Over the years, Apple has made plenty of significant improvements to the iPhone's operating system. Even if sometimes we don't get everything that we ask for, Apple still brings something new and refreshing to every major iOS update.
That being said, Apple seems to remain on the fence regarding new ways to customize your iPhone. That's something Android phones have always had, and iPhone users would like.
But apparently, that's going to change with the release of iOS 14. A new leak shows Apple is working on new features for the iPhone's home screen, including the possibility of using widgets.
There's always room for improvements, and new features like these are always welcome. Even if you're not an Android fan, we can all agree there are some features from the Android operating system we'd like to have on iOS.
Apple's iOS 13 was one of the best updates we've received, and there's no doubt that having widgets on your iPhone is one step toward the right direction, but there are many more Android features Apple should use on their own iPhones. Continue reading to browse the five best Android features we'd love to have on our iPhones.
Android devices have had Always-On Displays for quite a while now. They used to be used exclusively for checking notifications, time and date. But now you can even have GIFs running, see your schedule for the day, and also change your songs, all of this without turning your screen on, or losing much battery.
Apple has been behind this feature for a long time. It wasn't until last year that the Apple Watch Series 5 finally got an Always-On Display, and it was exclusive to this model due to hardware limitations.
Hopefully, that won't be the case with the iPhone. An Always-On Display is not a good reason to buy a brand new iPhone. Instead, Apple should finally let us have this feature in the iOS 14 update.
A USB-C Port
I know it's not a software feature, but hear me out. I think it's about time we get an iPhone with a USB-C Port, at least in the next iPhone Pro. Other Apple devices already use USB-C, like the iPad Pro and every MacBook, so it would make sense for Apple to make that jump with the next iPhone.
A USB-C port would let the iPhone connect with many other devices, like any Android device with a USB-C port does. So it would need improvements in the iPhone's file management interface as well.
Sadly, this probably won't be the case. Apple's iPhone 12 prototypes are basically done, and Apple has been testing their new AirPower prototype. Apple's planning ahead for a wireless future, so we might not see USB-C at all.
A Better Control Center
The iPhone's control center is already great. You can access a bunch of useful features just by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone (or down from the top-right, depending on the model). Android's version is not as well-designed, but it does offer more features than the iPhone.
By swiping down on an Android device, you'll get two pages worth of shortcuts and functions. Granted, not every feature there is useful, but you can rearrange where they are, so you only have the essential things on the first page. And the best part is, you can even go to your settings app from there.
And there are some features I hardly use, that I would like to move to the back, so I can move better tools up to the front. Not only that, but I'd love to go to my settings without having to go to the Home screen and look for my Settings app.
Fully Customizable Home Screen
Being able to customize your Home screen is something a lot of us are waiting to have on our iPhones. Even with all the improvements and changes Apple has made over the years, they still need to give us a way to fully customize our Home screen.
Widgets would be a great place to start, but Android users can rearrange their apps in any position they want. They don't have to keep their apps next to the other. It can be messy, but it's their personal mess.
Not only that, but Android also has an app drawer, which is a separate section where all of their apps are available. Instead of every app you have downloaded on the Home screen, you could place only the essential apps on your home screen and forget about the rest.
To be fair, Apple is supposedly working on a new way to organize your Home screen as a list view where you can see your recently used apps, or apps suggested by Siri. Still, there is a whole new level of freedom Apple doesn't want to give us just yet.
Split-Screen for Multitasking
A split-screen feature is, by far, one of the best features Android has. And it's something we need in our iPhones. A lot of people argue that you can't do real multitasking on an iPhone because it doesn't have a split-screen feature.
Android devices have had this feature for a while now. And, iPadOS has this feature as well, so there's no reason why the iPhone shouldn't have it. Sure, it wouldn't be as comfortable as working on an iPad or a regular computer, but it's better to have it a not use it, than to need it and not have it.
Android phones can also open apps in smaller, pop-up windows. Having a small number of apps floating on the screen ready when you need them would be a great addition to the iPhone with iOS 14 as well.