OS X 10.12 Wishlist

OS X 10.12 will be Apple’s next desktop operating system for the Mac desktop and laptop range of products that Apple sells.

It is expected like most previous years to be announced in June 2016 at Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) held at the Moscone West venue in San Francisco, USA.

Out of self interest, I created a list of what features and changes I wanted to see in iOS 10 or very soon after that, and I have now asked myself the same question, as to what I want to see from OS X 10.12?

As it turns out, I’ve made a list of all of the things that in my opinion, need to be added or tweaked in OS X 10.12 or the coming years afterwards.

Since I started writing this blog post initially, my list is now at 202.

Where is OS X Going:

Before I start to list all of them, I just want to make a brief statement on where I think OS X is going in the next few years.

OS X along with iOS as they currently stand, are really matured operating systems. I use my MacBook Pro Retina on a daily basis and love it. I was a Windows user for all of my life since Windows 98 up to Windows 7 on a regular basis (and still use Windows 10 today as a secondary OS via Bootcamp).

Since OS X has been released the technology industry was and still is disrupted by mobile technology and that desktop operating systems need to adapt to work better alongside these smartphones, tablets and wearables we all use today.

Over the past few years, OS X feels more like one of those operating systems that is getting a major focus on updates every few years and iOS gets all of the treatment since that is what is making Apple really profitable currently via iPhone sales.

OS X is at the stage where it mainly needs some refinements in some areas and implementation of practical features that take advantage of the Apple ecosystem with all other devices.

I was slightly underwhelmed with OS X El Capitan but it is a slightly better performing version of OS X Yosemite and does not have as many issues as Yosemite including the infamous internet bug, that I was affected by for many months on end.

OS X Yosemite was a major update (despite it’s issues) but OS X El Capitan was a refinement of Yosemite, so expect this year to be a major update.

175+ OS X Features/Tweaks Wishlist:

To start with, the list of features below have multiple focuses to it, including:

  • What I personally want to see.
  • What others have said on the internet as to what they want to see.
  • What I believe other people will want to see.
  • What is rumoured to come to OS X.
  • A list of really small changes that need to be made that can have a big impact.
  • What updates need to be made that help support the OS X products and services that Apple creates.
  • What new services need to be introduced or services that already exist that are used on iOS that need some changes.
  • What I want to see from a developer perspective with Xcode and APIs etc. that will impact what OS X apps will do in the future.
  • Changes that I and others would like to see that may never happen (but want them).

This list will contain some features that were in the iOS 10 Wishlist post, but this list will continue to be refined and updated up until the major announcement for OS X 10.12 and was initially created prior to Apple’s March 21st event where OS X 10.11.4 is expected to be released, and its updates will not be in this list.

That being said, in no particular order with grouping the types of changes where possible to make it easier to process, here is my wish list for OS X.

New Features (10):

  1. New Feature: Support to run iOS apps on OS X. That is create a program like the iOS Simulator from Xcode but for OS X that includes support for split view and support .ipa files downloaded in iTunes.
  2. New Feature: Native iPad second display to MacBook support. Like Duet but built into iOS.
  3. New Feature: System-Wide Dark-Mode. Expanded Night/Dark Mode to work on apps like Finder that normally have a white background with black text, being reversed when Night/Dark Mode is enabled.
  4. New Feature: Low Power Mode that keeps the brightness turned down, disables unnecessary connectivity features and limits the CPU and GPU to extend battery life.
  5. New Feature: Offer the option to make your MacBook no require a password when your computer is at home and connected to your Wi-Fi network when you wake it up from sleep, but require it when turning it on and off.
  6. New Feature: Offer the option to make the Mac computer unlock when you are wearing your active Apple Watch nearby.
  7. New Feature: Toggle switch while in Split View mode to switch the apps to opposite sides of the screen, so people don’t need to open the apps in a set way.
  8. New Feature: Support for an Apple Music service equivalent but for books in the iBooks app.
  9. New Feature: Support for Apple Music service equivalent but for movies and TV Shows which has been rumoured a lot recently.
  10. New Feature: Bring Night Shift mode from iOS 9.3 to the Mac.

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  1. AirPlay: Peer-to-Peer AirPlay being overruled even when both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network for improved performance (only used when one is not on Wi-Fi currently).

App Store (4):

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  1. App Store: Improved search algorithms that provide more accurate search results. E.g. searching for a particular app by exact name could end up being a dozen down in the list of search results.
  2. App Store: Improved charts algorithms to recommend new and note worthy apps and not necessarily rehashes of existing apps.
  3. App Store: Create a separate section in Mac App Store to download iOS Apps to use on OS X to help developers with downloads and make money, but purpose build OS X apps take better advantage of hardware for games etc.
  4. App Store: Support for Video Previews in the Mac App Store which would be most useful for games etc.

Apple ID/Accounts (2):

  1. Apple ID/Accounts: Support for having separate iTunes Credit or credit cards for each account that is linked to a Family Sharing account for reasons including Apple Music.
  2. Apple ID/Accounts: Option to pick certain items to not sync to all family members on a Family Sharing account, including Calendars, Notes etc. by admin of Family Sharing account setting the option to individual so no sync between any.

Apple Music/iTunes (20):

  1. iTunes: Branch off the Music division of the application into a separate Music application like on iOS, that uses less RAM, CPU and GPU etc. and better UI/UX for navigating music library etc.
  2. Apple Music: Toggle to use Apple Music with the music you listen to not being considered for further recommendations or remove songs from history that you do not listen too.
  3. Apple Music: Option for producers to allow users to stream podcasts only on Apple Music if it helps create funding (competitor to Patreon).
  4. Apple Music: Digital Booklets from music albums added to Apple Music with dedicated section to view them all in.
  5. Apple Music: Improved streaming loading times for Apple Music.
  6. Apple Music: Improved loading times for the Apple Music For You and New pages.
  7. Apple Music: Option to download music from Apple Music at 128kbps on any device with any form of Internet connection.
  8. Apple Music: Lyric support in the OS X iTunes/Music app and support via Apple Music streaming service.
  9. Apple Music: Option to auto-download so many ‘For You’ playlists into music app when on Wi-Fi.
  10. Apple Music: Improved way of understanding what playlists are synced between devices and which are not and option to make certain playlists device exclusive.
  11. Apple Music: Option to not delete music that was downloaded offline from Apple Music when you have signed out (for at least 24 hours) which forces you to re-download and organizes all playlists etc. But making it not playable until you sign back in is understandable.
  12. Apple Music: Fix a bug where merging Apple Music playlists always resulted in the playlists with fewer songs in it being the new copy.
  13. Apple Music: Option to not sync playlists between devices that are subscribed on Apple Music. Few extra playlists on iTunes that you do not need on your iPhone or iPad.
  14. Apple Music: Fix a bug where playlists in ‘For You’ section of Apple Music app are repeated multiple times.
  15. Apple Music: Allow the ability to do live streaming in Apple Music Connect for interviews, concerts and shows.
  16. Apple Music: Better Integration with Beats 1 Shows in Apple Music in regards to getting people to ask questions etc.
  17. Apple Music: Apple getting artists to post exclusive content to Apple Music Connect.
  18. Apple Music: Notification/Following system on Apple Music so you get notifications if artists have a live show on Beats 1 or a new song or album out.
  19. Music App: Add a forward and back 15 second skipping buttons, as easier than fiddling with a progress bar to just go back a few seconds.
  20. Apple Music: Addition of collaborative streaming radio stations and playlists.

Apple Maps (8):

  1. Apple Maps: Improved satellite images in major capital cities when in flyover mode etc.
  2. Apple Maps: Indoor Mapping support in Apple Maps from a research perspective on OS X.
  3. Apple Maps: Street View support in Apple Maps.
  4. Apple Maps: Augmented Reality mode that works in Street View mode in the Apple Maps app.
  5. Apple Maps: Be able to provide toll road costs upon request when going on selected route.
  6. Apple Maps: Support for multi-stop routes when planning a journey to send to your iPhone for turn-by-turn directions.
  7. Apple Maps: Always provide an option for a route that does not require tolls.
  8. Apple Maps: Improved and expanded support for Public Transit directions.

Apple News (2):

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Apple News when it was announced at WWDC in June 2015.
  1. Apple News: Bring the News app to OS X.
  2. Apple News: Support for Apple News app in more countries and languages.

Apple Pay (1):

  1. Apple Pay: Add support for Apple Pay in OS X for online purchases only (even on future Macs that might have a Touch ID sensor).

Apple Watch App (2):

  1. Apple Watch: Able to pair an Apple Watch with OS X for users that do not own/use an iPhone to expand the reach of eligible people.
  2. Apple Watch: Provide a companion Apple Watch app for setting up your watch etc. that is also delete-able for people who do not own an Apple Watch and able to re-download later.

Clock (6):

  1. Clock: Introduce a clock app that like on iOS but for OS X that is more than just the World Clock widget in Notification Centre.
  2. Clock: Support for a stopwatch on OS X.
  3. Clock: Support for count-down timer on OS X.
  4. Clock: Support for an endless list of world clocks that is optionally sync-able with iOS.
  5. Clock: Use the app for alarms for people who just want to be alerted what the time is, possibly for work purposes etc.
  6. Clock: Option to set an iTunes Radio station as your alarm including Beats 1.

Compatibility (17):

  1. Compatibility: Chromecast/Audio support (but not announced for OS X or at least included in Apple Music app on Android).
  2. Compatibility: Re-written Apple default apps in Swift for better performance.
  3. Compatibility: Maintain the same level of performance on older hardware.
  4. Compatibility: Support to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to QuickTime on OS X without the need of a USB cable. Along the lines of an AirPlay like setup.
  5. Compatibility: Improved battery life.
  6. Compatibility: Support for a task bar icon for weather in your current location or pre-set location to save loading a webpage or notification centre or spotlight search all the time.
  7. Compatibility: Support for a Music Memos app on OS X or add unique features back into Garageband.
  8. Compatibility: Support for Picture in Picture mode for online videos from compatible web browsers (Safari or Google Chrome).
  9. Compatibility: Option to have the dock and task bar visible when working in split-view mode.
  10. Compatibility: Official support for animated GIF’s.
  11. Compatibility: Further implementation with Apple’s share sheet in default OS X apps.
  12. Compatibility: Option to hide any Windows partitioned hard drives that you have on your OS X Desktop screen as you have limited functionality with it.
  13. Compatibility: Bring down the file size from 6GB for El Capitan to something more respectable like 2.1GB for Windows 10 upgrading from Windows 7.
  14. Compatibility: Ability to natively control the active window with the keyboard media controls.
  15. Compatibility: Ability to sync iOS and OS X Notifications between each platform, even if they act as dumb notifications for games or social media applications.
  16. Compatibility: Improved support for quick look with a wider range of compatible formats, including all formats that VLC is compatible with etc. and add support to put all stats on one side and video or document preview on the other side.
  17. Compatibility: Improved battery life optimizations, even for longer video playback in Safari for example.
  18. Compatibility: Support for Parallax Wallpapers that work with the camera in the Mac to track your eye-movement to get the effect.

Dock (4):

  1. Dock: Support for folders on the dock for apps installed, like how there are apps in iOS and OS X’s Launchpad.
  2. Dock: Option to change the tint colour of the dock.
  3. Dock: Option to have labels below each program in the dock like on the iOS home screen.
  4. Dock: Ability to Force Click on the apps in your Dock to get shortcut features like you would with 3D Touch on iOS. E.g.

Developer (16):

  1. Developer: iTunes Connect submitting apps/update be easier and faster (drag and drop file into web browser).
  2. Developer: Bug Reporting app from App Store for public versions of OS X (ban people via Apple ID for that service if they abuse it).
  3. Developer: Faster review times for OS X Apps (down to 2-3 days instead of 6-7 days ideally).
  4. Developer: Swift 3.0 Released.
  5. Developer: Be able to scroll with a mouse scroll wheel in Xcode Simulators on table views and scroll views as feels more natural for development and brief testing.
  6. Developer: Give developers options for redemption codes that the general public can redeem in the iOS App Store app for paid apps and in-app purchases that can be distributed via social media etc.
  7. Developer: Iris Scanner APIs for developers to use with the OS X camera.
  8. Developer: Updated SceneKit frameworks and APIs to be compatible with a potential Apple VR headset that works with a Bluetooth controller.
  9. Developer: Introduce a deadline for new apps that are created for the OS X App Store by developers to support all new device resolutions and screen sizes. 12 months might be ideal.
  10. Developer: Option for developers to disable device volume controls appearing in the middle of the screen during games when they turn the volume up and down with buttons.
  11. Developer: Custom View Controller Extension Providers (e.g. get creators of extensions to offer APIs to let developers integrate into their own apps).
  12. Developer: Markup View Controller that lets developers integrate a drawing mode like from the Notes app into developers own apps to save them from creating the mode from scratch.
  13. Developer: Make iOS apps compatible on OS X to make it easier to get more downloads but mainly to save OS X developers have to focus on optimizing and in many ways re-programming their app for OS X.
  14. Developer: CloudKit support to share data on a specific account basis and not everyones data be synced through either the private or public databases.
  15. Developer: Support for iOS apps that run on OS X to have Notification Centre widgets work in OS X’s Notification Centre.
  16. Developer: Create a less CPU and RAM intensive version of Xcode.

FaceTime (3):

  1. FaceTime: FaceTime Conference Video Calling.
  2. FaceTime: Option when leaving a message after declining a call to only be visible in FaceTime app and not in Messages to keep the context relevant.
  3. FaceTime: Option to switch from a video call to an audio call and vice versa, mid-way through a call.

Finder (5):

  1. Finder: Able to change the colour of folders in OS X to create a new colour scheme that works well with a different background colour. Do it like how you can with background colour and not needing to use Photoshop or Preview to change the colour of the image file.
  2. Finder: Rumours of new file system to store and retrieve data for OS X being an upgrade from HFS+.
  3. Finder: New or improved Time Machine service.
  4. Finder: Option to list all previous folders to get the exact directory you are currently in to jump back.
  5. Finder: Option to create separate sections in the left task bar of the finder window that you can put folders in for. E.g. Work, Social etc. so they are not all sorted under favourites.

Game Centre (2):

  1. Game Centre: Option to disable Game Centre banner appearing every time you open an App Store game that uses it.
  2. Game Centre: Option to delete and re-download the Game Centre app for people that only use their Macs for productivity work.

Handoff/Continuity (6):

  1. Handoff: Improved/working Handoff support.
  2. Handoff: Option for Handoff working via Wi-Fi only and no need for Bluetooth to save battery life.
  3. Handoff: Mirror your iPhone’s screen onto your Mac in a resizable screen that maintains the aspect ratio of the screen.
  4. Handoff: Get Handoff to work for iOS apps to webpages in default web browser on OS X (e.g. Facebook native iOS app to website on OS X).
  5. AirDrop: Improved performance and reliability.
  6. Handoff: Ability to continue playing music from your iOS device in iTunes on your Mac at the exact same time into a song and playlist etc.

Home App (1):

  1. Home App: Bring the Home application to OS X, to allow people to setup and control HomeKit devices.

iCloud (4):

  1. iCloud: More iCloud Storage space if you own multiple Apple devices (not same 5GB for backups for iPhone, iPad and MacBook) or for iCloud Family Sharing users.
  2. iCloud: Improved reliability and upload speeds to Apple’s servers for iCloud Backups.
  3. iCloud: More granular controls over iCloud Photo backups as to best times to do the backup, what albums to backup (for privacy reasons) etc.
  4. iCloud: Encrypt all iCloud backups for OS X and iOS.

iTunes on OS X (2):

  1. iTunes on OS X: Be able to sync iTunes offline music from Apple Music on OS X to iOS devices to save download (work by the same Apple ID on iTunes and iOS device) and vice versa.
  2. iTunes on OS X: Fix the bug where updated apps are not syncing with iTunes on your Mac to then sync to other iOS devices to help save download.

Lock Screen (5):

  1. Lock Screen: Option to display current weather temperature on the lock screen based on your current location or pre-set location.
  2. Lock Screen: Option to automatically unlock your Mac with an Iris Scanner via the Mac’s camera.
  3. Lock Screen: Option to draw a path to unlock your device instead of an alphanumeric password, which is handy if you just woke up your computer with your mouse.
  4. Lock Screen: Display an option to unlock your Mac on your iPhone’s lock screen and authenticate with Touch ID, to allow people to setup more complex passwords.
  5. Lock Screen: Ability to set specific apps to open from the bottom corners of the lock screen by dragging from the bottom left or bottom right upwards. With support for Handoff and Music apps where appropriate.

Mail (7):

  1. Mail: Updated UI to look and function more like the iOS app.
  2. Mail: Improved two finger swipe left to move mail to trash gesture.
  3. Mail: Improved reliability and syncing with mail services in iOS Mail app.
  4. Mail: Ability to set a Do Not Disturb mode for new mail coming in from certain contacts or during certain hours of the day.
  5. Mail: Support for Outlook.com email exchange.
  6. Mail: Ability to archive emails into folders from a drop down list in separate email preview window.
  7. Mail: Ability to disable notifications for new emails coming in when you open the mail app for the first time that day.

Messages (2):

  1. Messages: Support for stickers via Messages.
  2. Messages: Read Receipts for group messages (like FaceBook Messenger’s implementation).

Menu Bar (2):

  1. Menu Bar: Be able to reorganize via a mouse drag or set a specific order for all items to appear in from right to left.
  2. Menu Bar: Be able to set certain items to hide that do not necessarily need to be there. E.g. f.lux if you just use the default settings.

Mission Control (4):

  1. Mission Control: Able to swipe up on an app in the dock to see window previews.
  2. Mission Control: Option to group apps below or above the app icon for the program that they relate to, to make it easier to find the window you are after.
  3. Mission Control: Option to order all open windows from left to right like iOS 7 and 8’s multitasking panel and stacked like the multitasking tray in Android Lollipop’s multitasking tray based on each app.
  4. Mission Control: Ability to right click on opened windows in Mission Control to change the position of the window on the screen to left or right or set it up for a new desktop screen without having to drag upwards.

Notes (3):

  1. Notes: Option to ask before deleting Notes in the Notes app, even if it they are not password protected.
  2. Notes: Option to share only specific notes with people on iCloud Family Sharing or other iOS users.
  3. Notes: Optical Character Reader (OCR) support by taking a photo with the camera on your Mac and it converts the text in the image into static editable text in the note, which can be useful for students etc. for writing their notes and keep a text version backup on their computer.

Notification Centre (4):

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iOS 9 Notification Centre.
  1. Notification Centre: Be able to swipe right on notifications in the notifications tab to delete them.
  2. Notification Centre: Display “No Notifications” like it does on iOS but on OS X.
  3. Notification Centre: Either make the Calendar Notification Centre widget smaller or hidden if No Events to show for current day.
  4. Notification Centre: Provide an indicator for the notifications tab as to how many notifications you have. Say “Notifications (0)” if none to save people going to it to check.

OS X Server (1):

  1. OS X Server: Support for having a Photos server.

Photos (8):

  1. Photos: Be able to select individual albums to share via iCloud Family Sharing.
  2. Photos: Support for GIFs.
  3. Photos: Option to sync to iCloud Photo Library and then automatically delete local copy from iOS device.
  4. Photos: Right click on an album to get the option automatically start a slide show on an Apple TV.
  5. Photos: Ability to see all photos based on location on a map, which is bringing back support for Places.
  6. Photos: Re-add the Events feature from iPhoto into the Photos app.
  7. Photos: Ability to group and label batches of imported photos.
  8. Photos: Addition of an unfilled or Camera Roll folder for newly imported photos.

Photo Booth (1):

  1. Photo Booth: Be able to delete and re-download Photo Booth for people who do not use it.

Proactive Assistant (3):

  1. Proactive Assistant: Automatically open your pre-set music application when you plug in a 3.5mm headset.
  2. Proactive Assistant: Create a new dashboard desktop screen but with proactive assistant like features in addition to current dashboard features.
  3. Proactive Assistant: Get OS X to scan your emails to make you stay up-to-date with promises you made etc. that are not in your calendar or reminders. [Like Cortana on Windows 10].

Reminders (1):

  1. Reminders: Improve the speed and reliability of ticking items off in Reminders app that you have completed.

Safari (3):

  1. Safari: Child friendly extension built into Safari, that blocks swear words and other explicit content as the page loads.
  2. Safari: Improved performance in Safari app and to WKWebView and UIWebView.
  3. Safari: Improved JavaScript performance.

Security (1):

  1. Security: Rootless security making it really difficult to break into without a password to further support the FBI situation.

Settings (10):

  1. Settings: Allow website notifications that link to a webpage open in default web browser instead of Safari all the time.
  2. Settings: Built-in support for tracking internet usage and view it via notification centre widget. Separate and ability to monitor Wi-Fi usage for each Wi-Fi network (restart everyday or particular day of the month).
  3. Settings: Sound Check option from iTunes app to apply it system wide. Can be useful if watching YouTube videos that were exported at different volume levels.
  4. Settings: Option for a default Apple OS X screen saver that shows users a Apple Watch life interface to show time. Click here for a 3rd party developed solution that I use all the time.
  5. Settings: Option to show Bluetooth device’s battery percentage in status bar for compatible devices like Bluetooth headsets.
  6. Settings: Settings screen dedicated to allowing certain features to keep the screen turned on all the time when in use. E.g. Video Playback or when you are playing a game (if not already pre-programmed by developer).
  7. Settings: Option for Do Not Disturb mode to have separate hours that it is enabled, for each day of the week and support for location. E.g. if working in a hospital, automatically set phone to silent or do not disturb mode so it does not go off when you’re there.
  8. Settings: Option to turn on low power mode automatically when at a certain battery percentage. Like how Do Not Disturb turns on at a set time but at certain battery percentage.
  9. Settings: Option to have the battery indicator not show 100% when it is fully charged and plugged into power.
  10. Settings: Better tune the default apps settings so if you for example, have a particular file format set to open in the older version of two copies of a program you have on your computer (e.g. Office 2011 for Mac and 365) that it stays that way when set to default and not change to the newer version every couple of weeks.

Siri (16):

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Siri on iOS 9
  1. Siri: Bring Siri to OS X.
  2. Siri: Customize the ways that you can activate Siri via keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Siri: Activate ‘Hey Siri’ with customizable phrase. E.g. ‘Hey Jarvis” from Iron Man. Likely won’t happen.
  4. Siri: Siri being less reliant on web search results.
  5. Siri: Siri no longer being silent in voice responses if your phone is in silent mode and then you change the switch to ringtone mode.
  6. Siri: Siri work with a wider range of sports, including AFL in Australia, Cricket etc.
  7. Siri: Option to save a song that is scanned by Siri powered by Shazam automatically to a dedicated playlist in the music app if you are an Apple Music subscriber.
  8. Siri: Ability to use Siri to discover a song with Shazam without having to say ‘What is this song’ to get it to listen.
  9. Siri: Offline Siri support for voice to text and for local functions like calculations for playing a song in your offline music. Download on a language-by-language basis.
  10. Siri: Siri able to show weather radar when prompted instead of web search results.
  11. Siri: Option to toggle what types of questions you can ask Siri from the lock screen. E.g. disable option to change settings controls like Airplane mode but allow other commands like play a song from Apple Music.
  12. Siri: Option to select the default search engine for Siri web search results.
  13. Siri: Siri API for alternative voices to use, implement a way similar to setting up 3rd party keyboards from apps.
  14. Siri: Siri API for 3rd Party applications that do more than just open the application.
  15. Siri: Have an option for Siri to speak when you want your morning alarm to go off in terms of, date, temperature, appointments and whose birthdays are on that current day.
  16. Siri: Improved multi-language support with someone who speaks multiple languages.

Spotlight (3):

  1. Spotlight: Type ‘db’ in Spotlight search to activate a Decibel-O-meter.
  2. Spotlight: Ability to start a stopwatch or start a timer from Spotlight.
  3. Spotlight: Ability to look up the time in any location in the world by typing “‘country or city’ time”.

Usability (6):

  1. Usability: More polished OS from day 1 of the public release.
  2. Usability: Ability to change the system default font between a few options (not a critical feature).
  3. Usability: Enter side view mode by swiping two fingers from the left side of the screen.
  4. Usability: Be able to change out either of the apps in split view mode regardless of side at any time.
  5. Usability: Option for a search feature when changing/selecting apps to use in Split View at the very top as faster than cancelling out of it, opening the new program and put it in Split View mode.
  6. Usability: Option for volume adjuster to appear in one corner of the screen to not overlap the centre of your content due to its slow transitions.

Video App (3):

  1. Video: Separate the TV Shows and Movies section of iTunes into a separate videos app.
  2. Video: Videos app support HTML for metadata, as HTML tags appear mid way through descriptions for TV Shows etc. when there should be bold text.
  3. Video: Toggle switch for binge watching mode so video play one after the other or if not enabled, stop after each video.

Voice Memos (3):

  1. Voice Memos: Add the ability to record voice memos onto OS X.
  2. Voice Memos: Option to record a voice memo from Spotlight search.
  3. Voice Memos: Ability to sync Voice Memos via iCloud to all of your devices. Could be useful for news journalists etc. who use their phone to record audio.

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After categorizing all of these things on my iOS 10 Wish List, the 10 tentpole equivalent features would be in order:

  1. Apple Music/iTunes (20)
  2. Siri (16)
  3. Developer (15)
  4. Compatibility (12)
  5. New Features (10)
  6. Apple Maps (8)
  7. Settings (8)
  8. Mail (7)
  9. Usability (6)
  10. Clock (6)

Out of everything listed I mostly want to see support for Siri, improvements to certain settings and support for iOS apps to run on OS X like it would in the iOS Simulator.

Mac Hardware Support:

Just like every major release of OS X, Apple is eventually fading out support for older Macs of all types to get people to upgrade to a newer, more powerful machine that is better optimized to work with the latest operating system.

With OS X El Capitan, the following devices were supported:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

I expect all models from 2007 will be dropped for support (if I were to guess) and for the models that are supported but do not have a microphone built into them (maybe like the Mac Pros) then Siri would not work, unless a microphone is plugged in.

The Name:

OS X used to be named after cats including Cheetah, Tiger, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion to name a few, but since Sea Lion was not appropriate they went to name it based on locations in California.

We have had OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan (located in Yosemite), so we should expect a name that is not related to Yosemite in any way for this release.

There is believed to be popular names including Redwood, Mammoth, California, Big Sur and Pacific that could potentially be used for future releases of OS X.

If I had to pick one, it would be OS X Mammoth from this list as it would make sense if they bring Siri to the Mac, add proactive like features to OS X and possibly support to run iOS apps on OS X.

Wrap-up:

I had a lot of fun come up with this list and if you enjoyed this, please check out my iOS 10 Wishlist and if you would like to see me do an equivalent wish list for watchOS 3 on the Apple Watch or tvOS 10 on the Apple TV  (although I do not personally own or use either of them) please let me know in the comment section below or even like this post to show your support.

But this whole blog post, leads me to the question:

“What features in this list do you want to see most? And are there any features you can think of that are not listed?”

Be sure to leave a comment below as to what you want to see, as I am hoping we could get a discussion going as to coming up with the ultimate list of what everyone wants to see in iOS 10 and beyond to help get our voices as consumers/developers out there.

If this post gets a lot of views, I may look into doing more in-depth posts in my spare time, on some of these features to help better explain them beyond single sentences as to why I included them in my list.

That all being said, thank you very much for reading my blog post and be sure to like, comment and follow my blog for more posts like this in the future.

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