First, I want Apple to upgrade the Mac and iPad more frequently. I could call that a need because I won’t buy another one until they do. I’m tired of waiting. My second favorite device is my iPhone X. It’s great. But I’ve created a list of wants and needs for it, too.
Want This, Need That
Every year around the end of spring Apple hosts a WWDC event. World Wide Developers Conference. That’s where Apple highlights changes coming to macOS, iOS, and now tvOS and watchOS, and I don’t expect WWDC 2018 to be much different.
For me, for iOS 12, the list of wants and needs is growing.
I want the option to create multiple user accounts on iPad. iPhones don’t get shared as often, but iPads do, and since iOS is based on Mac OS X, and macOS supports multiple users on the Mac, why not iPad?
Sure, I know Apple is a hardware company and multiuser iPads might result in fewer new iPads sold, but I want it. It’s not a need, though.
Settings are important, too, but Apple has grown stingy with settings in recent years. For example, Do Not Disturb is great, but wouldn’t it be super if DNT worked on a location basis? Off at work and restaurant, On at home. I want that. I don’t need it. But why wouldn’t Apple want to satisfy a loyal customer’s wants?
Here’s one I know you’ll love. How about a Siri notice or notification alert which battery recharging hits about 98-percent? Honestly, iPhone and Watch battery life improves when charging never quite hits 100-percent and sits there overnight. Even a simple option to stop charging at 98-percent and an option to turn on Low Power Mode would be a plus.
Highest of high on the list is bug fixing. I don’t have math to support it, but even with iOS 11.3.1 I experience more hung screens and motionless apps than any time I can remember. Some of iOS 11’s problems became public back in 2017 and Apple jumped on fixes and updates, but others persist. Not long ago I checked on a Linux server I manage– it was time to fix a few of those Intel Inside bugs– and Uptime was just over 375 days.
My iPhone gets wonky after a few days.
Why can’t Siri turn on Low Power Mode? This is one of the best kept secrets of iPhone and iPage usage– Low Power Mode. Everything you need still works, but it almost doubles battery life. It’s just a pain to turn on (first world problem; I know). Find iPhone, open iPhone, swipe down Control Center… why can’t Siri do that?
Robocalls have increased 100-fold in the past year. Why can’t Apple keep an updated database of such numbers and ship them out automatically to iPhone customers. A simple notice that says something like Alert! Fake Call Possible! would help.
One more thing.
Apple, you’ve got this nice barometer in iPhone X, why not add a temperature gauge so we can check indoor temperature in iOS 12, too.