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iOS 8: What Users Expect From The Next Incarnation

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off on June 2. And one of the most widely anticipated things at the event is iOS 8. Unfortunately, each major upgrade to the iPhone operating system comes with a drawback, whether it’s a bug, battery drainage issue, or users find the new OS clunkier to use. Anyway, users have a lot of expectations from the iOS 8. So, let’s have a look at some of the most important features they expect:

An improved Siri

Siri is still an excellent voice assistant. But it hasn’t seen much improvement in the past two years. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) needs to improve Siri with the iOS 8, especially as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s voice technologies are fighting for people’s attention. Many experts believe that Microsoft’s Cortana is far better because it combines the best of Siri and Google Now. Moreover, Apple should open its voice assistant to third-party apps. It will expand the reach of Siri and help developers come up with creative ways to use Siri.

iOS 8 should allow users to change default apps

Most of the iOS apps are pretty good. But Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tries to force its apps on users. The App Store has better apps than Apple Maps. When you click on a date in your email, it opens in the Calendar app. Click on a link and it opens in Safari. The Cupertino-based company wants you to organize your stuff the way it wants you to, in most cases. But then there are users who don’t like using Apple’s apps for certain features. Instead, they prefer hand-picked apps for certain features.

A more user-friendly data management system

The iOS doesn’t have a central way to manage user files. You have to organize music using the iTunes app, photos with the Photos app, and various other applications for the word processor and spreadsheet documents. It’s annoying when you have to remember which app you used for a specific document in order to be able to find that again. Users expect a simple, central app with the iOS 8 that lets them handle user-created files the way they want.

An affordable iCloud storage

You know, a 50GB iCloud storage costs a whopping $100 a year. In contrast, Google Drive gives you 100GB storage at just $1.99 per month, and 1TB for just $9.99 per month. Moreover, have you ever thought how you will back up a 64GB iPhone or a 128GB iPad on iCloud? You can’t, because 50GB is the maximum storage that iCloud offers.

A revamped Maps app with the iOS 8

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s in-house Maps app was a disaster upon launch. Though the iPhone maker has improved the app ever since, it still lags behind the Google Maps. Apple is reportedly adding many new features to its Maps app, which is likely to be introduced with iOS 8. The revamped app is expected to have improved mapping data, better clarity and public transit directions service.

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