Though the Apple iPhone is a great device with many awesome features, it has many deficiencies that need to be brought up. Things like third party support and carrier choice are just some of these. If these deficiencies were corrected, the iPhone would be one amazing device. This, however, is unlikely to happen. Following, though, are some of the Apple iPhone’s missing features.
Third Party Support
One of the biggest iPhone features that’s missing is third party support. Apple has made the iPhone a walled garden. Third party applications can not be installed. Apple claims that it’s for security reasons but it’s commonly believed that they’ll eventually bow to public pressure and release an SDK and allow certain applications in. There is, even so, always the “browser hole”.
Being forced to be locked to Cingular with a 2 year contract is a bit of a sad point of the iPhone. Many locations around the nation aren’t even supported by Cingular. If Apple allowed for the iPhone to be used with more carriers, it would impress the public greatly. It’s just another iPhone feature that’s missing.
Phone and Data Price Plans
This iPhone feature that is missing is a common worry for potential buyers. Cingular could easily use phone and data price plans and take advantage of early adopters with crazy, expensive price plans.
The lack of a removable battery in the iPhone is a huge potential problem in emergency situations and when traveling. The only upside to this situation is that all iPod 30-pin dock connector accessories will work. This, however, is an import iPhone feature that is missing.
Front Facing Camera
Although most people don’t really care about the 2 mega-pixel camera on the back of the iPhone, it is disappointing to find out that there isn’t a camera on the front. This would be a perfect feature for video chatting, which, although, would be limited by the iPhone’s lack of 3G, would work great over Wi-Fi.
Calendar Data Input
Just like on the iPod, the iPhone’s calendar is read-only and must be synced from a Mac. The iPhone has a keyboard. So, why doesn’t Apple make the calendar accept input?
Over the Air
Over the Air downloads from the iTunes Store. It stands to common reason that Apple would want to sell music over the air. It’s underlying knowledge, however, that it’s a contractual limitation. Apple must amend their agreements with all of the labels to allow for OTA distribution.