We're a little over a week away from WWDC 2020, so I thought I'd throw in my ideas for what I'd like to see in iOS/iPadOS 14.
1. Auto-Deleting Text Messages
Every time I have to re-authenticate an app or sign into a service using two-factor authentication, I always end up with a text message carrying a one-time use code. Since Safari and Messages are already able to recognize when one of those codes is present and can automatically enter it for you, I'd love to see iOS 14 delete those text messages once the code has been used without me having to manually delete them out of Messages later.
2. Better Audio Support
This is at the top of a lot of podcasters' lists I think. I just want to be able to record a conversation over Skype/Zoom/FaceTime on my iPad so I can edit it later. Whether that's done natively or through a new API for third party developers to use, I don't care. This is one of the few things keeping my MacBook Air in service and why I'm still 99% iPad-only.
3. Better Multitasking Focus
When I'm in split-screen on my iPad Pro, focus doesn't automatically shift when I tap on either side. I have to drag the bar at the top of the screen just a little to bring keyboard focus to that window. Multitasking improvements should incorporate:
- Clear indication about where the keyboard is currently active
- A single tap to move the focus from one window to the other. No more dragging windows around.
4. "Pro" Apps
Ferrite and LumaFusion are evidence that the iPad is capable of so much more than Apple gives it credit for. GarageBand on iOS is convoluted and limited compared to its desktop counterpart. I want to see iOS versions of Final Cut Pro and Logic—"real" apps that put the iPad's unique interface and powerful processors to good use.
5. Better Background App Support
When I run Brusfri to strip background noise out of audio files on my iPad, I need to keep the app open in order for the rendering to complete. For large WAVs, this can take up to 20 minutes, which puts my iPad out of commission until it's done. I'm hoping iPadOS 14 brings more desktop-like functionality when it comes to background tasks, so I can still use my iPad while it's rendering audio or video files.
That's it. Pretty reasonable in my opinion. Nothing here seems too "pie in the sky" compared to other lists I've read recently. If Apple's able to implement any of these this year, I think it will go a long way in proving to iPad haters and fence-sitters that the device can go toe-to-toe with almost any other device out there. I'm excited to see what's in store.