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WWDC 2021 Community Wishlist

A compilation of predictions and wishlists for WWDC 2021.

Blog Posts, Articles & Tweets

Podcast Episodes


Hardware Announcements

  • 14" MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon
  • Pre-announcement of new Mac Pro
  • New Apple external display

User-Facing Apps & Features


  • The ability to view and configure Smart Mailboxes in Mail for iOS. (Becky Hansmeyer)
  • The ability to schedule a background task for a specific time or interval. (Darren Jones @venderbase)
  • The ability to back up to an external drive (i.e. Time Machine)
  • A method for adding third-party wallpapers that won't clutter up your Photo Library and also supports light/dark mode
  • Some degree of widget interactivity, such as the ability to easily start/stop timers, check to-do items, increment a counter, etc.
  • Battery Health on iPad
  • App Library on iPad + ability to place widgets anywhere on home screen
  • Window management using keyboard shortcuts (just copy Windows already, so Cmd + <- tiles a window to the left-half of the screen)
  • Calculator app on iPad
  • Multiple user profiles on iPad
  • Redesign of the Home app
  • First-party "pro" apps brought from macOS to iPad (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Logic, etc.)
  • More size options for widgets
  • A modern take on Location Manager: different 'profiles' of settings (VPN, passcode security, DnD, …) depending on contexts (e.g., whether you are at work, at home, or on the go).


  • Apple Watch pairing with iPad
  • Third-party watch faces


  • Widgets should be moved somewhere other than the Notifications panel. (Becky Hansmeyer)
  • Window management using keyboard shortcuts (just copy Windows already, so Cmd + <- tiles a window to the left-half of the screen)
  • Shortcuts!


Developer Tools & Frameworks


  • A way to manage First Responder (think TextField focus and tab order)
  • Search Bar support or similar in Lists or ScrollViews to add views to the navigation bar that appear with a scroll gesture. (@JoshHrach)
  • Testing framework with support for querying Views and modifiers similar to ViewInspector
  • Pull-to-refresh
  • A way to change the status bar style (light/dark) at runtime using the SwiftUI app life cycle
  • Accessory views for TextFields/TextViews
  • Inactive/destructive states in Context Menus
  • Context menu preview-providers (for showing a custom preview on long-press/right-click)
  • SwiftUI version of UIVisualEffectView
  • Native support for the share sheet
  • Ability to add an alphabetical section index to a List
  • Add pin selection detection in Map and add a two way binding for the selected pin.
  • Ability to include Link within Text

Other Apple Frameworks (i.e. AVFoundation, UIKit, SiriKit, etc.)

  • A modern successor to Core Data that plays well with Combine and SwiftUI
  • A sync solution that combines CloudKit and Multipeer Connectivity or Watch Connectivity, so that sync is instantaneous when devices are nearby. (@stevenpotato)
  • Improved support in NSPersistentCloudKitContainer for scheduling background uploads, improving the reliability of saving to CloudKit when used in an app extension (Josh Hrach)
  • AVFoundation to support display and capture of additional video channels beyond Red, Green and Blue: Such as Alpha and Depth (Alex ‘4D’ Gollner)


  • Xcode for iPad
  • A better way to manage build numbers

Miscellaneous (Developer Tools & Frameworks)

  • SwiftUI-like simplification of 2D/3D (perhaps building on top of SpriteKit/SceneKit like SwiftUI builds on UIKit) (Josh Hrach)
  • Ability to define alternate app icons as App Icon Assets instead of manually including icon images in the project. (Josh Hrach)
  • Run custom code in iCloud (similar to lambda functions in AWS)
  • CI/CD tools
  • Reorganize documentation in a way that reduces duplication of functions that are common between all SwiftUI views
  • SwiftUI hot-reloading similar to Flutter (Simulator and on device)
  • New flavors of ProRes: ProRes 444D to encode depth maps, ProRes AR to encode detected environment at capture time (Alex ‘4D’ Gollner)
  • Swift Playground for developing FxPlug 4 extensions to video applications (Alex ‘4D’ Gollner @alex4D)
  • Reduce/remove Developer Program membership fee
  • Ability to build watch faces

App Store Policy, Tools, and APIs

  • TestFlight for macOS
  • Upgrade pricing

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or Mixed Reality

  • Support ARKit replay data in simulators


  • Improvements to music storage and syncing with Apple Music that will hopefully mean reliable song integrity when dealing with artists with multiple live concerts, especially when uploading song versions not found on Apple Music. (Apple Music currently can't handle this and destroys music libraries as a result.) (Josh Hrach)


A compilation of predictions and wishlists for WWDC 2021.






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