WWDC22 Wishlist: 25 options we wish Apple to announce for iOS 16


The Worldwide Builders Convention  — our favourite time of the yr — is true across the nook! For many people, it’s extra thrilling than the precise iPhone occasion. Apple will likely be holding the primary keynote of WWDC22 on June 6. There’s a lot to anticipate from this occasion and much more to want for. For starters, the corporate will probably be revealing iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Following the keynote, we anticipate to get our arms on the primary developer betas of those working methods. Final yr, iOS 15 and macOS Monterey launched some fascinating options, together with Focus, SharePlay, Safari enhancements, and extra. We’ve heard some rumors concerning iOS 16 upgrading Focus, bettering notifications, and bringing additions to Well being. Nonetheless, there’s far more we wish Apple to incorporate throughout its working methods. Right here’s our WWDC22 wishlist for iOS 16 — together with 25 options!

iOS 16 Characteristic Wishlist for WWDC 2022

Redesigned icons

Whereas there’s no want to repair what isn’t damaged, change is usually good and rejuvenating. Our function wishlist for iOS 16 begins with redesigned icons. Apple has been utilizing these identical app icons since iOS 7 — for probably the most half. It’s true that the corporate has tweaked or fully modified a few of them. Nonetheless, they keep the identical really feel as that historical OS model. When evaluating iOS 6 to iOS 7, the design modifications have been groundbreaking, and that’s precisely the form of change we hope to see in iOS 16’s app icons. Android introduced some sweeping UI modifications with Android 12 and Materials You, so Apple is in prime place to play catchup with some refreshes of its personal.

Tweaked system UI parts

iOS toggles

Identical to the redesigned icons want, we additionally hope for some person interface (UI) ingredient modifications. Apple makes modifications to UI parts with virtually each main, annual launch. Nonetheless, some toggles, icons, and different parts stay misplaced. For instance, the on/off toggle is just too chunky and stands out when Apple nonetheless locations it on the extra minimalistic UI of iOS. It’s about time the corporate smoothens out a few of these parts to ensure they mix with the remainder of the working system.

Extra default apps

How to change the default web browser on iOS

Again in 2020, iOS 14 launched the default app choice. Nonetheless, it comes with a catch — customers can solely change the default web browser and e mail apps. We solely hope that Apple expands its limits in iOS 16 and help extra apps. These might embody the default Maps, Music, Notes, Reminders, and Calendar apps. One use case can be for many who favor Google’s instruments over Apple’s. Supporting extra default apps would allow them to have a smoother expertise on iOS — quite than feeling the necessity to swap to Android. It will additionally give the corporate some respiratory room for counter-arguments when areas like EU allege anti-competition practices. Decisions right here can be a lot appreciated throughout.

System app updates by means of the App Retailer

One of many options I miss from Android OS is the power to replace system apps from the Google Play Retailer. This fashion, telephone producers can implement new options with out forcing customers to undergo a full software program replace. Regardless of this being on our function wishlist, I personally don’t see it taking place with iOS 16. iPhones obtain software program help for an extended time than Android telephones. So even when somebody has a 4-year-old iPhone, they will nonetheless make the most of the most recent modifications. Moreover, Apple tends to launch new software program updates considerably steadily, so customers don’t actually have to attend for a very long time to get their arms on the most recent and best. It’s a pleasant addition to have, although I don’t personally want it, as a result of there are nonetheless individuals on the market utilizing iPhones that don’t help the most recent iOS model. Decoupling the app from the system would possibly simply make Apple’s replace scenario even higher.

Some correct goddamn wallpapers

iOS wallpapers

Again within the day, Apple used to place in precise effort when together with new iPhone wallpapers. iOS 9 was the primary model to begin the drift from gorgeous images to random summary photos that don’t at all times make sense. iOS 12 was when this transition reached completion and the corporate switched to whole nonsense. It appears like Apple simply throws in some colours now and calls it a wallpaper. Sure, there are wallpaper apps on iOS too — nevertheless it’s not an excessive amount of to anticipate the trillion-dollar firm to spend a while giving a greater wallpaper expertise. These “Shot on iPhone” pictures might make for some gorgeous wallpapers, and it could be use of the advertising marketing campaign too.

Background OS upgrades

As somebody who installs each single iOS beta construct, I can’t stress sufficient how a lot I wish to see this function on iOS 16. As an alternative of watching my gadgets’ black screens whereas all of them replace, it could be very helpful for the system to put in the replace within the background — because the telephone stays on and purposeful. The person can then reboot their iPhone to change to the up to date OS model immediately method. We shouldn’t want to attend for an improve in 2022. Android has largely moved onto seamless upgrades, with the notable exception of Samsung, and Apple ought to take into account it too.

RCS help

Google Messages and Apple iMessage icons

iMessage is a good way to textual content your family and friends. It’s minimalistic, straight to the purpose, and absolutely built-in into the system. What’s not-so-great, although, is that it’s not a cross-platform messenger. So should you’re texting an Android pal, your iPhone will swap to SMS — which lacks most of iMessage’s options and may value cash (relying in your provider’s plan). If solely there was a option to bridge this hole…

Effectively, there may be, and it’s known as Wealthy Communication Companies (RCS). If Apple bakes it into the Messages app, Android and iOS customers will be capable to textual content one another over cellular knowledge or Wi-Fi and make the most of extra superior messaging options. Please, Apple, in iOS 16. It’s a pipe dream, however we’re making a wishlist, so why not.

Apple Music additions

Apple Music now playing

Apple Music is about seven years outdated now, and that’s lots in tech years. The Cupertino big has had sufficient time to meet up with a few of its rivals. Nonetheless, loads of important options remain missing from the streaming service. Apple has had merchandise — each {hardware} (iPod) and software program (iTunes) — within the music subject for over a decade. So theoretically, there shouldn’t be something holding it again from filling the gaps, however oh properly.

In iOS 16, we want to see:

  • Higher algorithms for music personalization and discovery.
  • UI/UX enhancements — the present design is clear however not very sensible.
  • Absolute continuity — Apple and Ecosystem go hand in hand. Why is there nonetheless no Spotify Join equal? I’m positive it’s simpler to implement than Universal Control.
  • Richer yearly statistics and listening enjoyable information.

Higher Mail and Calendar

Screenshot of Alias creation menu on the desktop web version of iCloud Mail

The Mail app on iOS 15 may be very restricted when in comparison with different e mail shoppers, reminiscent of Spark. Sure, you possibly can execute the fundamentals and ship emails, nevertheless it’s too primary. Moreover, it lacks among the options Apple consists of on the internet app — like trip auto-replies, aliases, and extra.

Identical to Mail, the Calendar app can be not sufficient. That’s to not point out that collaboration options on it are a hit and miss. Generally you invite individuals to an occasion, they settle for it, but it nonetheless exhibits as pending. The app merely received’t refresh. Ideally, a redesigned Calendar app with extra productiveness options is what we wish to see in iOS 16.

Upgraded iMessage

How to set an iMessage photo and name on your iPhone

Because the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals have been resorting to on-line communications considerably extra. There are many free instant messaging apps to select from. Nonetheless, iMessage stays a straightforward choice that’s obtainable for all Apple customers by default. That’s why the corporate ought to take it to the subsequent stage and supply options that make it much like Telegram or WhatsApp. Proper now, many customers discover themselves unhappy with its restricted options. Because of this, they search third-party options. Sharing your identify and picture with contacts is much from being sufficient.

One other want that’s unlikely to occur is iMessage entry on Apple already permits customers to retailer their messages on iCloud. It is sensible to have the ability to entry them from the net app and ship an iMessage even when accessed from a Home windows or Android internet browser

Common battery widget

battery widget on iOS

On iOS 15, the Battery widget already helps viewing the chances of linked Bluetooth gadgets. These embody the Apple Watch, AirPods, supported wi-fi audio system, and many others. Contemplating the Find My app already shows a battery icon of every internet-connected iDevice, it wouldn’t require Apple loads of sources to show these battery ranges on the Battery widget. The iPhone already is aware of the battery cost of the iPad and MacBook — why can’t we entry that from the House Display screen? Fingers crossed we get that in iOS 16.

Interactive widgets

iOS 14 launched actual widgets. Nonetheless, it will definitely turned out they’re not actual widgets. Sure, you possibly can place them on the House Display screen for the primary time on iOS. In addition they come in several sizes, providing helpful info at look. However they solely try this, and that is the issue with them. You’ll be able to’t use the Music widget to pause/play/skip, for instance. This makes them so limiting — particularly because the legacy widgets help controlling an app or getting data with out launching the precise app. We hope iOS 16 makes the widgets interactive and provides help for real-time info, quite than refreshing them just a few instances per hour.

Correct Cellphone app with predictive dialler

Phone app iOS

Imagine it or not, again within the day I used to be a hardcore Android energy person. My first smartphone was the Samsung Galaxy Mini — that was round a decade in the past. It had this little function that made life a lot simpler. You can use the Cellphone app’s dial-pad to sort somebody’s identify (as an alternative of their quantity) and name them. Moreover, it could recommend to auto-complete the quantity you’re typing by evaluating your enter to your saved contacts. Sure, this revolutionary function certainly existed over a decade in the past. Guess what — sure, it nonetheless isn’t supported on iOS. It’s a must to both sort the right digits from A to Z on the dial-pad or use the Contacts part/Highlight Search/Siri to name somebody. We beg you, Apple. Higher late than by no means. iOS 16?

Revamped Podcasts app

The Podcasts app was in sync with the Music app when it comes to some design parts. Apple would use the identical UI for each apps’ gamers. This may add some coherence and concord between the corporate’s system apps. Sooner or later, although, Podcasts began lagging behind — as Music received some further additions and recent coats of paint. The Podcasts app now feels half-baked and options some outdated design parts. It’s virtually like a malnourished creature combating for its final breath.

This surprises us as a result of Apple now presents paid podcast subscriptions. So the corporate is earning profits out of the fee it costs creators. Why it neglects this app is not sensible. If it will probably’t spare the sources to rebuild it, at the least kill it and merge it with the Music app as an impartial part — the Spotify means.

Wi-fi OS restoration

Restore Apple Watch with iPhone

Keep in mind once you’d must take your Apple Watch when it bricks to an Apple Retailer or licensed restore heart for software program restoration? Apple not too long ago added help for wi-fi watchOS restoration. This enables customers operating the most recent iOS and watchOS variations to make use of their iPhones to convey their useless watches again to life.

In iOS 16, we wish Apple so as to add this function to the iPhone. This fashion should you brick your iPhone, you possibly can seamlessly restore it with a wi-fi answer — by means of one other iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This may spare customers needing to attach it by means of a cable and use Finder/iTunes. Moreover, it permits customers who use the iPad as a PC alternative to revive their iPhones by means of their “PC replacements.” That’s to not point out that this is able to be wanted if Apple decides to go portless on a future iPhone mannequin.

Push notifications from PWAs

Safari on iOS helps Progressive Internet Apps (PWAs) — in a restricted method, although. You’re allowed so as to add an online app as an icon to your House Display screen, and it’ll load as an “app” quite than launching Safari. Nonetheless, PWAs nonetheless don’t help push notifications. So should you’re making an attempt to make use of the net as an alternative of a local app answer, you received’t get the well timed info you want. Push notifications stay absent on Safari as an entire, not simply in PWAs. That surprises us as a result of Safari on macOS has supported push notifications for a really very long time. iOS 16, please?

iTunes retirement

Apple generally implements new options on macOS earlier than it rolls them out on iOS within the following years. For instance, macOS Mojave launched Darkish Mode on the Mac. Then Apple introduced this anticipated function to iOS 13 — a yr later. The tech overlord killed the iTunes Mac app on macOS Catalina just a few years in the past. That’s as a result of TV purchases dwell within the… TV app, and Music purchases dwell within the… Music app. iTunes on iOS is much more damaged than the Podcasts app — and this says lots. On iOS 16, Apple ought to simply comply with go well with on the iPhone and produce the iTunes Retailer to the Music and TV apps for the respective purchases.

Extra iCloud storage

icloud plus features and pricing

What’s a “5GB,” and what do I do with it? In 2022, at the same time as a free providing, 5GB of cloud storage is unacceptable. Name me a selecting beggar, however again when cloud storage used to value corporations extra, Google was providing 15GB. Apple has no excuse to stay to this low quota. I get that it’s a free trial (of types) to provide individuals a style of iCloud after which lure them to pay for iCloud Plus. Nonetheless, at the same time as a free trial, it’s nonetheless beneath the appropriate minimal. Most individuals (together with me) have greater than 5GB of information and a good portion is prepared to pay for the enlargement and extra options. The low quantity 5 is simply shameful when related to an organization as rich as Apple.

Scheduled Optimized Battery Charging

One of many options I instantly flip off when establishing a brand new iPhone is Optimized Battery Charging (OBC), and never as a result of I need my battery to die sooner. The engineers in Cupertino in all probability assume all of us have our lives found out. The reality is, not even I do know once I’ll cost my iPhone and until what hour. I don’t even plug my iPhone every single day. The OBC algorithm by no means will get me as a result of I don’t have steady charging routines. We wish to see the choice to specify the time we wish the iPhone to completely cost on iOS 16.

View saved Wi-Fi passwords

A couple of years in the past, Apple added a helpful function to its gadgets. When one among your contacts makes an attempt to hitch a Wi-Fi community that you’ve the password of, your system will immediate you to share it with them. This function requires each gadgets to be in proximity and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. Nonetheless, if an Android person or a visitor whom you haven’t saved to your contacts comes over, there’s no option to view your saved Wi-Fi passwords from iOS. Apple should cease pretending that everybody across the globe is an iPhone person and design options which are friendlier to different platforms. We will solely hope that iOS 16 permits customers to view saved Wi-Fi passwords.

Face ID display screen orientation

You know the way some individuals (most of us?) use their telephones when mendacity down on their sides? For some cause, our smartphones are nonetheless not sensible sufficient to detect that our faces are sideways earlier than switching to panorama orientation. A easy repair can be utilizing the Face ID sensors to research the face’s place and swap the orientation accordingly. We shouldn’t be needing to toggle the orientation lock every time we lie down. iOS 16, possibly?

Lock Display screen customizations

The digicam is accessible from the Lock Display screen and Notification Middle with a easy left swipe. Why Apple locations one other Haptic Contact toggle to entry it on these screens is past me. It’s redundancy in its peak type. It will be cool if iOS 16 permits us so as to add customized app/motion shortcuts to those screens, and possibly even customise the clock’s type/font.

A wiser Siri

Virtually each WWDC, Apple claims that Siri has gotten smarter. Nonetheless, these modifications seemingly aren’t apparent. I can’t inform the distinction between iOS 15 and iOS 10 Siri. Each are equally dumb for my part. The sensible assistant nonetheless struggles with sustaining context and understanding instructions when worded in a sure means.

“Hey Siri, name mom dearest.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t inform which mall is the closest to you proper now.”

Extra Translate languages

iOS translate language list

If Apple needs to compete with Google Translate, the least it might do is present extra language. Proper now it solely helps a handful, whereas the latter goes for over 100. Individuals want extra than simply Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese. And don’t get me began on the precise accuracy of the translations. It’s a disgrace I’ve to maintain Google Translate put in on my iPhone solely as a result of the Cupertino tech big doesn’t take its equal severely.

Customized Pockets playing cards

Mobile app screen showing QR code for vaccine certificate in Apple Wallet

The Pockets app is a superb place to retailer passes, QR codes, tickets, financial institution playing cards, and extra. The issue, although, is that you may’t add a customized card by default. There are third-party apps that help creating customized playing cards with a QR code or barcode of your alternative. Nonetheless, not all of us are snug sharing this knowledge with different builders. We will hope that iOS 16 permits us to create our personal so we are able to add our gymnasium entry code, vaccination certificates in unsupported nations, and extra to our Apple Watches.

With WWDC22 being round a month away, we are able to solely cross our fingers and hope that Apple has some thrilling surprises for us. Contemplating main software program updates solely land as soon as per yr, it will likely be actually disappointing if the corporate settled for largely bug fixes throughout iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Now we sit and wait. Within the meantime, take a look at our feature wishlist for iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13!

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