Last years iOS 14 release was one of the best iPhone updates ever. Apple hasnt necessarily provided all of its wishlists since last spring, but it has made a surprising number of products, including a major home screen refresh, a significant privacy advancement, and a significant streamlining of Siris UI. Made progress. And subsequent updates continue to gain momentum, with Apple Watch unlocking, app tracking transparency, and many other tweaks and additions planned for the next release of iOS 14.5.
Looking forward to iOS 15, we hope Apple will work on some of the evergreen complaints (Siri), but the addition of major changes such as the app library and home screen widgets makes iOS more modern. A system that has greatly helped to make mobile operating flexible. But I want Apple to go further. Below are some of the most desired features and changes in this years major iPhone OS updates. Also, check out the wishlists for macOS 12, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 soon.
Appearance lock screen
In addition to a pair of non-customizable shortcuts, the iPhone lock screen does almost nothing but display the time and date, and battery level (easily). Its main purpose is to display the notification when it arrives, but the lock screen isnt really the best place to go. It should flash when new, but when you see the old notification on the lock screen, there arent many utilities. If you swipe down to see the notification shade, it will not be delivered as well.
It would be much better to be able to place the widget on the lock screen. If there are security concerns about displaying data on an unlocked phone (although Face ID should be able to handle it the same as notifications), Siri will be proactive in responding alternatives. You can also view what you think is informed and useful. About our usage habits. It may appear if the calendar event is coming soon, but not if it is more than an hour away. If you always call your mom at 3 pm on Saturday, you may see a Call Mom button near that time. Current weather and short-term forecasts may always be displayed. Tap any of these to unlock your iPhone (using Face ID) and go directly to the associated app.
The lock screen for the current date and notification list doesnt work very well for what the latest lock screen should aim for. Intuitively, it helps you to do what you are holding your iPhone directly. And help you keep it locked longer.
Apple Watch has a always-on display. OLED Android smartphones have had a always-on display for years. There is no reason why OLED iPhone models dont have them either. The iPhones always-on sleep screen should look like a lock screen, but with some tweaks. I need to see the time, date and battery life on a black background, but I dont see any notifications. Perhaps the new notification will appear temporarily and disappear, but there are few reasons to receive the call.
The always-on display is strange to the iPhone.
I want Apple to take complication ideas from the Apple Watch and add them to the lock screen and the always-on sleep screen. Perhaps four of them are in standardized format, adjacent to the clock. Developers can complicate the app and users can choose the four they want to see. This is a great way to get simple information without having to pick up your smartphone and dive into the app. You can get some of what you need without unlocking your phone. It will make your iPhone more convenient even at rest, while providing important features to promote digital health and well-being.
The App Library was one of the biggest and best new features in iOS 14. Where all apps are located, you can remove rarely used apps from your home screen. This is Apples answer to the AppDrawer that Android users have forever. ..
The concept is great, but Im a little dissatisfied with the implementation. Automatic grouping of apps is confusing. If you dont see the icon, you dont know which app belongs to which group. Also, tapping the big icon for each group opens the app, but tapping the small group of four icons doesnt make sense. The group at the bottom right opens for exploration. The automatic placement of groups is also frustrating. Do not relocate core interface features each time you access a group. Otherwise, you wont understand where you need to go to do something.
Using the App Library isnt as intuitive as it should be, and its constant relocation violates all good interface rules.
Apple can modify each App Library group to display four large icons and tap anywhere in the group (rather than launching the app directly) to open the group. Group placement must be static and editable (using the normal tap-and-hold jiggle mode). Also,ToInstead of dragging the screen down or tapping the search bar at the top, you need the option to make the app library a list view by default.
The Weather app has been stuck in the past and hasnt changed much since it was redesigned in iOS 7. Its time to completely overhaul the visuals and move from the Weather Channel as a data source. Why did Apple buy Dark Sky?
This is the design of the app very 3 years ago.
Weather is one of the things that everyone has different priorities, so the new weather app needs to focus on adaptability and customization options, as well as raising the interface to the latest standards. We would like to see live radar, detailed information, actual 7-day forecasts, and weather service alerts, not to mention designs that dont look like they were designed three years ago.
Home While talking about apps that need to be overhauled, the Home app feels like Apple doesnt care about HomeKits stuff at all. With a basic square grid with minimal information, do you have any direct feedback on what happens when you tap and hold one? Are the lights adjusted individually rather than in groups?
Home needs a larger widget for a variety of HomeKit-enabled devices that displays more information about its current state and has smarter integrated controls. The HomePod needs its own tab to display the results of recent queries and Siri questions that need visual assistance. The design philosophy needs to be radically changed throughout the app. This makes smart home technology seem to be really important to Apple. Todays Home apps have a very minimal viable product feel and dont look good.
The Stocks app might have been useful in the days when you had to call a broker to make a deal, but now smartphone trading is in the spotlight. It feels wasteful to manually add a stock symbol just to get data that you cant really act on.
Imagine if you could get all this data from a stock trading app and link it to take action.
Apple needs to enable financial apps such as Robinhood, E * Trade, and TD Ameritrade to integrate with Apples Stocks app via APIs. This keeps Stocks up to date with your account. Also, if you want to trade, the Stocks app can deep link to that exact stock in a supported ap