Apple to Revamp Software Development Cycle, Adopt Slower Cadences

Joshua Bennett
February 15, 2018

Hence, the upcoming version of iOS 12, code-named "Peace", will be more focused on under-the-hood refinements rather than bringing any exciting new features. It may also integrate Animojis into FaceTime, letting people put virtual faces over themselves during video calls.

"The company will continue to update its software annually, but internally engineers will have more discretion to push back features that aren't as polished to the following year", the report added citing internal sources from Apple. The leak had the potential for the discovery of new bugs, loopholes or security vulnerabilities that could pose a significant risk to iPhone users. For instance, you could imagine a board game that works with multiple iOS devices.

In prior years, Apple has, along side the new iPhone, released an iOS which is assigned "tentpole features" to help in the company's marketing of the phone.

Other details about the future operating system remain unknown, and it's possible that some features will be bumped back if they aren't up to snuff. As for features in iOS 12, Do Not Disturb will be improved, Bloomberg said. Apple said the feature rolled out with iOS 10.2.1 in 2016 was created to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, but apologized for not being more transparent with customers.

Traditionally, Apple has released major iOS updates on an annual cycle. 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. Some major new capabilities are still planned though, including an all-new app model which will allow iOS apps to run on the Mac desktop. And this may be good news for Apple users. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior VP of software engineering, informed engineers at the company last month of the new strategy. According to people familiar with the change, Apple will begin focusing on the next two years of updates for its iOS devices, instead of forcing engineers to cram tons of new features into an annual update. The ability to synchronize Messages in iCloud, for example, was initially vaunted as a headline feature in iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 previous year.

The New York Post reports individuals within a jailbreak community encouraged a "low-level" Apple employee to leak iBoot's source code in 2016, resulting in the biggest leak in Apple's history. This wouldn't be surprising given that Apple Watch and iMessage apps can also be downloaded from the iOS App Store.

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