I’m tired of “Pro” meaning “video/audio/photo professional.” Yeah, we get it, such folks need a lot of chip power and are happy because a $6000 monitor is so much cheaper than the $30,000 monitor they’d have to buy otherwise.
Speaking as a professional who uses my Mac and iPhone intensively every workday, I’d like to see some attention paid to the needs of pros who deal in other kinds of data. Here are a few products and features I’d like to see from Apple that would increase my productivity.
Standalone Retina displays in several sizes, plus:
- Industrial design that matches the Mac mini, MacBook Air/Pro, and the iMacs
- Sizing that allows the displays to sit next to the iMacs without needing a book underneath to hit the same height
- An option for switching to portrait orientation
- A plethora of ports—I shouldn’t need hubs of any sort
Better ergonomics in the iMac line—it’s embarrassing to have to prop them up on books to get them to the proper height. Screens should be able to raise up and down as well as tilting back and forward.
Center-focused keyboard and trackpad options for desktop Macs. The keyboard/trackpad layout of the laptops provides balanced ergonomics that’s almost impossible to recreate on the desktop, where the mouse or trackpad is always pushed off—sometimes way off—to the side. (I do it with a Contour Designs RollerMouse.)
Front-facing cameras on the Macs that approach the quality of the iPhone/iPad cameras. Videoconferencing is here to stay, and while it’s good that Apple went from the ludicrously terrible 720p to 1080p in the 2020 iMac and 2021 MacBook Pro, that’s not nearly far enough. Plus, Center Stage support is essential so people are not locked into a tiny box in front of their computers for hours every day.
FaceTime support that would massively reduce the need for authentication actions beacuse the Mac could see that you were in front of it. Touch ID is a step in the right direction but doesn’t go nearly far enough. Want to make people more productive? Allow them to stop dealing with passwords all the freaking time.
Function keys with tiny screens on them, which could provide some of the best of the Touch Bar features (something understandable rather than F3) while still retaining a tactile feel. Since the early 1990s, I’ve mapped my function keys to my primary apps for fast task switching, but I could imagine plenty of other uses if they were easier to see and remember.
Rounded edges on the front inside of Apple’s laptops. That edge is really sharp and hard on the hands for those who type for long periods of time.
What other features or product changes would you like to see? Perhaps I’ll turn this into an article when we’re done.