What I'd like to see in iPhone 2.0

On monday, Steve Jobs will open this year’s WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Chances are Apple will demo version 2.0 of it’s iPhone version of OS X, as well as a new iPhone. Here’s a few things I’d like to see in the new iPhone:

  • An LED. Most Americans will probably wonder why you’d need an LED on your cell phone. That’s because you don’t use SMS; but over here in Europe, we do! Each time I leave my cell phone lying around and come back to it, I have to turn on the iPhone’s screen to see whether I’ve got a text message. Most cell phones sold over here have an LED that starts blinking when a new message is waiting or when you miss a call; this way, you don’t have to turn on the screen to see whether somebody has tried to contact you.
  • A better camera. The current camera sucks. Enough said.
  • A second, front-mounted camera.
  • Bluetooth. The hardware is already in the phone. Support it, at least for sending and receiving files, and for Bluetooth keyboards.
  • Search. Especially in the address book.
  • Auto-correction. I want to enable several languages at the same time. And I want to be able to quickly turn it off for a minute, then turn it back on.
  • MMS. Again, this is an European thing. Over here, pretty much all phones support MMS. Not being able to send and receive MMS is not only annoying, but also kind of embarrassing.
  • 3G. Edge is neat, I guess, but over here in Europe, we have a great 3G network. Let me use it!
  • GPS. Okay, I don’t really need this, but it would be a cool feature to demo.
  • Street View. The iPhone already has a neat Google Maps app; Android’s is better, supporting great features like Street View. Copy this from Android.
  • Some way for users to install apps without Apple’s blessing.

That is all.

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