Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (22/28): Xcode/Development – Rewrite Storyboard component of Xcode in Swift

In Xcode 9, Apple has re-engineered the Source Editor entirely in Swift.

For those that don’t know, Source Editor is basically the view in Xcode where you type all of your thousands of lines of code. Think of it as the Microsoft Word part of the Xcode IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

When Apple re-engineered the Source Editor, the performance was dramatically improved, allows you to grow and shrink text and a few other benefits added to it.

But as many developers know, the two main areas of app development in Xcode used the most are the Source Editor and the storyboard.

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Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (21/28): iOS – 3D Touch on Messages Changes

I had not experienced 3D Touch properly until I got my iPhone X to see how it fits into my usage.

The feature I probably use most is 3D Touch on Settings icon to go straight to battery to see screen on time usage.

I am more than willing to use 3D Touch more on other apps from the home screen at the very least, but at least on stock iOS apps they don’t provide a great experience.

The second one that deters me from using it, is the messages app.

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Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (20/28): iOS – 3D Touch on Music Icon Changes

I had not experienced 3D Touch properly until I got my iPhone X to see how it fits into my usage.

The feature I probably use most is 3D Touch on Settings icon to go straight to battery to see screen on time usage.

I am more than willing to use 3D Touch more on other apps from the home screen at the very least, but at least on stock iOS apps they don’t provide a great experience.

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Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (19/28): Xcode/Development – Re-add collapsable methods to Source Editor

Xcode 9 came with a re-engineered Source Editor, built entirely in Swift.

When you re-engineer something, it basically means starting from scratch and producing a similar product to before that has benefits from going through that process.

Doing this for the Source Editor resulted in faster scrolling, change font size of text via keyboard commands and a few other benefits.

The one omission from this whole re-engineering process is that they have not re-added collapsible methods.

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Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (18/28): iOS – Option to fade between songs like iTunes

When I started to put this list of the top things I want to see Apple work on for software in 2018, I knew this would of been my 2nd most requested feature behind the Dark Mode API.

I want Apple to bring the optional music fade effect from iTunes to the iOS music app.

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Apple 2018 Software Wishlist (16/28): iOS – More flexible Home Screen Layout

I understand that recent rumours suggest that this is not happening this year and has been delayed until iOS 13 in 2019, but I thought I’d keep it in this wishlist anyways as I have wanted this for the longest time and there are quite a few valid points to be made about this. Apple should keep these in mind when redesigning the home screen.

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This one has always been one of, if not the main reason I considered switching to Android at various stages over the past few years, is because of Android’s home screen layout.

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