With a new version of OS X on the horizon - with the potential of an unveiling of the new look OS X at WWDC - we asked some Macworld contributors as well as Macworld's twitter followers what features they are hoping to see in the next version of Apple’s Mac operating system. This is what they told us.
For ideas of what the next version of OS X might be called read: Possible names for the next OS X PLUS read everything we know about OS X and launch date information here.
Tell us which features you would like to see in OS X in the comments below this story and we'll keep updating it until we have the definitive wishlist for Mac OS X 10.10 (or whatever it's going to be called).
In this video we discuss the new Macs on the horizon, as well as what might be in store for the new version of OS X:
New look: Bring iOS 7 to OS X
KAREN HASLAM: Apple's design guru Jonathan Ive is said to be spearheading an aesthetic redesign of Mac OS X, we expect that it will have more in common with iOS, but will it be completely iOS-ified? We hope not. We think that Apple is keen to keep the two operating systems unique - after all the way you use a touch screen is different to the way you use a desktop or laptop Mac. But if the two become more streamlined, in terms of the apps we use on them, this should be a good thing - as long as Mac apps don't get dumbed down to be more like their iOS counterparts.
Some of our readers are vey keen on the idea that OS X should be more like iOS 7. In comments, Laurence Eckert said: "I would really love to see the next version of OS X be flatter, like iOS 7 is."
@MacworldUK A slightly more uniformed design, at the moment some of the design feels a little disjointed since mavericks/iOS 7 sleekness.— Jack Burrows (@jrburrows) April 16, 2014
Less like iOS...
Not everyone wants to see the iOS style in OS X, however.
"iOS that has to be brought to OS-X's standards - not the reverse. iOS is a mess of inconsistent UI, without a file or window manager. Whenever iOS themes have been brought to OS-X, they have invariably made my life harder in the name of minimalism and style," said Azstefano in comments.
Azstefano continued: "When I fight with a sluggish, invisible scrollbar in a window, or have to take two steps to get more info on the update that wants to install, instead of having 'more info' be the default, because that just wouldn't be stylish... when I want to do work instead of play with a toy, these moments remind me that Apple needs a leader who can look beyond the dollar signs. Jobs made mistakes, but he could acknowledge error."
"OS-X needs a little less of iOS. Perhaps iOS can lose some of its style-over-substance, by integrating OS-X elements."
Better OS X & iOS unification
Some Macworld readers and contributors think that what is essential is for OS X and iOS to work better together.
NICK SPENCE: I hope Apple will embrace greater integration between desktop OS and iOS, effectively simplifying the sharing of content between the two particularly by cloud based services, which aren't crippled by lack of available space.
@MacworldUK OS X Sequoia; Siri; More battery management tweaks; iOS 7 look and feel; AirDrop to iOS; unlock Mac with iPhone using iBeacon— Martin Bennett (@MartinBennett76) April 16, 2014
Siri control in OS X
Others think that some iOS features should make their way into OS X.
We're not convinced that Siri would be a useful feature on our Macs, we think that the use of voice to control your computer in a room full of workers might annoy your colleagues. Some of our readers think it's a great idea though.
Most wanted: OS X AirDrop between Mac and iOS
KAREN HASLAM: Apple really needs to sort things out so that users can AirDrop from Mac to iPhone and vice versa. It's preposterous that the solution – which has the same name – doesn't work across the two platforms. Apparently the only difference is that iOS 7 uses Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi for AirDrop, while Mac OS X only uses Wi-Fi. (This makes us wonder if Apple really needs to use Bluetooth for AirDrop in iOS since it can be a bit of a power hog if left on – at least in our experience).
LOU HATTERSLEY: It winds me up that I can't AirDrop files between Mac OS X and iOS. In the next edition of OS X I'd like to be able to select a file in Finder and choose Share > AirDrop and bounce the file directly to iOS (where I can choose an app to open it). The file sharing between Mac OS X and iOS is far too clumsy and has been for years.
Bring back DVD burning
@MacworldUK an easier way to burn the installation DVD/USB drive! Right now it sux! A "burn DVD" or "create USB" script will be useful!— A?C (@ASCrociani) April 16, 2014
Replace System Preferences with iOS Control Centre
ASHLEIGH ALLSOPP: I think a Control Centre like the one introduced with iOS 7 would be an amazing addition to OS X 10.10. I hate having to go into the System Preferences app and search through the various options to find what I’m looking for. An easy access Control Centre with various regularly required options would be beneficial. Plus, the ability to customise that Control Centre would be even better, letting different types of Mac users add their preferred controls.
Improve the Dock in OS X
This is another new feature that we'd like to see in the next version of OS X. Improvements to the Dock.
Reader Guido suggested: "Change the Dock so that you can more easily see all open windows of a program (like Hyperdock). ?Also pinned shortcuts to most recently used (or manually pinned) documents behind the dock icons (like the windows 7 feature, sorry to mention)."
Make Expose more useful
KAREN HASLAM - I used to live by Expose for a quick view of the documents we had open in a particular application, and it annoyed us when Apple changed it to Mission Control. You can still, sort of, achieve the old style Expose by tapping Control-F3, but it's not the same. Read our Mac keyboard shortcuts article for more Mac keyboard tips.
Better use of Time Capsule
Time Machine makes backing up simpler, but one of our readers is wondering if Apple could take things a step further with it's accompanying hardware, Time Capsule.
"I'd like to see OSX 10.10 (& iOS 8) interacting with Time Capsule as more of a live information hub with connected iDevices or Macs acting as caches so they never fill up - as with a fusion drive," said McDave in comments.
Speed OS X up and make it bug free
NICK SPENCE: Apple need to squash those bugs once and for all, which would make life easier and enforce that feeling of 'this just works' I felt when I bought my first Apple laptop back in the early 1990s.
@MacworldUK Speedier. Mavericks seems to have caused sluggishness in my main workhorse mac.— Mandy Pearse (@MandyPearse) April 16, 2014
OS X apps: Fix iTunes please!
KAREN HASLAM: iTunes 11 was a big change, but it's as if Apple changed the wrong things. Apple needs to go back to basics with iTunes 12 - but essentially it needs to not completely wreck our existing iTunes libraries.
NICK SPENCE: I would also like Apple to rethink iTunes, its come so far from its origins as a way of organising your music we really need to start afresh. The current version isn't very user friendly, particularly if you are old school like me and still want to import tracks from CD rather than buy them again on iTunes.
@MacworldUK flatter design and sort out iTunes Match in iTunes: kills my plays numbers + won’t sync playlists & plays across my iOS devices.— Damo (@damo_lb) April 16, 2014
NICK SPENCE: I have spent many happy hours compiling my favourite tracks into 'mix-tapes' over the years and I would love an easy way to directly share these from iTunes with friends and followers. This would involve a streaming service similar to Spotify, which I really hope Apple will introduce although it will likely impact of sales of digital music downloads.
OS X apps: Improvements and fixes for Apple Mail
NICK SPENCE: Despite promises of improvements, I still see issues with Apple Mail, which is why I rarely use it these days. Those issues, and plenty are highlighted on Apple related forums, need to be fixed, indeed I love to see Apple create a new Mail from scratch with a fresh look built on a non-buggy foundation.
OS X apps: Quick Look
KAREN HASLAM: It would be really handy to be able to select text in Quick Look and paste it into another document.
J Springate in comments agreed: "Sort out Quick Look," he wrote.
OS X apps: New iPhoto features, including digital books
NICK SPENCE: I'd love to see an all new iPhoto with a more intuitive and attractive user interface that encourages creativity with the ability to easily create both digital books and real world books. I know this has been possible in the past but Apple's efforts pale in comparison to those now offered by third parties such as Blurb.
KAREN HASLAM: Over the years my iPhoto library has become humongous! iPhoto really struggles with such a large library, if Apple can find a solution for archiving older images, that is simple for normal people to implement (perhaps via Time Machine) that would be fabulous.
OS X apps: Bring back Rosetta
DAVID BRADFORTH I'd like OS X 11 to reintroduce support for Rosetta. I love my retro games, and it's frustrating that some of the original Mac games can no longer be used natively. (Virtualising the old operating system could do it, but it's not quite the same…)
Apple must make an impact with next OS X
One thing is for sure, whatever Apple does, it needs to look like it means business.
NICK SPENCE: Apple needs to bring back the 'wow factor.' The most recent OS, the unfortunately named Mavericks, seems more like an insubstantial tweak of the previous update, which might explain why Apple didn't charge for it. That said, I'm glad Apple made Mavericks available to those with older Macs like myself but I only wish they'd ignore the pressure to offer regular OS updates. They should reserve those updates for new features and significant make-overs of existing features without distracting from what makes Apple great - simplicity and usability. Those features should surprise and delight and greatly distinguish Apple again from the competition, both Windows and Android OS. An Apple OS needs to innovate and introduce features we didn't even know we needed but will eventually find essential.
Read our wishlist of new features for iOS 8 here.