While Apple launched some fantastic new hardware at its spring Peek Performance event, it’s now in the rearview mirror as we move forward. As it’s March, we’re only months away from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022, so it’s time to start thinking about the next iteration of software, including iOS, iPadOS, and macOS primarily.
A few months ago, I had some suggestions for what Apple should take from the Android 12 book, but that’s not all. There’s still quite a bit I want to see in Maps for iOS, so here’s my iOS 16 wishlist.
More customization for iOS
With iOS 14, one of the biggest features was the ability to customize your home screen via app icons and widgets, all without the need for jailbreak. Changing app icons was possible through the Shortcuts app, and with home screen widget apps the possibilities were endless. However, even though it is something that can be done, the process to do it is still quite tedious and time-consuming.
I was hoping for more customization options when iOS 15 came out, but it looks like Apple wanted to refine iOS with this release, and that’s fine. For me, iOS 15 is like the Snow Leopard version for iOS 14, and Apple wanted to focus on other areas instead. But iOS 16 is coming, and honestly, customization could be so much easier.
Look, I just want to be able to apply a singular app icon theme to all levels, without having to create them myself one by one. Or even if I wanted to customize app icons, why do I need to use the Shortcuts app? Why can’t I just natively choose an icon in app settings? Or maybe I just want to apply an entire theme to my device – there should totally be a section of the app store where you can browse and download or buy themes from creators and then Apply to your device with just a few clicks. This would benefit not only the creators of said themes, but also Apple, at least when it comes to a paid theme. I wouldn’t hesitate to drop a few bucks here and there for a well-designed theme, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Come on, Apple. People love to personalize their best iPhone, as evidenced by the whole “Aesthetic AF” home screen trend, so make it easier. Pretty please?
magic eraser in pictures
Ever since I saw the Magic Eraser in action on the Google Pixel 6, I was quite jealous of my Android brothers. I go to Disneyland very often just to take pictures, but my number one problem is the fact that there will always be people in the background. I know there are photo editing apps on the app store that have such functionality, but the problem is that they’re usually locked behind some sort of payment or subscription wall, unfortunately, and I don’t want to not pay only for this tool.
Honestly, Apple seriously needs to have a native Magic Eraser tool in the Photos app. Apple likes to talk about various computational photography processes that are possible with the latest silicon, so a Magic Eraser-like feature should be a no-brainer at this point. Let me get rid of the people in my Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle pictures, Apple!
When we got home screen widgets in iOS 14, I was thrilled. It was a feature I saw on Android devices that I always wanted on iOS, and it finally arrived. However, I was very disappointed when I learned that the widgets just displayed information and you couldn’t interact with them. If you tap on a widget, it just launches the app – a glorified app icon, basically.
With iOS 16, I hope Apple goes one step further and makes widgets something you can actually interact with. For example, let me control my music playback with the Music widget, or let me jot down a quick note without launching Notes. Don’t get me wrong – I always love having data at a glance from various widgets displayed on my home screen, but is a little interaction too much to ask?
QuickNote for iPhone
QuickNote was a new feature in iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey that lets you summon a new note from anywhere, even when you’re in another app, with a simple gesture. Like how App Library first appeared on iPhone with iOS 14 and later on iPad with iPadOS 15, hopefully it’s the same with QuickNote.
After all, iPhone models with Face ID already use swipe gestures to navigate – I don’t think adding one more gesture to the bottom right corner will be a big deal. Notes have become my go-to for jotting down little snippets of text, web links, lists, and just about anything I want to refer to later. If QuickNote came to the iPhone, it would be much more useful, since I always have my best iPhone with me, which I can’t say for the iPad.
The Home app needs a major overhaul
One of Apple’s native apps that seems to have been overlooked lately is the Home app for HomeKit devices. It hasn’t had any major changes for a few years, and it definitely needs a little TLC.
While I don’t have many HomeKit accessories, I know others do, and from what I hear the Home app gets cumbersome as you add more accessories to your system. Looks like back when Apple made the Home app, there weren’t a ton of things you could use it for. But now you have many best HomeKit devices, like cameras, door locks, lights and bulbs, light switches, etc.
For me personally, I only use the Home app for my single HomePod mini unit. But for those who are heavily invested in the HomeKit system, I hope the Home app gets a facelift in iOS 16 – it’s really needed.
iOS 16 needs to do more than just refine the base
WWDC 2022 is just a few months away and we’re going to see the next iteration of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. Hopefully iOS 16 brings some important new features that I mentioned above, along with some TLC for some things that haven’t gotten much attention in the past few years.
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