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ios featuresRecently I wrote about several quirks or underdeveloped features 7 Quirky Mountain Lion Features That Apple Should Fix 7 Quirky Mountain Lion Features That Apple Should Fix I'm not an Apple fanboy, and typically I don't complain about Apple hardware or software, because usually Apple's products meet and exceed my expectations. However, I do sometimes shake my head in wonder about some... Read More in Apple’s latest Mountain Lion, and in this article I want to turn the focus onto the iOS for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Lots of features work very well in both OS X and iOS, but both systems are not perfect, and for those of us who rely on Apple products in our daily workflow invariably look for workarounds to underdeveloped or missing features.

Despite its plethora of features, iOS 6 could use a clipboard manager, quick access to the brightness control, permanent photo albums, a password keychain, and perhaps even a Finder.

Clipboard Manager

iOS has always contained a copy and paste feature, but it still does not have a universal clipboard manager. Each time you copy something new in your iOS device, the previous clip gets deleted. So you can’t go back and locate previous copied items. Seriously, I’m not sure why Apple has not included a clipboard manager in the iOS by now.

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Fix: There are a few third-party apps, Clipboard Manager ($0.99) and Pastebot ($3.99), for example, that will collect copied items as they are copied. Apple still doesn’t allow apps like these to run in the background, so you have to launch the apps in order to capture your current clippings.

Brightness Control

On the iPad, you can double-click the Home button and use the control brightness feature on the left side to increase and decrease the brightness of the screen. But on the iPhone, you still have to open the Settings app to get at the brightness control. Apple hasn’t made a faster way to get at that feature.


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Fix: I launched an app called Launch Center Pro ($2.99), which contains a toggle app inside of it to quickly minimize the brightness of the screen; this can be accomplished in a single tap.

Permanent Photo Albums

Apple has improved the default Photos management app in iOS, especially with the addition of Photo Stream. But for some odd reason, when you add photos in your Camera Roll (Edit > Choose Photos > Add To > New or Existing Album) to a new or existing album, those photos will in fact be removed from the album they were added to when you delete them from your Camera Roll.

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Fix: Albums: Photo, Video Manager ($1.99) allows you to import photos from your Camera Roll and create both regular and smart albums.

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No Password Keychain

Mac OS X has always contained a default password keychain in which you can retrieve your usernames and passwords for websites you visit. But this has never been the case for iOS. Sure you can go into Settings > Safari > AutoFill and enable iOS to fill in passwords and names for sites you visit, but that could be a security risk if your mobile device gets into the wrong hands.

Fix: I use 1Password which stores and syncs all my usernames and passwords between my Macs and iOS devices. 1Password ($9.99) is not cheap, so you might want to search for alternatives.

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No Universal Finder

The Finder has been integral to the Mac operating system almost since day one. It’s where you can locate all your files. This is not so for iOS. More and more people are beginning to use their iOS devices as their primary computing machine, and it would be great if they could access all their files from one central location, especially now that Apple has launched iCloud.

Fix: Power users know the fix this – Dropbox, or some other similar cloud system and app. Whatever you add to your Dropbox account you can access it on your iOS mobile supporting devices with the Dropbox app installed. I would like to see the same thing for iCloud.

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For more iOS 6 related articles, check out these:

The above are my most wanted upgrades, for now, to the iOS. Let us know what features you think need improving, and what apps or other solutions you use for workarounds.

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  1. Raghav Gupta
    November 3, 2012 at 5:30 am

    iOS is the best OS. Nothing can be complete 'perfect' but its near to perfection and ahead of any other OS

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Well, I would agree, but there's always room for improvement.

  2. Tan Nguyen Nhat
    October 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Great! I need them!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      You're welcome, Tan.

  3. pastor cmentarny
    October 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    "copy and paste feature" was added iPhone OS 3.x: series ,so you should correct this sentence. "iOS has always contained a copy and paste feature" as apple stuff always missing "obvious must have features" in first generations (to have a reason to release "NEW MAJOR" ).

    article useful.thanks.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Pastor Cmentarny for pointing this out.

  4. ahmed fouad
    October 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    IOS 6 is good system and i think it will fix its mistakes by the time

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Yep, I'm sure there will be improvements in future updates.

  5. gpvprasad
    October 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Apple has very good business plan
    1. Every year release new product so cost of latest product is not down(investors are happy)
    2. Don't include somethings which are useful , so Apple store will be live.

    • Boni Oloff
      October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Wow, i think you see apple as a bad company.. :)
      But i think if you have one of their product you'll start talking good thing about them all the time :)

      • gpvprasad
        October 31, 2012 at 4:59 am

        :) Thanks, and for sure I am not going to buy a apple product, because I am not good in using features.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Gpvprasad, I think I'm hooking on Apple products because they help me get things done, but I really dislike having to upgrade hardware just because the old hard is no longer supported by the OS or iOS. I have a Mac Pro sitting on my office floor right now, and there's nothing much wrong with it except that Mountain Lion doesn't support. So in order to keep up with the operating system, I had to upgrade to an iMac. So I kinda see what you man.

      • gpvprasad
        October 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

        I am not saying anything about the product quality, but I am telling about the business tactic.
        Also I am not so rich to buy a apple product.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          October 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          Oh, I definitely hear you. Apple's business model is definitely about making huge profits. Couldn't agree with you more.

  6. Nikhil Chandak
    October 30, 2012 at 5:24 am

    thnx !
    these features seems to be amazing ...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      You're welcome, Nikhil.

  7. Boni Oloff
    October 30, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Great list, i use pastebot almost all of time in iphone. But if i have a mac device, it will be perfect companion.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Hey Boni, thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it.

  8. Dino Pearsons
    October 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I know these are legitimate problems that users complain about, but none of them really bother me apart from the last one.

    I'd love to have file system access on my iOS devices, without resorting to jailbreaking and various hacks.

    The thing is, I don't think it's going to happen. With recent Apple's software design moves, I'm becoming more and more convinced that Apple will move in the completely opposite direction.

    iCloud is great, but it's completely masked. Sure, you can get to the files if you really want to on your Mac, but first you have to battle a hidden folder, then weird naming conventions and lastly, you have to be extremely careful about what you're doing.

    Not really worth it, is it?

    It would be nice if apps could at least share their iCloud content, that would be a step in the right direction. But again, with sandboxing, and other limitations Apple has been pushing out, I honestly don't see it happening.

    There are easier methods, though. For instance, I've sym-linked my Byword iCloud folder to Dropbox. That gives me access to my writings on non-Apple devices and adds a nice backup layer — at least Dropbox offers an undelete on your files for a reasonable amount of time.

    It's just a shame having to go through all that trouble to get something that should've been an option in the first place.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Hey Dino, you make some very good points here, especially about the direction that Apple is going or seems not to go. I agree too that iCloud is a closed system, but I'm not sure if that's a good thing for iOS users. I mean, many people are trying to use their devices as their mobile computer, and there ought to be a way to access "Finder" files from within any application. That is happening some. Many apps can access the iOS Photo album, but that's not so for other types of files. So for me Apple needs to find a way to open things up more.

      • Dino Pearsons
        October 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Don't get me wrong, I agree completely that the system should be more open. I guess Apple got caught up in the simplicity of their mobile platform, and those design choices are now bleeding into the desktop as well.

        Like I said, I think iCloud would feel a lot more useful if the whole thing was shared between ALL the apps, not just the same app on different systems.

        For instance, I do my writing in Byword, but I really like analysing it in Marked. If I didn't have my iCloud -> Dropbox setup, I'd have to save an additional copy of the file before I could view it in Marked.

        It's the same for any other type of file, really. It's not unusual for people to play their media in one app, but use a completely different one for tagging, or edit an image in one app but add the finishing touches in another. iCloud doesn't support that kind of workflow right now, and it's a shame.

        I know that the whole point of iCloud is to make it easier on the "regular user", but I'm starting to think that the whole concept of a regular user is a myth. These days people are much closer to what we called power users a couple of years ago. They use more apps on their computers, they understand more about what they're doing, and I'm not really sure they're happy about having the filesystem hidden from them.

        In their zeal to make everything simple, they seem to have overcomplicated a great deal.