My iPad/iOS 17 wish list for 2024

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I’ve been using an iPad Pro since the beginning of 2023 and it’s been a great experience so far.

This digital “toy” is a real power-station and suits most of my needs.

Although I don’t expect certain features to ever be available, I’m still hopeful that Apple will come up with some great implementations.

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1. Better Apple watch integration

I don’t know, perhaps the ability to use the Fitness app like on the phone?

Or unlocking the iPad with the watch would be cool too.

Remote media playback controls between the watch and the iPad.

2. Audio source control like on MacOS

When using an external monitor to the iPad, you rely on the audio capabilities of the monitor.

That’s a pity when the monitor doesn’t have audio.

What solutions do you have? Disconnect the iPad, or connect your headphones or bluetooth speaker.

I would like to be able to use the iPad speakers even though I’m connected to an external monitor.

Update 2023-10-16: Apple finally added iPad audio control when connected to an external monitor!

3. Let me have a shell, damn it!

I’m currently kind of escaping the lack of a terminal experience by using Blink shell.

Do you imagine being able to run docker images on this machine?!

Yeah I know, dream on 🤣

4. Native VSCode app

That would be dope.

Even a simplified version could be fine, I don’t want to ask too much.

I’m currently using vscode/ or Blink shell with VSCode integration.


I got pretty much sold to the iPad Pro once Stage Manager was released.

Also were a game changer, meaning Visual Studio Code integration on the web.

Additionally, the release of VSCode tunnels and VSCode server by using my Raspberry Pi 4, made the whole experiment of having the iPad Pro as my main device very compelling.

There are definitely some rough edges, but I can find workarounds for most of them.

Although very annoying, you can get a lot of developer work done on this machine

Update 2023-10-15

Apple finally added iPad audio control when connected to an external monitor!

Here, have a slice of pizza 🍕