From Siri to Notification Center, iTunes to iPhoto here are our number one OS X 10.9 wishes -- what are yours?
What does everyone here at iMore want to see in OS X 10.9? Apple does still make a desktop operating system, after all, and let's face it, even trucks need new engineering and body work. Since this is the final week before WWDC 2013 it's the last chance for us, staff and friends alike, to make with the feature requests. So...
To the wish-lists!
Breaking out iTunes from a monolithic app into distinct apps designed for separate services, much like how "music" and "video" is distinct from "iTunes" in iOS, is what I'd like to see most in OS X 10.9. iTunes is a bloated, unwieldy mess.
While not exactly an OS X 10.9 feature, I'd really like an all new, re-worked version of iPhoto that I'll actually want to use. Right now events and imports are a bag of hurt. Huge imports always fail or get broken, deleting events is a nightmare, and organizing photos is impossible.
I've completely given up and use Lightroom for all my photos. Regular people won't want to spring for such an expensive alternative, so it'd be nice to see Apple make iPhoto actually useable. It's the number one cause of my Mac freezing up, which makes me not even want to open it to begin with.
The thing I'd love to see added most would be Siri. I don't use it half as much on my iPhone or iPad as I would on my Mac. Since I spend most of the day at my desk, Siri could really add to my productivity if I could quickly take voice notes, or fire off a quick email at the touch of a button.
I'd love to see Apple introduce their Podcasts app into OS X 10.9.
Also, I'd love to see Apple introduce their Podcasts app into OS X 10.9, and remove the need to use iTunes for them altogether. The Podcasts app on iOS works just fine for me, and the iCloud syncing across devices is exactly the sort of syncing I've been missing from third-party apps across different platforms. If Apple could build an OS X version that hooks in too, my working days would be complete.
On a technical level, I think UIKit (or portions of UIKit) and OpenGL 4.3 support would enable better apps and games on OS X. Further advancement of SceneKit seems like a good idea, too.
I'd like developers to be able to remove apps from sale, but be able to provide updates for existing users. As it stands now, we can't do that, which makes discontinuing products and treating customers with respect very difficult. Mac apps tend to be larger and more complex, so trials would be a welcome addition to the Mac App Store.
I’m fearful of a future where all mainstream computing platforms only install native apps via curated stores, so I hope Gatekeeper's default setting of “Mac App Store and identified developers” remains. I think OS X's current balance of power vs security is great.
I've been quite happy with 10.8, so I've not given much thought to 10.9. I know it's going to be a big feature release so they can talk it up, and I don't need all that much more in the OS to get my work done any better. Generally speaking, I suppose I'd want to see more small changes, iterating on and improving the experience delivered between 10.7 and 10.8 as opposed to the jump we saw between 10.6 and 10.7.
Make it cleaner, faster, stronger.
As someone who manages dozens of laptops and desktops in the office, OS updates are more aggravating than enjoyable for me. However, if the overall codebase stays similar but gets fine tuned, it's an easier transition. I've had issues moving people from 10.6 to 10.8 directly (and as such, I have to re-image machines completely) but the jump from 10.7 has been much better. Make it cleaner, faster, stronger.
And get rid of the frakkin' paper on Calendar.
Like with iOS, all I ant from OS X is better notifications. I dunno what it is with Apple and notifications — they just can't seem to get it right for me. Notification Center sends me alert not when they come in but whenever the heck it wants to.
All I want is the notifications as the messages are received.
I'd like to see even faster wake from sleep time, especially when it comes to recognizing things like a mouse or the network.
How is there still not an “Allow All” option?
There’s no single big feature that I’m clamoring for in OS X, just a number of smaller polish things. From a menubar that lets you hide items, to window management that can switch between a dual and single monitor setups without requiring manual rearrangement of windows, there are a lot of tiny details Apple could improve on in OS X. As wonderful as the keychain is, have you ever tried switching back and forth between browsers every few months only to be met with a barrage of Keychain Access prompts? How is there still not an “Allow All” option?
Unlike iOS, which is relatively new and still in need of as much patching and polishing, OS X has been around for a decade and does most of what modern computer users need it to do. What that leaves is refitting and refining. Sure, Siri would be nice, just to round out the product line, but everything from iCloud documents to iMessages to Notification Center to full screen apps (on multiple displays) are still good ideas waiting on great implementation.
I'd like UIKit2 on OS X, and more SceneKit, just to see what developers can do with them. A sign that Apple has something in the pipeline to replace the aging HFS+ would be also be well received. But in general, what I'd like to see is what's already here made even better.
So that's what everyone here at iMore wants to see! Well, almost everyone. You're the most important part of the site, so your opinion matters to us the most! Tell me, what's your number one wish come OS X 10.9 and WWDC?