The Xtian WWDC Wish List

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By Xtian-

WWDC is near, WWDC is near, three cheers for WWDC is here! Well next week anyway, and I thought it would be a perfect time, to make a wish list!  

The first thing I want to see is software! I would really like to see Mac OS take another snow leopard moment and make the things that exist in Mac OS work perfectly! I would really like “Hey Siri” to actually work on the Mac. It seems like we are so close to the Hal and Star Trek computer, the current implementation of Siri on the Mac, feels broken. I have a quite a bit of mic’s hooked up and all Macs come with a built-in microphone, so why doesn’t “Hey Siri” work on the Mac, like iPhone and iPad? Also, desktop Macs are always plugged in and it’s easy enough to plug in a laptop, so why can’t the Mac support the “Hey Siri” feature? I’d also like to see Siri improve. I would also like to see iOS give access to the file system. This single fact is why so many pros don’t or can’t switch to using an iPad full time. Some level of mouse support in iOS would be fantastic, even if it’s as limited an apple tv style pointer. Pro apps finally coming to the iOS would be massive! I am hoping to see Logic and Final Cut Pro to the iPad. Some version of Xcode for the iPad Pro would make my head explode! 

I would also like to see software services become more competitive as iCloud storage is overpriced when you compare it to any of the competition. Google is killing it here, which brings me to the photos app. I really would like to see this app finally become usable. I am still using iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom to import, manage, and edit my photo libraries. The Photos app isn’t something I feel is fully baked for the Mac and isn’t something I trust. This could change with a massive update, i.e. 

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I would also like to see iTunes get broke up. As an Apple music subscriber, I would really like a newly focused music app! I would rather have iTunes exist as a store, for media downloads that cost money! I don’t know why app’s and podcasts are options in the iTunes app. I would also like to see a separate podcast app for the Mac. The behemoth that is iTunes just has entirely too much going on in one app and is cluttered up so much that it feels like a cobbled together bag of half decent parts.

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I also hope that we get a Siri kit that gives smaller third party dev’s the ability to get in on the action as well. I feel like this is needed if Siri ever hopes to ever again leapfrog the competition, as people forget that Apple was the first company to ship a virtual assistant on the phone in 2011! So I’m pulling for you Apple, as I’d like to use Siri for all of the things!

In hardware land, I would like the ability to be able to authorize more than five computers. It seems like an outdated policy. I have a lot of Mac’s that I use and administer and I would like to be able to keep them on the same Apple ID. I’m hoping to see a new 12.9 inch iPad Pro with the P3 display! The rumored Siri Speaker would be interesting, provided there is a good SDK for smaller indie developers to be able to take advantage. I’m a fan of the promise that virtual assistant technologies offer, however, I don’t feel like any of them are great. If any of them were real people they would all be fired and blacklisted. Hoping we see Kaby Lake updates to the entire MacBook line, including the air! It would be nice if the MacBook would see a price drop. I’m hoping we get new iMac’s with Core i9 processors, 18 core joy! I am also hoping to at least get a little peek at the new Mac Pro. While we’re at it, a quad or hex core mac mini would be insane! 

What are you hoping to see at next weeks WWDC? Would you rather Apple focus on just software or come out swinging on all fronts? Let me know what you think in the comments or send us an email!

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