It’s almost that time of year again when everybody is wondering what Apple will surprise us with. But as we get closer to the announcement of iOS9, there are several long-term issues that Apple should focus on fixing before they start adding new headline features.
First, the Health app needs significant improvement. While the app is designed as a database of health data, there is no reason that it should be so difficult to decipher without third-party apps. Adding labels to graphs and charts or suggesting the appropriate apps would help.
Second, Notification Center is a great idea with a poor implementation. As every app tries to get your attention by issuing a notification, some basic sorting and prioritizing becomes essential. VIP email and messages should appear at the top of the list, while reminders about recent Twitter discussions could probably be relegated.
Finally, Apple Maps still lacks the essential public transit information it needs to be successful. This has been an ongoing source of frustration since Maps was launched and, as new devices like Apple Watch are released, there is an even bigger burden to get this fixed, fast.