iOS 12 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of iOS

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple plans to introduce the next-generation version of iOS, iOS 12, on June 4 at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Rumors have suggested this is going to be a bug fix and performance improvement update, with Apple delaying some features until iOS 13 to focus on these internal changes.

    There are, however, rumors that we may see updates that include cross-platform apps for Mac and iOS devices, new Animoji, Animoji support for FaceTime, updated parental controls, and an enhanced version of Do Not Disturb. Rumors never cover all of the features that we see in new versions of iOS, though, so there could be additional changes in the works.


    With that in mind, we've taken a look at some of the most-desired features MacRumors readers are hoping for in iOS 12, pulled from our forums.

    User Interface Changes

    - Dark mode - Unsurprisingly, a system wide dark mode for iOS is one of the most hoped for features for iOS 12, just as it was for iOS 11 and iOS 10. Apple users have wanted a true dark mode for years, but there's no word that it's coming in iOS 12.

    A dark mode concept from iHelpBR
    - Split Screen mode for iPhone - The option to run two apps side by side on the iPhone would be useful on larger iPhones, especially with rumors pointing towards a 6.5-inch iPhone in 2018.

    - More customization - MacRumors reader Breezygirl would like to see Apple add more Android-like customization options, such as the ability to change the background in messages, adjust the SMS bubble colors, or add a theme to the OS to shift the colors.

    - Desktop mode - On some Android devices, there's a feature where you can dock a smartphone to use it as a desktop machine replacement, attaching it to a larger display, a keyboard, and a mouse. It's a long shot, but MacRumors reader Marrakas would like to see Apple implement similar functionality.

    - Volume redesign - The design of the indicator when you adjust the volume on the iPhone has always been a point of contention with iOS users, and so it's no surprise that in iOS 12, MacRumors readers are hoping for a new, less intrusive volume interface that takes up less screen space.


    [*]Improved battery widget - The battery widget could be improved by allowing all of a user's devices to be displayed for quick cross-device battery checks.
    [*]No more shake to undo - Several MacRumors readers are tired of the shake to undo/redo feature in the iPhone, which can be activated accidentally. Some readers would like to see an undo feature enabled through a different gesture.

    App Improvements

    - Camera controls in the Camera app - On a lot of Android devices, the camera app provides manual controls for photo taking. Apple has no similar feature for full manual control, and it would be nice if it were an option, even one that had to be toggled on in Settings. Other settings are hidden in the Settings app, and users would like to see these more readily accessible.

    - Aspect Ratio in Camera app - Multiple MacRumors readers would like to see an option to set a default aspect ratio for photos.

    - FaceTime - Several MacRumors readers are hoping for group FaceTime. Rumors suggest Apple's working on it, but it might not come in iOS 12. Animoji are expected to come to FaceTime, though, so you can converse with friends and family as an Animoji character.


    - App Store wishlists - The revamped App Store in iOS 11 removed app wishlists that some users took advantage of often. This is a feature that quite a few people miss.

    - Photos improvements - MacRumors reader kirky29 is hoping for a major overhaul to the Photos app with a lot more functionality for doing things like viewing and editing metadata, changing grid size, altering the order of the photos, and more.

    - Music app overhaul - MacRumors reader GermanSuplex has several suggestions for ways Apple could improve the Music app, including the ability to turn iCloud purchases off if desired, improved playcount syncing across devices, the ability to sort songs within playlists by different parameters, refinements and improvements to cloud services and the way the app handles metadata, more control over which devices playlists sync to, and better syncing of music content in general.

    - Messages search and archive - A more robust search feature for the Messages app would be a welcome change, as would an option to archive messages and snooze messages, as Joseph H points out.


    - Mouse support on iPad - This one is a long shot, but MacRumors reader boston04and07 wants to see Apple add mouse support for the iPad for navigating through apps.

    - iPhone apps for iPad - Multiple iPhone apps, including Weather, Calculator, Health, and Activity are missing from the iPad and have been exclusive to the iPhone for years.

    Settings and Systemwide Features

    - Revamped Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Toggles - With iOS 11, Apple changed the functionality of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in the Control Center. These buttons no longer permanently turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and instead just disable the features for a set amount of time. In iOS 12, MacRumors readers would like to see the on/off functionality returned or enabled through another gesture, such as a longer press.


    - Do Not Disturb improvements - Do Not Disturb functionality on the iPhone is fairly basic, and that is actually one of the features Apple's rumored to be working on for iOS 12. The ability to toggle DND on and off for specific apps would be useful, as boston04and07 points out, and being able to set schedules for different days of the week would also be useful. An option to hide notifications entirely would be a welcome change for those who want to use their devices in peace.

    - Biometric locking for specific apps - Third-party apps can require you to use a fingerprint, Face ID, or a password to access sensitive data, but as MacRumors reader TimFL1 says, this isn't available for first-party apps like Photos, nor for specific parts of apps, like individual photo albums.

    - iCloud notifications - If you have multiple devices and get a notification from an app like Apple News, it goes to all of your devices instead of just one, and viewing the notification on just one device doesn't clear it from all of them. If Apple implemented iCloud notifications, notifications would work more smoothly across devices, appearing on just one device and clearing on all.

    iPhone X

    - Always-on display for iPhone X - Some Android smartphones offer an always-on display, something that Apple could perhaps theoretically enable thanks to the OLED display on the iPhone X, which eats up less battery life. MacRumors readers would like to see an always-on display on the iPhone X for things like the time and incoming notifications, even though it's probably a long shot at this point in time.


    - Siri - Improvements to Siri was one of the most frequent requests, with specifics that include Spotify integration, multi-lingual query support, and, in general, just features to make Siri smarter and more like Alexa or Google Assistant.

    More than anything, most of our readers are hoping that Apple is going to hunker down and focus on bug fixes and performance improvements to make existing features operate smoothly and without issues.

    Apple is said to be planning to address stability and performance concerns in this update, and has gone as far as delaying planned features in favor of underlying fixes.

    Do you have other features you're hoping to see in iOS 12 that didn't make our list? Let us know in the comments.

    Article Link: iOS 12 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of iOS
  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    I'd like an option so the phone is locked vertical but plays videos horizontal without unlocking/locking back up every time.

    Also family sharing should have option to let kids download free apps without needing permission if they meet ratings restrictions.
  3. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    These are all great ideas from other posters with improvements to iOS 12 and things Thay could be altered or changed. But for me specifically, it has to be Siri. Siri needs revamping severely with dictation, deciphering and overall providing a better experience to the user, especially given Siri is spread throughout the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and AirPods.

    It’s reached a point where Google and Alexa are advancing relatively quickly and leaving Siri far behind. I think if Apple can improve Siri in terms of understanding the user and providing more relevant search results, it truly would better the experience, because I use hands-free Siri all the time in dictation in all the products I listed above.
  5. forerunnerg34 macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2015
    iOS 12: no new features, just a fast and decent OS. (please)
  6. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
  7. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Judging by the speed they've been introducing new features recently, that's enough work for at least 50 updates...
  8. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
  9. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Some of these things are just common sense, and yet I feel like we're not going to get them. The Wi-fi/Bluetooth button thing especially. Why can't a longer press or 3D press just turn them off for good? But watch. Nothing will change there.

    What we're actually going to get: updated Animojis.

    The real changes will come with iOS 13.
  10. DataChris macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2007
    Dialed Calls List (Outgoing Calls Tab)!! Seriously, if that was the only feature iOS12 added, iPhone would finally be on par with my 95 Nokia.
  11. hawkeye_a macrumors 65816


    Jun 27, 2016
    -A Good Music app.
    -Wide/multi-page spanning wallpapers. PLEASE already
    -Refine, refactor and simplify the UI

    EDIT>>At this point, I realize it's hopeless to want a redesign of the human-interface-guidelines and GUI in general of iOS on the iPhone.
  12. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I want more jokes for Siri. Oh, and way more emojis.

    I really hope Cook makes his team focus on these extremely important aspects of any OS!
  13. jakeowens macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Yeah, I'm hoping for bug fixes mostly. The fact that there are still so many bugs we see day to day after having iOS11 for this long is pretty sad.
  14. PierJes macrumors newbie


    Mar 21, 2016
    Quebec, QC. Canada
    I'd personally like a GPS dashboard, indicating how many and what satellites are in use (ie. American, Glonass, Galileo).... plus position accuracy.

    Sometimes, I'm under the impression the iPhone GPS doesn't work properly.
  15. tigertazz macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2009
    Grouped notifications! Scrolling through notifications for ages from days past is irritating me now
  16. masterleep macrumors newbie


    Oct 19, 2017
    Parental controls that actually function and are useful.
  17. Chrjy macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2010
    I would imagine most of these are unlikely, I get the impression that Apple want to focus solely on stability and squash bugs.
  18. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I love how everyone does their here’s what I want to sew in the new iOS....2 weeks before WWDC. Both Rene Ritchie and Jason Snell just did something similar. Hey guys how about 6 or 9 months earlier when if Apple sees it they might take it into consideration? What good does it do now when the feature set is locked? Other than raise expectations that Apple of course won’t meet.
  19. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    - a non-grid home screen
    - different volume interface
    - revamped notifications
  20. Marzzz macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2002
    The Desert
    Volume adjustment: I would like to see more gradual changes in volume- sometimes a click either way is a bit too loud or too soft.

    Mail: Bring back "Trash All Mail!"
  21. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    hehe.. poof. (Snap chat style)
  22. jackietreeh0rn macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2018
    Ummm wondering how the state of ios notifications hasn't warranted a mention here? Not like everything's hunky-dory in that part of the world? It is 2018 and we still can't group notifications ?
  23. iisdan macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2010
    Wow, you are exciting. iOS is already instant.
  24. cknibbs macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    Siri needs some drastic updates. Somewhat iOS related... HomePod needs multiuser support, calendar support, third party app support, support for making phone calls without having to initiate them from the phone, conversation support (not having to use the trigger phrase after each command), multiple command support... and big on the wish list is to be able to rename her.
  25. bchertov macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2008
    Here's a Hugely helpful no-brainer:

    Anytime an auto-correct prompt is over-ridden (ie: No, please don't auto-correct this, it's correct as is) it should prompt to add the unknown text to the dictionary.

    Also, a Do Not Disturb setting for No Caller ID calls. Now, there is no way to block them!

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