Apple is revamping its development program to focus more on key features for its operating systems and push others back to 2019, according to Bloomberg.
“Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the change,” the article says.
Planned features that we purportedly won’t see this fall: redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view. That said, Bloomberg adds that the tech giant’s annual software upgrade this fall will offer users plenty of new features: enabling a single set of apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Macs, a Digital Health tool to show parents how much time their children have been staring at their screen and improvements to Animojis, those cartoon characters controlled by the iPhone X's facial recognition sensor.
“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,” when Apple was a smaller company with fewer engineers, customers and devices to manage, “one person familiar with the company” told Bloomberg.