Reports continue to suggest Apple’s iOS 12 software will hold back on a host of big features in order to focus on improving the platform’s overall quality and stability.
Bloomberg‘s well-connected Mark Guttman says features like universal iOS/macOS apps, a Digital Health app for parents to monitor kids’ screen time, and Animoji in FaceTime are coming to iOS 12.
However, other major additions will be held off until a later date, according to the report.
The report says a wide-reaching overhaul of the iOS interface, a new version of CarPlay and a revamped Photos app won’t arrive in iOS 12.
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The decision comes after criticism over the launch of some features launched with bugs (the weird autocorrect bug, for instance), while others (Apple Pay Cash, iMessage in the Cloud) were delayed well into the launch cycle.
This has led Tim Cook’s firm to take stock and relieve the considerable pressure on Apple’s engineers.
According to the report, they will now have a two-year window to work on new features, instead of racing against time to get them ready for the annual September launch.
“This change is Apple beginning to realize that schedules are not being hit, stuff is being released with bugs – which previously would not have happened,” said a Bloomberg source familiar with the matter.
Another added that, in previous years, “inevitably, some things will be late because you underestimated how long it would take. Some things have to be cut, some things have to be rushed. It’s the result of having thousands of people working on the same schedule.”
The report says Apple is also planning on revamping the Stocks app, improving Do Not Disturb to integrate Siri, as well as improvements to ARKit.
macOS 10.14 might end up being the biggest beneficiary from the rumoured universal app strategy, with some iOS staples like the Home app appearing on Mac computers.
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