Apple won’t announce “iOS 9″ until the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, June 8. Until then, we’re left with rumors, speculation, and a wish list of what we’d like to see on the next operating system for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. This is our second take on the subject; our previous list of iOS 9 must haves was published in mid-April.
Clear all open apps and notifications at once
My daughter really likes to use my iPhone 6 Plus when we’re road tripping, despite her owning an iPad mini 2. Hours later, my smartphone is littered with countless open kids games. There really needs to be a way to close these. This is something that Apple should have been offering in iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8, and yes, now iOS 9.
Come on, Apple. While you’re at it, let us trash all of our Notifications at once too. Likelihood: ★★★☆☆
Split screen multitasking
This is one of those features that was expected in iOS 8. Our thinking is that it will finally be revealed at the “iPad Pro” event, which probably isn’t next month. When the feature does arrive, expect it to be supported on all iPad models. Likelihood: ★★★★☆ (but not in June)
More dynamic wallpapers, the ability to customize
The current crop of dynamic wallpapers are boring — and dated. We’d like to see more of these and given the ability to make our own. Likelihood: ★★☆☆☆
More universal Apple apps
Last month, we suggested that the native Weather and Stock apps should be available on iPad. This month, we’re adding the Calculator and Health apps to this list. Likelihood: ★★☆☆☆
Hide Apple Watch app
Most iPhone users don’t own an Apple Watch — and never will. With this in mind, the official Apple Watch app shouldn’t show up on every iPhone. Adding it to a folder doesn’t count. Likelihood: ★☆☆☆☆
Low energy mode
The Apple Watch features a power reserve mode that should be added to iPhone with iOS 9. This one sounds like a no brainer, no? Likelihood: ★★☆☆☆☆
Apple’s iOS 9 is almost certainly going to be unveiled in June during the WWDC keynote address. Until then, what would you like to see in iOS 9?