[Updated] An unordered list of arguably key features that iOS and Apple’s apps lack from their Mac counterparts

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.