The miss­ing pieces of OS X

…and iOS. Can they be im­proved?

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Craig Gran­nell Il­lus­tra­tion: Paul Blach­ford

Dur­ing the next few months we’re likely to see ma­jor up­dates to OS X and iOS (Ap­ple’s WWDC is June 8). It’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem up­grade cy­cle in re­cent years has been al­most like clock­work, pro­vid­ing us with new fea­tures, along with the oc­ca­sional in­ter­face over­haul. Th­ese things have kept our Macs and iOS de­vices fresh and made them more ver­sa­tile. How­ever, as well as Ap­ple does, there are some miss­ing pieces we hope will one day ar­rive. In this fea­ture, we ex­plore those fea­tures we hope are wait­ing in the wings. Some are rough edges that need pol­ish­ing, while oth­ers are what we con­sider fairly ma­jor omis­sions we feel Ap­ple needs to deal with quickly, be­fore the Ap­ple faith­ful rises up and marches on Cu­per­tino (well, writes a fairly sternly worded but nonethe­less ex­tremely po­lite email to Tim Cook, any­way).

Given that Ap­ple has in­creas­ingly mixed and matched fea­tures from its two op­er­at­ing sys­tems, some of the miss­ing pieces we’ve writ­ten about are com­mon to OS X and iOS, and th­ese are the first things in our list. Sta­bil­ity, iCloud, FaceTime and app dis­cov­ery all have pretty big prob­lems. Af­ter­wards, we’ve con­cen­trated on a range of pos­si­ble fixes and fea­tures for OS X, be­fore out­lin­ing a raft of im­prove­ments we would love to come to our iPhones and iPads.

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