iOS 5 Wish List, Item One
As of now, I’ve spent the longest chunk of time since the original iPhone release with no real wish list for the next device/OS revision. I still don’t have any notable hardware wishes. I could probably live happily with my iPhone 4 for years. But on the software front, my wishes are starting to come from unlikely places.
My first wish is to have a reliable, fluid connection between my iOS devices. If I’ve got my iPad with me on a train (it’s wifi-only, and I don’t pay AT&T for tethering), and I receive an SMS or MMS on my iPhone, I want to receive notification on my iPad, and I want the ability to view/respond without having to pull the iPhone out of my pocket. This, of course, would be roughly akin to the Blackberry Bridge app, but without the inherent colossal failure: email and calendaring are, of course, already present on the iPad.
Also part of this bridge, it would be nice to answer calls from my iPad, as if it were a bluetooth headset. Whether or not the iPad has 3G shouldn’t matter; all it needs is an interface and an audio I/O connection over BT. And, since voice/SMS has its own pricing scheme dependent upon usage (regardless of interface), there should be no additional fee for the bridge; there is no opportunity for abuse.
Somewhat related to this, Mac OS X used to have a feature that allowed you to dial a phone number, from the Address Book app, through your Bluetooth-paired cell phone. This feature, somewhere along the way, was removed presumably for security concerns. I would imagine there’s a chance this feature could make a return now that the iPhone is so popular, but I’d at least like the option to initiate a call like this through the iOS Bridge I’m wishing for.