This year’s developer conference from Apple is shaping up to be a doozy. Many of 2017’s biggest hardware surprised may have been spoiled by a Foxconn insider on Saturday, but the software front remains a mystery. Tomorrow we find out where Apple is taking the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and maybe even the Apple TV. I always look forward to these software announcements and try to find references to new hardware features that may be announced later this fall.
My quick wishlist on the software front:
- Improvements to Touch Bar access to secure enclave that cause massive auto fill delays in Safari.
- Dark mode system-wide in iOS.
- Better search on iOS. Slack may be a factor, but honestly it sucks anyway.
- Time remaining on battery easily visible again (and reliably accurate again!) in macOS.
- Apple News in macOS.
- Faster app access and syncing in watchOS. Yeah, it’s way better but still not quite there.
- Siri improvements. She is such a blight on an otherwise amazing ecosystem. Amazon’s Echo/Alexa is just SO much better and I love using my Echo devices while I hate using Siri.
And that’s it. Apples operating systems already feel quite mature, stable, and refined. There’s not much that I can think of changing beyond that seemingly-insignificant list above. I love surprises, however, and look forward to learning about what I hadn’t thought of tomorrow afternoon.
I just really hope Apple fixes the secure enclave issues in Safari in macOS on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.