Apple could be rethinking its release cycle for iOS and macOS

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According to the report, Apple intends to introduce a number of new features in iOS 12, but won't be pressured into pushing those features out to the public if they lack the necessary polish and functionality to make them worthwhile.

According to the Bloomberg article, the only feature to expect on the iPad in iOS 11 is for Apple's Animoji characters to arrive on the iPad (which would match with rumors suggesting that Face ID is coming to the tablet).

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Some of the new features and arrivals expected include bringing iPhone apps to the Mac like Home, which controls several devices.

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Apple has a lot of ideas in the works for iOS. Apart from cramming every feature in a single update just to get it out on time, the company engineers would be allowed more discretion to push back features which are not ready at that time.

While these no doubt sound exciting, it also means some of the highly-rumored features could be delayed.

Apple users started complaining about iOS 11 half a year ago when the new iOS was released.

Apple will reveal its next major platform update for mobile devices, iOS 12, in the summer this year before eventually releasing it in the fall.

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In recent times, the iPhone owners faced a number of glitches such as not being able to take calls or a bug that caused iPhones to crash past year.

The iOS 12 is also said to include improvements to the Do Not Disturb feature, which reportedly will offer more options to automatically reject phone calls and silent notifications. Bloomberg reported that Apple plans to bring Animoji to the iPad, for instance. Reports by various outlets have drawn attention to the necessity of Apple going back to the basics and focus on what their iOS has always been known for: stability and performance. On the one hand, spreading feature updates over a longer period could hurt Apple's competitiveness in the fiercely contested smartphone market. Some major new capabilities are still planned though, including an all-new app model which will allow iOS apps to run on the Mac desktop.

It's probably also good news for software engineers at Apple, who may get to take a break now and then from the relentless marching forward of the army - though some all-nighters are most likely still in their future.

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