iOS 14 Wishlist: 10 ways Apple can take the iPhone to the next level

Last year, after the debut of iOS 12, I put together a list of features I hoped to see in iOS 13. And Apple listened!

Okay, it’s not likely that anybody at Apple read my article and altered a single plan based on it, but the company did give several of the things I’ve been asking for.

There’s still a lot left on the table, though. So many more features and significant changes that seem easy to identify (if not easy to develop) that would make iPhones more useful.

I want about a million things for iOS 14 (multiple timers, for example) but many are small tweaks not worth getting worked up about. Here’s a list of the ten biggest and most far-reaching features I hope to see in iOS 14.

Note: Now that iOS and iPadOS have technically split, this list doesn’t include iPad-specific features—that’s another list! Also, there are features I’d love to see that require new iPhone hardware, which aren’t included here. These are features I’d like to see for all iPhone models that could run iOS 14.

Prioritize reliability

After a surprisingly trouble-free iOS 12 release, iOS 13 has been full of problems. The release schedule was staggered and disjointed, and Apple’s still squashing significant bugs.

There are reports that Apple has once again altered its development process to improve reliability, and it can’t come soon enough. The buzzwords for iOS 14 should be “stability” and “performance.”

More than any new feature, making sure that the first release of iOS 14 is fast, fluid, and trouble-free for the hundreds of millions of devices upon which it will run should be priority number one.