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Apple has gradually begun playing down the differences between Mac OS X and iOS.OS X Lion’s Launchpad feature makes your computer screen look like an iPad’s home screen.
Apple even chopped “Mac” off of “Mac OS X Lion” on its official website.
Some speculate that the two will converge at some point in the future into one cohesive operating system.
But for now, there are a bunch of iOS we features we badly want on our Macs like universal notifications, audio fade in/out between apps, Siri, and much more.
There's no doubt in our minds that Siri is coming to the Mac, and it probably scares the hell out of Microsoft.
Siri for Mac would enable you to dictate emails, documents, and messages, as well as say 'Play songs by David Bowie' or 'send an email to Steve Kovach.'
There could even be a keyboard button for it, right next to Expose, Dashboard, and Play/Pause buttons.
Talking to your computer may be as awkward as talking to your phone, but it's apparently the future we're heading towards. Once upon a time, talking to a brick held up to your ear probably looked weird too.
Address Book works with Google Contacts, but you have to check a 'synchronisation' box inside the app that isn't consistent.
iCal works with Google Calendar, but you have to set up a CalDAV account within iCal and set up 'delegates' to access all your accounts.
Mail works with Gmail, but Archiving/folder management is finicky at best.
On iPhone, setting up Google as an Exchange server works pretty great, and you only need to plug in your account credentials ONCE.
Almost never have we needed to play two sources of audio at the same time.
Perhaps if you want to listen to music while playing a game, you need two sources, but iOS already allows that.
Macs should tune out your iTunes music when you click a YouTube link a friend sends you. It's as simple as that.
It's strange that when apps like Twitter, iChat, Mail, etc need to notify you about something, they bounce their dock icons and if you're lucky, populate a menu bar icon with a hovering number?
On iOS, when an app wants to notify you, it all goes to one central location, and this is how it should be on Mac. Of course, badges on dock icons will stay, just like in iOS.
Our iPhones and iPads can get on the internet via GSM/CDMA networks, so why can't our MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros? Apple was working on wireless MacBooks at one point, but apparently gave up on it.
Of course, there'd be another data fee chocked onto your monthly bill, but that would be way better than carrying around a USB dongle for surfing the web while travelling.
Also, a GPS chip couldn't hurt either. Then, Find My Mac would help stop crime, just like Find My iPhone.
Most people don't back up their iPhones very frequently, even though iTunes makes process simple. iCloud fixed that problem.
iCloud for Macs could work the same way, backing up settings, apps, photos, music, videos, wallpapers, and more, so if your computer breaks down, you can get right back to where you were.
iCloud for Mac sounds like a daunting task for Apple, but plenty of people store very little data on their computers. 20GB of free iCloud backup space with every new Mac would be a compelling offer.
You can pick exactly which of your Apple devices receive iMessages and FaceTime alerts, but for some reason, Macs don't yet have iMessage integration inside iChat.
We've heard murmurs that this feature is definitely coming, so it's just a matter of when.
We love simple and elegant Apple apps like Weather, YouTube, iBooks, Reminders, Clock (with alarms), Voice Memos, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, and more. We don't want widgets for these kinds of experiences.
First of all, pull Reminders out of iCal and make it its own app, with its own menu bar icon.
And while we don't use Game centre a whole lot, it would fit in nicely alongside Mac App Store games, and in competition with Steam.
Clearly Apple is betting the future on the idea of 'apps,' so why not lead the way and build some more great ones?
We might not even be close to seeing a Retina display on an iPad, but we want one on our Macs, too.
Large retina displays would be a fortune to produce, but like anything else, prices will come down.
Retina displays for computers would make text sharper and more legible, and make pictures and other content look even sweeter.
Wouldn't it be nice to come back to your computer from lunch and see a brief at-a-glance display of your recent emails, messages, etc.?
We think it would be, and we like the way iOS 5 handles lock screen notifications.
Windows 8 seems to have a handle on how this kind of thing might look--like an iOS lock screen, but bigger.
Apple has never seemed super interested in touchscreen Macs, but we're excited about the idea of one.
We wouldn't want to touch our computer screen all the time, but it would be a nice option in specific situations like photo editing, window organisation, and more.
Here's an Apple patent (at right) that shows they've at least considered touchscreen Macs.