iOS 16 Features Wishlist

Vineet Maheshwari

What if I tell you that apple’s biggest strength is its amazing forward-thinking strategy but at the same time it can also lacks in certain as well. Have to thought about it? Before jumping into any conclusion let me justify my answer. In its futuristic approach and making an excessive feature list, Apple frequently ignores minute details and its features. This affects the entire user experience. Whether you consider this my Wishlist for iOS 16 features or some naïve expectations, here’s a list of some basic things I’d want to see Apple implement soon. Features that may appear little, yet have the potential to significantly improve the operating system.

iOS 16 Features Wishlist

1.       Hourly Reminder: End time

Apple takes an inordinate amount of time to implement an hourly reminder system into the Reminder app. The functionality is then unexpectedly removed in one version and then mysteriously restored in a subsequent release. Why isn’t there an off switch? So, you can specify an hourly reminder and the time it should begin, but not the time it should conclude. I even experimented with Automation to disable the hourly reminder at a specific time/location.

2.       Siri has become smarter.

This will be a feature on everyone’s wishlist regardless of the Apple device or operating system they are discussing. Despite being one of the oldest voice assistants, Siri is still one of the most basic. Apple, on the other hand, has to pull Siri’s socks up, way up. There have been some significant advancements throughout the years, but it remains too restrictive. And now that iOS 15 Siri has improved on-device learning, access to on-screen information, and the ability to work offline, I have great expectations for iOS 16.

3.       Different notifications- Different Sound

When you change the level on your device, the sound of every notification, whether a call, message, app alerts, or anything else, follows suit. All I ask of the developers is that they provide people with an option. I want the phone to ring loudly, messages to be quieter, and alarms to sound loudly, but reminders should only sound once. Isn’t that a good idea?

4.       Apps on the Home Screen stick to the grid.

For reasons best known to Apple, the iOS/iPadOS icons must stick to a strict grid. We can move them around, but not position them at random. Yes, Apple values and promotes minimalism and simplicity. But what if the user prefers disorder, or if their wallpapers only function with the icons at the bottom?

5.       View saved Wi-Fi passwords

What makes the issue even more frustrating is that you can’t simply go check the Wi-Fi passwords! Before you may manually exchange stored Wi-Fi passwords, you must first go through a number of procedures. As an alternative, you may make a QR code and paste it on the back of your router. But why bother going to such lengths, when apple can make it much simpler?

6.       Lock Screen: Battery Status

To check the battery %, users must launch Control Center or the battery widget. The user must unlock the iPhone in both circumstances. Wouldn’t a widget or battery percentage icon (similar to the Focus symbol) on the Lock Screen be a better way to obtain these details?

7.       Lock Screen Camera Access: Disable

The ability to use the camera and flashlight from the Lock Screen is a clever feature; you don’t have to waste time unlocking the phone. Undoubtedly, the feature is useful, but have you ever mistakenly and inconveniently activated the camera or flashlight? Because the functionality is for our convenience, why can’t we just enable/disable it as needed?

8.       Predictive dialler for iPhone’s app

iOS lacks a variety of customization possibilities. When we begin entering the name of a contact, a choice of possibilities appears. Why can’t that be done with the keypad? When we enter a number, a list of options may appear. Furthermore, when calling an unsaved number again, the previously called number may be prompted. Wouldn’t that be practical? Apple can make this a choice. Users can go to Settings and toggle it on/off, depending on whether they want a predictive dialler or not.

9.       View camera photos in the Photos app

The library tab displays all photographs, including those you’ve clicked, downloaded, or received through any app. On addition, various folders are available in the Album tab (selfies, screenshots, Live Photos, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc.). Surprisingly, there is no option to see only photographs or videos taken with your camera. Although it isn’t a major problem, wouldn’t it be handier if we had that option?

10.   Burst or Live Photo: Difficult to find in the Camera Roll.

When browsing the Camera Roll, you may quickly identify a video by its time stamp. Burst and Live Photos, on the other hand, are not afforded the same courtesy. When viewing them separately, you can see the Live Photos and Burst mode icons, but not when seeing everything together.

11.   Wireless OS recovery

Whether your iPhone is frozen or disabled, the only method to restore it is to boot it into recovery mode and connect it to a Mac or PC (iTunes). But what if I don’t have access to a Mac or a PC right now? In such cases, a wireless OS recovery will be greatly welcomed.  Alternatively, the wireless recovery might be a safe mode version that executes the basic function until the Mac/PC recovery is complete. 

12.   Snooze is set at nine minutes.

There’s a reason Apple has a nine-minute nap duration, and I accept their decision. However, I can’t help but wonder why it’s limited to nine minutes. Why can’t we have customizable snooze time, as many third-party applications do, and modify it based on our resting and waking habits? Is it too much to ask, great developers?

13.   There is no Split View on the iPhone.

It’s the option and luxury of having that function. I am a Split View fanatic, and my Mac nearly always has split windows open. Sometimes there is nothing relevant in the other window, yet it has become a deeply ingrained habit for me. Naturally, I want the iPhone’s Split View functionality as well. Some may argue that the screen is too small, that managing two screens is cumbersome, and that the functionality is unnecessary. But I’m pretty sure this might be a great feature.

14.   Quick Reminder for iPhone

The function, which debuted in iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey, lets you to take fast notes and store links, images, and other media. Even if we don’t have an Apple Pencil or a physical keyboard linked to our iPhone, utilizing Quick Note wouldn’t be difficult. Indeed, that would be preferable than launching the Notes app, creating a new note, and then finally being able to type or paste something. I’m crossing my hopes that the functionality will be included in iOS 16.

15.   More functionality is required for iPhone widgets.

Let’s start with the Apple Podcast app widget. So, you can view the most recent podcast episodes, but why can’t we pause/play them right here? Yes, my AirPods can handle the pause/play function while I’m listening, however If I’m listening through a speaker or Spotify and want to continue my podcast now? And the rant isn’t just about this gadget.

16.   Folders cannot be locked manually.

Why can’t we just use a secondary click on a Mac or a long-press on iOS/iPadOS to choose a password protection setting? Isn’t it supposed to be that simple, Apple? Yes, we can utilize third-party vault software to secure your folders and information, but doesn’t this compromise our privacy?

17.   App Library Custom App Folders

When the App Library was launched in iOS 14, I was overjoyed. My joy quickly faded, though, because these folders cannot be customized. The OS intelligently organizes programs into folders based on what it learns from our usage. The main problem is that it does what ‘seems fit’. Because, despite the fact that technology learning has gotten more intuitive, it still cannot read our brains. Furthermore, there are no expected privacy problems if consumers desire to organize their apps on their iPhones in other folders.

18.   Can’t share Wi-Fi passwords manually

I appreciate how Apple’s ecosystem can link numerous devices with features such as AirDrop and Wi-Fi password sharing.. All you have to do now is press or click Share Password. However, you have no control on the setting. What about the other two occasions when the message only appears eight times out of ten? How difficult would it be to provide a feature that allows users to ask other users for passwords? If you’re worried about users being spammed with password requests, enable password sharing or contact-only options like AirDrop.

19.   Need a more fluid Split View system on Mac

While I adore Mac’s Split View, there is definitely room for improvement. To begin, why can’t I drag and drop windows to the side to activate Split View? Why bother with the extra step of navigating to the green button and then selecting an option? Yes, I can construct and execute Siri Shortcuts to achieve a split-screen, but that’s also a step too far. Multitasking on the iPad is far more straightforward; why can’t Mac pick up some of its techniques, particularly the Multitasking Menu?

These were the top 20 iOS 16 upcoming features that we can definitely hope for from Apple. It won’t move mountains, but while we’re being demanding, why not ask for some extra perks? Tell us what is your Wishlist and expectation form the upcoming update of iOS 16 in the comment section down below.

Until next time, with another topic. Till then, Toodles.

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Vineet Maheshwari is a passionate blogger and relationship oriented digital marketing consultant with over 10 years of experience in SEO, PPC management, web analytics, domain investing, affiliate marketing and digital strategy. He has helped high tech brands connect with customers in an engaging manner, thereby ensuring that high quality leads are generated over time.
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