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Apple to Delay Some New iOS Features to Next Year, Focusing Instead on Performance

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Apple could delay the launch of some of its new iOS features until next year, instead focusing on addressing performance and quality issues for the mobile operating system.

According to a new report from Axios, Apple has pivoted their upcoming plans for iOS. This year’s major iOS update (likely called iOS 12) will now be focused on reliability and performance, delaying the majority of new features until next year.

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, told employees of this plan at a meeting earlier this month, reads the report. The rumored features pushed back (likely to 2019’s iOS update) include a refreshed home screen, and a user interface designed for in-car usage.

The tech giant’s reported decision to focus more on reliability this year comes after the company has faced months of backlash over a variety of problems in iOS. Chief among them is a software update that attempted to improve battery performance in iPhones but also caused the handset’s processor performance to degrade, resulting in poor app responsiveness.

Axios says that Apple plans to focus primarily on making “iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues,” but adds that some team members question whether Apple will be able to actually deliver superior software quality in the end.

Last week, Apple announced iOS 11.3, which includes new battery tracking tools for older iPhones, the introduction of health records for Apple Health, new Animojis, and more.

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  • Jay

    Features have never really been that strong in iOs releases to begin with…

    Usually a few new emojis and a new pastel hue to a menu

    Whilst android users suddenly get a swiss army knife from an update -_-

  • dkishome

    Apple is falling further and further behind… back to single digit market share..

  • KonstantinRD

    This trend became apparent to me in their approach with Smart Speakers. They keep trying to sell us polished well marketed HomePod while it’s so behind in features compared to GH or Echo… now even their phone OS is falling behind to concentrate on performance… even though it was already behind for a while… very polished and good to use but behind

  • Shameer Mulji

    If it’s very polished and good to use then how is it behind? An OS should be polished and good to use.

  • KonstantinRD

    See Jay’s comment below. I think it’s a common opinion that iOS goes for polished with less features vs Android going for features but less polished. Thought it’s been changing lately as well with iOS 11 bugs and Android becoming more and more polished…
    These are just opinions – no need to argue 🙂

  • BeaveVillage

    When I turn my iPad on its side, and the picture doesn’t move and stays as if I am holding it upright–then I know that Steve Jobs’ Apple may be long gone. Problems like what I just stated should NOT be happening in 2018. This started happening since iOS 11 was installed.

  • So Young

    lol they say this since the iOS 9 event in june 2015.

  • Riddlemethis

    iOS 11 has been often said to be the worst iOS update in Apple’s history of updates for the iPhone.

  • Riddlemethis

    It’s been often said that iOS 11 has been the worst iOS update in Apple’s history of updates for the iPhone. It’s not at all surprising reliability and performance must finally be addressed by Apple.

  • raslucas

    I think this is a rest good thing, and almost ironically, it will probably end up with more useful end-user “features” than iOS 11 did.

    There are all sorts of little things can be improved that would make the iPhone so much better. Like, we’ll have airplay 2 soon, but will that mean two people can listen to music from the same iPhone via Bluetooth? No it doesn’t mean that, but it should!

    When I put on my AirPods while I’m standing in front of my computer with my iPhone in my hand, do I know which device the AirPods are connected to? Not necessarily actually… but know what? I should know.

    What about when you’re walking down the street listening to some radio streaming and your phone connects to the Crappy ShawPasspoint and it cuts out. If the wifi doesn’t truly work, why should the phone connect to it?

    These are not easy things, but they are the things that cannot be explained as “features” but are high impact improvements.

  • raslucas

    I’m actually a lot more excited about this prospective iOS 12, than I have about iOS software since iOS 8.

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