Apple rethinks software release schedule for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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The report also mentions that iOS 12 is going to bring a redesigned native stock-tracking app from Apple this year as well as an updated Do Not Disturb mode let gives users more options to automatically reject phone calls or mute notifications. Apple is also planning to bring Animoji to FaceTime, allowing you to place them over your face - sort of like the filters and lenses already available in popular social apps, such as Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram.

Though Apple will release many of these software features this year, some of the other features may not arrive in time for iOS 12.

Apple has been criticized for several humiliating failures in quality assurance with iOS 10 and 11 related to the keyboard and Apple Pay Cash.

Arment was mainly talking about Apple's OS X desktop operating system, but the core issue was the same: Apple's hardware gets updated every year, so the company has compelled its engineers to have their software updates ready to go around the same time.

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Instead of meeting tight deadlines and ticking checklists, development teams might have more say in how certain features that eventually make their way to the final build - or delay them entirely if more polishing is needed. As a result, more than 65% of Apple customers use the latest version of iOS, compared to 1% of Android users running its latest version. That doesn't mean iOS 12 will be devoid of new features. The new features will be implemented as a part of the software release that is recently codenamed as "Peace".

In recent times, the iPhone owners faced a number of glitches such as not being able to take calls or a bug that caused iPhones to crash previous year.

Recent reports reveal Apple's iBoot for iOS 9 security software leak - known as its "biggest" leak in company history - originated from a "low-level" employee. 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. Bloomberg cited a person familiar with the company who said, "This change is Apple beginning to realize that schedules are not being hit, stuff is being released with bugs - which previously would not have happened".

There have actually been Bloomberg and Axios reports suggesting this change of pace before. Returning to rock-solid software pays dividends for the iPhone's reputation, while minimizing the number of changes in iOS 12 should help developers get their apps up to speed more rapidly. And this may be good news for Apple users.