On Monday (June 4), we will learn about Apple's plans for the future, as Tim Cook and his merry band of Apple executives will take the stage at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The keynote event tends to focus on Apple's software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — but surprise hardware announcements have taken place before.
And while word is that Apple may not give us major changes, so it can focus on stability, we've got a laundry list of hopes and wants and needs we'd love to see revealed on stage at the McEnery Convention Center. From improvements that make iPhones easier to use, to the major fixes that Apple's hardware needs, here's what we want from Apple's big June event.
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iPhone users rarely look at their Android counterparts with envy, except when the subject turns to notifications. Android simply does a better job at giving users the ability to manage notifications and minimize their distractions. The next version of iOS would go a long way toward closing this noticeable gap just by grouping notifications together instead of listing them chronologically. That would make it easier to spot a notification about a message from my boss, say, rather than a more recent nudge that it’s my turn in Words With Friends.
Being able to manage notifications directly from the notifications screen instead of having to dive into Settings would also be a welcome improvement. And those of us with iPhones that don't support 3D Touch would love the ability to clear all notifications in a single bound – especially if rumors about Apple releasing lower-cost iPhones that don't offer 3D Touch pans out this fall. — Philip Michaels
I've been asking about this one ever since the MacBook Air was cutting edge. Mission Control comes in handy when I need to see at a glance what apps are open and to quickly move from one to the other. But you can't close apps from this view, which is just strange and frustrating. Windows 10 lets you do this simple task with its Task View. — Mark Spoonauer
Maybe it's just me, but I find that my 2016 MacBook Pro has a lot of trouble connecting to USB Type-C docks like the Pluggable USB-C dock. Even after downloading the right firmware, sometimes my desktop will show up on only one of my two Dell monitors, forcing me to either unplug the notebook and plug it back in, or to unplug the dock itself and plug that back in. Neither is an elegant solution. — Mark Spoonauer
Night mode, which shades apps in a darker hue, is the best way to use any app that offers it. Why can I say this with such certainty? I'd bet that most people are trying to avoid the eyestrain that comes with staring at their iPhone, which we all hold more intimately — closer to our faces — than most other devices. The darker interfaces you get with a Night Mode, which Apple should build into all of its apps — stops your phone from blasting your face with a spotlight of white light. — Henry T. Casey
One of the biggest Hail Mary passes in our list is Apple announcing anything good about its much-maligned MacBook keyboards. Yes, WWDC isn't typically a hardware show, but the combination of a class-action lawsuit and condemnation from even its most-loyal users could push Tim Cook & Co. to say something about this elephant in the room. Especially when many journalists in the audience could be using Apple's modern MacBooks, and feeling the pain personally. — Henry T. Casey
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Nearly seven years after it first arrived on iPhones, Siri remains a bit of a work in progress – good for controlling iPhone functions and interacting with iOS's built-in apps, so-so when working with third-party apps and hit or miss when it comes to answering questions. It may be too much to ask Siri to be as smart as Google Assistant, given that the latter has access to Google's knowledge graph, but we hope to see Siri give more answers in iOS 12 that are better than "Here’s what I found on the web."
Apple should continue to open up its assistant to third-party apps, too: Controlling podcast and music apps not built by Apple seems like a no-brainer, and we wouldn't mind being able to book flight and hotel reservations with Siri, either. — Philip Michaels
The How to Close Apps on the iPhone X has been our most popular how-to article for several months running, and that’s not good for Apple. No one should have to look up how to do something so simple. And that’s because it takes multiple steps to close apps. You have to swipe up, then long press an app, then swipe it away. Apple should remove the middle step, pronto. — Mark Spoonauer
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