According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is changing things for this year's major updates. Instead of meeting a tight deadline and ticking all the boxes on the checklist, development teams will be able to push back some features if they are not polished enough.
Axios and Bloomberg previously reported that Apple was focusing on stability with iOS 12. You can still expect iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 this fall (and probably new versions of watchOS and tvOS), but the keynote of WWDC could be a little shorter than in previous years.
Developers can now work on new features for two years. This should help when it comes to quality issues. iOS 11 has not been perfect so far. Customers had to deal with strange bugs, such as automatically fixed bugs, messages crashing and the Calculator application was not calculating properly.
Let's take a look at some of the supposed features for iOS 12 and 13, macOS 10.14 and 10.15. First, Apple will fix some fruits at hand with cool features on iOS. According to Bloomberg, you can expect better parental controls with detailed statistics for parents, more granular settings for "Do not disturb", a new Stocks app and a way to invoke Siri in the iOS search bar.
When it comes to more flashy additions, you can expect more Animojis for the iPhone X. And if the new iPad Pro gets a Face ID camera, Apple will also probably bring Animojis to the new iPad Pro.
In other (bigger) news, Apple is currently working on a FaceTime update that will finally allow you to call several people at once. Bloomberg says that it might not be ready for iOS 12. You might be able to replace your face with an Animoji during a FaceTime call too.
You can also share your augmented reality view with multiple users. For example, you can imagine a board game that works with multiple iOS devices. After the augmented reality table was put in place, all users could see the same virtual elements in one place.
iPad users will have to wait until 2019 to have new features. There might be a way to run the same application in shared mode. For example, you can run the Messages application side-by-side twice to interact with two threads at a time. Beyond the shared view, developers will be able to integrate tabs much more easily to switch between multiple documents and views.
And then, there is the elephant in the room. Bloomberg says third-party developers will be able to publish iPhone and iPad applications on macOS. The details on this front are still very thin. We do not know how it will work and if users will see iOS interfaces on macOS.
It seems more likely that developers will be able to use iOS frameworks on macOS, like UIKit. In this way, iOS developers could carry iOS applications on the Mac without having to recode large portions of the application.
Similarly, this rumor could indicate that Apple is planning to merge the iOS and Mac App Store so that users can buy an app once and run it on an iPhone, an iPad and an iPhone. Mac. This would not be surprising given that Apple Watch and iMessage apps can also be downloaded from the iOS App Store.
If Apple slows down its release cycle, this could be a turning point for the mobile operating system. iOS and Android have been updated at an incredible pace over the last ten years. It is felt that these platforms are now almost mature.
Customers do not expect drastic changes with new major releases. At the same time, customers have become more demanding and are now waiting to have reliable phones.