June this year will see the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 10, during their annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) at the Moscone West convention centre in California. Abiding by the usual secrecy company which the company always keeps, no feature of the upcoming operating system has been talked about anywhere in official capacity.
On the one hand, this means considerable suspense builds up prior to launch — which is what Apple’s publicity team likely wants — and on the other, it means we are free to build castles in the air. Apple has probably surged far enough in its development cycle that it will not be in a position to listen to any user requests right now and accommodate features into the system, but there have been some things in the air already which may have made it into the upcoming OS. In any case, these are a few things I hope to see in iOS 10.
1. Customisable control centre
The control centre is possibly the most useful feature added since iOS 7 and it needs an important change: customisability. Something as simple as there being five toggles and shortcuts could be replaced with six, customisable toggles which can be 3D touched for more options (there are Cydia tweaks that help users achieve similar things). This would make the control centre vastly more useful. Music scrubbing is a good feature tying with Apple Music, but having buttons to favourite a song and add a song to an existing playlist would be welcome additions.
2. Custom default applications (and an option to uninstall bloatware)
I would have put this first had we users not been asking for this since time immemorial. Most had, it is safe to assume, given up hope until Tim Cook, in an interview with Buzzfeed last year hinted that the company was contemplating allowing users to uninstall pre-loaded applications. Hopefully this will include the option to choose default applications as well. Many would love to replace Safari with Chrome or Apple Music with Spotify, but my main intentions are just two: to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps and the default camera app with something like Camera+ which has full manual control and TIFF support, to be called from the lock screen — unless #3 on my wishlist below becomes a reality.