Apple rethinks software release schedule for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Typically Apple goes all out for its annual software upgrades and crams as many new features and upgrades into its mobile operating system as possible, and then tweaks things throughout the year with incremental updates.

Although Apple is shifting its focus to improving the quality of its software, it still has some key features planned for release this fall, reports Bloomberg.

Engineers will now be able to push back the release of features they believe need more work. Instead of being kept on a relentless annual schedule, Apple will focus on the next two years of updates.

While Apple is expected to hold off some major upgrades till maybe the mid of the iOS 12 cycle or even till iOS 13 in 2019, there are still a number of great features we expect to be released this year. Federighi's team will have more time to develop new features and work on under-the-hood improvements without being forced to follow a checklist of features so Apple could herald massive year-over-year leaps in terms of software.

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Oh, and the iOS 12 update will have a redesigned, built-in Stocks app. In addition to this, Animoji will also feature an extended update for the iPad as well as FaceTime integration. On the one hand, spreading feature updates over a longer period could hurt Apple's competitiveness in the fiercely contested smartphone market. The company is looking to balance introduction of new features alongside more efficient bug fixing given the recent spate of issues, especially, with iOS. The updated features for iOS 12 is expected to have new characters and easier-to-navigate menu.

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.

According to a news release on iOS 11.13, the update includes features to "show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced". It's rumored to include new options that allow third-party applications to run across Macs, iPhones, and iPads (this change will also be folded into macOS 10.14). Animoji is also coming to the iPad, the report claims, with Apple set to release a new version of the tablet that packs a built-in Face ID camera. Apple has pushed back updates originally slated for next year, including a redesigned home screen and updates to the Photos app, according to Bloomberg. For example, you could run the Messages app twice side-by-side to interact with two threads at once.

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