8. Easier access to Bluetooth. In the Settings app, you can get right to airplane mode, Wi-Fi, VPN, and notifications settings, and on the iPad, you can also go directly right to the location, cellular data, and screen settings. So why not Bluetooth? Instead, you have to go down two levels to enable or disable Bluetooth and to connect to devices. On an iPhone at least, that could be problematic, such as when you're in the car. As an alternative (or additional) location for quick access to Bluetooth, the multitasking dock could be used.
9. Keyboard shortcuts for formatting. Now that iOS 5 lets you use boldface, italics, and other simple formatting in Mail, there should be an easier way to access them than highlighting text and applying formatting through a contextual menu. Keyboard shortcuts -- ideally on both onscreen and Bluetooth keyboards -- similar to what we use every day on PCs and Macs should be added. That would also help editing and note-taking apps.
10. Inadvertent keyboard splits. The new ability to split or float the onscreen keyboard for easier thumb typing is a nice addition to iOS 5. But it turns itself on when I type fast, which of course means the keyboard I thought I was using is no longer where my fingers are. I can't figure out what combination of taps causes the unexpected split, but it sure is annoying to realize I've typed nothing for a few seconds and have to redock the keyboard. The good news is you can turn off the splity keyboard feature if this becomes an issue; do so in the Keyboard pane of the Settings app.
11. Unintegrated tasks in Reminders. I'm not a list person, but if I were, I'd use the new Reminders app for managing to-do items, as it works with iCloud, Exchange, and IMAP to-do lists as well as with local ones. But the fact that you can't see all your to-dos in one view is silly. You can see all your messages from your various email inboxes in Mail, and you can see all your appointments from your various calendars in Calendar, so why can't you see all your tasks in a unified view in Reminders? Here's a case where Apple is not being consistent with its own software.
12. Poor printing support. A year ago, then-CEO Steve Jobs disappointed us all when his promises of easy printing from iOS 4.2 turned out to be overblown, as iOS 4.2 ended up just working with a handful of AirPrint-enabled printers from Hewlett-Packard. That limited support remains the case today, so printing is often impossible from iOS devices. There are several third-party printing apps at the App Store, but they work only with apps that send their content to other apps via iOS's Open In facility. That cuts out mainstay apps like Mail and Pages that can accept Open In-delivered content but not send their content to other Open In-enabled apps. Thus, their content can't be sent to the printing apps. In iOS 5, Apple really should have enhanced its printing API to create a hook from its ubiquitous Print menu to such apps via Open In. But it hasn't, and printing remains a mainly-miss proposition. (Yes, I know that Android and other mobile OSes also fall down here, but that doesn't mean iOS should.)
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