While Apple’s recent hardware releases have been a success thanks to the radically redesigned iPhone X and all powerful iMac Pro, the company has had a shaky few months when it comes to software. Both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra have seen major bugs and performance issues since their release.
Now it looks like Apple wants to improve the reliability and performance of current software features before adding any major new ones. Both Axios and Bloomberg report that Apple wants to improve the performance of iPhone software after months of quality issues. As a result company will be focusing on improving iOS while delaying some major features that were planned to be part of iOS 12 until 2019. Apple told about this new strategy to its software engineering groups this month.
The report also mentioned some of the features that Apple has been working on for iOS 12 update, which will include features like redesigned homescreen app grid, merger of third-party apps on iOS and macOS platforms and multiplayer mode for AR based games. Interestingly according to the report Apple is said to go through with the new feature that will allow iOS apps to run on the Mac. However ‘flashier features’ like redesigned homescreen grid will be held for next year.
Another thing that is going to get delayed is a photo management app that used new algorithms to sort photos for the user. While advanced sorting feature will be delayed, smaller upgrades for the Photos app will still be part of iOS 12. Apple is also said to be on track with features like improvements for FaceTime video calling and a feature that will allow parents to better monitor how long their kids are using apps to limit screen time.
While macOS, which also saw bugs recently is also going to be affected albeit to a lesser extent, watchOS and tvOS updates are said to be not affected by this change.
Apple will announce and preview new software features for iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5 at WWDC expected to take place in June.