Business Insider has an article detailing what their expert wants from the next generation of iOS. Were I to summarize it, I would paraphrase Henry Ford: they want faster horses.
Allow me to explain …
Right now, the only way to write a “native” iOS application is using a language called Objective-C. Unfortunately, nobody else uses Objective-C but Apple. It’s not a bad language, but it is quirky and, without Apple’s sponsorship, I’m pretty sure it would be dead now. As a result, developers tend to become very specialized in iOS programming as they master and stay abreast of iOS quirks. It’s a lot like the Catholic church and latin: there’s a lot of people who “speak” latin only because it’s the language of the church. Other than knowing the root meaning of a few scientific terms or legal phrases, Latin doesn’t get a lot of play anymore.
You can build iOS applications using other languages, but they’re not native. What does that mean? It means that these applications do not have direct access to all of the neat features of the iPhone.
That would be good for Apple, good for developers, and good for iPhone owners. Android would be left behind and look backwards. The impact of this on the developer community would be immense and positive.
That’s what I want.