“If only…” thoughts on iOS

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Opinion by Curt Blanchard

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If only…#1. Here’s a iPhone contradiction. One of the common complaints about the iPhone is that its battery doesn’t allow heavy users to get through a long day without recharging. Yet with each iteration, Apple makes the phone thinner. I think there is room in Apple’s line-up to make, let’s call it, an iPhone XL (Extended Life), or iPhone Pro. It would be a couple of millimeters thicker [gasp!] to accommodate a larger battery. Apple says that the iPhone 6 will yield up to 10 hours of internet use. How about an iPhone 6XL that will yield 16 hours? 20 hours? There are users who would gladly shell out additional cash for this and would not mind compromising a little extra thickness.

If only…#2. An iPad is, primarily, a one-user device. You set it up with your own app choices and preferences. Trying to share it with someone else is frustrating for both parties. Now that Touch ID has been added to the iPad line, here’s an idea that should be possible to engineer: separate user profiles. Using your fingerprint, you set up the iPad to suit your requirements and liking and, later, your partner can set things up to her tastes by accessing the iPad with her fingerprint. Better yet, your four-year old wants to play games on the iPad. You can set his profile with no internet access, no ability to change settings, and all of his favorite games.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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