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Apple could be rethinking its release cycle for iOS and macOS

15 February, 2018, 07:25 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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Hopefully they will be able to spread out its feature updates into steady point releases to allow adequate time for testing in order to prevent the same fallout experienced during the iOS 11 release. 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 previous year.

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. This time around, however, Apple is taking a different approach that will see its engineers focus less on new features and more on under-the-hood refinements.

Ahead of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) Feb. 1 earnings report, both The Wall Street Journal and Nikkei Asian Review were out with reports claiming that Apple had slashed its iPhone X production plans for the first calendar quarter of 2018 by about 50% thanks to weaker-than-expected demand for the device. This means that while the new iPhone set to come out in the summer or fall will likely be very similar to the current version, it should be faster and more reliable.

The shift is an admission of what many customers have already come to notice: Some Apple software has become prone to bugs and underdeveloped features.

Unfortunately, Maestri said that Apple expects to reduce the channel inventory levels of the company's latest iPhone models (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X) in the current quarter. Only 65% of iOS users have updated to iOS 11, as compared to last year's percentage of iOS 10 which was 79%, according to Apple's developer website.


In other (bigger) news, Apple is now working on a FaceTime update that will finally let you call multiple people at once.

While this update-probably called iOS 12-will bring new features such as the ability for third-party apps to run across Apple's mobile and desktop platforms, and new "Animoji" characters, some planned features will reportedly be left out.

What do you think about Apple's decision to get back to perfecting their iOS software?

Apple will reportedly merge its iOS and Mac App Stores so that users can buy an app once and run it across devices. As per the report, the features that have been pushed to 2019 include a redesigned home screen, updates apps like Mail, and some reported tweaks in the Photos app. For example, you could run the Messages app twice side-by-side to interact with two threads at once.

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