Report: Apple changing iOS plans for 2018, will cut new features to focus on performance and quality issues

Report: Apple changing iOS plans for 2018, will cut new features to focus on performance and quality issues

It looks like Apple might be changing its software strategy for this year. According to a new report from US news website Axios, Cupertino will delay some of the features it intended to release for iOS in 2018 for next year in order to "put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues".

The media suggests that features such as in-car user interfaces, a redesign of the home screen, enhancements to proprietary apps and improvements to picture-taking, photo editing, and sharing won't make the cut. Apple will postpone these and refocus its efforts on making iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues. Software head Craig Federighi reportedly announced this change of course to employees in a meeting held in early January.

This, however; doesn't necessarily mean that we won't see anything new introduced to iOS in 2018. The scoop doesn't specify what exact new features we should expect, but it does mention enhancements to augmented reality, digital health services, and parental controls. 

This information is unofficial and should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, it does seem like a plausible story given Apple's recent PR misfortunes. Does this seem like the right thing to do on Apple's part? Let us know in the comments!

source: Axios via MacRumors

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38 Comments

2. grk007

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Now they realize their mistakes...

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6451; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Surely the richest company in the universe can create a phone without issues...eventually.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this is welcome news. ios 11 has been extremely buggy by apple standards.

6. palmguy

Posts: 955; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Buggy by any standards.

8. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

no, not by android standards but getting dangerously close.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

If Apple actually does this and improves the overall performance of iOS software, then I'm all for it. Here's to hoping that this comes to fruition so that iOS devices will no longer need so many updates to keep correcting issues that arise from previous updates.

19. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That's right! All updates should be more considerate and careful before releases, no matter what OS or apps.

13. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Adjust the gui for tall 18:9 phones. One handed bottom, navigaton menu, bar command line.... like samsung browser or iphone control center.

15. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I believe it's a good move by Apple!

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

great news. samsung should also cut new features and focus on performance and quality issues as well.

18. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

agree!

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 842; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Translation. With all the android features we've been adding, the phone isn't as fast as the iOS didn't have the feature. Go a couple of generations back and you'll see people boast of how polished iOS is, and it doesn't need so much ram like android. Now look at iPhone x. Latest iOS with the benchmark topping performance. Put it next to the ONE plus and watch it load apps. Why? The old version of iOS wasn't polished, it's just that when you add features, your OS has a bigger footprint so it needs more memory and power.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Real talk man. I've noticed that as well.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Very apparent. Well said.

22. gamehead unregistered

But iOS lacks features already

27. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Yeah it hasn't features and soo buggy and laggy.. this is the biggest problem in ipbones

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A new UI look, and true multitasking, would be welcome. If done right, I would buy the 6.5 in a heartbeat.

36. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

hahha!!! they need to "cut" features to fix their software?! wow, but go figure. iOS is a crapshoot. wouldn't be surprised if they remove faceID since a boy can unlock his moms phone... soo much for being the most advanced

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