Apple rethinks software release schedule for iPhone, iPad and Mac


Apple said the feature rolled out with iOS 10.2.1 in 2016 was created to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, but apologized for not being more transparent with customers. The new features will be implemented as a part of the software release that is recently codenamed as "Peace". Everyone will still get their annual iOS fix in September, but engineers will have the power to push back features which aren't ready to the next year. Previous reports have suggested that some major iOS 12 features have been delayed for the sake of quality. This year's iOS upgrade will not only be known for several new additions, but also for the way Apple carries its iOS release cycle, according to Bloomberg.

That routine, combined with the fact that Apple opted long ago to make those major updates free to install for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners, has helped maintain excitement around iOS in general.

Apple has reportedly told its engineers to renew its approach to developing software updates for iOS and macOS.

The move to delay some new features follows iPhone sales dipping in the last three months of 2017, although Apple - which is the most valuable company in the world - still pulled in record revenues.

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Apple might also make it possible for developers to release apps which work on the iPad, Mac, and iPhone, starting with macOS 10.14 and iOS 12, which will be unveiled at WWDC 2018. Apple is now slowing its pace and giving developers more time to work on stability and bug fixes by planning its introductions over a two-year cadence. Now, a new report claims, there's a change in strategy. The new strategy is meant to allow Apple to avoid releasing new features with bugs, avoid missing schedules and actually fulfill the promises it makes at its annual developer conference in June. Results of this efforts will be seen when Apple ships iOS 12 this fall.

This shift in software development will be in effect this year itself with the upcoming iOS update, which will likely be called iOS 12.

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. Also, it will add the Animoji support in FaceTime (and also Animoji), a redesigned stocks app, Face ID support on iPad, a new way to import photos into an iPad, upgraded Do Not Disturb mode, and a new way to integrate Siri into the iPhone search.