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iOS 12 update to bring Animoji in FaceTime, deeper Siri Integration and universal app system

Going forward, Apple will focus more on bug-free software updates than introducing new features.

  • Published: February 13, 2018 1:14 PM IST
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With future iOS updates, Apple is reportedly looking at a shift in its strategy. Instead of introducing a bunch of new features on its annual software update, the company will be more focused on rolling out a bug-free software update.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman details what Apple has in store for users waiting for the next big software update. The report reveals how Apple is giving its engineers the freedom to delay features that aren’t polished.

“Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the change,” Gurman writes. “The company will continue to update its software annually, but internally engineers will have more discretion to push back features that aren’t as polished to the following year.”

The change in its strategies is an uncharacteristic admission by Apple that its recent software updates have not been up-to-the-mark. This focus on introducing a bevy of new features with every major update saw the likes of Apple Pay Cash and Messages on iCloud being delayed despite their announcement last year.

The report adds how iOS 12 aka “Peace” is currently under development, and is set to come with a few new features. These would include Animoji feature in FaceTime, a deeper Siri integration, improvements to the Stocks app and Do Not Disturb mode, as well as a new multiplayer mode for augmented reality games.

The highlight feature no doubt will be the universal app system. This would essentially allow one app to work across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Currently, users have to download different versions of the same app for their phone, tablet and computer.

While these no doubt sound exciting, it also means some of the highly-rumored features could be delayed. These include redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay. There have also been rumors of a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view.

What are your views on Apple’s reported change in strategy? Does a software update with a bevy of new features excite you, or a stable release with relatively lesser new features? Let us know in our comments section below.

  • Published Date: February 13, 2018 1:14 PM IST