A small wishlist for the iPhone in 2010

The more I use a a variety of mobile devices I keep coming back to a few seemingly arbitrary limits of the iPhone. I’m hoping the following issues are resolved in a future release:

If I can’t have all apps multitask I would prioritize media playing apps. There is no reason why listening to audio needs to monopolize a device – ever. This is not a radio, it’s a pocket computer come on!

While on the topic of media, it also seems quite abitrary that Apple’s core app functions are not available to things like Pandora or Last.fm. Why can’t I see the album art like from the ipod when waking the screen? Why can’t the remote button on our headphones also control these 3rd party apps.

These are details but severly limit how the iphone works.

One final nit I have is regarding voice control. I’d like to know what genius thought it should just be on all the time with headphones?! As a result my music is constantly interrupted by the iphone’s expectation of a voice command. This only seems to happen with the standard headphones but happens both indoors as well as out.

6 comments for “A small wishlist for the iPhone in 2010

  1. 12/17/2009 at 10:54 pm

    While we're on the topic, I should point out that listening to music on Nokia's smartphones is equally frustrating because every SMS and Email notification simultaneously pauses the music and BLASTS through the earphones, then unpauses the music and resumes. It's enough to almost force me to put my phone in Offline mode for music.

    And yes, it also happens when you have the phone in Silent profile – only you get a quiet beep instead, but it still completely interrupts the music.

  2. 12/17/2009 at 11:07 pm

    iPhone does it too … though considerably less aggressively than on the Nokia. Blackberry seems to mute the sounds the most of the devices I've tried.

  3. 12/18/2009 at 3:54 am

    While we're on the topic, I should point out that listening to music on Nokia's smartphones is equally frustrating because every SMS and Email notification simultaneously pauses the music and BLASTS through the earphones, then unpauses the music and resumes. It's enough to almost force me to put my phone in Offline mode for music.

    And yes, it also happens when you have the phone in Silent profile – only you get a quiet beep instead, but it still completely interrupts the music.

  4. 12/18/2009 at 3:54 am

    While we're on the topic, I should point out that listening to music on Nokia's smartphones is equally frustrating because every SMS and Email notification simultaneously pauses the music and BLASTS through the earphones, then unpauses the music and resumes. It's enough to almost force me to put my phone in Offline mode for music.

    And yes, it also happens when you have the phone in Silent profile – only you get a quiet beep instead, but it still completely interrupts the music.

  5. 12/18/2009 at 4:07 am

    iPhone does it too … though considerably less aggressively than on the Nokia. Blackberry seems to mute the sounds the most of the devices I've tried.

  6. 12/18/2009 at 4:07 am

    iPhone does it too … though considerably less aggressively than on the Nokia. Blackberry seems to mute the sounds the most of the devices I've tried.

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