My WWDC 2017 wish list

 


iOS

I have a laundry list here, but in short I would love to see :

  • Drag and drop of files between apps.
  • Notifications overhaul. A “by app” notification like the days of old would be a welcome return to iOS.
  • Smarter background updates. There are apps that I use often enough that still, when launched, take a few seconds to update. Take OmniFocus, or Things 3, for example. The apps sync in the background, yet do not transition the information over to the watch often unless the iPhone app is launched. That’s a bad guessing game of “is my information up to date on my wrist?”. I understand that this is more of a watch limitation, but until the watch is not dependent on the iPhone, the blame stays here.
  • Contact entry and Calendar entry overhauls. There are far too many taps as they exist today to get new entries into these apps. I do a lot of client work and as such, have turned to alternative apps like Interact, when I shouldn’t have to. I wonder if Tim Cook uses Apple’s own contact app? Natural language would be welcome on the Calendar app, too.

macOS

I may be a minority here, but I actually want more parity with iOS. The macOS these days is beautiful, but feels like OS X with features from iOS bolted on (Siri, Find My Friends, etc). I would like a true desktop or laptop counterpart to iOS, and vice versa.

I have set up Launchpad to essentially mirror my iPhone and iPad home screens, and often invoke the hot corner (upper left) command to enter Launchpad. Call me crazy, but I like that layout.

watchOS

Purchasing the  Watch series 2 and updating to watchOS 3 helped a great deal in the speed of things last year but believe it or not, the watch is still not fast enough for me. My watch gets a workout all day long. I use it to tick off tasks when I am on the go and check my calendar for my next appointment.

Often times, when opening an app like Fantastical or Messages, there is a lag in the propagation of data on the face of the watch, especially on the first run of such apps after placing the watch on my wrist for the day. It’s light years better than my original watch (Series 0), but still leaves much to be desired.

Additionally, the arrangement of app icons on the main watch screen has little order to it, and I think this needs an overhaul. Of course, you are able to arrange items in the Watch app on the iPhone to place them in some logical order, and I am used to it after two years of watch ownership, but for newbies it leaves a bit to be desired, I would imagine.

iPad Pro

After visiting the eye doc and her telling me that I need larger screens, I am using that as an excuse to buy whatever new largest iPad Pro arrives at WWDC 2017. I do hope that we get true tone display on that 12.9”, like I have on my iPad Pro 9.7” currently.

Also, my wife anxiously awaits the Bowers household “hand-me-sideways” upgrade program that we do annually for the new iOS devices, as well. As we all know : happy wife, happy life!

The rumored “Siri home” device

I know I say right now that I won’t buy one of these, but I already have wifi light bulbs in the house, so I have a foot in the door in the “connected home” department. The offering will really have to be great to replace my sporadic queries to my iPhone like “Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?”, or “Hey Siri, what’s my day like?”.

One thing is for certain : Apple has some competition, a lot of resources, and a captive audience for today’s event at 10am PDT (1pm EST). I am going to follow, as always, Rene Ritchie’s commentary on Twitter, as he usually gets the sentiment right, in my opinion.

Apple is also broadcasting the event here.

Break out the wallet. Change is in the air!

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