Apple overhauls software development approach to fix iOS bugs

Bill Rogers
February 15, 2018

Going forward, Apple will work on the next two years of updates for iPhone and iPad, with engineers having the final say on whether new features are ready to be launched or should be postponed to next year.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple's focus on squashing bugs in iOS 12 has delayed a bunch of features, including nearly anything significant for the iPad, until 2019.

Apple Inc. has reportedly made a decision to slow down its annual software updates for iOS and macOS and instead will spread out new features over the next two years. Federighi's team will have more time to develop new features and work on under-the-hood improvements without being forced to follow a checklist of features so Apple could herald massive year-over-year leaps in terms of software. Running iPhone and iPad apps on Mac is only exciting news for those iPhone and iPad users who also happen to be Mac users. You might be able to replace your face with an Animoji during a FaceTime call too.

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Unfortunately, Maestri said that Apple expects to reduce the channel inventory levels of the company's latest iPhone models (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X) in the current quarter.

The list of news channels include CNN, CBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC and Cheddar that appear in the primary "Watch Now" section of the app on iOS and tvOS 11.2.5. According to a recent report from Axios, Apple will be focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 rather than new features. Does a software update with a bevy of new features excite you, or a stable release with relatively lesser new features?

Apple (aapl) is making a big change to the way it updates its software for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, by relaxing its development schedule. The risk here is that consumers in a competitive environment won't be satisfied with minor changes and jump ship for something more innovative, but it's a chance Apple will have to take if it wants to hold on to its reputation of superior software. The changelog includes fundamental revisions of the operating system's core, user-facing redesigns of the interface and updates to iOS' built-in stock apps. The company hopes to introduce new functionality that will allow users to use Animoji in FaceTime so they can control the animated faces that mirror their behaviors in real time while communicating with others. A related enhancement would have also allowed users to let two screens from the same app run side-by-side.

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