June 03, 2011, 9:41 AM — Steve Jobs will kick off next week's Worldwide Developer Conference by dishing on iOS 5, iCloud, and the next incarnation of the Mac OS, Lion. Thanks to Apple's marketing and a trio of developer previews, we already know plenty about what Lion will bring. But until Lion ships, we reserve the right to clamor for a few pet features we'd really like to see added before the new OS roars onto our Macs.
Everything and the kitchen sync
One strong, fervent hope among the entire Macworld team is that the cloud-based iCloud offering Apple plans to review Monday will unite Lion and iOS 5 together and provide true synchronicity. Picture iDisk, reimagined: a system-wide, Dropbox-esque mechanism to ensure that your data is always current across every one of your devices. Tweak a Pages document on your laptop, update it on your iPad, open it on your iPhone to share it with friends--whatever the pattern, all your machines will magically, seamlessly stay in sync.
We're also hoping for continued security improvements. Only in the wake of MacDefender's arrival did Apple start including daily malware checks for Snow Leopard; we'd like to see--or perhaps even better, not see, but merely benefit from--steady progress on the security side, ensuring that malicious software is quarantined quickly.
Book 'em, Danno
Additionally, as long as Lion is taking some cues from iOS, we think it's high time that the iBooks e-reading application arrive on the desktop. And while we're at it, it would be just great to browse the iBookstore from our Macs, too. Right now, if you read about a great iBookstore book on your Mac, you're forced to grab your iOS device, open iBooks, enter the iBookstore, and buy the book. In contrast, Amazon allows you to buy a Kindle book immediately from its Website, which will then sync to the Kindle application on the Mac in addition to any other iOS devices you have floating around. Apple clearly could fare better in this competition, and Lion seems like a perfect opportunity for the company to up its game.
Multitouch and go