The MacRumors Show: macOS 14 Wishlist – What Do We Want to See?

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss some of the top features and changes we would like to see in the next major update to macOS.

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Apple is expected to unveil macOS 14 at WWDC in June this year, but little is known about what enhancements and new features the company will debut with the update. Last year, macOS Ventura introduced Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, FaceTime Handoff, undo send and improved search in Mail, the Weather and Clock app on the Mac for the first time, Shared Tab groups in Safari, and more. We talk through some of the areas where we feel Apple could bring useful changes to the Mac this year, with particular attention to Safari, Mail, Apple Music, notifications, widgets, app organization, and Spotlight.

We also discuss some of the latest news and rumors, including the apparent delay of Apple's 27-inch monitor with mini-LED and ProMotion, scrapping of the iPhone 15 Pro's solid state buttons, likely launch of the 15-inch MacBook Air at WWDC, and alleged iOS 17 feature leaks.

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Top Rated Comments

blazerunner Avatar
13 months ago
The ability to hit the green button and have windows maximize without hiding the dock or file menu. You know, maximize the RIGHT way. Not this full screen crap. Make it an OPTION.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
13 months ago
Wish #1: Fewer Bugs/Better QC

But until Tim Cook turns blue, I guess we won't get this one.

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Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmustaf Avatar
13 months ago
I would like to see *NOTHING* new until quality and performance is consistent and reliable.

If "have you tried resetting, reinstalling, and toggling all these things while standing on your head" was a troubleshooting method I was interested in, or thought having to reinstall a fresh copy of my OS every 6 months was acceptable, I'd use Windows (sadly, the reality is now inverted, Windows is more reliable and performant than ever while I can't say the same for macos on even their newest, latest, greatest version and hardware).

I was hoping the "you're doing it wrong"/"you're holding it wrong" attitude would have gone away with Jobs' departure but the "user is wrong" mentality still persists in Apple's quality/design ethos and it is starting to show in quality. I should not be able to, through normal use of any reasonable platform or OS, introduce such bloat that it requires invasive maintenance of the OS/platform on a regular basis or undesirable/unintended operation.

Apple used to largely live this out and make this real (as much as is possible with technology, which is inherently imperfect, so I am not expecting flawless execution), but post-2010 or so has not been great for macos....
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oofio2461 Avatar
13 months ago
A more stable MacOS? Come on, we can't have a stable OS anymore without Apple revamping stuff that nobody asked? (Cough, Settings Revamp, Cough.)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
prefuse07 Avatar
13 months ago
As others have said -- make macOS solid. Stop wasting time on developing new emojis and useless fluff and just iron out all of the bugs and memory leaks.

Once you've got a solid foundation, then you can start bringing the fluff and shiny so the clueless can be happy
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmustaf Avatar
13 months ago

So many people unhappy with Apple and macOS.

Yet they stick with both, year after year after year. Time muster up some agency and take control.
So, what, you can't be critical of something and still not want to see it improved or not want to undertake the (usually quite burdensome and expensive) endeavor of switching and just hope and express that you'd rather just the thing you are invested in right now would reasonably improve? Is that "control" or is that just reactionary? macos' quality has steadily eroded, but sadly, neither you or I actually "control" that beyond submitting bug reports, feedback, and "speaking with our dollar" (which, well, is arguably completely ineffective for the most part when revenues aren't actually coming from the products in question in any meaningful way except indirectly through ecosystem/walled garden lock in). Buying all new hardware, migrating all data, etc to a marginally "better" platform (if such a thing exists?) sure feels like something, but I wouldn't call it control.

Or, just because Apple is better than other options, does that somehow make its shortcomings acceptable to ignore? Perhaps worse, we all should just be quiet and pretend there are no flaws just because other options are also flawed?

The world you're living in sounds just as bad as a world just full of whiny complainers.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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