This shift in software development will be in effect this year itself with the upcoming iOS update, which will likely be called iOS 12. Unfortunately, the renewed focus on quality will delay some features as well, including redesigns to the Home screens of the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay; as well as, a revamped Photos app which can suggest which images to view. Also, in September, Apple is expected to be releasing a brand new iOS model. To be clear, there will still be updates every year, but engineers will simply have more control over which ones they elect to get released or hold back if need be.
Although the tight deadlines and a multitude of features may not be appreciated by Apple engineers, the feature-packed updates are definitely appreciated by consumers and have kept them tied to the Apple ecosystem. Bloomberg says third-party developers will be able to release iPhone and iPad apps on macOS. Apple is also bringing Animoji to FaceTime, allowing iOS users to place a virtual emoji over their face while using the company's video chat platform - a feature Apple should have launched Animoji with.
Apple is expected to discuss more on iOS 12 later this year at WWDC, and we'll see just what features Apple does debut.
A former intern at Apple reportedly leaked a portion of source code for iOS, the proprietary iPhone operating system.
Apple's TV app now supports live news broadcasts
For users who don't have a particular news app installed, the TV app prompts for it to be installed from the App Store. For example, users can ask Siri to show a Bloomberg broadcast, which will trigger the live stream, notes TechCrunch .
iOS 12 will be run according to these new plans, but that doesn't mean the OS won't include new features. 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. Reports by various outlets have drawn attention to the necessity of Apple going back to the basics and focus on what their iOS has always been known for: stability and performance.
Unlike Google, Apple doesn't release separate updates for its default apps such as Messages, Calendar, or Mail.
"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", Gurman writes. These have often been fixed fairly quickly in minor software updates, but not quickly enough to avoid making a bad impression on many users. For those who experienced serious glitches and bugs in their iPhones during the last few months, such as a complete crash or incapability to answer a call, this news may come as a relief.