WWDC 2015: A wish list of OS X improvements

“For the most part the updates to OS X have been good, but sometimes we lament that a particular feature was removed or that Apple has a new implementation of a feature we liked the way it was,” E. Werner Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “But the most glaring criticism over the past couple years has been the move away from a rich and deep look to a more flat and, what critics call, ‘cartoony’ look.”

“For those readers who remember the days before OS X — OS 9, 8.5. 8 and the dreadful, crash-prone 7 series — OS X is a godsend. The stability and security OS X has brought to the Mac platform is undeniable,” Reschke writes. “That said, nothing is perfect in this world, so even OS X can use some improvements. Here is our list of improvements for OS X’s next release we hope to see previewed at next month’s WWDC 2015.”

1. Speed
2. Depth Control
3. Background Window Blur
4. Stability
5. Better integration with iOS
6. New Sounds
7. Server Syncing
8. Return Desktop Number Indicator

Each of the eight issues above dicsussed in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: 9. Rock solid Wi-Fi connectivity.


    1. Yes.
      My list:
      1- Fix the fucking wifi bugs.
      2- Fix the dam IMAP bugs.
      3- Then fix all the other bugs.
      4- Stop bastardizing the human interface that makes it harder to do stuff than before.
      5- Take the extra time saved from 4 and fix more bugs.

      Staying at 10.8 or 10.9 as long as possible.

  1. Apple needs to focus on making sure everything works and that it works as fast as possible.


    OSX 10.11 needs additional user interface options.

    The Mac market is growing and therefore the needs are also growing. I know several iMac users who are over 50 years old. They are really having problems with the smaller fonts introduced in Yosemite.

    The current accessibility options to Increase Contrast and Reduce Transparency turn everything an ugly gray.

    A better solution is to create a personalization section in System Preferences. Where colors and font sizes can be changed to meet the needs of various Mac owners.

    The user should have controls similar to Windows 7 and Windows 10 where the following items can be configured for maximum accessibility and productivity:

    Transparency on or off without increasing contrast.

    Finder Sidebar Color If Transparency is off – currently everything is gray, gray, gray.

    Change Dock Color if Transparency is off. I purchased a computer with a color screen, I’d like to set the colors that are best for me.

    Font and Font Size for the Window and the Menu (Some fonts are tiny on a 27 inch iMac.)

    Titlebar Color and Titlebar Font Color

    App Store Font Size (Very small on a 27 inch iMac)

    Window placement controls (See Better Snap Tool from the Apple App Store.)

    Option to set the default function of the Green Zoom Maximize button:

    – Max for content (traditional function)
    – Full window with Dock & Meunu visible
    – Full screen without Dock and menu visible

    Ability to set whether an App opens Windowed, Full Screen or Full Window. I get tired of having to adjust the app to the right size and position each and every time I open it. Third party add-ons help, however, they often have compatibility issues. Greater control over program defaults should be built into the operating system.

    These options improve accessibility and productivity.

      1. Searches and filtering in app stores, Spotlight, and iTunes are, and always have been, really bad. Hard to believe Apple hasn’t gotten with the 20th century yet with must more intelligent user-friendly, multi-variable searching. I do blame Ive, who apparently likes minimalism much more than productivity.

    1. Really agree with your comments regarding the small fonts used on Yosemite. It’s not simply that though – it’s the whole ‘flat’ look with it’s lack of contrast makes it hard work for anyone with less that 20/20 vision.

      I upgraded from Mavericks and after a while found the strain on my eyes made it more or less unusable despite playing with the contrast settings and anything I could find in Accessibility menu.

      As a result for the first time in 20+ years I’m looking hard at Windows 10, not through any love of Windows but simply to save my eyesight.

        1. So why did you change the topic to iOS, Peter?

          I agree with Macuser — convergence of the two OS has only degraded OS X. Apple needs to get OS X back to the quality of Snow Leopard. I would be just fine with Apple deleting iCloud and Continuity and other iOSifications from the basic OS X system. They can be implemented instead as a user-installed application. There is no need for Apple to continue to bloat and break OS X to suit the desires of the iOS community.

          1. Why not? It’s a free country. Fixing things in IOS won’t necessarily effect advances or fixes in OS X. Especially the ones I;m talking about. I’m not unsympathetic to your opinion. I do think you can opt out of most of those things.

  2. Trivial, I know, but I’d like to once again be able to have my screen saver show a file of photos of my making.

    I would like to be able to name the desk tops and to be able to quickly get from #1 (email, contacts and calendar) to #4 (a current project)

    I am also tired of spinning beach balls in the Finder. System 6 was snappier.

      1. Apple needs Adobe as much or more than ever. With Apple dumbing down its pro apps, herds of professionals have installed a Windows partition on their Macs to get their work done. Thus Adobe continues to make far more money from the Windows than from Mac platform. Apple appears to have no solution for this problem, other than continuing to fall behind in desktop productivity. Cook only cares about iOS because it’s so much easier to take a 30% profit off of all the stupid games in the iOS App store. Meanwhile, as MDN identified before, the Mac App store is surprisingly lacking. How many software titles are there for Windows? Apple needs to acknowledge the problem and do something about it.

  3. I’d like to be able to have colour icons and be able to customize the background of folders. Speed improvement and actually being able to maintain a good strong internet connection (which is only fixed if I run OnyX).

    Oh, and it’s just a minor irritation like a daily abuse of 8.9 earthquakes) FIX the memory leaks.

    (Twilight Zone Rant):
    My biggest wish is that the wankers who produced the latest iterations of iBook all lose their jobs and people with real coding skills replace them. I have not been able to access my iBooks since I updated to Yosemite. Even in safe mode with no other apps open. Really is (to put it lightly) frustrating. Have gone to Kindle to purchase books and read, but am not willing to spend the money for the over 450 books I have in iBooks.

    Could also consider someone who actually codes to be the head of software development. Just sayin’

    (Steps down from stack of books and returns the screen to your control)

    Of course this could all be 3rd party software issues and hardware issues.

    (And the Pope is getting married to Elton John – when Elton wears out his current partner)

  4. Here’s a tweak: when you adjust volume and brightness you get a screen overlay showing the change. It’s transparency fades in, holds, then fades out. Please make it hold at some level of transparency so you can see what’s behind it, even if barely. It’s so annoying to be in the middle of a task, change the brightness or volume to help, and then have to wait for the overlay to disappear because you can’t see anything beneath it.

  5. If there are multiple users on a Mac, and one is admin and the rest are not, only give the system error messages to the admin. My kids get pop-ups about Time Machine backups and software updates.There’s no excuse for that.

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