Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:04 PM
I have no predictions beyond haswell macs and Ive's new look (but it'll be a lot less dramatic than what people think/hope.) as for my desires, I'll paste this from my blog:
Jonathan Ive's new look. This has practically been guaranteed by Tim Cook. I expect an iTunes 11/ Podcasts (the latest version) -style makeover. Glossy things will be completely gone, including the effect over app icons. Linen (though I actually like it) will vanish, Leather (which I hate) will as well.
A better home screen. I don’t think the icon view should go away, but there needs to be another view option. It worked well when there were no third party apps; not so much anymore. I don’t have any photoshop skills, so bear with me: Remove a row of icons from the home screen. Replace with a search box (that looks like Launchpad's) and a button to toggle between icon and list view.
With space freed up in Notification Center, add quick toggles at the top for Wifi, LTE, and Bluetooth.
The left of the home screen would now become the Dashboard, with API support for developers. Dashboard apps could be shown on the lock screen, if desired.
Better Inter-app communication, especially regarding files. Not saying that there should be a file system, but Apps should be able to “see” any files that it can open, not just files that it created.
AirDrop support, or some way to more easily transfer files between iOS devices. I believe the iPhone 5 has Wifi Direct support, so this is possible.
Gatekeeper. Keep the App Store model, but let me download non-sanctioned apps from the web.
Auto-updating option for apps. (This would make John McCain happy.)
Overhauled App Store to make discovery easier. The iOS 6 update was a step backwards; the cards have to go, or a list view should be added.
Update Siri to display your words as you speak, like Google’s implementation.
Get rid of the dock and replace it with recently used apps. Re-introduce double tap for Favorites.
Group FaceTime Chat.
Text button in Facetime, to easily send a FaceTime caller a URL or address.
User accounts for the iPad.
Replace Preview with iBooks, keeping all current PDF features. Sync via iCloud.
New design cues taken from iTunes 11. At the very least, color should come back to the finder sidebar. The last vestiges of glossy Aqua should vanish, in favor of matte iLife-style equivalents. Helvetica should replace Lucida Grande. Like iOS, terrible skeuomorphic interfaces should disappear (Notes, Contacts, Calendar, GameCenter).
Remaining omissions from iOS: Maps, Siri (And to go along with this, smaller touches to more align iOS with OS X, such as renaming System Preferences to Settings.)
Tabs in finder (I use Total Finder for this now.)
Auto-app updating, as well as the ability to dismiss update reminders for good.
Better multi-monitor support (I don’t have multiple monitors, but I know this is a popular concern for many people.)
A new, modern file system with ZFS-like features.
A graphical way to configure a Fusion Drive.
Anything Apple can do to help reduce the performance gap between Windows and OS X in regards to games, I’d love to see.
Kill automatic termination.
Update Dictation to display text as you type.
A more-reliable Safari that doesn’t give me that dreaded dialog box to reload all my tabs (I know, I’m asking for a lot here.)
In general, a more reliable iCloud, with a rethought document sync model. iCloud view should also not use iOS-style folders. Columns view, please.
A relaxation on sandboxing rules, or at least the addition of many more APIs to replace missing functionality. Games that rely on custom open/save dialog boxes, for example, should not be forced to put their save files in user/Library/Containers/ (which is invisible by default!)
Finally, for both iOS and OS X, add more Steam-like features to GameCenter, including in-game voice/ text chat support.