It has been mentioned a few times including here: https://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/intel-xdk/topic/590741
But I thought to make an official request ;-)
Editing a few parameters on the plist would (amongst other things) do away with requiring some basic Cordova plugins like the Status Bar and Splashscreen.
The goal would be to simply make changes to plist in some fashion. Which itself could be done with a plugin, or through adding the keys to the XML file, or compiling a .xcarchive instead of a.ipa, or another method.
I did try the xml route, but could not seem to make that work. Any tips would be helpful ( if it is possible) even though is is not supported.
I have not started looking at Android, so I am not sure if they have a similar workflow issue too.
Thanks for the XDK - and keep up the good work!