Apple has reportedly told its engineers to renew its approach to developing software updates for iOS and macOS. Apple is also planning to bring Animoji to FaceTime, allowing you to place them over your face - sort of like the filters and lenses already available in popular social apps, such as Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram.
Although Apple reportedly scaled back its upcoming release of iOS 12 to focus on squashing bugs and improving stability, a new Bloomberg story spotlights several key features the company expects to add to the iOS and Mac platforms.
With the new strategy of unveiling fewer features annually, iOS users will have to wait until 2019 for any significant iPad-focused software upgrades.
Apple will still release iOS 12 in the spring as usual, but the company is allowing its engineers to delay the release of some features so they can instead focus on reliability and performance. One can not remember a time when Apple issued this many updates just to fix problems one after the other.
While these no doubt sound exciting, it also means some of the highly-rumored features could be delayed.
A "battery health feature" for iPhones, promised by Apple a year ago, is now available as part of of iOS 11.3.
Apple is expected to reveal more details about iOS 12 and its other operating systems at WWDC 2018, set to be held in June.
Back to building quality Major iOS releases are highly predictable, arriving each September with a slew of new features in tow.
Software chief Craig Federighi spoke to his team about the new strategy last month, according to the source.
Apple apparently wants all this chaos to end as much as its fans do, which is why it's apparently chose to focus on 2 years of phased updates to the iPhone and iPad.
"Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the change".
Apple is slowing the pace on iOS updates, with the Cupertino firm allegedly opting to get absolutely right a smaller number of changes in its flagship iPhone software. Only 65% of iOS users have updated to iOS 11, as compared to last year's percentage of iOS 10 which was 79%, according to Apple's developer website. This wouldn't be surprising given that Apple Watch and iMessage apps can also be downloaded from the iOS App Store.