There are plenty of “I wish Apple would add this” to iOS posts floating around, but I want to focus on something more specific: iOS and Apple’s core apps that are missing important features from their Mac counterparts.

A few of these have bugged me for a while, but I also put this idea to Twitter and got some great recommendations from followers:

  • Contacts can see Groups created on the Mac, but cannot create groups or add contacts to them.
  • Calendar lacks a natural language input system (example: Lunch with Mel Thursday 11:30am) – thanks Rob Wensing
  • Photos can see folders of albums created in Photos for Mac, but cannot create folders or add albums to them.
  • Faces features in Photos are pretty lacking. You can search for Faces you’ve added on Mac, but there is no way to view a full list or add faces on iOS.
  • Smart anything lists from apps like Mail (folders) and iTunes (playlists). Music at least gained the ability to see said lists recently, but it still can’t create them.
  • A ‘Get Info’ panel in Music and Video, like iTunes for Mac, to edit media details – thanks Karan Varindani
  • GarageBand for Mac can import audio from just about anywhere and any supported files. The iOS version is severely limited in this regard – thanks Darren

Honorable mention: there is still no way to just view a Mac App Store link on iOS – thanks Adam Stahr.

I’m sure this isn’t an exhaustive list. What am I missing?

Update:

  • The ability to set default apps for things like email, browser, contacts, and calendar – thanks Benjamin Roethig.
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