iOS is getting better every year when Apple releases new software updates. Starting with iOS 10, Apple finally opens some aspects of its operating system to third-party apps, allowing users to do a lot more things. Last year, iOS 11 added a ton of new features and changes to the operating system, ranging from Files app for iPad to a revamped control center.
However, there are reasons to still switch to Android. Apple is fully aware of that and the company has been improving iOS in recent years. The upcoming iOS 12 is expected to come with a lot of changes and new features that set iOS apart from other rivals.
In the section below, we have compiled a list of best Android features we want to see in iOS 12. For some background, iOS 12 will make its debut at Apple’s annual WWDC event that takes place in June.
Hide home screen apps
Back in 2016, iOS 11 introduced the ability to remove the stock home screen apps following months of endless rumors. However, there are times when you don’t want to delete home screen apps, but just hide them from your sight. In reality, Android now allows you to delete or hide any home screen apps, and Apple does not want to get left behind.
Rumors say that the next iOS software update will come with the ability to hide home screen apps, just like Android. Besides, you will be able to re-arrange apps or place them anywhere on the home screen.
Multitasking feature has been an essential part of iOS for a while, allowing you to use two apps at the same time. However, multitasking mode only works on iPad, leaving users question the company’s ability to bring the feature to iPhone.
Dual-screen feature has been an integral part of Android since the days of Android 7.0, and iOS 12 will have it too. The upcoming iOS 12 will include support for native dual-screen, meaning that you can watch YouTube videos while editing your notes.
This makes sense, as Apple is planning to launch a 6.5 inch iPhone model this year. A bigger screen allows for better support for dual-screen feature, giving users more space to interact with apps.
Picture-in-Picture is one of the biggest additions to iPad, allowing users to watch their videos while texting someone. This comes in handy, as it eliminates the need to switch between apps. This year’s iOS 12 is rumored to include a native support for picture-in-picture mode.
iPhone owners are dying for picture-in-picture support this year. The Cupertino company is aware of that and it will make the feature a part of iOS. Tech experts say that picture-in-picture release is possible this year, as Apple will be launching both a 6.1″ and 6.5″ iPhone this fall.
Settings shortcuts in Control Center
In iOS 11, Apple poured a lot of love into Control Center, making it more visually appealing and customizable. One of the best things when it comes to iOS 11 Control Center lies in the ability to add new toggles. However, there is still something missing here.
In Android, you can access the settings menu for any of the options from the quick settings window, something you cannot do in iOS. Tech experts say that iOS 12 will allow users to quickly jump into the settings app from Control Center. Let’s wait and see.
Notification section has received various changes in recent years, making it more intuitive for users worldwide. However, managing notifications can be painful on iPhone and iPad, as your notifications are stuck in queue.
In Android, you can easily group your notifications by type, allowing for better control of your alerts. Besides, you can also snooze your notifications so you can get to them later. Sources say that Apple will revamp notification section in iOS 12, allowing users to quickly arrange their alerts.
iPhone and iPad owners are dying for a refund feature in future updates. In iOS 12, Apple will make this feature an essential part of iOS. In reality, Apple is now allowing users to ask for a refund if you buy an app by accident or a purchased app fails to live up with your expectations.
However, the process is not straightforward, as you need to head to the app’s website and provide a reason. In Android, you can quickly request a refund by simply hitting the Refund button in the Play Store.
Notifications for phone calls
When you get an incoming phone call on your iPhone, the notification fills up the entire display. While this may come in handy, many users find it annoying, as it interrupts what they are doing. In Android, you can quickly answer a phone call from a banner notification that pulls down from the top. All you need to do is to hit the Answer button. iOS 12 is expected to add the same feature to the operating system, so you can choose to either ignore your phone call or answer it.
Always-on display has been the standard feature on every top-tier Android phone out there. Basically, an always-on display allows you to quickly check date/time, and notifications without having to unlock your device.
Last year, rumors claimed that the iPhone X with OLED display would come with an always-on display, but it was nowhere to be found. The adoption of OLED panel may pave the way for always-on display in future iPhone models.
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