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. Those new releases come with so-called tentpole features, or big new additions to iOS that the company uses to market the iPhone.
What do you think about Apple's decision to get back to perfecting their iOS software? Under the new scheme, major features will be planned over a two-year period, with engineers having more leeway to delay features that need more work. One can not remember a time when Apple issued this many updates just to fix problems one after the other.
When the next iOS comes out - probably in beta this summer with a global rollout in the fall - it's likely to be very similar to your current iPhone experience, but faster, more stable, and more reliable.
While Apple is expected to hold off some major upgrades till maybe the mid of the iOS 12 cycle or even till iOS 13 in 2019, there are still a number of great features we expect to be released this year.
The iOS 12 is also said to include improvements to the Do Not Disturb feature, which reportedly will offer more options to automatically reject phone calls and silent notifications. These have often been fixed fairly quickly in minor software updates, but not quickly enough to avoid making a bad impression on many users.
In other Apple-related developments, a recent leak of iOS-based source code has been traced to a "low-level" employee who shared the software with a small group of friends two years ago.
As previously reported, Apple is also planning to allow developers to release apps that work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
What you won't get are a redesigned home screen for the iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay, and an overhauled Photos app that offers up suggestions for images to view - they're going on the back-burner. Indeed, the feature - which allows users to store their conversations and message attachments in the cloud rather than on their devices, saving storage space in the process - is only expected to arrive later this year as a part of iOS 11.3. Now, a new report claims, there's a change in strategy.
While this may mean a less flashy WWDC 2018, in the long run it's probably good news for Apple, developers, and users alike.