iOS 7 Wish List and Expectations for Tomorrow’s WWDC 2013 Keynote

Tomorrow marks the start of WWDC 2013 where Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 and details about the next iteration of OS X. The company is also set to refresh its Mac line up and possibly unveil its rumoured ‘iRadio’ streaming service.

As Apple has started to decorate Moscone West, take the latest banner designs as clues of what to expect from iOS 7 and OS X tomorrow.

Image via MacStories

As for OS X, check out the banner (via iMore) which is just an ‘X’ against the backdrop of a massive wave. Bring on OS X Tsunami??

Wwdc2013 os x banner

Last year’s WWDC keynote kicked off a hilarious comedy routine by Siri, which then resulted in Tim Cook appearing on stage to share detailed stats with the audience and stories of how apps are changing people’s lives around the world (including Halifax resident Renena Joy).

Next, Phil Schiller came on stage to quickly describe updates to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and then unveiled the new 13-inch with Retina display. After Schiller, Craig Federighi unveiled details about OS X Mountain Lion, followed by Scott Forstall unveiling iOS 6, which the beta was made available the same day.

This year, with Jony Ive taking charge of iOS 7–could see the revered designer on stage to discuss the new mobile operating system?

iOS 7 Wish List 

Everyone has their own needs and wants for iOS 7. Here’s a quick and dirty list off the top of my head:

  • Start taking advantage of lock screen real estate for displaying information.
  • Fix App Store inconsistencies such as requiring users to enter passwords to download updates and apps.
  • Include an option to have apps automatically update and also revert back to a previous version, if necessary.
  • Revamp Notification Center: tapping the tiny ‘x’ TWICE to clear notifications is unacceptable.
  • Introduce a faster and easier way to rearrange apps into folders. Increase app limits within folders.
  • Introduce faster shortcuts to frequently used system settings or allow Siri to control them (i.e. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness controls, tethering, etc)
  • Add separate user accounts for the iPad or introduce a ‘Guest Mode’.
  • Vastly improve Apple Maps. Or ditch them.

John Gruber on Episode 43 of The Talk Show, noted with this year’s WWDC, he knows almost absolutely nothing and has not been this ignorant of what’s coming software-wise from a keynote since the debut of the original iPhone. He keeps hearing of the word ‘polarizing’ and also noted sources have said ‘all the leaks are wrong’.

A transcription of Gruber’s nuggets (via MacRumors) is below:

I know almost absolutely nothing. I don’t think I’ve been this ignorant of what’s coming, software-wise, for a keynote since the iPhone 1 back in 2007. Which is great…I’m super excited. […]

The one thing I keep hearing over and over again from friends who would know is…the one word I keep hearing is that some of the stuff they’re going to show is “polarizing”.

And I also heard from somebody that just “all the leaks are wrong”. Which is interesting. I have no idea what to make of it.

Expectations are at an all-time high for iOS 7, yet we have no solid intel what’s to come. This should bring an exciting WWDC keynote tomorrow. We’ll have coverage of tomorrow’s announcements throughout the day. Stay tuned.

What are your expectations for WWDC tomorrow? What’s on your iOS 7 wish list?

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  • FragilityG4

    “Vastly improve Apple Maps. Or ditch them.”

    Still singing your old song eh?

  • Simon B

    With regards to iOS 7, I do agree with some of the things that you listed on the ‘wish-list’ especially revamping the notification system and also better use of screen real estate. Like Thorsten Heins recently stated, the iOS design and the information architecture does feel a little dated. I am hoping that iOS 7, regardless of “flat UI” or otherwise, would be a leap forward in terms of user experience and not just another step forward. As for OS X, I am hoping that it will be an extension of iOS 7, following the trend of merging the mobile and desktop Os’s but doing it in a way that is smarter and more context-focused than Windows 8. I also hope they won’t give it another ‘big cat’ name. Maybe OS X Wave? Tidal?

  • Samcopy

    Macbook Air with retina display is a must

  • The song is true. There’s a reason why Google Maps remains one of the most downloaded iOS apps.

  • FragilityG4

    I disagree. I would like to see the usage data because I may have downloaded Google Maps but I barely used it before deleting it as iOS Maps are great. Maybe not in BC but I have no problem with them here in Ontario and I drive all over the place.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Ipad 5!!

  • K3

    He’s not from BC that’s whats wrong with him. ????

  • “Fix App Store inconsistencies such as requiring users to enter passwords to download updates and apps.”

    I don’t understand what you’re talking about here. Yes, I have to enter a password to download apps (which I think is a good thing) but I no longer have to enter a password to download updates (which I also think is a good thing). They changed that sometime last year I thought. Either way, I’ve never found it to be inconsistent.

  • I am aware of those changes but I am still being asked to enter a password on updates. It’s really weird.