iCloud Photo Sharing That Works
During a company trip to Mexico last year, I used
Facebook’s Moments app to instantaneously share
travel photos with coworkers after experiencing
lag time and delays with iCloud Photo Library. With
iOS 12, I hope Apple can reproduce the experience
that Facebook has created with the Moments app to make
photo sharing painless and finding friends intuitive.
Support for Multiple User Accounts
When Apple’s new MacBook Pro line came out
with support for multiple user accounts and Touch
ID login capabilities, we were certain the iPad and
maybe even the iPhone would be next. We were
wrong and are still mad about it! If Apple wants to
promote the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, the ability to
log in as different users is a must.
Improved Lighting Effects
At iPhone Life, our managing editor Rheanne
Taylor has been enjoying using the native Camera
app’s Lighting Effects while in Portrait mode. But
as she’s pointed out, they can look harsh. With the
next update, we’d like it if Apple could improve the
effects so the results look more natural.
Location-Based Do Not Disturb Settings
Do Not Disturb can be a lifesaver when you’re
in a meeting and don’t want to bother others with
your personal notifications. And while you can put
Do Not Disturb on a schedule based on time of
day, we’d like to see Apple expand its customiza-
tion settings to include locations. That way, when you’re at
places like work, your child’s school, or church, you won’t be
interrupted by embarrassing text notifications or calls where
Dynamic Keyboard for iPad
Typing on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard requires
so much effort that I simply don’t use my tablet for
writing unless it’s connected to a third-party key-
board. There’s evidence that Apple may be coming
out with a solution that would track the placement
of your fingers so you don’t have to look down as you type.
After acquiring keyboard app maker Typesoft Technologies in
2014, Apple has since filed a patent on “finger hover detection
for improved typing” in 2016. If Apple could pull off incorporating this feature successfully into iOS for iPads, our touchscreen typing experience could be forever changed.
Make Low Power Mode Work with Hey Siri
Whenever our feature web writer Conner Carey’s
battery is low, she stretches its lifespan by flipping
on Low Power Mode. The only problem is, she also
likes to use her virtual assistant hands free and
Hey Siri is one of the features Apple disables with
Low Power Mode in order to conserve energy. With iOS 12,
we hope Apple makes Hey Siri more energy efficient so we
can use Apple’s AI while enjoying the benefits of Low Power
Add Crowdsourcing to Apple Maps
Apple Maps gets better every year, but it has
still sent me down a few dead-end roads only to
announce that I’ve reached my destination. I’d feel
a lot more understanding if Apple made it easier
to send feedback when it gets locations or streets
wrong in order to improve its mapping for next time.
Customizable Photo Management
With Apple’s photo management system, when
you take photos on your phone, they instantly
appear on all your other devices logged into your
iCloud account. However, when you go to delete
photos from your iPhone to free up space, your
only option is to delete the pictures from iCloud as well. With
iOS 12, I hope Apple gives us the option to manage photos
on a device-by-device basis, so we can store all our photos to
iCloud, but only keep a selection of our choosing on each iOS
Clear All Apps in the App Switcher
When you enter the App Switcher and see
all your recently used apps on standby, you
can close out each app individually or even a
few at a time when you swipe up. However,
there’s no way to close them all out at once.
For those times when your phone is acting up, we hope Apple
adds one button that lets you close out all your apps so you
can start fresh.
Share & Lock Entire Folders in Notes
In recent years, Apple has added the ability to
share individual notes with contacts and has also
added the ability to lock notes so you can keep
sensitive information private. It’s easy to forget
these features exist, because they feel half-baked.
If Apple added the ability to lock and share entire folders instead of just individual notes, I’d be a lot more likely to take
advantage of the app’s sharing and locking capabilities.
Ability to Identify Robocalls
Unwanted marketing calls have become
so common in recent years that I pretty
much avoid all calls from unknown numbers.
I’ve missed some important calls this way
though! It would be nice if Apple could alert
us to robocalls so we’d know not to pick up when one of them
dials your number.
What features are you hoping for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know.
Donna Schill Cleveland is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a short stint
as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to
pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a master’s degree from the University of Io wa School of Journalism & Mass Communication.