I haven’t been as excited for an Apple event as I am for tomorrow since January 26, 2010. There really haven’t been any leaks concerning tomorrow’s keynote, and that’s really awesome. It should be a surprise for all of us. At the end of it, we’ll either be really disappointed or really, really excited. I’m betting, hoping, whatever on the latter.
With my track record, you’d be forgiven for expecting a “Predictions Post”, but not this time. This time I’d like to talk about my modest hopes for the WWDC keynote tomorrow. The list that follows is ordered from top to bottom in increasing likeliness.
- Any update at all to iWork and/or iLife. It’s been two years since iLife was updated and four for iWork. These are so past due, but realistically it isn’t going to happen.
- Apple TV apps. While inevitable, the lack of any rumors to the sort seems to indicate it isn’t happening just yet. I’m confident the black hockey puck really is Apple’s TV strategy, but with better software. I anxiously await that software.
- iTunes breakup. I’d love it if 10.9 broke up iTunes into distinct apps such as it is on iOS. A podcasts app for podcasts, a videos app for videos, and a music app for music. This is basic Unix philosophy folks, c’mon.
- iBooks for Mac. If you’d have asked me at the first iPad event when I thought iBooks would come to OS X, I would have said that summer. That was three summers ago.
- Maps for Mac. Say what you will about Apple’s maps, but every time I’m on my Mac and I think of something I need to find an address or search for a point of interest or get directions, I momentarily consider the Google Maps website and then immediately reach for my iPhone. The native Maps app is so much more convienent than Google Map’s website. I’d love to see Maps brought to the Mac.
- Notification syncing. When a new iMessage comes in, I get notified on my phone and my Mac. When I view the new message on either device, it disappears from Notification Center on both. That’s great, so why doesn’t Facebook do it? Or Tweetbot? I’d love to see an API in iOS 7 (and 10.9, I suppose) to fix this.
- While we’re on the topic of cross-device protocols, it’d be great if Apple could make it so both of my devices don’t light up for each and every iMessage that comes in. The way they could do it is pretty simple: delay the notification on non-active devices by a minute or two. Apple can tell which device I sent the last iMessage from. They should push the notification to that device first, and if I don’t clear it after a couple minutes push it to my other devices.
- “iRadio”, or whatever Apple’s streaming music service is called. I really hope it integrates into the iOS music app seamlessly. If it’s a separate app, I’ll go on the record saying it’ll flop. I hope iRadio is different than Spotify or Rdio or Google Play Music All Access in some innovative way. I don’t know what that is, but the fact that it (reportedly) took Apple until a few days ago to sign with all the major labels indicated to me this isn’t your average streaming music service.
- Refreshed laptops. I don’t expect much beyond Haswell chips, but hopefully that alone can deliver battery life improvements. I secretly hope for some awesome new thing1 because I’ll be purchasing a new laptop after the event, but I’m trying to be realisitic, OK?
- Not flat, not skeuomorphic. I don’t like how Find My Friends or Game Center looks, and I’m looking forward to the UI refresh that’s almost a certainty in iOS 7. But please oh please do not make it flat. Flat UI’s are boring an uninspired, and one of the best things going for iOS is its character.
- Leather. Books. Leather books. Begone with them. Let Calendar and Contacts have their standard UI elements back. This gawdy skeuomorphic business had a nice run, but let’s get back to elegance. That goes doubly for Game Center and Notes.
In all honesty, most of these will probably be wrong. What I’d love even more than every single one of my wishes coming true would be for Apple to unveil insanely great products I couldn’t even dream of.
11” MacBook Air with Retina display, anyone? ↩︎