Apple shifts approach on feature development, report says

iOS 12 for iPads Looks Like a Big Bummer

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple plans to bring Animoji to the iPad thanks to the release of a new model of the tablet that features the company's Face ID module. The new strategy is meant to allow Apple to avoid releasing new features with bugs, avoid missing schedules and actually fulfill the promises it makes at its annual developer conference in June.

Guttman's report largely focuses on what iOS 12 won't bring with it, though, adding weight to earlier rumours that Apple is planning to nix significant updates to iOS this year in favour of focusing on stability and security. The more interesting addition is group chat, a feature Apple introduced years ago with the Mac video calling app iChat, but removed - and never restored - when it introduced FaceTime for iOS devices. Unlike Google, which introduces new capabilities in a piecemeal fashion as individual apps are updated, Apple goes for an all-or-nothing approach.

Oh, and the iOS 12 update will have a redesigned, built-in Stocks app.

Piggybacking off of that expanded camera technology, Apple is reportedly working on multiplayer modes for augmented reality games that would allow multiple people to play the mixed reality games at the same time.

Apple is slowing the pace on iOS updates, with the Cupertino firm allegedly opting to get absolutely right a smaller number of changes in its flagship iPhone software.

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Revealed the first information on the mobile iOS 12 that Apple will show this year. Apple has so far stuck to a punishing annual schedule for its engineers, forcing them to cram major updates into a single iOS release.

Animojis are the virtual characters that Apple introduced with the iPhone X previous year.

The change could lead to more polished software update and less bugs. iOS 11 hasn't been flawless so far, for starters, with customers having to contend with autocorrect bugs, messages arriving out of order, and the calculator app misbehaving. This way, iOS developers could port iOS apps to the Mac without having to recode big portions of the app.

Bloomberg is also reporting that the expected redesigned home screens for iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, won't be released until 2019.

Although the tight deadlines and a multitude of features may not be appreciated by Apple engineers, the feature-packed updates are definitely appreciated by consumers and have kept them tied to the Apple ecosystem.

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