iOS 11 contest: 99 features

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by mark-vdw, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. mark-vdw, Apr 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017

    mark-vdw macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2013
    I've been reading the iOS 11 wishlist thread, and thought this might be a fun game. I combined many people's wishlists, including my own, and came to below list of 99 features that have been mentioned in these forums. So, I'd like to propose a little contest with the following rules:
    • Predict how many of the below 99 features will be present in iOS 11.
    • Add the top-3 features in which you're most confident that they will appear.

    • After WWDC, I'll update this post to congratulate whoever had the closest number.
    • In case of a tie, whoever has most of his top-3 most confident features right wins
    • In case of a tie there as well, whoever posted first
    Obviously the list isn't short and coming up with your tally might take a while, so best done at work while the boss isn't watching. Good luck and may the man with the most inside information win!


    01. Ability to change default apps for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, ...
    02. Widgets on lock screen, like Complications on watchOS.
    03. Multi-tasking multiple instances of same app
    04. Drag and drop between apps in split view on iPad
    05. Multiple user accounts on iPad
    06. Secure individual apps or documents with password or Touch ID
    07. Some type of Finder or easier way of letting apps access each others files

    Control Center
    08. Customisable control center
    09. Force Touch in control center to select WiFi network, Bluetooth device, ...

    User Interface
    10. Dark mode
    11. Merge long press & 3D touch into single gesture
    12. Improve keyboard on larger phones, e.g. number bar
    13. Re-think the UI paradigm for that little black "copy-paste" bar
    14. Make the UI design language consistent again (re: Music, News)
    15. Advanced clipboard features like a clipboard history or favourites
    16. An "edit" sheet separate from the "share" sheet
    17. "Home" and "Sleep" buttons merged into single type of interaction
    18. Blocking warning boxes (“10% battery remaining”) replaced by regular notifications

    Home Screen
    19. Smarter icon rearrangement (e.g. move multiple icons at once, or auto-sort most used to 1st screen)
    20. Live icons like Apple's clock or calendar apps
    21. Home screen widgets.
    22. Ability to add other things than apps to the home screen, e.g. contact persons
    23. Completely redesigned home screen on iPad

    24. Setting profiles (“Home”, “Work”, …). Could be geo-fenced.
    25. Ability to lower brightness below current minimum
    26. Ability to control device media syncing directly from iOS or iCloud instead of through iTunes
    27. Further improved Family Sharing.
    28. Re-organized settings menu (some key settings hidden way too deep)
    29. Allow access to settings both from within the app and from within the Settings screen.
    30. Ability to send audio to a specific device.
    31. Wi-Fi network priorities, like in macOS.

    32. Handoff of ongoing media: transfer an in-progress phone call, transfer a playing movie, ...
    33. Native support for screen sharing, e.g. AirPlay from iPhone to iPad, or using an iPad as secondary display for a Mac like Duet Display
    34. Ability to share screen or push audio to a contact on same wifi or via Bluetooth, e.g. screen sharing in a meeting, or listening to same music while running
    35. Use iPhone / iPad as drawing pad for macOS
    36. A “push” form of continuity (send a user activity to the target device from the source device, rather than the current “pull” form where you start from the target device)
    37. Allow iPad to access files shared from macOS
    38. A framework for social collaboration, Handoff-style (NSUserActivity) - for example having multiple people on same wifi edit same document or play a collaborative game.

    New Apps for iPad
    39. Weather
    40. Calculator (too much to ask for a Graphing Calculator like Mac OS of old?)
    41. Phone
    42. Voice Memos
    43. Apple Health. Specifically, a dashboard. I get the privacy concerns (and legal issues) in syncing health data through iCloud, perhaps syncing it locally over Bluetooth is an option? In any case, after amassing a few years worth of Health data, the phone is not the right platform to analyse all that data on.
    44. Apple Support app built in - this app can be really handy. Either bundle it, or integrate it into the Apple ID section of settings.

    45. On-device Siri
    46. Textual input for Siri
    47. Fully merge Siri with Spotlight - why these 2 give different results for the same query? Because I typed one and spoke the other?
    48. Extend SiriKit to additional categories of interaction

    49. Archive messages to iCloud
    50. Faster search
    51. Streamline interface, improve discoverability
    52. Streamline Messenger Apps . Separate stickers and apps. Make stickers easier to access.
    53. Allow Messages apps to be x-platform on iOS + macOS
    54. API to read/write to iMessage history (inc. SMS)

    55. Group calls
    56. Screen sharing
    57. Facetime voicemail
    58. Sync favourites across devices
    59. Unify Phone + FaceTime into a single app.

    Photos & Camera
    60. Sync faces across devices!
    61. Easily export Live Photos as animated GIFs
    62. Better user interface for mass face tagging
    63. “Ignore this face of random background person forever"
    64. Native RAW support
    65. OCR in photo analysis machine learning step
    66. Streamline user interface choices, e.g. why on earth is "not this person" under the "share" sheet? Why are the markup options hidden behind the "more" button? Seriously, has anyone from Human Interface or Usability groups looked at these apps recently?
    67. Allow albums from the "Albums" tab to also be shared under the "Shared" tab rather than requiring 2 completely seperate albums for private collection vs. sharing
    68. Tweak the Memories feature to be more targeted at automatic album creation, less at video creation
    69. Manual Camera Controls - Build in a "Manual" mode in the stock camera.
    70. Probably not easy to build, but some type of intelligence around age of children would be nice. My library keeps suggesting that my 2-year old is my 5-year old because they looked similar at age 2, but taking timestamps into account somehow could make this relatively trivial. Less relevant for adults of course, but I don’t think I’m an exception in saying that almost 50% of my photo library are pics of my kids.

    71. Sync from iPhone to iPad. I know they wouldn't want to sync over iCloud due to privacy concerns, but I would imagine some type of local sync from iPhone to iPad should be possible, just like how the Watch syncs to iPhone
    72. Better charts and dashboards.
    73. Allow entry of non-quantitive info, like listing when I had a cold or got a vaccine, ...
    74. Sleep tracking
    75. Multiple health profiles - specifically, allow me to enter info for my kids as well. Fevers, childhood diseases, growth, how much milk the baby drank, ...

    76. Manage contact groups on iOS
    77. System-wide VIP contacts (for Mail, priority Do Not Disturb, …)
    78. Default contact method for a person (FaceTime, Phone, WhatsApp, …)

    79. Rules for which mails trigger a notification and which not

    80. Download Manager

    Videos / TV
    81. Multiple profiles. Netflix executes this almost perfectly.

    82. Make it more usable for people who only use their local downloaded library, no Apple Music
    83. Split the iTunes Store app out into the seperate apps for Music, iBooks, Videos, Podcasts, ...
    84. Some type of light subscription to Apple Music, for those of us who don't listen to Music enough to pony up the full price but still would enjoy the benefit of not having to curate our own library. For example a 2.99$ subscription with only access to a limited library, 6 month delay on recent releases, and only a limited amount of hours per month.
    85. Integrate Lyrics into all Apple Music songs. And Album booklets too if not already done.

    86. Offline Maps
    87. Dynamic re-routing in case of traffic
    88. Street view
    89. Bicycle directions. For bonus points, take popular biking tracks into account.
    90. Indoor maps

    Calendar & Reminders
    91. Improved Do Not Disturb scheduling (pick specific days/times, or turn on for x amount of hours, or linked to Calendar events)
    92. Just start paying some active attention to these apps rather than keeping them so basic. I don’t understand what the philosophy is behind having the same bare-bones Calendar app and Reminders app since pretty much iOS 1 (leaving a nice market for Todoist and Fantastical), but aggressively upgrading Notes every single release.

    93. Be able to scan a few of my cards directly into Wallet (i.e. Health Insurance, Drivers' Licence, etc.) to shave off a few millimeters from my physical Wallet
    94. Apple Pay support across all of the European Union (seriously, we’ve had a Single Market for years, why is Apple Pay out in France + Spain but not the rest?)

    95. Support for subscription podcasts
    96. Better access to older episodes
    97. Better annotation (e.g. automatic transcription, ability to display certain links at certain timestamps within the episode, …)
    98. Some features for better monetisation (e.g. ads, in-podcast purchase links to apps, payed access to older episodes, …)

    99. Improved Remote app with Handoff, i.e. watch a movie on your TV, hand it off to phone, hand back over to your Mac on PiP, …
  2. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Wow - must be nice to have time to put together a list like that.

    I predict <10
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Some are legit, some have existed features, some are just interesting.
    Sorry, but they are too many. Can't list those "somes" at all. Lol
    Yeah. I actually read your reply first before reading the OP post lol.
    Btw I have seen certain features over previous forum posts.
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
  5. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  6. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
  7. Casfin macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    99 new emojis will be added.

    There will be much rejoicing.
  8. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    71. Query. - Why wouldn't Apple allow syncing of Health data to an iPad via iCloud? Are you saying they don't trust their own system? It's already backed up to iCloud from the iPhone or with iTunes so I don't see the issue here. The same security exists on both devices.

    Something I'd like to see are Read Notifications when an iMessage is read. I send out messages to my team and I want to know they read work related stuff without having to go in and check individually.
  9. Natya Sadella macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2016
    Ive read the whole list and I sadly have noticed how apple prescribes us how to use our phones.

    So much potencial.. Please apple let users decide whats good and useful.

    An iphone is like the brain. It uses just 10% of its potencial. Nice list.
  10. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    • [77] With the Clips app, they are suggesting people to share the videos to based on whether they appear or not, so there's probably going to be more work on suggesting who to send stuff to based on mentioning them in emails, etc.
    • [52] And they're most likely going to revamp the Messages app with how poorly its done
    • [04] And a very good chance of drag and drop in split view on the iPad
  11. liledd macrumors newbie


    Jul 12, 2011
    great speculation. I love speculation. Check out my list but there's a lot of similarities. I'm really hoping apple does something big this year. I feel it coming but I feel that every year lol

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  12. theShredder macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2015

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  13. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012

    you win a 24hr banned for being the winner :p this joking
  14. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Sadly probs less than 10. Maybe 11 magical features for iOS 11!
  15. Sharkey311, May 21, 2017
    Last edited: May 21, 2017

    Sharkey311 Suspended

    Jan 11, 2013

    Top 3
    Further improved Family Sharing
    Extend SiriKit to additional categories of interaction
    Better [Health] charts and dashboards
  16. Justaguy48 macrumors member

    May 2, 2017
    Knowing Apple there is stuff that will be in iOS 11 that no one has even thought of or know they need.
  17. marvz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2012
    Actually it's not. When you restore an iPhone from an iCloud Backup the Health and Activity app will be empty. Even when you restore from an iTunes backup it won't restore Health and Activity data. The only way to restore these is to use encrypted iTunes backups.
  18. simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    Maybe he got bored at work! :p

    Pretty impressive stuff!
  19. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    I didn't dispute that. I know if an iTunes backup is encrypted the data will restore as I've done this several times. I would assume an iCloud restore does too as it's clear to see in settings what data is backed up - health data is for sure
  20. mark-vdw thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2013
    Sssssh don't tell my boss. But yeah, pretty much this :D
  21. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Here is my top 3:
    08. Customisable control center
    05. Multiple user accounts on iPad
    31. Wi-Fi network priorities, like in macOS.

    But it was really hard to pick out these three because I do want and hope to see all the below (16 + 3 of myself in iOS11. See the three I would like to see as well below:

    * Finally build in a word sliding/swiping feature in Apple's own keyboard (so we won't have to use 3rd party ones like Swype, Gboard, Swiftkey) which tend to be buggy either by the API or by third parties
    * Have a good search feature / a way to (de)select apps from the Slide Over/Split View supported apps list
    * Kind of like 07. to make URL schemes mandatory for each app and preferabbly also actions within apps so you can easily launch those via other apps or e.g. widgets such as Launcher / Magic Launcher. Instead Apple recently started asking developers to remove the URL schemes to Settings features :(

    As far as 90. I think indeed that Apple should finally implement that you can see a full day appointment in your calendar widget. I'm currently using a third party widget for that. Also I'm missing the support for Google's calendar way of address and showing travel time (in minutes/hours) and distance. It now only works with an Apple calendar but I can't easily access that via iCloud to add appointments on a (Windows) laptop/desktop. I'm currently using a third party calendar instead (Week Calendar).

  22. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    the problem with lowering brightness below what you're able to now is distortion of colors
  23. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I will add a feature for maps: See pictures of POIs without leaving to yelp.. So annoying.
  24. netsped macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
    My top 3 are:

    Dark mode
    Native RAW support (included with more advanced camera controls in stock app)
    Some type of Finder or easier way of letting apps access each others files

    And I would really want:

    100 - Ability to disable Night Shift on a per app basis.

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