Apple plans to launch 2018’s iOS update without major new features in order to focus on quality assurance and performance issues, Axios reports. The company typically offers a new iOS developer preview every June at its Worldwide Developers Conference, followed by a public release in September, leveraging major features to sell newly released devices.
According to the report, Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced the decision to employees earlier this month, following several months of criticism over the quality of Apple’s software. Federighi’s team has faced serious issues, ranging from security and battery performance to gaps in Siri, while delays in the release of AirPlay 2 have impacted the HomePod’s ability to stream stereo and multi-room audio.
Major new features expected to be pushed to 2019 include revised home screen and CarPlay user interfaces, as well as updates to the Mail, Camera, and Photos apps. The 2018 release of iOS is planned to include improved augmented reality, health, and parental control features.
Axios says that Apple plans to focus primarily on making “iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues,” but adds that some team members question whether Apple will be able to actually deliver superior software quality in the end. Moreover, the impact on sales of iOS devices is unclear, as “customers tend to pay for features more than security and reliability,” which they can’t assess when making purchases.