My wishes for Apple OSX 10.15

My wishes for Apple OSX 10.15 and the problems I have with OSX 10.14

Since the spring of 2016, I’m using an Apple computer as my daily driver. Before that, I have worked for years with MS-DOS and Windows Computers. I still use Windows. But for continuity OSX is a much better system. I like the clear barrier between what is system and what is your data. The idea that Apple’s security is better is also a big factor. It’s harder to infect an OSX system than a windows system. I have to admit that the improvements that Apple is making to OSX lately are minimum. But for me, that doesn’t feel like a big problem. A car with four wheels with a radio-cd player will drive just as good as a car with a radio-mp3 player. Both get their shit down, but one has a tiny more modern radio. But sometimes you just want to upgrade the 12-volt plug to a USB plug.

I always hope that Apple will regain its focus to the Apple computers. Let’s hope they forget about computers and stop giving them more features. Next week Apple’s World Developers Conference WWDC will start. This year they will hold the WWDC between Monday 3 June and Friday 7 June. It’s the tradition that Apple is sharing its new plans for its future operating systems with the public in a keynote on the first day. In the summer months we can test a half dozen betas before in September they release the final version of the new operating system to the big public.

Last two years I made a list of frustrations I have with OSX. Why not write a blog post about those frustrations? What are my wishes for the next OSX release? What needs Apple to repair in OSX?

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive synchronizes all my files in the Desktop and the Documents folder with the Apple cloud service. So I always have an online backup of my important files in the cloud. I can reach all the files with my iPhone when I need them on the road.

Selective synchronization for folders.

In iCloud Drive, you have the option to optimize your mac storage. If this function is activated, iCloud Drive will remove the physical files from your hard disk when you run out of hard disk space. The files are still reachable in the cloud. When you open a file, the computer will instantly download this file from the iCloud. With a high-speed internet connection, you won’t even notice it. But do you have always a fast internet connection?
Sadly, this function is not working well. Even if you have space on your hard disk. The iCloud drive will still remove files from your hard disk. This will make your daily work extra slow. Every time you need a file the system download it back from the cloud. It deletes even a file I edited a day ago when I still had enough free space on my hard disk. The algorithm that Apple is using to decide which files are deleted to make space is too aggressive. This is for me the reason I don’t use the optimize mac storage function. You only have the option to use this function on your whole drive. It all or nothing. You don’t have the option to only optimize selected folders. I would love to use optimize mac storage on a few folders I hardly touch. Like ebooks or backup files.

iCloud Drive pause

The iCloud Drive synchronizes instantly every new file or edits with the internet. Sadly, I don’t have always access to a high-speed internet connection. Or I’m using my mobile phone as an internet connection with my MacBook. Which sadly, comes with a data limit. My wish would be a pause function for iCloud. Or even better, a suspend mode. That I can pause the synchronization for an amount of time. Apple Photos has this function. Please bring it also to iCloud Drive. If I’m working one afternoon with my phone as an internet connection I can pause the synchronization for four hours. When I’m home, the laptop will automatically resume the synchronization.

Apple Photos

I’m using an Apple laptop and an iPhone 7. Apple Photos is then a great program. I shoot a picture on the street. When I come home, the picture is already on my laptop. If import the pictures from my digital camera on my laptop. I can show them right away to others with my phone. Every edit I make are seamlessly synchronized. But the software needs improvement. I don’t get the feeling that Apple is giving the software the care it deserves.

Apple Photos needs a speed bump

First, I’m hoping for a speed bump in Apple Photos. Last month I was using the old program Apple Aperture with a gigantic database which contains my old pictures from the last 20 years. I was surprised by how fast and smooth it was running with all those ten-thousands high-quality raw files. Aperture is offering more functions than Apple Photos. But Apple Photos feels way slower and sluggish. I hope that Apple can improve and optimize the Apple Photos code to make it run smoother. Simple things like rotating a picture are in Apple Aperture so much faster than in Apple Photos.

Face recognizing is doing nothing

For weeks I see the text “To finish updating your people, quit photos and make sure your mac is connected to power”. It shows this message in the faces tab. For hours my laptop is on the desk doing nothing. Why are those photos not analyzed? I would love to see a function I can start a forced analyze on the pictures. When I go to bed, I know I won’t use the computer for the next eight hours. Eight hours of computing power that’s not used. Apple, fix this problem. Why are those pictures not analyzed? After a month is still weird, you didn’t analyze those last 4000 pictures I imported.

Why is there no real video trim?

You shoot a video that lasts for some minutes. But in that video maybe 20 seconds are worth keeping. Apple Photos is offering a trim function that keeps the original video in the background. But that’s a waste of space. In the Finder, I can trim a video and save it as a new file. The file goes from hundreds of megabytes to a file that’s ten times as small. But I don’t want to export a video out of Apple photos to Apple finder. Trim the video and then import it again. I really hope I can do this action within Apple Photos. The code is already in the OSX finder. they just need to make the button in Apple Photos.

Rotating a video in Apple Photos is impossible

When I want to film something from above the sensor in the iPhone can’t decide if I film in portrait or in landscape mode. So I have a bunch of videos I filmed in landscape mode, but the iPhone decided it’s a portrait. In Apple photos, there is not an option to rotate a video. It’s not there. So I need to export a video out of Apple Photos, rotate it in OSX finder and export it back. Make that button available in Apple Photos. You will make a lot of people happy.

Technical search for that unique photo.

Nobody will use function except me. In Apple Aperture you could do a technical search. I could find all the pictures I took with a Canon 350D camera, a wide-angle lens and taken with ISO 800. Sometimes I just want to find all video shoot in a certain format. Or videos shot in 60FPS. But Apple Photos can‘t do this. I can search for dogs, places, and faces. That’s about it. Please bring some Apple Aperture search functions to Apple Photos.

Save disk space. Convert old photo to HEIC format

In my Photos library, I have thousands of old raw files. They are each between 10 and 20 MB big. But those are just vacation pictures I took on a trip. It‘ not about the picture quality anymore, but the memory I have about it. I really don‘t mind converting those pictures to JPG or HEIC to save a big chunk of space. Cleanmymac had this function a few years ago. It showed all the pictures in raw format. I could just click the pictures I like to convert. The program took care of the rest. Sadly, Apple change/removed the API that made this function possible. The makers of Cleanmymac had to remove this function from their program.

When I want to open an HEVC in Apple Photos please don’t convert it.

When I want to open an HEVC video file in an external program from within Apple Photos, that file is converted to an H264 mp4 file. But I need to edit the original file. Most of my program can handle an HEVC file without any problems. But Apple maybe has the belief that only Apple is using HEVC, so when you bring it outside of the Apple ecosystem/application it has to be converted in a more compatible format. Please give me the function to disable this. Another horrible thing is when the HEVC video is converted to an H264 video the metadata is also stripped and replaced with Apple metadata. So the new file has been stripped of the information which camera was used and on which day the video was recorded. So don‘t convert the file if I want to edit it with an external program. DON’T.

Please keep all my pictures local in Apple Photos

I don’t know if this is a bug or not. In Apple Photos I choose to keep all the original photos on my hard disk. But this is not working 100 percent. I still have photos in my library when I want to see, but Apple Photos needs to download them first from the cloud. I think it’s a bug. But a bug that can have a big impact when you are canceling iCLoud. You think you have all your orignal pictures on your computer. But that’s not true. You will loose them.

The use of Time Machine on an APFS volume

Two years ago Apple introduced a new file system for OSX. It‘s ready for the future with a bunch of new features. But still, I can’t use a Time Machine backup on an APFS formatted hard disk. I think this is weird because APFS offers some big advantages over HFS+. The first advantage is that you can upgrade Time Machine to a modern snapshot system. APFS can make an instant snapshot of a system. This is already a backup of the data. Apple can implement this snapshot system in their time machine system. Its fasters and future proof. Second is that instead of making links between files you can use the more modern duplication system in APFS. No need to use the old symbolic link system. The third is that files on an APFS volume are better protected against corruption.

Time Machine to the iCloud

I have the biggest iCloud subscription available. It gives me 2TB of online space in the Apple cloud. I only use around 400GB of that space. 1600 GB is unused. I hope that Apple will introduce a backup system for computers to iCloud. Let‘s call it Time Machine to the iCloud. My iPhone already has that function. Every night the data on my iPhone is back-upped to the Apple iCloud. Bringing this to the Mac would be great. This could be the last resort when you lose your laptop and local Time Machine backups in a fire or burglary. You only need to get yourself another Apple computer and you can restore all your data, preference and applications back from the cloud. It will take longer than restoring a local Time Machine backup. But for many people, time is not a problem, they care about restoring there data. Even if it can take a few days.

Apple Mail

This program gets things done. It’s stable and easy for the eye. But it’s old fashion. I miss the new functions that Google‘s Gmail is offering.

Mail snooze

Gmail offers mail snooze. When I receive an e-mail with an action I don‘t need to do right away. I can snooze this e-mail until the moment I want to work on that action. When I order a product from China, it takes weeks to reach me. So I snooze the e-mail with the order for a week. Every week I check which orders I received. If the package did not arrive I just snooze the order e-mail again for a week. So I have a good overview of what I still need to receive from China. I would love to see Apple bring this snooze functionality to Apple Mail. Then I don‘t need to get the Gmail app on my phone if I want to snooze an e-mail.

Everything is getting smarter. Why not Apple Mail

Apple Mail needs more Artificial intelligence. I would like to see a function that can delete old unimportant e-mails. The AI will examine all e-mails from one webshop. It will delete all the newsletters but will keep the important e-mails about orders i made. What I see in Gmail is that the AI is making automatic reply e-mails. If I receive an e-mail in my Gmail app and I hit reply. There is already magic. I can choose from three pre-formatted replies. If I received a new working schedule I can just choose “confirmed. Thank you.” It saves me a lot of time.

Pinch to zoom in Apple mail

This is a no-brainer. In almost every program in OSX, I can pinch with my fingers to zoom in a document, a picture or a webpage. But Apple still forgot to bring this functionality to Apple Mail. I can‘t zoom in when I receive an e-mail with small pictures. Apple, Don’t forget to build this function in Apple mail.


Overall, small things that Apple can do in the System. And all the things I don’t want to make a separate category for.

Battery level for Bluetooth headphones

When I pair my Bluetooth headphone with my iPhone, I can see in the menubar the battery level of my headset. But in OSX I don’t see this information. When I’m listening to music or I’m watching a movie I have no idea what the battery level of my headphone is. On my iPhone, I can have a quick peek at the percentage. But I don’t see this option in OSX.

Smart mode so your batteries will last longer

Why can a Tesla electric car charge every night and drives for a decade without losing a lot of battery capacity? But a Laptop battery is worn-out in two/three years time? It has something to do with the margins the batteries are charged. I read in a blog post that Tesla batteries are almost never drained 100 percent. But also never charged 100 percent. They are kept between two values where the batteries have the least wear. When you are using a battery it will experience a lot of chemical stress when it almost empty, or when you want to charge it completely full. There are people who don’t use their laptop all day on the battery. They only use the battery for short amounts on the battery. But every time they plug the charger back in the laptop the battery will be charged back to 100 percent. This will put a lot of stress on the battery and one day it will start losing capacity. The smart mode will keep the laptop batteries in a safe margin. If you use every day you laptop only two hours on the battery. The system will keep the battery around 60 – 70 percent. If you use your battery from 70 percent to 40 percent on battery mode and you plug your laptop back in. The system will charge the battery to 70 percent and stop charging. The last 30 percent is not needed and will put a lot of stress on the battery if you want to charge it till 100 percent. So it‘s not necessary. If you never use your laptop on battery power then the smart system will keep the battery level at 40 percent. That‘s the same amount when a laptop is shipped. A 40 percent full battery has the least amount of stress. If you can keep a battery on 40 percent I can last for years.

Disk utility is unusable.

I can have a rant about this application. But I just want to share that it is unusable. It gives me non-stop errors. Many times it is just showing you a rotating beachball. The application is worthless. Just throw it away, Apple and write something that works. It’s faster for me to start a virtual machine and do my work in a partition manager than using disk utility. It’s a piece of garbage.

Activity monitor doesn’t show everything

In Activity monitor, I try to understand why my laptop is getting hot or why my battery is draining fast. In the energy tab, you have an overview of your programs and how much energy they are using. I would love to see two adjustments in this tab. The first adjustment is that I want to see more background activities. I want to see how much energy Time machine, iCloud Drive, Spotlight or the Apple Photos are really using in the background. The Activity Monitor only shows the foreground activities. This doesn’t give a realistic view of which process is using energy. Please show all the background activities. Then I can see why my laptop is hot or draining energy. Now I can only blame the internet browser. But in the CPU tab, I see that the time machine is using a lot of CPU power. The second thing I want to see is energy usage since the moment you unplug the charger. Now it shows data from the last 12 hours. But I want to see which applications are draining the battery on the moment I’m really working from a battery. I really don‘t care about which application was using energy when I was sleeping last night.

Fullscreen splitscreen frustration

I love to use applications in the full-screen mode. I can swipe quickly through all the apps with my fingers. I prefer that every application has its own space. When I’m in an application that is full-screen and I want to open an application that isn’t running in a space, OSX will open that app in a split-screen mode. You can see in the animated gif below this text how that looks like. I don’t like it at all. I want that a app opens in its own fullscreen space. Apple mail in splitscreen is unusable on a 13 inch screen. Please gives us an option to disable the splitscreen function.

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