A list of half-baked features, and waiting years for a fully-baked features
Finding it tiresome that we have to wait years for Apple to implement fully-baked features, and that’s if your device makes the cut for the update.
I listed a list of features below that I consider half-baked, what are yours? And do you tire of having to wait years for things to be done right?
In my opinion, shared features within the Apple ecosystem should be consistent between the operating systems, otherwise it’s half-baked. The same goes for widely implemented features which I consider the standard, but Apple only implements the bare minimum.
* Files app was introduced in iOS 11, but does not support proper local storage until iOS 13, two years later
* iOS 13 now supports external drives, but does not support encrypted drives
* iOS 13 now supports connecting to a server, but does not support network-attached storages, meaning you cannot access files stored within your AirPort Time Capsule
* Messages in iCloud used to sync only between iOS and macOS when it was first introduced in iOS 11.4, meaning it did not sync with Apple Watch. It took Apple a year later to implement this to watchOS.
* Messages in iCloud syncs iMessages and text messages between iOS and macOS since iOS 11.4, but only iMessages sync with watchOS. Text messages still don’t sync with Apple Watch and it has been over two years since then.
* iOS 13 and macOS Catalina now supports auto dark mode. But iOS has independent scheduling, whereas macOS can only switch modes when it is tied to Night Shift’s scheduling. Both dark mode and Night Shift must be used for the same schedule, or you can have one or the other. You can not set these schedules apart like on iOS.
* iOS introduces Shortcut automations for HomeKit, but it disables timers, unlike regular HomeKit automations which have it. The ‘wait’ recipe for Shortcuts times out at one minute, the only workaround is to tie the Shortcut automation to a HomeKit automation’s timer. This isn’t a limitation.
* iOS 13 introduces a more complex Reminders app, but ever since it’s creation it still can not clear all completed reminders. This is something macOS can do, except not anymore ever since they turned it into a Catalyst app.
* iOS 13 now supports downloading in Safari, which let’s you select where to download via iCloud Drive or locally. macOS Catalina does not properly support downloading to your iCloud Drive’s Downloads folder. Meaning you will have two Downloads folder, while your iCloud Drive’s folder does not have the proper icon.
* macOS Catalina did not give Maps and Books a full and proper makeover with Catalyst. You cannot manage your destinations, favourites, collections, or history in Maps and your Reading Goals are missing in Books.
* You can reset your QuickType’s learning and history on iOS, but you cannot reset macOS’s Touch Bar Typing Suggestions’s learning and history. You can only delete saved words via Finder and that’s from autocorrect. This feature was introduced in 2016.
* All of Apple’s devices can be restarted via software, however HomePods were unable to be restarted until iOS 13, two years later, back then you had to find a move furniture just to restart it.
* watchOS introduced auto playing your workout playlist when you start a workout in 2017, but it did not have the ability to shuffle until 2019
* watchOS limited your playlist list because it was essentially your Up Next, this was the case since Apple Watch launched, but now your full list now shows in 2019
* watchOS 6 now let’s you control all your AirPlay devices and even let’s choose an AirPlay device to stream to from your iPhone using your Apple Watch. But you can not fully remote control an AirPlay speaker like you can on iOS, meaning you can’t choose songs to play from your Apple Watch’s Music app, you can only control its playback controls and Up Next queue.
* Sort order for playlists used to sync between devices since iTunes Match, but no longer is available ever since Apple Music. You must manually update each playlists its play order via macOS.
Some of these quirks should be added it X.1 updates instead of full releases, because some devices aren’t eligible for updates so you’re stuck with a half-baked feature.