OS X Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

OS Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

Almost two years ago I wrote a short list of things I wanted Apple to bring back to the iPad. It was following the first OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion preview, and it included things like rich text in Notes, a more spatially consistent Notification Center, and iOS version of iPhoto for iOS, per-account Mail signatures, top sites in Safari, and a better app switcher, more like Mission Control. Well, subsequent Apple events, and iOS 7 gave us pretty much all that and more. But now OS X Mavericks has shipped and we're starting the slow build towards iOS 8 so guess what? I've got a new list of Mac features I'd like to see brought back, not just to the iPad, but to iOS in general. Here they are...

1. Battery shaming

One of my favorite Mavericks features is "Apps Using Significant Energy", the drop-down menu bar feature that highlight what's hitting your system the hardest. For laptop users, it lets you quickly identify and shut down power-hungry apps that are adversely affecting your battery life. Better, it shames the companies responsible for those apps - looking at you Apple, Google, and Adobe! - into doing everything they can to make sure they don't show up in that list. An average person probably doesn't need to know the deep details, and arguably should never be booted into Activity Monitor to find out, but companies knowing that customers know is worth it. It's how you effect change.

Power hungry apps are a problem on iOS as well, as are rogue processes. Right now, there's no easy way to identify and terminate them, which leads even mainstream people to "close all apps", which is an incredibly bad solution. If iOS could identify and shame the companies responsible for those apps, like Mavericks does, it would make it much easier to know which apps you might want to, or need to, shut down. Make them glow red, add a little red battery icon to them, something, anything, just tattle on the bad corporate citizens so they're encouraged to fix their behavior faster, and we can kill them more easily until they do.

There are power hungry apps on iOS as well

2. Enhanced (local) dictation (+Siri)

In Mavericks you can choose to enable enhanced dictation - which basically means you download almost 800MB and no longer have to rely on a cloud sever to have your speech translated into text - and enjoy offline, continuous, use with live feedback. In other words, no internet connection, no problem. Just talk and your Mac will take care of everything all by itself.

Siri on iOS desperately needs this feature. Android-style natural language and context coprocessors - like the Apple M7 - would be ideal, but simply moving the speech to text engine onto the iPhone and iPad would be an incredible step forward. Imagine, you'd no longer have to worry about a network connection to do completely local tasks like setting an alarm or opening an app. It would remove a huge potential - and all-to-often real - point of failure and go a long way towards bringing Apple's service up to par with Google's.

3. Interactive (actionable) notifications

Interactive (actionable) notifications

When an iMessage comes in on Mavericks the OS X version of Notification Center pops up a banner with a reply button on it. Hit that button and you know what doesn't happen? You don't get booted out of what you're doing and sent flying into the Messages app. Instead you get a reply button which, if you hit it, opens up an elegant, unobtrusive field that lets you quickly type in and send a response, right from inside the notification banner. Nirvana!

On a multiple windowing platform like OS X, it's a nice-to-have. On a single window platform like iOS, it's a must-have. It's not just because iOS, which is good at sending you to other apps if you tap a notification, absolutely sucks at bringing you back to your original app once you've finished, it that on a mobile device, I shouldn't have to go hunting for apps. They should come to me. Replying to email, tweets, or messages is one thing, quickly resetting a timer or alarm in-notification is another. We're still in the dark ages of notifications on iOS. We need to leap forward and join OS X in the sun.

4. Calendar Travel Time

In the Calendar app on Mavericks, if you set a location for an event or appointment - which can be populated from your Contacts - you can also surface the travel time it will take to get you there. With just a click, Mavericks will use your current location and the location you're going to, and offer up estimated times for driving or walking.

Populating locations based on Contacts, and especially offering up estimated travel times would be even more convenient on mobile because there's a much greater likelihood I'm actually out traveling at the time, making it even more valuable at the moment.Tap Calendar, tap add, tap Location, choose from a list or enter a new one that pull in Maps data, add travel time, and bingo. On the go and I know how long its going to take to get there.

I wonder if M7 could provide more accurate walking direction travel time estimates. If it knows you tend to lurch, stroll, strut, jog, etc.?

(Of course, the silver bullet here is pushing all of this into Siri and making it more automagically Google Now-like, right?)

5. A few more things...

There are some things we didn't get from Mountain Lion, and previous versions of iOS, that I'd still love to see in iOS 8. I'm not talking about grand things, like multiple user accounts (which iOS isn't set up to handle), Gate Keeper, which runs counter to Apple's policy for iOS apps anyway, and contracts/intents/default apps, which have already been begged for ad nauseam. but some things from last year's list, and some new ones I've thought up since.

  • FaceTime Conference Calls, like the old version of iChat
  • AirPrint to PDF, because I haven't owned a printer in 7 years but I share PDFs all the time.
  • Unified messages, so iMessage, AIM, Jabber, even Twitter can all be accessed from the same, built-in app.

Bonus: AirDrop (a cross-compatible version)

With iOS 7 Apple seemingly brought AirDrop from the Mac to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. What they actually did was bring the AirDrop name. Turns out, for reasons I'd argue did nothing but cause confusion, someone at Apple chose to use the same name for two totally different transfer protocols. That's why you can send data between two Macs, and between two iOS devices, but not from OS X to iOS or vice versa.

Yeah.

So, for iOS 8, it's be great if Apple either chose one, unified, compatible AirDrop implementation for both platforms, so that any data that can be shared between both can be shared between both.

Your things...?

If you're using OS X Mavericks, I'd love to hear what you'd like to see brought back to iOS. What did I forget?

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What about two apps running side by side? Like in windows 8. The iPad is an amazing device, but there are a few things it desperately needs to make it a better productivity machine. If Apple could reinvent the way that apps shuttle around information (think writing a pages document while researching and quoting Wikipedia), and add some sort of files.app...goodbye OSX. Until these two usability bottlenecks are solved, iOS on the iPad will never be the ultimate productivity device. And I don't care what anybody says, I didn't spend almost $1000 on an iPad just to watch videos and read magazines, I use it as my main productivity device...these features would be VERY welcome in iOS 8 and iOS 9.

Every single app ever made will have to change code to allow for that. That's how iOS apps work. They are custom-built to fit the screen.

And you got a very expensive iPad there. ;)

I bought the $729 Air. Anyway. I get your point but I'm a consumer not an engineer. The bottom line is that Apple needs to figure out a solution for this. Why couldn't it be like any other API? If the app developer doesn't update for this feature, the app is incapable of doing it. This will put pressure on developers to update their apps to support it.

If Apple wanted to do this, they could. I have a feeling they don't see a need, and want to stick with the one app at a time concept for iOS. This is a mistake in my opinion. Whether or not consumers use the split screen view in windows 8, it is nice to have it as an option.

No need. With background apps, you know the app is still doing its thing. Watching it doesn’t make it run any better, and consuming cycles with whatever else you’re actively doing will certainly slow that down.

Hmm. Although I think forcing windowing metaphors on a multitouch OS is a bad idea, there is a potential obvious path to get two apps to appear on one screen for the purposes of easier copy/pasting. When the device is in landscape mode, the two apps can be stacked side-by-side, each in their already designed portrait mode. No new coding for the developer. Vice versa for when the device is in portrait orientation (two landscaped apps stacked vertically). For the purposes of simplicity, the developer needs to do nothing but flag the app as split screen comparable (meaning it needs to be able to display in both orientations, and have things to copy/paste). Apple will take care of the rest. Imagine choosing specially marked apps via the multitasking mode. Only things that are already accessible to the copy buffer system-wide will cross over: text, photos, videos, etc. I think it can actually work. I constantly copy/paste things between two apps (such as copying a GIF in Safari and pasting it in Messages). A dual screen implementation that's simple for the user and a non-issue for the developer may just work. Maybe I should try a mockup:)

I give you thumbs up... please do come up with a mockup.
All you say makes great sense, and i also would love to see it happen on but not on iOS 8, but in iOS 7.5.
Apple has to increase updates, during the year with real new options, not only once a year.
This would be a great option to be available first quarter 2014.

Yeah, I didn't expect to get that from Microsoft first. It's almost 2014 and iPad still doesn't take the full advantage of it's display.

No thanks.

An iPad isn't and shouldn't be a Mac.

Add multi window, then you need seamless drag-and-drop. Add that, you might as well start running OS X. Do that, might as well buy an 11-inch MacBook Air.

iOS is a success because it isn't a windowing environment.

I imagine active notifications/push interface will replace multi-window one day anyway.

Why not? That's the way I see things going. An 11" MacBook Air is about twice the cost of an ipad. I know that Apple isn't huge on giving options/flexibility (getting better) in their mobile devices but to have a similar experience to the desktop experience would be great. I'm hoping that the next ipad has 2GB of RAM and could be a real replacement for small laptops, assuming iOS moves that way.

If you were to get a 128 GB iPad, it's either $800 or $930 depending on if you get it with or without cellular. Making an 11" MacBook Air only $200 or $70 more expensive. If you're gong to compare prices, you'd want to compare it to an iPad with similar amount of flash storage.

You see though, that's exactly why your point is moot. You're saying "MacBook Air is twice the cost" but that's because you're getting 4 times the amount of stuff. For it to be "twice" you have to be referencing the 16 GB version. Now if there was a 16 GB version of the MacBook Air, then you can compare prices. But since there isn't, your argument that it's "twice the cost" is invalid.

You're point that the storage space is what drives the price or what allows it to run a more capable OS is moot. Should 128GB ipad owners be pissed because they paid nearly the cost of an macbook air and they can't run OSX?

Actually, my point is that you shouldn't compare apples to oranges, so it's not moot. And considering that Apple charges $300 to go from 16GB to 128GB, when the actual cost to them is only $60, is enough to get anyone pissed. Storage is cheap these days, there is no reason for Apple to have $100 increments on their iPads.

Most people that pay for the large capacity of iPads aren't really paying attention to the price. Its about the experience in general and peace of mind. If something goes wrong, I know for a fact Apple will back up the product with no runaround. If cost was really the issue, most would just purchase a cheaper tablet and buy an SD card.

Agreed -- until that last sentence. Multi-window will never go away, because there are too many use cases that rely on it, and for which notifications are insufficient. You use them all the time, though they recede into the background (snicker) so naturally you might not even realize it.

- Writing with a research application (or tab) open, with both visible at the same time. There are thousands of permutations of this (an IDE with stackoverflow also open for a coder, Word and Wikipedia for the students, a humble blog author writing an article while looking at the news he/she is summarizing, and so on)
- Photography work with document and assets in a Finder view simultaneously. Similar for other creative workflows, for that matter
- Office vertical application and standard productivity apps open at the same time -- see this in just about every small business you go to

This isn't to get snippy and say that you need windowing for Real Work (tm). Clearly, non-windowing environments like iOS are perfectly conducive to a lot of workflows. But not all of them, nor will they ever be.

Microsoft did multiple window support in metro for Windows 8, are you saying it was a mistake Rene?

Yes, and so did the market. Apple showed the world how to make a tablet with the iPad, then everyone tried to compete by making their tablet more computer like (PlayBook, Honeycomb, Surface, etc.) and the market rejected them.

Most people aren't geeks and nerds. Most people find traditional computers intimidating, confusing, confounding, inaccessible, and unenjoyable. Multiple apps at the same time is a part of that.

It's like manual vs. automatic transmission in a car. Sure, geeks want their clutches, but for most people automatic is just far, far more useable.

iPad the way it is is more usable.

(And my guess is push interface will solve the problem without resorting to multiple windows in the future.)

I see your point, and I completely disagree...so I'll phrase it in a different way that perhaps you will understand where I am coming from. Whether or not we agree that the iPad should always maintain its "one app at a time" philosophy really is irrelevant.

The bigger picture is really that OS X is way more computer than most consumers really need. For a large population of users out there, iOS can fulfill the majority of their computing needs. But at the present time, even someone like my dad needs to use a "real" computer to do some business, and higher productivity related tasks.

The problem isn't with the iPad, or necessarily Mac OS X...the problem is that there exists a gaping hole in between an iPad running iOS and a laptop running OS X. I think Apple needs to create either a more sophisticated version of iOS, and put it on something like a Macbook Air...or, dumb down OS X quite a bit by hiding most of the file system, and all of the complications that come from a traditional PC operating system. Basically, they need to create iOSX.

So...90% of users can ditch the truck, and have their iPhone, iPad, and Macbook air running iOSX. And the other 10%, and businesses can continue to run their traditional PC OS for their more complicated tasks.

But as things stand, either an iPad has to become a little more complex, and allow more than one app to perform tasks at a time. Or a bifurcated version of OS X has to exist to fill the void for users who love their iPad, and wish it just had a little more power so that it, or something like it, could be their only computing device.

The Windows 8 Metro implementation is pretty slick and simple in that it relies on gestures. Why shouldn't an iPad have a similar capability? It's not like a normal floating windows desktop environment.

because it cant without having every app redesigned to work with it. BUT, I do think it will happen in the next couple years... it will just happen sooner for android.

It should work by using a universal executable on the iPad and displaying iPhone widget-ed apps to the left or right of the main window where all the screen elements collapse or grow according to the amount of available screen space they are given. and it should be queued up by the four finger from side to side gesture.

Split-screen makes sense when you are using a 16:9 screen and have tons of horizontal screen estate to spare. On a 4:3 iPad, won't this just result in apps which are squashed too thin?

Though in theory, it would be perfect for running 2 iPhone apps side by side (using the old 3:2 screen ratio, 2 apps would be 4:3). So maybe iPhone safari alongside iPhone version of pages?

Side by side? Hm I can see your point. I tried it with android (yes yes, I'm an apple fanboy but I also use android - variety is what makes the world great, right?)... To be honest, it doesn't always work well with Android, BUT I'd love to see Apple perfect that.

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Actionable notifications has to be my Number 1!! Really thought they would've implemented that in iOS 7. Fingers crossed for iOS 8!

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I have a Z10 and plan on getting an iphone 6 and I will definitely miss actionable notifications and unified inbox. Come on iOS 8 I expect you to have a large increase in content and functionality.

1, 2 & 3 please!!! Also, bring back the quick option to Tweet from the Notification Center or the new Control Center. Speaking of 1: does anyone else feel that iMessage is a major battery drain? Maybe it's the way I use it. Rene, I think for an actionable notification (re: iMessage) a simple solution would be like the Share cards that pop up when in safari and you want to post it to Twitter.

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Oh, I second this. I miss having that quick option to send out a tweet without opening my app. While I love tweetbot, I sometimes just want to send something out without having to look like a dork using Siri to do it.

Launch Center Pro is in my dock for quick things like messages and quick tweets. I was using an Android for a month while waiting on my iPhone 5s and it had actionable text notifications and it was the most annoying thing. I would rather dismiss or tap the notification if I want to respond. It was rather a nuisance to have to respond with the pop up notifications.

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1, 2 & 3 please!!! Also, bring back the quick option to Tweet from the Notification Center or the new Control Center. Speaking of 1: does anyone else feel that iMessage is a major battery drain? Maybe it's the way I use it. Rene, I think for an actionable notification (re: iMessage) a simple solution would be like the Share cards that pop up when in safari and you want to post it to Twitter.

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I always live to hear about predictions or hopes for future operating systems. Keep them coming. I want OS X to get the new UI that iOS got I absolutely love the new UI!

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‘Up Next’ in the music app would be nice too. They already have a decent UI for it figured out with the remote app.

Oh and document tagging - maybe with a tags app that pulls documents together from various apps. helping with the whole document silo issue.

I'd prefer a files.app and document picker like photos.app and image picker for that. Tags I've been pondering but it would add complexity.

Yes, the quick reply would be nice. Also, I would like the ability to move my icons on the home screen to wherever I would like. And lastly, I think there should be a lock screen option to increase the size of the time, I think that would be a nice addition.

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That was a great list Rene. I also would love to have actionable notifications. And more involved Siri features also.

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I find there is so much wrong with iOS 7, and so much of it that needs fixing or at least smoothing out, that extra features are the last thing on my mind. That being said, I agree a thousand percent with Rene on the AirPrint to PDF. Who uses printers anymore anyway?

I'd like to be able to arrange my icons in ANY orientation. It's silly that iOS hasn't implemented this feature yet >:(.

I'd also like something similar to the app drawer/list in Android/Windows so I don't have to have a "crap" folder taking up space on my home screen.

I agree with everything here, especially travel time in calendar. I thought it would be built in to ios 7, as it doesn't make sense to have a calendar that looks different from different devices.

On iPod touch, I would be happy also to get battery percentage, which it has never had. I think it's the only ios device without such a feature.

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AirDrop from iOS devices to the Mac and vice versa. I think this is coming because Deskconnect exists and shows that people want to do it. I can sync my device via Wifi why must I connect to transfer photos/videos? I also want the UpNext feature that is currently in iTunes. Sometimes I'm listening to music and I want to hear a particular song. Playlists are humungous these days but most people know the songs they feel like listening to. I agree with local Siri I think it would remove some of the frustration for some and also lead to more use. When all the information is on the phone it's kind of stupid not to be able to do something because you're not connected to the internet. It also has the added benefit of cutting down requests to the servers which should increase reliability. I think Siri itself needs some work. If a person is listening to music or a podcast. You activate Siri and ask for another song for example. Now anyone would expect that after the song plays whatever was playing before would resume. Instead nothing happens, Siri should be smart enough to freeze the process and then resume it afterwards. Finally I want icons that can be placed anywhere on the home screen grid. I don't want to stray from the grid but just the ability to put my icons in a square pattern if I want.

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I added a section on that.

Currently AirDrop on OS X and AirDrop on iOS are two totally different things that, confusingly, share the same name.

never understood that. I thought it was going to work in iOS 7 and Mavericks but maybe there wasn't enough time.

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How the hell can you still not reply to text messages without opening an app? I mean biteSMS had been around since iOS 3 or something. Just hire them to do it like you hired the guy to do notifications.

My biggest thing so far is right along side one of Rene's biggest... Actionable notifications in iOS. This is the only feature I still jailbreak for. I love that it's on mavericks but I'm on my iphone and ipad more than my Mac.

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I agree with two and three. If like to see the battery conservation in mavericks come to iOS. I definitely like replying in notifications. I have a feeling that will be a big feature in the next version.

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I'd like to extend this to which app is adding to my data usage by sending back to their analytics service

I like the idea of one message app to control them all. One main reason is because Apple's message app uses next to nothing battery wise and only one other messaging app, BBM, seems too have pulled that off too. The rest are battery drainers. If Apple designed a app that let you sign into different services, I'm sure they would make it very battery efficient!

And, if you haven't guessed already, your first idea is also a favourite of mine! To be honest, I think we just need to see a larger battery next year!

Two items on Rene's list are my top two requests:
2. Enhanced (local) dictation (+Siri)
3. Interactive (actionable) notifications

I would like, but do not expect, to see, in order of decreasing likelihood:

1) Developer access to notification center (e.g. so a third party weather app could go there)
2) Developer access to Siri
3) Ability to set default applications (or, even less likely, an Android style intent system)

I'd like to see natural language input from Calendar (a feature that pre-dates Mavericks) make it's way to mobile. Obviously iOS has been able to do natural language with voice since Siri's introduction, so why not allow it via text input?

I use and love Fantastical, which implements this both elegantly and smart. Still, should be a native feature I think.

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There are lots of calendar apps out there that do have natural language input, Calendar should be the best of them. Add the reminders In the today page and it's the best calendar app.

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Seriously, to call something AirDrop on both platforms and not be compatible with each other is embarrassing. Thank goodness for DeskConnect in the meantime.

iOS devices have Lightning cables, Macs have Thunderbolt cables. At least we know they're not interchangeable. Something like that shows insight.

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How 'bout something I'd like to see for OS X that our iOS devices can already do? I'd like to see the Message Application to be able to send SMS messages, not just iMessages.

Not really iOS related, but you'd think all iOS devices by now would be utilizing USB 3.0 for faster syncs and data transfers...

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Pretty much any $19 USB flash drive reads and writes faster than USB 2.0 speed these days. If Apple is using anything other than bargain basement flash there should be a significant reduction in file transfer times by moving to USB 3.0.
There are two counterpoints: 1. By keeping USB 2.0 Apple is managing expectations for those who would plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 port and wonder why it wasn't any faster. Yes the general public is that clueless.
2. Apple and many of its customers have an almost obsessive hatred of wires. Many if not most iOS users want all file transfers to happen wirelessly. I expect to see iOS devices gain media sync over WiFi before they get USB 3.0.

iOS didn't go 802.11ac this year, though Mac did. Wi-Fi sync has been available for a couple of years already.

Until they figure out wireless charging, however, the cable isn't going anywhere.

I'd like to see "Back to my Mac" on iPad, so I can control my iMac over the Internet from an iPad and not just from another Mac. There are some apps that do this, I bought a couple, but they are ALL buggy. An Apple baked-in solution would be great and will probably work better than the 3rd-party apps.

The only thing I would jailbreak my iphone for now is bitrsms quick reply and compose. I really miss it.

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I totally agree.. Would be great to see more OS X features on iOS 8. I have to say we need 2nd process on the same screen just like many people here said. I think that A7 chip and 64 bit migration it'a a first step on this way.

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Couldn't agree more with the AirDrop confusion! I'd love to be able to share files between my Mac and iPhone with a built-in feature. Actionable notifications is my #1 most important feature I want right now, also being able to post from notification center would be prime for me. Also add more widget like features to app icons, the moving clock is a great start but live weather? Would be soo nice!

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i'm wondering why they left out being able airdrop from osx to ios and vice versa. i'm sure that idea came up in a meeting when they decided to bring airdrop to ios, soooo i feel like it was a conscious decision not to go through with it....just wondering why?? and I can't wait until they add it!!

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Interesting article! Now I agree with some ideas presented in the article like the battery thing from mavericks. It would be great to see what app is killing my battery but i would like to see which one is consuming my data too. I know there is that option in the settings but i want to see it in real time.
In addition to that, I want to see a better version of Siri. Nowadays google now works really good and I want to see Siri doing the same. I see Siri is having problems with some words and it gets annoying when you have to repeat the same word over and over again. Right now I'm not a big fan of Siri but if they improve Siri's performance i will make it my number one app.
The third thing that i want in ios 8 is a more customizable control center. I want to have quick access to apps like imore or my web browser without going back to the home screen.
Interactive notifications sounds sweet. The unified messages is something we need. I was a blackberry user in the past and it is amazing to have an inbox with all the messages. It makes the experience better. And YES! AirDrop would be a nice feature between devices like my MacBook Air and my iPhone or my iPad and my iPhone. There are good third party apps like DeskConnect but i want a native app.

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Oh my god… FaceTime Conference Calls would be awesome. But yeah I'd have to say that I agree with EVERYTHING on this list. Also… I didn't even know Mavericks had offline voice dictation… I'm gonna have to turn that on.

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Dedicated, on-board Siri functionality is a must. Absolutely. I really want to not have to be dependent on a network connection, especially when I'm inside of a building with enough infrastructure to block any and all cell activity - Like at my daughter's school today. I had to notate by thumb - can you just imagine?! xD
Improved Notification convenience would be fantastic. I'd love to be able to take care of business as soon as possible. I'm sure this would create a new security weakness for villains to exploit (get busy writing those headlines newsies).

... It's kinda tough to add to your extensive list of capital suggestions, Rene, but I am a little surprised that profile options have never surfaced on the iPad, especially in an educational setting. The "parental" options for managing devices for children are still lacking on iOS.

iOS isn't designed for multi user. They'd have to do significant re-architecting, I imagine.

I'm also guessing Apple won't say "people want multi-user, let's do traditional multi user" any more than they said "people want multi-tasking, let's do traditional multi-tasking."

They'll figure out the pain points, and see what's the best solution.

That was the best solution to come up with for sharing an iOS device with multiple people, such as siblings or elementary level students.
I'm still wishing for something like a Paascode access feature to open apps like Settings to keep my curious 4 year old from tweaking some of the settings on her device and unfortunately the current state of "parental controls" just doesn't cover all of te bases.
... My kids will probably outgrow "parental controls" before anything changes... That's life. xD

I'd love to see even more gestures on the next iPhone and iOS. Especially with a larger screen, the pinch feature that shows all of your apps on your Mac would be awesome for background apps, settings, or just getting an entire view of your phone (widgets?) like with the Mac.

Also would love Siri to be beefed up, more capable wise. Like Google Now giving more information without necessarily having to open it, etc. plus better voice recognition would be awesome. Also seeing what you're saying as you say it (per Google Now) would be great for recognizing what you're actually asking the service to do. Would love that with Siri.

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We are suppose to be in the post PC era but we still can't add GROUPS to contacts - something my 1998 flip phone allowed.

Ability to globally arrange the SpringBoard including inserting pages between folderizing pages and assign arrange or remove apps from a LIST instead of from the Spring Board. We still need to have iTunes to do these things.

Oh my god this! I've been hoping for managing contacts and groups for every version of iOS that's been released. It's getting ridiculous, post PC my ass.

The next step in notification center for iOS is definitely the ability to respond to messages right through the notification. In fact since iOS devices only are able to show one active app at a time this feature would be even more useful in iOS than it is in OS X.

I have always thought that the one area lagging on just about every electronics device is battery. Not only battery life but control and information. We rely on the batteries to power our devices yet besides gaining more life every year or two, everything else pertaining to the battery has been ignored. The "shaming" feature is a great feature that would be welcome in iOS devices especially since they are powered by a battery exclusively.

I really like to see the unification of gestures across all apple products. (Ex the five finger pinch on the ipad should be available on the mac).

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Interactive notification and offline dictation are two of the thing i would love to see in ios 8. Another thing i would like to see is multilingual siri. As a native italian speaker is far more easy for me to talk to siri in italian, but when it comes to tell siri to play a song (all my itunes library have english songs) siri freaks out, because it (or she?) tries to understand italian words when i talk to it in english.

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Points 1, 2, and 3 would be huge! They could almost do just those and get away with iOS 8.

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Battery shaming is definitely needed. It's one of those few features I've missed since giving up my Android phone. Recently I downloaded a handful of apps to my iphone and the battery life took a hit. I really would like to know which of those apps is doing it, and removing them one at a time to narrow it down just seems like too much hassle.

I think they need to make better use of the larger screen. The iPad IOS is just a blown up version that is on the iPhone. There is a ton of space that they could really use and take advantage of versus the smaller screen size of iPhones.

Sounds like some great ideas. Those are definitely features that are needed in the next version of iOS. Let's hope Apple decides to implement all or some of them.

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I would love to see not only local dictation for Siri, but I would love if Siri had similar functionality to the Moto X, like the touchless controls and always listening. I think that would be huge and could even have a separate processor for like like the 5s' A7/M7, but call it the S7? Wait, Samsung might not like that.

I think all of those would be great features. I love iOS 7 and am thrilled with all the features and the new design. However actionable notifications would really change the way I use my iPad and iPhone. I think the iPad especially would benefit with its larger display and this would stop just about everyone who is begging for split screen app capability. Of course having onboard Siri would make a much used and loved feature of mine a lie stronger once again especially for my non data higher capacity iPad though I would enjoy even the improved speed and reliability for iPhone as well. Battery life and map tie-ins would be awesome. They are some of the gems of Mavericks. Maybe do notifications from websites too and replace a lot of apps which are just web sites in disguise.

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Copy & Paste for events in Calendar, Battery Shaming, Ability to Delete preinstalled Apple apps (a wish--never going to happen probably), ability to have a text-only interface in iTunes Music... Any of those in iOS 8 please... lol

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Interactive notifications FTW! I sooooo wanted it in iOS 7! Here's hoping it makes it to iOS 8

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Three cheers for actionable notifications and battery shaming! So frustrating to not be able to respond to a notification without having to open an app. Perhaps something that's waiting for a larger screen size?

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Great list, I hope Apple is reading.
I would also like safari notifications so when a site I read posts a new article I get a notification. Split screen is a must, I would love to be able to watch one thing while reading something else or use iWork while reading something else. If Apple really wants the iPad to be an education device they need to be able to have two apps side by side.

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Notification centre reply - reply right on the notification instead of opening the messages app and typing a message. Would be very very useful for iOS.

I wish apple would listen to this suggestion, for some folks, its an important one. I won't get into too much detail, but my wife has early onset dementia. She loves her iPad. Problem is, she gets SO many junk mails, and I am concerned about her getting some type of solicitation email she thinks she needs. I have solved this on her mac, by selecting the filtering, email from those in your address book only. It works great on the mac. Problem is, that simple filter is no where to be found on iOS. Oh, btw, if she uses her Mac email prior to using her iCloud email on the iPad, its all cleared out. Problem is, we need to filter out all emails, except whats in the address book on the iOS devices. Simple filter, and oh so useful for persons like my wife, and parental controls.

Nice list. Quick reply is something we've been begging for for years(maybe some day) local Siri dictation was rumoured and I hoped for. I thought airdrop to and from iOS and OS X would work haha. Travel time would be nice plus add weather to calendar ( especially on iPad). I would like to know what apps are battery heavy.
But how hard would it be to add a seconds option to the lock screen clock, really! As always thank you for your news and opinion.

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Bring back the ability to post tweets and on Facebook in notification center like I use to be able to in iOS 6. I'm willing to compromise and see it in control center but please Apple, bring that feature back. I don't always want to open Facebook of Twitter for a quick status change nor do I always want to rely on Siri.

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Great list. Anything that extends battery is tops. Last week I was in a meeting without my MacBook. I had a PDF on my iPhone 5 to share with the staff, but couldn't share it with the 2 Mac users in the meeting. It would've been great to share it at the time. I did end up emailing it though, but cross-platform AirDrop would've been smoother.

Actionable replies in iOS is a must-have feature. If you are having a text conversation with someone and also trying to work in another app at the same time, it is a huge pain. My biggest gripe currently about Siri is all of the constant "not available" errors I'm constantly receiving. Having access locally would make Siri a much more valuable feature.

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Documents depository and ability to attach files PDF, DOC and others in reply to Email messages, please... that's all

Print to PDF! Its embarrassing to have to open up the camera roll to find a screen shot of a page that I needed because I couldn't print to a PDF in Safari. Chrome is close with their Print to Google Drive but the product isn't that good.

I think it should be fine to see quick SMS reply and opportunity for other 3-rd party apps to use quick reply too. This should be very useful and then jailbraking will be less used. :)

As always, thanks for an informative article Rene. My post here is not about a desired "get back" feature but a new one for iOS. In OSX you can store PDF documents in iCloud with TextEdit but (as far as I can tell) you can't retrieve these in iOS. Yes, you can now use iBooks in Mavericks to do the same for PDF files but not for other "scraps" you may have stored in TextEdit. In general I feel Apple did not really advance iCloud in Mavericks or iOS 7, ideally I would like to see iCloud be integrated seamlessly with Finder for full file management in iCloud (folders etc.). Sorry, if this is a repeat of earlier postings.

I could be here for days telling what I want to see in iOS 8, but I believe Apple will put great features into it. iOS 7 was just a mere start. It was a theme based upgrade. iOS 8 on the other hand will be a feature upgrade that will use the new bigger display on the iPhone 6. And I can't wait.

Local dictation to me would be amazing to use and would be very practacle on my iPod when i don't have internet on it at all times.

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Local dictation to me would be amazing to use and would be very practacle on my iPod when i don't have internet on it at all times.

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I know, I know... iOS isn't set up for multiple user accounts, but this is the one thing I want more than any other. I hate the fact that I have to avoid installing apps (GTA, Infinity Blade, etc.) so my 5, 7, and 9 year olds can use our family's iPads safely. Individual user accounts would be ideal

Spot on. Siri is sometimes great, sometimes very patchy I can only think of server overload local version should be consistent. Calendar travel time integrated with Exchange for my work schedule. Facetime conference calls and iMessage to blackberry and android.

Now that a lot of companies (Including the one i work for) have changed from BlackBerry to iPhone, Apple needs to enhance their mail apps and make it more business friendly with better flag options, etc. A great devise is only as good as the things it can do for you when you need it to. Mkes sense?

How about an article with iOS features that should carry over to the Mac. Like the new design. I'm getting tired of staring at 50 shades of grey on my computer and its about time we got a refresh!

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I'm sorry, why is it bad to close all the apps in iOS? I don't do it constantly, but when I go to multitasking mode I tend to swipe over to the "older opened" apps and shut them down.

I'm definitely agree with the actionable notifications. I'm thinking that the size of the notification means it's going to be bolted on in the future. Does seem like an iOS 8 update rather than point.

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The AirDrop iOS + OS X compatibility should be a no brainer function to add for Apple, but even better than that the battery shaming - although with Apple boasting about how the battery is always better and better with every new iteration, I wonder if they'd want to do that in the first place... You know, naming and shaming who's killing their "always better battery".

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I would LOVE to have most of these things in iOS, especially the responding to notifications without leaving your app part. It would make it so much easier to quickly do things, which is what mobile is all about. However for some reason I just get the feeling that Apple won't be doing this anytime in the near future (unfortunately). But there's always room to hope!

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I really want the quick reply for messages and for Siri to work locally without an active internet connection.

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I want Finder on iOS, that's all. Photo management is a mess. Why I can't cut and paste photos from Camera roll to other albums? Why can't I put albums in folders? iOS 7 photos app is better than previous versions, but still I would like to be able to edit the names of collections, but I can't. It's a step forward, but not far enough. I want a bigger say in how I want to manage my files on iOS, that's all. I love Apple, but a Finder like app is long overdue.

Battery shaming and interactive notifications aren't likely to be implemented as they will add complexity to the user experience. Remember, iOS is all about simplification, intuitiveness and consistency over functionality.

Just one wish I have for iOS 8 is ~60fps scrolling and animations across the board. iOS 7 is far too laggy.

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I think a successful product is very clear in what it tries to achieve. The iPad is one such product. It is not a laptop replacement. It is computing simplified.

Add split-screen functionality? Sure, why not. Then why not add a USB port? Why not sell a thin Touch-Cover-like physical keyboard accessory? Why not add a file system to iOS?

I think Apple doesn't just add feature after feature just because it solves one problem. It looks at how it integrates into the whole picture - the definition of the product itself and how it fits into the user's life. It can be bad or good - but one thing for sure, is that the user isn't left with any kind of confusion or dilemma. All the choices are made very clearly by Apple. The user is left with a very clear mind about what each device is made for, and therefore have a seamless experience.

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Lemme apologize in advance if there is a post saying why iOS devices can't use flash, but flash is definitely one of the things if love to see in iOS 8. I definitely agree with the point about airdrop because it really shocked me when I tried to share between my iPhone and MacBook only to come to the realization that they are somehow but this article hiya it right on the head as far as my wish list goes.

There is only one thing I really want from iOS; a "universal file repository". Right now all apps use their own file repo. It is stupid that I can't access the same file from a different app. This situation undermines the productivity of iOS devices. Also this universal repo can be synced with iCloud. Therefore finally iCloud can be something people actually use. I don't know why Apple still haven't done this. It must be something about closed file system thing. But to be clear; I don't want access to file system. I just want a universal file repo where I can access and organize all my files (photos, music, video, text, etc.) from all apps. Also this solves the problem of not being able to download something via Safari properly.

Please keep the iDevices as user friendly as they are. And let the Mac be the Mac! To me actionable notifications and universal AirDrop would be great features. Also, the ability to install different voices in VoiceOver...

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I would love to see 1, 2, and 3 on iOS8 plus the universal AirDrop. Also, this is really not specific to Maverick but for all Macs in general but I hope Apple can add more gesture-based commands to iPhones and iPod Touch. Like the ones on iPads. I know it may get a bit crowded with 3-4 fingers so maybe up to two is fine. Plus, if the rumors floating around are true that they are trying to make an iPhone with a larger screen, then that the additional two-finger gestures would be really nice.

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I'd like to be able to add a few favorites to control center. I'd love to see Siri handle local things on board instead of through servers. Faster responses would be lovely. I want to see my drive times in notification center whenever I have addresses entered.

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Integrate the reminders app into the calendar app because who needs to open two apps to see what you need to do today.

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I don't understand why they didn't add quick reply in iMessage in iOS 7. It's already there in Mavericks.

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Excellent list. It will be interesting to see what apple does over the next 5-10 years with OS X and iOS.

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I'm still holding out hope for a files.app like the picture app just for files.

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for ios8 : multi-session (for ipad) is needed

for ios8 and osx the oldish mail should be totally re-written in a sparrow way
contacts needs also a big update

ibook doesn't work the synchronisation is an horror

I would love to see the iPad with two apps running on same screen. Other tablets should not be the only ones to offer this.

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I think that a better notification system that would easily let me discard, reply or effectively remove the notified message from the system and a better inter-app communication layer, something that would much increase the level of productivity in iOS devices.
Very useful would also be an easier way to return to a previous used app on the iPhone (as it is on the iPad) after pressing on a link (without having to double tap,wait, then tap on the previous used app) and a way to choose if a link has to open in a web app or, if it is installed, in a local app.
Great would also be a way to arrange files in some way other than having to rely on "open-in"!

Travel time and battery shaming would be especially helpful on my iPhone. Whenever I find my battery draining I just force kill almost every running app there is, because I'm not sure what's causing the issues. Having iOS tell me which one is the problem would be fantastic.

Have you seen how much RAM the dictation process takes up in Mavericks? It's about 1GB. I'd not hold my breath that this feature will be available on iPhone (that only has 1Gb total) any time soon.

The wish list here seems to be quite demanding. I want to have very small and minor features which require little more than a common sense to think. For example if I add a reminder or a to do to make a phone call to some one in my address book and if the reminder buzzes, I should be able to make a call directly to that person by tapping there itself rather than having to go to the phone book to make a call. The other app like any.do has this feature. Why can't they include it? It is just simple common sense. Like this, there are many such obvious tweaks they can add.
Also, if a notification comes for a new message, there should be an option to delete there itself rather than having to go to messages and then delete. Presently the delete option is not there. Therefore a junk sms remains there without deletion for several days.
In reminders, the delete reminder option is available only after opening the reminder edit window and that too at the bottom of the window. This is the most inconvenient place where a user has to scroll all the way down to delete it. Also, more of the apps have the "back" button and similar such buttons at the top of the window. But for a user, having these buttons at the bottom of the window is the most convenient to operate. I hope most users will agree.

AirPlay iPhone/iPad screen on OSX. (Already have software like AirServer, but wishing for a version that is without mirroring, so the screen can be turned off to save battery)

After that, add ability to control iPhone from OSX via Airplay.