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2021 was a crucial year for Apple. He saw the company backtrack on various strategic decisions in recent years as it took a giant leap toward providing consumers with exactly what they were asking for. Whether it’s top-tier smartphones that refined a winning formula, or the next generation of laptops that have set the standard for performance and battery life, or even accessories like AirTags that showcase the power of vertical integration.
Additionally, Apple doubled down on privacy by drastically limiting the amount of data that apps can capture without explicit permission. It also allowed Some apps to advertise alternative subscription options to avoid Apple’s 30% cut. All in all, it was a pretty good year for Apple fans. However, there is still a long way to go for Apple’s products and ecosystem to reach their true potential. Here are five things we want to see from Apple in 2022.
1. Recover Touch ID
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As good as Face ID is, the never-ending pandemic and face mask mandates have shown that phones are not ready to go primetime with face unlocking. For its part, Apple tried to tweak the Face ID software algorithms to better account for face coverings, but in my personal experience, it has never worked. It has also reaffirmed the need for an alternative biometric authentication system on the iPhone.
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In-screen fingerprint scanners have been prevalent in Android smartphones for more than a few years at the moment. Additionally, the latest generation of scanners is finally reliable enough to pass Apple’s strict benchmarks for new technology adoption. There have been rumors over the years pointing to a possible iPhone equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner, but two years after the pandemic, we still haven’t seen a device from the company.
Truth be told, I’ll just as happily take a fingerprint scanner built into the power button as on the new iPad Air. Touch ID is a tried and tested piece of technology that is already available in shipping hardware, making it much easier for Apple to bring it back to phones.
2. USB-C support
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Like our 2021 Apple wish list, USB-C support is among the top things we want to see from Apple next year. Apple’s continued adoption of USB-C across its portfolio of tablets and laptops has left the iPhone and entry-level iPads the only ones outside the ubiquitous standard.
In 2022, it seems that Apple could finally make the switch, but not of its own accord. Earlier this year, the European Union proposed mandatory USB-C support guidelines to create a unified charging port. The measure is designed to reduce electronic waste and would force all manufacturers to adopt a common standard for their cable charging solutions.
The proposal has yet to be put to a vote in the European Parliament. However, it has wide support, so it is a given that the proposal will pass and Apple will have to comply. Unless, of course, the iPhone ditches a wired connector entirely and goes completely wireless. However, for it to be a successful move, the iPhone needs one more thing.
3. Faster charging
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In 2021, the iPhone 13 series gained slightly faster charging speeds. The iPhone 13 Pro supports a 23W charge and the 13 Pro Max goes up to 27W. However, heading into 2022, load times of more than an hour and a half are still too slow, taking away the innovative high-end experience that Apple aspires to.
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This is particularly notable when compared to the competition from Android and the blazing fast 120W charging speeds that are expected to debut in 2022. It’s not just faster wired charging that Apple needs to innovate on. Magsafe, Apple’s current wireless charging solution, maxes out at 15W, which can take more than two hours to charge a phone. If Apple wants any chance of success with a fully wireless iPhone, it will need its own solution to combat the 50W or even 80W wireless charging solutions offered by Android alternatives.
4. A more accessible Apple watch
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However, connecting the Apple Watch to the iPhone is an impediment to doing so. the smart watch of choice. Allowing Android users to pair an Apple Watch with their smartphone would be a win-win situation for the company as it serves as the perfect mockery for the iOS ecosystem. What’s even more irritating is the fact that Apple won’t let you set the watch with an iPad or macOS device either.
As someone who prefers to have their hands and feet in all ecosystems, I prefer an Android phone as my primary computing device, with a Mac and iPad as secondary. The lack of support for any other device alienates millions of potential buyers who would consider buying an Apple Watch even if it didn’t work as well as an iPhone.
Hey Apple, a smartwatch is not a big enough reason to switch platform loyalties and it might be in your best interest to meet potential customers in the middle ground.
5. Broader portfolio of smart homes
A connected home is no longer the domain of technically inclined users. With the wide variety of smart home products on offer, a voice assistant like a smart speaker or better yet a smart display is often the best option to control them. I often find myself tapping on my Nest Hub or Echo Show to control the dozens of lights and other connected peripherals that I use in my apartment.
Apple, on the other hand, seems to be going in the opposite direction. Not only has the company removed the original Homepod from its lineup, but Apple’s only smart home device is the diminutive Homepod Mini. The little speaker isn’t a bad device at all, but it’s not powerful enough to serve as the centerpiece of your connected home.
Despite Apple’s push to make sure all smart home devices can work locally via Homekit, as well as supporting the upcoming Matter protocol, the company has yet to come up with a compelling range of smart home products. I’m talking beautifully designed smart displays that combine form with function or even a return to larger speakers like the original Homepod.
All this to say that Apple will need a serious shakeup in its smart home strategy if it is to be taken as a serious competitor against Google or Amazon’s broad product portfolio.
You tell us: What do you want to see from Apple in 2022?
What do you want to see from Apple in 2022?
A big part of our Apple wish list for 2022 are features we’ve been wanting to see from Apple for a while. Looking ahead to 2022, they are even more important from an accessibility, sustainability and interconnectivity standpoint, and we look forward to seeing the company convinced to embrace at least some of the features. What do you think are the features that Apple should focus on in 2022? Is there anything else you prefer the company to work on? Let us know in the comment sections.