WWDC 2016 iOS 10 wish list
Before iOS 10 is revealed at the WWDC keynote later today, here's a brief list of things that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere (although, I'm admittedly a bit behind on my reading). This comprehensive MacStories post and Macrumors pre-event summary cover the bigger things people are hoping for. My fingers are definitely crossed for a dark theme.
- Allow any video to be pinch-zoomable like they are in the Photos app
- Allow videos to be viewed in landscape without disabling portrait rotation lock. Watching landscape video is the only time I ever toggle the switch in Control Center. The YouTube app forces landscape view in its in-app player to work around this.
- Replace the media skip controls with 15 seconds forward/back. In most contexts, skipping ahead is basically like tapping "Done", and skipping back to the beginning of a video isn't very helpful.
- Inline (not fullscreen) video playback on iPhones, like iPads do. iOS 9.3's Apple News app already does this - why not allow it elsewhere?
- Relatedly, allow muted HTML5 looping videos to autoplay, essentially turning them into high-quality GIFs with significantly smaller file sizes. This would save everyone a lot of bandwidth.
- Website push notification support (which is already available in Safari for Mac)
- Make "View as Desktop" also change the virtual screen resolution, forcing responsive websites to look like they do on a widescreen display. The current implementation only really works on old "m.website.com"-style sites, which are inreasingly rare.
- WebRTC support for client-to-client media streaming (basically Skype in the browser)
- Face tagging, like the OS X app has
- Ability to view your entire collection on a map; not just one year at a time. Making the map view more obvious to access would also be good.
- Ability to sort shared photostreams by date taken rather than by time uploaded. Collaborative photostreams are a complete mess without this capability.
- Fix a weird bug that deletes an app if an update fails to apply correctly. This has happened to me 4-5 times back when I updated apps manually. The update would hang and never finish, and the app would be completely gone if I rebooted.
- Group calls, both video and FaceTime audio. This was added to an iOS 8 beta years ago, but never materialized.
- Screen sharing, similar to Screen View in iOS 9.3 but hopefully faster. This would make remote tech support or collaborative work way, way easier.
- Ability to hyperlink text
- Faster Gmail syncing. At this point I use the Gmail app to notify me of new messages.
- Somehow prevent banner notifications from making games lag horribly
- Improve third party keyboard UI performance and switching experience. They simply can't compete with the stock keyboard right now.
- Faster animations, or a near-zero animation mode that's faster than the "Reduce Motion" accessibility option
- An official method for reading QR codes. I know they're not great, but a camera icon within Safari's new tab page might look okay, or maybe something within Siri. The ability to scan raw URLs or scan objects Amazon-style might also be handy.
- Ability to not open links using an installed app (YouTube, Twitter, etc.) and use Safari instead. Right now the options are either "Cancel" or "Open".
- Ability to open/import audio files from other apps. It's currently not possible without using iTunes.