Apple Inc. is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed, in its new iOS up gradation.
Apple’s software head Craig Federighi told engineers last month they would have “more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap,” revealed sources.
Apple will seemingly put an increased emphasis on reliability with iOS 12.
But that speed has been detrimental to the overall quality of iOS, some critics say, as evidenced by the unprecedented number of bugs in iOS 11.
Complaints about bugs have persisted pretty much since it was released, despite lengthy beta testing programs for developers and the public. Here are a few of the bugs Apple has dealt with in the less than six months since iOS 11 was released:
- A notifications bug that was so bad Apple released its iOS 11.2 update unusually early
- An autocorrect bug that changed the letter “i” to “A[?]”
- Another autocorrect bug that changed “it” to “I.T.”
- An issue that caused phones to crash after receiving a specific text messages
- An iPhone X issue that caused iPhone displays to not work properly in cold temperatures
- A bug that prevents some iPhone 7 handsets from connecting to cellular networks
- A Mail app bug that prevented some people with Microsoft email accounts from sending messages
- Some people couldn’t pick up calls on their iPhone.
- A calculator animation issue that could cause people to get the wrong answer.
The update will focus on bug fixes, stability, and getting things right, according to reports.
Instead, when the next iOS comes out – probably in beta this summer, with a global rollout in the fall – it’ll probably be very similar to your current iPhone experience, but faster, more stable, and more reliable.
iPhone and iPad owners aren’t updating their software as quickly as they used to — just 65 percent of iOS users have updated to iOS 11, according to Apple’s developer website. Compare that with 79 percent as of last February and it’s easy to see why Apple is ready to start taking bugs more seriously.
Reports also reveal, the new approach will come at the expense of some new iOS features, including a redesigned home screen and updates to the Photos app.