WWDC2020 – Checking my Wish List

So, now that Apple’s Keynote is behind us, how did Apple fare against my previously published WWDC2020 wish List, Let’s see.

ThemeImportanceDescriptionFix coming
ServicesHighApple Card expansion to Canada. I’m not holding my breath, though.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
ServicesHighApple Pay Cash expansion to Canada. I’m not holding my breath, though.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apple WatchHighThird-party watch face available from a dedicated App Store. This could be another game changer. But this could open the door to so much crappy faces and this is probably why Apple is holding out this feature. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apple WatchHighSleep tracking and better battery life to support the feature. Already rumoured to be in the works, this feature could come with a new hardware release. πŸ‘πŸ»
Apple WatchMediumThe ability to change the watch face according to the current time of the day, day of the week, location (home vs office), etc. This would remove manual operations with the watch. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
macOSMediumAn expert mode that disables SIP (system integrity protection). Let’s be honest, macOS Catalina behave much like Microsoft Windows Vista. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
macOSMediumAn explanation of where Catalyst fits in Apple’s ecosystem, because so far it looks like it was made for Apple. πŸ‘πŸ»
macOSHighFeature parity of iMessage with iOS. Apple is close to delivering this. πŸ‘πŸ»
macOSHighThe ability to run iPhone applications, not only iPadOS ones, on macOS. πŸ‘πŸ»
macOSHighAbility to use the iPhone as a webcam. Working from home imposes new requirements for many people and builtin cams in computers are simply crappy. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
macOSMediumShortcuts for the Mac seem so close to being real.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
macOSHighMake Catalyst-based apps look more like real Mac apps. πŸ‘πŸ»
iOS:
System
MediumBetter font management capabilities. As of this writing, adding fonts to iOS is a welcomed addition but the way to do it is a clusterfuck. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
HighFix the autocorrect fiasco introduced in iOS 13. Autocorrection is way much worse than with previous releases. TBD
iOS:
System
HighRe-introduce the magnifiyng loupe while selecting text. Another weird decision from Apple. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
MediumAbility to show touchpoints while recording the screen. It would be helpful when building tutorials for example. Some apps already support that like Adobe Photoshop for iPad. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
HighOpen Control Center to third-party applications. I’d like to be able to change settings for an app without having to open it up, especially of we can change default applications for basic functions like photography. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
HighAbility to group shortcuts in folders in the Shortcuts app. With more than a few dozens shortcuts, it is mandatory to be able to organize them with something else than colour coding. πŸ‘πŸ»
iOS:
System
HighTime Machine for iCloud Drive. Having to go to icloud.com to recover a version of a document is another clusterfuck decision by Apple. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
MediumEmoji search option on the system keyboard. Each year, new emojis are introduced which make it harder and harder to select the one we want. It is already available on macOS. πŸ‘πŸ»
iOS:
System
HighFull support for external monitors on iPadOS. Another potential game changer for the iPad. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iOS:
System
MediumColour picker support just like on macOS. Makes sense to me. Already available on macOS for ages. πŸ‘πŸ»
iOS:
System
MediumFix the search feature within the Settings.app. I don’t know when but this feature is broken as of this writing. TBD
iOS:
System
MediumA seperate section for Shortcuts in Action Sheet. I don’t like shortcuts being mixed with application actions. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: SystemMediumMany people are asking for multi-users support. It makes sense for school environments and some businesses use cases for sure. For family setup, I’m not sure. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: SystemHighEnable remote sessions to another device to help supporting others. Another feature that could prove to be helpful during confinement. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: HomescreenMediumAbility to freely place widgets with live content, something along these lines. It would be really nice for weather applications. TBD
iPadOS: HomescreenHighIntroduce a zone to display notifications. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: HomescreenHighAbility to rearrange entire page of icons without having to move icons one by one. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: HomescreenMediumAbility to insert free space between icons in order to arrange icons in visual groups not necessarily within folders. Speaking of folders, ested folders would be quite useful too. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS:
System
MediumMake iPhone applications floating instead of centered. Allow me to mix them in multitasking.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS: HomescreenHighAbility for applications to display a darkmode version of their icons. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iPadOS:
Design
HighMake a better use of the screen space by expanding many of the popovers and popup menus that feel cramped just because they come from the iPhone screen sizes. TBD
DesignHighReplace the “More” text label in update notes with a real button of the right size.TBD
DesignHighComplete redesign of the incoming phone call screen. Should take into consideration better thumb-based operations. Some are suggesting to put it like a notification at the top of the screen. It is a bad design proposal. πŸ‘πŸ»
DesignHighRedesign of the Facetime application. Remove normal the phone calls history from FaceTime calls history. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
DesignHighThere are so many great ideas behind the Main Menu for iPad concept. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
DesignHighStop using the (…) for everything, it is ridiculus. It is ambigious and inconsistent. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Mail
MediumFeature parity with macOS: folders support, smart folders support. And fix syncing bugs for god sake. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps: CalendarHighWith the proliferation of webconferencing applications, there has to be a central invokation point. The calendar could be a perfect fit, particularly in the business world. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
AppsMediumAbility to set a different default application for things like Mail, Calendering, Podcasts, etc. 😐
AppsHighI don’t really know why but to me, Xcode on iPad would be a potential game changer. I think we are close to see this coming for real. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps: iMessageMediumAbility to retract a sent message.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Siri
HighA complete redesign of the conversational Siri interface. Make it look more like a conversation in iMessage for example. Oh, and while we are at it: why not make Siri available within iMessage? I’d like to have a conversation with him/her. πŸ‘πŸ»
Apps: PhotosHighWhen syncing is in progress with iCloud Photos Library, clearly show which photos are being synced to the cloud, which one are not synced.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps: PhotosHighLet me see which photos came in from AirDrop and sent by who.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Photos
HighPut an action to add a photo to an album directly in the toolbar instead of the sharing menu. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps: PhotosHighBetter labeling of RAW images. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps: PhotosMediumLet me select photos or albums I want to keep locally stored on my device. Something like iCloud Drive already support. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apple: PhotosHighIf I take a video or a photo only to delete it a few minutes laters, don’t bother uploading them to the cloud. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Phone
MediumAbility to record a phone call. Could be tricky because of variable legislation in various part of the world. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Files
HighAdd a progress bar indicator in Files for long operations. A cannot remember how many times I lost files because of this. Why? Copying a large amount of files, not knowing the operation was completed, I deleted the source files and got an error message. Boom. Gone were the files. TBD
Apps:
Files
HighAbility to browser Photos from within Files as another Location.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Notes
HighEnable geometric forms and written charaters recognition. πŸ‘πŸ»
Apps:
App Store
HighBring back the Updates tab at the bottom of the screen. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
FaceTime
HighAbility to send messages or links or documents while in a FaceTime Call.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
Apps:
Home
MediumRedesign the Home application because right now it is a mess. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
iCloudHighA shareable iCloud Photo Library. Sharing albums is a good step in the right direction, but something more robust is needed to share photos within a family.πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Two-thirds of my wishes didn’t get answered and many a still TBD because of the lack of information. That’s not a really good score, but, it doesn’t mean Apple didn’t do well in general. Come back in a few days to read all my impressions on this WWDC2020 conference.

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