Apple Could Be Revising Its Approach To iOS, macOS Updates

Apple Could Be Revising Its Approach To iOS, macOS Updates

Apple is planning to launch a new iPad equipped with a Face ID camera for support of Animojis, and FaceTime integration for the animated animal faces.

The company has decided to make a major change to its development program, rather than having its engineers work on a relentless annual release schedule crammed with new features, according to a report Monday from Bloomberg.

The Do Not Disturb feature is also reported to be getting an upgrade, with new improvements that will expand a user's control over what notifications they want to receive and when. Given the troubles Apple has had with its latest versions of iOS, focus on the fundamentals likely wouldn't hurt.

Hopefully these features hit out of the ballpark when they do arrive, considering Apple engineers are putting such an emphasis on making sure iOS updates are more solid and crash-resistant going forward.

Instead of meeting tight deadlines and ticking checklists, development teams might have more say in how certain features that eventually make their way to the final build - or delay them entirely if more polishing is needed. The "Peace" feature is being expected to develop universal apps that will work across the Apple's ecosystem of the devices.

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Apple is expected to reveal more details about iOS 12 and its other operating systems at WWDC 2018, set to be held in June.

Apple is slowing the pace on iOS updates, with the Cupertino firm allegedly opting to get absolutely right a smaller number of changes in its flagship iPhone software. On the one hand, spreading feature updates over a longer period could hurt Apple's competitiveness in the fiercely contested smartphone market. In its request, Apple wrote that, based on the forks it reviewed, "we believe that all or most of the forks in these networks are infringing to the same extent as the parent repositories".

Just 65 percent of iOS users have embraced Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, compared to 79 percent for its predecessor last February - according to Apple's developer website. The ability to synchronize Messages in iCloud, for example, was initially vaunted as a headline feature in iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 past year.

Apple, which has always prided itself on the security of its source code and the secrecy of their new updates, have been thoroughly embarrassed by the incident.

Unlike Google, Apple doesn't release separate updates for its default apps such as Messages, Calendar, or Mail. And this may be good news for Apple users. The updated features for iOS 12 is expected to have new characters and easier-to-navigate menu.

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