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Revisiting our iOS 7 wish-list: Did we get what we wanted?

After months of speculation, Apple finally unveiled iOS 7 at the start of the week, and Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that it’s "the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone.”

Prior to this week's WWDC keynote, we put our heads together and decided what we’d like to see make an appearance in Apple's newest iOS. Granted, our wish-list of 8 things had a few wild cards that were never going to happen, but you can't blame a geek for trying. Take a look at our rundown of what we wanted, compared to what we actually got.

Browser choice

Software analyst Michael Muchmore requested "the ability to install true browsers from third parties like Firefox."

The result: Apple isn't quite ready to embrace its browser rivals. Rather than provide the option to open links in Chrome or Opera, for example, Apple showed off a revamped version of Safari for iOS 7. Like Chrome, Safari will include a unified search/URL bar, and Apple's browser will have full-screen browsing and a new tab view that lets you scroll through open tabs and dismiss the ones you don't want with a quick swipe. But the option to switch off Safari as the default browser is not yet upon us. Until then, the Gmail iOS app allows for links to be opened in other Google apps, provided they are installed on a user's iOS device.


Michael Muchmore also wanted the ability to multitask, like the snap feature on Windows 8 and the Multi Window view on Samsung Galaxy gadgets.

The result: Well, you won't be able to type out an email while watching a YouTube video on the same device just yet. But iOS 7 does make some improvements to the multitasking experience, providing a more full-featured look at the apps you have open when you double tap the home button.

It’s possible to scroll through active apps, and – similar to webOS – dismiss with a swipe up. Apple also promised "smarter" multitasking, like making sure frequently used apps are open and ready to go when you normally log in (like Facebook at 9am on weekdays).

Easier access

Several folks wanted easier access to frequently used features, like Airplane mode and Bluetooth.

The result: We have a winner. Apple added Control Centre to iOS 7, which provides quick access to things like Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, screen brightness, and more. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Both the new feature, along with the Notification Centre up top, will also be accessible from the lock screen.

Better integration across OS X, iCloud

"I should be able to seamlessly move files between my device and computer," said Max Eddy.

The result: iOS 7 offers up some improvements to iCloud, but whether or not they will make the integration process seamless remains to be seen. One of the advances includes iCloud photo sharing, which lets you deposit photos directly into a friend's photo stream.

Expanded VIP features

Jill Duffy wanted to extend the VIP feature of iOS across all her apps.

The result: I didn't catch any mention of the VIP feature during Apple's Monday keynote, though as the company noted, there are many more features coming to iOS 7 than the dozen or so highlighted during WWDC. So stay tuned.


Android fans asked for the ability to customise widgets on the home screen.

The result: Haha. No, silly. Watch this video of Apple's chief designer, Jony Ive, talking about iOS 7 and tell me if that sounds like someone who likes widgets. Spoiler: It does not.

Improved iMessage

Jamie Lendino was concerned that iMessage is "surprisingly unreliable," and suspected it was related to iOS.

The result: Apple didn't discuss any under-the-hood improvements to iMessage, but the Messages app is prettier! Yay? Ive's iOS 7 redesign sees the demise of bubbled messages in favour of a more flat design on a white background.

Support for higher resolution displays

"It's time to go full HD (1,920 x 1,080)," Lendino also urged.

The result: This is another item Apple didn't specifically mention on Monday. It would make the most sense with a bigger iPhone, and while rumours suggest the next iPhone will retain the 4in size of the iPhone 5, a larger smartphone from Apple is (hopefully?) only a matter of time. Why make a 1080p display without giving the screen the size boost it deserves? Time will tell.

For more iOS 7 articles, check out: A list of iOS 7 features Apple copied from other platforms. You might also want to look at: Apple iOS 7: The most impressive new features.