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iOS 12 will finally make 'Peace' with customers

iOS 12 will focus more on polishing the user experience than introduce new features. (Source: MacRumors)
iOS 12 will focus more on polishing the user experience than introduce new features. (Source: MacRumors)
Apple is looking to revamp its software development workflow to balance introduction of new features and ironing out existing bugs. The upcoming iOS 12 internally codenamed 'Peace' will be the first result of this strategy.
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Apple could be looking to rejig its software development workflow in a bid to ship more stable code. The company is looking to balance introduction of new features alongside more efficient bug fixing given the recent spate of issues, especially, with iOS. Results of this efforts will be seen when Apple ships iOS 12 this fall. Internally codenamed 'Peace', iOS 12 will focus on fine tuning and polishing the user experience and many of the features initially planned for this release will get postponed to iOS 13 slated to debut in 2019.

The new update isn't entirely bereft of features, though. iOS 12 will likely see the debut of an unified app development platform across iOS and macOS devices, a new Digital Health tool to help parents keep track of the time children spend with the phone, and improvements to Augmented Reality and Animojis. However, expected features such as a redesigned Home Screen for iOS and CarPlay, a revamped Photos app, multitasking on iPad etc. are being delayed till iOS 13.

According to Bloomberg's sources, Apple will now start working on next two years of updates and engineers are now given the discretion to put new features on the backburner if they feel the code is not polished enough for shipping. 

While the new update cadence will appear as if Apple has slowed down on incorporation of new features compared to Android — given that most iOS users are up to date with the latest version — it still is beneficial as it promises the end-user a more stable user experience while ensuring new features arrive as deemed fit. Finding the right balance between the two, however, is the trickiest part.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)