WWDC 2013: iOS 7 and Mavericks' missing features

While the developer previews of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks showed some evolutionary new features, there are several new features that are still lacking in Apple's new operating systems.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor
WWDC 2013: Features missing in iOS 7 and Mavericks - Jason O'Grady

The developer previews of Apple's iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks that were announced yesterday at WWDC are packed with new features -- and an entirely new user experience in the case of iOS 7 -- but I was disappointed that several needed features didn't appear to make the cut.

There are a number of features that are noticeably absent from the first developer build of iOS 7 (11A4372q). These should be taken with a grain of salt however, as a lot can change (and hopefully will!) before iOS 7 is released in the fall.

Default apps – There's no way to change default apps, so we're stuck with Safari, Email and Calendar, for the time being. 

Lower case keyboard – Although there are some nice UI tweaks to the new keyboard, lower-case keys are still represented by capital letters. Something I'll never understand.

Alternative keyboards – I'm not holding my breath for this one. Apple's previously said that third party keyboards are a security risk because they can contain key loggers. 

Landscape springboard – I still find it amazing that the iPad home screen can be displayed in landscape mode, but the iPhone's can't. Curiously the new iOS 7 Multitasking Switcher and Control Center both work in landscape (as do most apps, including Mail, Messages and Safari) yet the springboard doesn't. 

Upside-down springboard – When Jony Ive finally realizes that landscape mode is useful on an iPhone, I hope he allows the Springboard (and apps) to be used fully upside-down too (like the iPad does). Since the iPhone 5's ports on the bottom of device, it's almost impossible to use when plugged into power and sitting upside-down in the cup holder of a car. 

Public transit directions – The updated Apple Maps app while improved, still refers you to other apps and the App Store when you touch the link for "transit directions"

Widgets – Although we got similar functionality in Control Center and Notification Center, there's no substitution for real, live widgets. But Jony Ivy continues to tease us with his animated iOS icons! First it was the updating date on the Calendar app, now the Clock icon is live, right down to the sweeping second hand.

Lock screen widgets – While the new Today screen in Notification Center is an improvement over iOS 6, I'd still prefer to have real widget that I can customize.

Menubarlets – Apple tweaked the menu bar in iOS 7 with carrier dots and a new charging icon, but there's still no way to add icons for things like the current temperature, like you can in Android.

Multiple user accounts – While Apple hasn't released a version of iOS 7 for the iPad yet, there's no signs of multiple user support in the current developer build of iO7, so it's looking unlikely this go around. 

Better/more printing options – While the new Share Sheet and AirDrop functionality are welcome additions, they don't change the fact that there are only a small amount of printers that support AirPrint. 

OS X Mavericks is missing one major feature that was rumored to be coming: full Siri integration. The first developer build of Mavericks ships with the same Dictation and Speech Control Panel that debuted in Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), but no Siri. Which is a shame. Hopefully Siri will arrive in a subsequent build of Mavericks.

I'm sure more missing features will come to mind, and I'll update this post when then do. In the mean time, what's missing in iOS 7 and Mavericks for you?

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