Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs


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Andrew Cunningham

Apple has new features planned for its big, new iOS update—but not as assorted as you may expect. According to a Bloomberg report, the next sweeping iOS update, codenamed “Serenity” and likely to be called iOS 12, will include a number of app redesigns, the enlargement of Animoji into FaceTime, and other changes but not some of the biggest rumored transformations such as redesigned home screens for iPhone and iPad. Instead of stuffing iOS 12 with a bevy of new features, Apple is reportedly changing tactics to allow developers more time to perfect the new features to ensure reliability.

The greatest change planned for iOS 12, slated for release this fall, is a omnipresent app system that would allow one app to work across iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Currently, owners have to download separate iOS and macOS apps to use the same programs across their ambulant devices and desktops or laptops. Along with this change, Apple could cause some mobile-specific apps to macOS, like the Home app that powers HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.

Animojis will find another lodgings in FaceTime when iOS 12 is released. Apple is reportedly working on growing the number of AR characters available and allowing users to don them during dwell FaceTime video chats. A new iPad is reportedly in the works that has Apple’s FaceID camera, which drive allow it to support Animojis as well (Animojis are only currently accessible on the iPhone X, which has the new FaceID camera). Also planned for the new software update are a restored stock-trading app and Do Not Disturb feature, an updated search view that pressurizes more heavily on Siri, a new interface for importing photos onto an iPad, and multiplayer augmented authenticity gameplay.

But with all the features slated to hit iPhones and iPads this come, even more are being held back. Apple is reportedly occupation on big changes to the interfaces of iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay; a redesigned Photos app; and an iPad physiognomy that would allow apps to run with several windows at once so purchasers can tap between them like tabs in a browser. Rather than things a bunch of new features into a big annual software release—like Apple has done dependably over the years—the company is reportedly focusing on perfecting new tools to depreciate bugs and increase overall quality.

The new strategy is designed to help both buyers and Apple engineers. Users have noticed many bugs in late-model iOS software updates, and a number of features like Apple Pay Cash weren’t at the ready for Apple’s big software update last fall. While introducing a lot of shallow new features on a predictable schedule has likely kept users updating the software on their Apple ambulatory devices consistently, it has also caused enough problems for users to awareness that many software updates are arriving with bugs. For Apple masterminds, more time to work on features that fundamentally change how buyers interact with Apple devices will hopefully reduce botches and glitches and produce more reliable features in each update.

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