iOS 9 feature wish list: Customize Control Center

Control Center

Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 9, the next major mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, at next month’s WWDC.

With less than a month to go, we wanted to set our expectations for iOS 9. The ability to customize Control Center is one of the features that I hope makes it to iOS 9’s feature list.

Customize Control Center

This is not a new one. It was on my iOS 8 feature wish list as well, but did not make it to the OS despite rumors and even clues that Apple was working on it.

Control Center is one of of my favorite iOS features, but one of its most obvious limitations is the limited number of toggles and quick launch app shortcuts, and the lack of ability to customize it. I hope Apple finally addresses these limitations in iOS 9.

Currently, Control Center gives you quick access to 5 system toggles, such as AirPlane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation Lock. It also gives you quick access to turn on the LED flash, which turns your iPhone into a flashlight. It is great to be able to access these features from anywhere in iOS without leaving the app you’re currently using. It also has 3 more quick launch shortcuts for the Stop Watch, Calculator and Camera apps.

But Apple can make it a lot more useful and user-friendly by giving us the ability to customize and extend its functionality. For example, I use Personal Hotspot and VPN quite often, and would ideally like to access toggles for these from Control Center.

The same applies for quick launch app shortcuts. I hardly use the Calculator since I prefer using the PCalc widget, so it would be nice to be able to launch some of my frequently used apps such as Safari, Tweetbot and Reeder, from the Control Center (rather than having to press the Home button, and so on). It should also allow us to change the Camera shortcut with that for our favorite Camera app. I would also like to change the shortcut for the Stop Watch, which I have never used, with Alarm, which I use daily.

In addition, it would be great if we can configure the order and the number of toggles and quick launch shortcuts in Control Center. So instead of static toggles and app shortcuts, we should be able to scroll through them so that we can access more than just 5 toggles or quick launch shortcuts. The ability to order them will allow us to configure the system based on how often we use them. Apple could allow us to customize and extend the functionality of the Control Center via the Settings app, in similar fashion to the customization feature available for Glances in the Apple Watch Companion app.

Apple Watch Companion app - Glances

Jailbreak tweaks such as FlipControlCenter already allow us to customize and extend the functionality of the Control Center, so this should be an easy one to implement.

What do you think? Let me also know what’s on your iOS 9 wish list in the comments below.