 3g and Wi-Fi due to the bandwidth requirements. I haven’t heard any official updates lately. How’s it going Sling?

 

TiVo Scheduler

Now that I have a couple of TiVo HD’s which can be “scheduled” via the web, I’d love to have an iPhone app that would make this easier and faster than using the TiVo website. The app would have to show me my Guide so that I could pick upcoming shows and it would also have to allow for searches. Once I found the show I wanted to record, it would also have to allow me to choose which TiVo box that I wanted to record the show onto.

 

Sirius/XM Player

Rumor has it that a Sirius/XM Player is under development. This would totally rock! Right now I have Sirius in my car and I’d love to be able to listen to my favorite stations also on my iPhone via a native app. I imagine that this would be a streaming service. However, it would be killer if the stream could be buffered to the iPhone’s internal storage. That way I could listen to this content while on a flight.

 

Reunion Mobile

I use Leister Pro’s Reunion software to do all my genealogy tracking. Now I know they are working on an iPhone app that will work with the desktop client. So here’s what I want to be able to do with that app: I’d like to be able to look up and make changes on the fly. I’d want my changes/additions to sync to the desktop client either wirelessly (perhaps through a MobileMe connection) and/or via the USB cable. I’d also want the ability to use the iPhone camera to take pictures and add them to the family member’s record.

 

Nearest Apple Store

I wrote about this a little while back, but I’m floored that Apple hasn’t developed a Location Aware, “Find Your Nearest Apple Store” app. Seems like a no brainer. This App would show you the closest Apple Stores to your current location, hours, class schedules, etc. Take it a step further and let you schedule your Genius Bar appointment. Once you decided on which store you were going to visit, you could tap one button “map” and it would route you directly to the store. I already have an Apple Store POI (points of interest) file for my Garmin Nuvî GPS that can do much of this, it would be great to have it on my iPhone.

 

Delicious Library

I can’t think of a more Pro Apple developer than Delicious Monster. I love their media cataloging app, Delicious Library. I’d love to simply be able to take my catalog with me on my iPhone. Take it step further so that If I’m out and I buy a movie on DVD/Blu-ray that I could add it to my catalog right then and there while I’m in the checkout lane. This app would need to sync to the desktop client as well.

 

iPhone 2.0.2 Update

iPhone 2.0.2 update

By the way, I didn’t really cover anything about the iPhone 2.0.2 update because I wanted to give it a day or two to see If I noticed a difference. Most reviewers post an immediate post saying that things are faster. Well that could be due to the fact that they just rebooted their iPhones after the update was applied. So I wanted to really see if there were any improvements. Apple has been really quiet with the 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 updates simply stating “bug fixes” in the description. So they are leaving it up to us to try to speculate what’s better and what’s not. That’s really frustrating and It would be nice if they posted a list of “areas” that were addressed. Anyway, for 2.0.2 the ONE area that I definitely see an improvement in is stability in Safari. I haven’t had a single Safari crash since applying the update. If they fixed nothing else, I’ll take that fix! I was getting kinda tired of going to websites that were somewhat complex and then moments later being returned to the Home screen because the browser crashed. Other than that I haven’t noticed any other specific improvements, however I would say that the iPhone 2.0.2 update has made the iPhone less crash prone overall. Again, this is speculation on my part after a couple days of use. No real issues with the update, although I do have a minor thing happening in that when I’m home on Wi-Fi, the display still says 3g. Wi-Fi is on and connected (because I can use the Remote app), but the display doesn’t always update. No big deal, but hey it was working properly before the 2.0.2 update.

 

Has the iPod touch Killed Rapid iPhone Feature Updates?

When Apple first introduced the iPhone, Steve promised us feature updates along the way. For the most part we were getting those updates every couple of months (1.1.1 – 9/27/2007, 1.1.2 – 11/12/2007, 1.1.3 – 1/16/2008, 1.1.4 – 2/26/2008). Each update brought us a few new features and fixes. However, once Apple introduced the iPod touch (which runs on the same OS as the iPhone), the feature updates slowed down quite a bit. The problem with having both devices share the same OS is the way Apple recognizes revenue from the sales of each device. For example, the iPhone revenue recognition is spread out over the year. This allows Apple to add features to the iPhone for FREE without having to restate revenue. However, that is not the case with iPod sales. So that’s why when Apple introduces the same new features for the iPod touch they have to charge something for the update. The last update to 2.0 was free for iPhone users, but cost iPod touch users $9.95.

Here’s the problem: If Apple were to release new features for the iPhone AND iPod touch every couple of months like they had been doing for the iPhone last year, then iPod touch users would really start to feel nickel and dimed because Apple would have to charge them “something” for each update. Now it is possible for Apple to release new feature updates that only affect the phone side of the iPhone. This way they could release the same update for both devices with fixes and phone features that were specific to the iPhone. However, this means that we probably won’t see frequent feature updates for the overall device (the iPhone) like we were seeing last year. Maybe this is a moot point now that 3rd party apps are here. Food for thought though. I think Apple has its hands full at the moment working on bugs. So we’ll see what happens.

  • http://none-yet!! Leland Warren

    Terry

    I love your tech blog and I check it daily to see which products you used and why you like it. I wanted to bring your attention to one update I think is completely missing. TO DO NOTES! The ability to sync to do notes from iCal or mail to your phone when you sync them. It really doesn’t need to be synced wirelessly for it to be amazing. I keep a running list of to do items in my iCal calander because I spend a lot of time on my mac. I hate that I have to either e-mail them to myself or try to remember what I put in iCal in order to recreate the list on my iPhone. That might be what apple was going for when they decided not to sync them together but I am all about not recreating steps to increase workload. That is the reason I have a to do list, so I know what I am supposed to be doing.

    Anyway that would probably be my the most needed feature that apple can put on the iPhone!

  • c-dude

    Notes. Notes MUST *sync* to the computer.

    I can live (for now… this is temporary, right?) without cut and paste on the phone itself, but if I can’t create a small collection of notes on the computer (where I can cut and paste all I want) and sync it to the phone, well, Houston, we have a problem.

  • jimmy

    We can assume Apple is holding off on Copy & Paste until it is bullet-proof(?) notes syncing, yes!!
    Sirius “Star Player” is indeed coming I read. Yay!
    Now, if only Nintendo would license some classic game titles! – (i know, it’ll never happen)…

  • Uncle Tony

    My wish list includes: 1) bluetooth keyboard compatibility, 2) Pocket Quicken for iPhone by Landware (or a Quicken Lite from Intuit that is sync-able to your desktop Quicken), 3) an office suite like Documents-to-go that allow you to create, receive, edit and transmit files, and 4) the essential ability to cut, copy and paste.

  • Lynn Grillo

    Here’s something I hate. If I update an app using the update option in the iPhone itself, the app icon moves to the last spot in the last screen. Then I have to move it back to where I had it originally, which sometimes is difficult to do considering how those icons slip and slide all over. I wish there was a better way to manage them.

  • Michael McKinlay

    Hi Terry,

    Good list but can I add a few things. I switch from a Blackberry Curve to an iPhone and here are the things that RIM just plain does better.

    1. Auto-on and off. Love having calendar reminders waking me up at 2 am because I forgot to turn off my iPhone.

    2. Speaking of reminders, how about a “Weekdays” only option so the “Pick up Kids” reminder doesn’t pop-up on Weekends

    3. A better Quickdial system. You have to unlock the iPhone, go to Phone then Favourites, then the number. Blackberry…hold down the appropriate key and presto…the number.

    4. Sure would be nice to bulk delete the Junkmail I get.

    5. Cut and Paste…duh.

    6. To Do…duh, duh.

    That’s just a few of my ideas. Miss my Blackberry but really enjoying the iPhone.

    Michael McKinlay

  • Graham Mitchell

    Very seconded on Lynn’s comment regarding app update behavior. The add-updated-app-to-end-of-list thing drives me up the wall. I would very much appreciate it if they would update in place.

  • Malik Ashar Azeem

    iPod touch Killed Rapid iPhone, I don’t think so.
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