How Apple plans to root out bugs, revamp iPhone software

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple’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.

But just as important this year will be what Apple doesn’t introduce: redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view.

These features were delayed after Apple Inc. concluded it needed its own major upgrade in the way the company develops and introduces new products. 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 company will continue to update its software annually, but internally engineers will have more discretion to push back features that aren’t as polished to the following year.

Read the rest of the article for details, but can’t help but see this as a significant move in the right direction, assuming it is true.

  • john doofus

    I am encouraged by how quickly Apple has responded to this. I do think software quality slipped this year, although it is not the catastrophe that some make it out to be.

  • Heos Phorus

    Good news. I hope they also do this with OSX and other software.

    • Paulo Clayton

      I believe that’s part of the rumored plan, which is good. They’ve already done that to a degree with some OS X releases over the years, so this looks to be a more deliberate culture shift in that direction. Maybe we’ll yet experience another Snow Leopard.

  • Mo

    Allowing engineers to question the Human Interface people’s design decisions might help, too.

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      Plus the consistency. It’s gotten sloppy overall on all platforms. It’d be nice to see Apple tighten this up too.