Apple continues to improve their mobile operating system, iOS, every year but some features that are available with other smartphones still have not made their way into iPhones and iPads.
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5 Features Still Missing From iOS 9
1. Profiles or guest mode – This feature should be incorporated in at least the iPads. Families that want to share their devices can’t setup specific profiles for each family member. If would be nice to let your child login under a profile specifically for them rather than having to Guided Access to keep them from drifting to apps that aren’t appropriate.
2. Block texts not in contacts – Curenntly, you can only block iMessages that don’t appear in your contacts. It would be very helpful to block all text messages and phones calls from numbers not in your contact list instead of having to build a block list.
3. Better restrictions – The restrictions in iOS are improving but it seems like the developers have stalled when it comes to adding other great features like sand-boxing and passcodes to enable features when used. Restrictions are an all or nothing affair and being able to enter a pin when using a restricted feature is much easier than having to go into the settings every time I want to enable on temporarily on a child’s device.
4. Better backup/restore – While iOS allows you to selectively backup certain features in iOS (Notes, Music, Photos, etc.) it doesn’t give you very much control over the back up. When you restore a device you can selectively choose what to restore, it’s all or nothing. This is why apps that back up individuals files on your iPhone or iPad have become so popular.
5. Full NFC support – Near Field Communication (NFC) is what allows your iPhone to initiate a transaction with Apple Pay. There are a number of other applications for NFC like unlocking doors and identification that the iPhone could support if they allowed other applications to tap into the specification.
Bonus: Wireless charging It’s not truly wireless but it would be nice to have a pad where I could set down my device without having to attach a cable to it every time.
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