iOS 7 is for all accounts a hands-down winner when it comes to mobile operating systems. While there will always be some arguments as to the overall flat look and feel of the OS, the design is solid and the new features it carries along with it are in short, pretty great.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t some things that we wouldn’t mind seeing disappear in iOS 8 however. From a cluttered notification center to default apps you can’t change, here are the top 5 worst iPhone features that need to disappear in iOS 8.
Disclaimer: I know a few of these aren’t strictly iOS 7 features but they were continued in iOS 7, so that makes them iOS 7 features.
1. “All” and “Missed” Notifications
The Notification Center in iOS 7 is pretty great. It helps fill the blank home screen with useful information and best of all, gives you access to any notifications you may have missed.
What’s not great is the cluttered upper tab. Currently there are three tabs visible in the iOS 7 Notification Center:
The Today tab is simple enough; it shows you what’s on your schedule for today as well as some weather information. Next comes the All tab, and this is where things get a little odd. The All Tab shows all your notifications that you haven’t clicked on yet. The last one is the Missed tab, which is supposed to show you notifications since you last used your device.
“All” and “Missed” seem very similar and honestly should be merged. These should disappear and become a single “Notifications” tab, much like Notification Center in OS X.
Maybe with that extra space we could get a dedicated to-do page instead?
2. Game Center
I’ve yet to talk to a single iOS 7 user that utilizes the Game Center app for the iPhone and iPad. The app helps to sync game data between devices and allow you to compete against friends, but those features are accessible via the games themselves, so why is there an app for it that everyone just hides away.
Apple needs to do away with the Game Center app in iOS 8 and save us one less stock app to hide.
3. Stocks App
Speaking of stock apps, the Stocks app is just about as useless as pre-installed apps can get. The king of useless apps, the Stocks app has been engrained in iOS since the days of it being called iPhone OS.
Anyone who really cares about stocks uses a paid app that links with their stocks accounts, making the Stocks app just another pre-installed app that we all hide. I doubt anybody would mourn the removal of the Stocks app in iOS 8.
4. The Physical Home Button
Steve Jobs initially imagined the iPhone with no physical buttons. His dream of a phone with a completely flat face never really came to be, but with a new iPhone this could be a reality.
iOS 7, as well as all previous iterations of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch software have been extremely dependent on the home button being a physical button you can press. The Home button powers the phone on from sleep, closes out of apps, and with a double press it allows you to switch between open apps and even access Siri with a good long press.
The physical Home button is one of the biggest limiting factors in making the iPhone 6’s screen bigger, making the need for it to disappear that much more important. While the Home button isn’t an iOS 7 feature, it’s something the OS depends on, making iOS 8 very different if it disappears.
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5. Forced Default Apps
The biggest complaint about iOS is the walled garden that Apple has erected for itself. While you can install apps like Google Chrome and Mailbox to handle some stock iOS features, you can’t set those as default. The default apps will always open when a link is clicked or email from within an app is used.
Once again, this isn’t an iOS 7-specific issue, but it’s something that needs changed at one point.
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Apple needs to remove the forced default apps and allow us, the users that give them more than enough money, to set our own default apps. Hopefully iOS 8 will allow for this as well as better inter-app communication and syncing. With this, just about any app could be set as default.
Have some other ideas on what the worst iPhone features are that you want to see changed? Leave them in the comments below.