2019 looks to be a good year for those of us with wish lists and high hopes. While Apple does not always drop new hardware at WWDC– after all, it’s all about developers, not customers– there are enough gaps that a surprise or two would not be a surprise.
Here’s my updated Wish List for WWDC 2019.
Everyone expects an update iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even the newly update iPod touch (It’s Alive! It’s Alive!) but pragmatism rules.
- Messages – look for more animoji, of course, but easier integration of photos, and more ways to cement iPhone users into the ecosystem.
- Parental Controls – Apple gets some well deserved heat for not giving iOS users more options to control which apps run and for whom. More controls are on the way.
- Dark Mode – I use Dark Mode on one of my Macs and while it looks great, it also feels wrong. Controls on how much dark would be a nice touch.
- Updated Apps – Apple does this, but some apps need some work, including Reminders, Files, and even Health.
- Multi-tasking – iPad’s split view needs to be expanded to apps. Ulysses does it already, but Apple could build it into iOS for iPad so each app could open multiple windows. Hey, the Mac does it.
- Multi-user iPad – I know why Apple won’t put multi-user support into iOS for iPad. The Mac has it already. Why not iPad? Sales would suffer.
- Multi-user HomePod – Siri needs to get smart enough to recognize different users by their voice.
- Siri – Last year’s Siri Shortcuts was a big hit and helped to differentiate Siri from competitors Alexa and Google Assistant, but Apple’s talking assistant is still rather dumb.
Not bad, right? Expect improvements to Apple Maps, better Sleep Mode and Do Not Disturb controls, and a wide variety of frameworks for developers.
Yeah, we’re at version 15 since Mac OS X launched around the turn of the century with a long string of cat names. The Mac list won’t be as long as iOS, but it’s one I look forward to.
- Name – look for another California landmark name (Bakersfield is out, Santa Monica is in).
- External Display – I want an option to use an iPad as an external display for the Mac even though it will crush a few third party solutions.
- Siri – Apple seems to have multiple Siri’s for each device. iPhone is not the Mac which is not HomePod. How about making them all the same Siri, but have it understand which device is being used.
- Marzipan – the project to put iOS apps on the Mac has legs and while most of the Marzipan-inspired apps today are rather clunky and not Mac-like, more apps is always good, especially if they integrate well with brother apps living on iPhone and iPad.
Look for more changes to watchOS and tvOS, of course, but my strongest interest is in hardware.
Don’t forget, Apple is a hardware company. Yes, software and services make a bucket load of money, but would be worthless without a base of customers using hardware.
- Mac Pro – where is it, Apple? The Mac Pro to replace the cylinder trash can Mac Pro was introduced two years ago. How long does it take to design a modular Mac? Hey, even a lighter, smaller cheese grater Mac Pro would get applause.
- Display – Apple hasn’t had a branded display for a few years and desperately needs one to make the Mac line look, well, professional. I expect to see something in the 30-inch range and perhaps with 8K. If so, I’m all in. Apple’s 5K Retina display on the iMac line remains the industry standard, but it’s time Apple upped the game.
- Rumors – word on the street says Apple has a 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works with a new design, but the company just upgraded the MacBook Pro line with new keyboard and CPUs, so I’m not holding my breath on a bigger Mac notebook.
- ARM on Mac – this one made the bottom of my list because it may just be pie-in-the-sky, but wouldn’t it be cool for Apple to introduce an entry-level Mac notebook with its own ARM-based CPU inside?
There you go. That’s my basic list of dream. I’ll do a recap after reality hits next week.