10 iOS features we hope Apple showcases at WWDC

10 iOS features we hope Apple showcases at WWDC
10 iOS features we hope Apple showcases at WWDC 1

Table of Contents
Interactive widgets
Always on screen
Improvements to the lock screen
Redesign of the app library
Review of HomeKit / new Home app
More standard options for apps
Page loading (yes, earn!)
Siri enhancements (again!)
Two-factor authentication
Battery percentage in the status bar

WWDC is only a couple of months away. Unless there is a dramatic break from tradition, Apple will preview its new operating systems – iOS 16, Ipad OS 16, Mac OS 13, TV OS 16 and Watch OS 9 – while highlighting the biggest news and changes during their keynote, which kicks off on June 6 this year. While those of us who follow Apple are always up to date on new hardware, these major operating system updates are an equally big thing, as the digital lives of over a billion people may change, depending on what Apple chooses to do with its software. .

Here are some of our wishes for iOS 16.

Interactive widgets

With iOS 14, Apple did a complete overhaul of widgets. They look great, feel more standardized and can now be displayed on your home screen, along with app icons.

At the same time, they missed something important: interactivity. Widgets can be visually updated with new info, but pressing it opens the associated app. The ability to interact with a widget no longer exists.

This is especially frustrating in the case of apps like Apple Music, whose controls work directly from the widget on Android, but do nothing but open the Music app on iOS.

Of course, there must be some security aspects. The framework for interactive widgets must ensure that you do not do anything, such as turning off your home alarm, with an accidental tap. But there is plenty of room for widgets to do useful things without opening apps down the block.

10 news we want to see in iOS
Are we the only ones who think it should have basic, functional music controls?

Always on-screen

We will continue to ask for this until Apple gives up. There is no reason why an Iphone with an OLED screen could not always display useful information. Android phones have had it for ages.

It should at least be an option. Users who are concerned about battery life or burn-in can disable it, even if a smartly designed on-screen display would not pose any major risk. Just ask Apple, which implemented an always-on screen on the Apple Watch, their most battery-powered device.

I just want to be able to see the time, date and weather and get a sense of what important messages are waiting for me by looking at the phone without having to pick it up. Is it too much to ask for in 2022?

10 news we want to see in iOS
A simple screen that is always on with time, date and some icons would be nice. All Iphones with OLED screen should have the option.

Improvements to the lock screen

With iOS 15, Apple tried to combat reducing messages on the lock screen by condensing them into a “scheduled summary”. Combined with the new focus modes, which hide notifications during certain activities, the intention is that you should not be as often overwhelmed by apps that grab your attention.

It’s a good idea, but it’s almost useless because it takes too much work to set up. Everything is “opt-in”, users must then decide which apps belong in the summary, which focus modes they should have and how they should act and so on. We have always been able to handle our notifications, but most now use the default setting for everything.

I would like to see Apple choose another approach to clean up the lock screen. Let users drag down the notification panel if they want to see notifications and give the lock screen a simple summary of how many notices are waiting. Instead, free up space for other useful data such as weather, battery levels for connected devices (your Apple Watch is below 20 percent) or other simple information.

There are plenty of ways to make the lock screen more useful, but the simple watch and notification list feels like a relic of the past. Notices have become a weapon in an escalating war for our attention – I want Apple to give me a bulletproof vest.

Redesign of app library

The app library is a good idea that was introduced in iOS 14. It allows you to remove rarely used apps from your various home screens, without having to physically remove them from your Iphone. But it’s a non-intuitive mess. It organizes with rigid automation to manage folders by application type, plus it does not always place apps in the group you think it is in.

Even worse is that they appear as large folders, where three full-size apps are icons (without a name) that open the app when you dab, but the fourth place shows up to four other apps as tiny icons.

Rather a simple alphabetical list, similar to the one when you tap the search bar at the top of the app library. At least give us the ability to make an alphabetical list to standard view, which Apple Watch has.

10 news we want to see in iOS
The app library was a welcome news in iOS 14, but it needs to get better.

Review of Homekit / new Home app

The home app has an outdated look and lacks any sense of information hierarchy. The information and controls at the top are automatically selected and can not be edited, and each device, regardless of type, is represented by an identical square.

It is not immediately obvious what happens when you dab on one of these boxes or what happens during a long dab.

The home app needs to be redone, with different controls for different types of devices. A simple switch should not be represented and controlled in the same way as your smart lighting, which should not be the same as that of a thermostat, which should not be the same as your Homepod.

Even if it’s not iOS 16 related, Apple’s need to make a major push to manufacturers to add Homekit support, maybe even pay them to do so if needed. There are far too many smart home gadgets that support Alexa or Google Assistant, but are not compatible with Homekit.

10 news we want to see in iOS
No matter what smart home gadget you have, it is represented by a square.

More standard options for apps

You can set up a default email or browser app on the Iphone, something that has been possible since iOS 14. It’s a good start, but it’s just that, a start.

We should be able to set up standard apps for music and podcasts. When we ask Siri to play something, we should not have to enter the app name every time (or hope it works). The same goes with messaging – let messaging apps have a framework for associating the user ID with our system contacts, so when I say “Hi Siri, send a message to mom” it knows to use Whatsapp or whatever, instead of messaging.

Apple could do more to provide standard options for apps, in addition to browsers and email. Calendar, maps and weather are all good candidates to start with.

Page loading (yes, earn!)

The debate over Apple’s App Store policy has been going on for several years and will continue for just as long.

On Mac OS, Apple uses Gatekeeper and certificate signing to ensure that apps do not contain malicious code. Developers submit apps to Apple to be “notarized”, which can then be distributed on the web in any way the developer wants.

Something similar could work for iOS. Users would need to actively choose to install apps outside the App Store, of course with a subsequent hurricane of warnings about the risk of this. Apps would probably have to go through more technical hurdles to be notarized than is required for Macs, to make sure they use the right framework for things like location access and privacy settings.

In other words, Apple should allow the installation of all Iphone apps that comply with their security rules.

Of course, none of this will ever happen until new legislation requires it. But this is a wish list, not a “likely to happen” list.

Siri enhancements (again!)

Let’s be honest, Apple implemented some really nice improvements of Siri in iOS 15. We finally got the offline option, which speeds things up and improves integrity. Siri also became smarter, more reliable and is now much better at understanding what is displayed on the screen to react to it.

But there is still a long way to go. Not a day goes by that I do not ask Google Assistant something that I get a good answer to, and then – out of curiosity – ask Siri, who fails far too often.

Siri is definitely better, but does not get better fast enough.

Two-factor authentication

When you log in to an app or a website, you receive a code for two-factor authentication (2FA) via a text message, then it appears in the keyboard’s suggestion field with the code. Tap it to automatically enter the code and you’re done!

It’s a brilliant feature that saves time from jumping back and forth between the Messaging app, while keeping a bunch of numbers in mind. But it is limited to SMS-based codes, which is not always the safest option. Sim-jacking, number redirection services and other attacks can compromise text-based text messaging.

I would appreciate if Apple provided a one-time password generation framework for apps like Authy, Google Authenticator, Step Two and more, so that they can securely display the code in the same place in the keyboard’s suggestion bar, when an app or website requests a code.

10 news we want to see in iOS
How good would it be if “From Messages” could also include other one-time passcode apps?

Battery percentage in the status bar

When we got Face ID, we lost a large part of the status bar and Apple removed the ability to show battery percentage. Sure, you can see it when you swipe down in Control Center, but who wants to do that?

I know it’s cramped for space up there with the Truedepth module, but there must be an easy way to let us see the battery percentage again, especially with rumors that the flicker disappears with the iPhone 14 Pro.

10 news we want to see in iOS
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Translated and edited by Petter Ahrnstedt

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