Although present in the early developer betas, it was then quietly pulled and failed to materialize again in the iOS 11 release later that year. Bloomberg's report suggests Apple teams will now have similar flexibility, although it's unclear if app updates will be separated from iOS. The Cupertino-giant always come up with the new admirable feature and fascinating devices but since iOS has been facing issues, the company is looking forward to developing its focus on improving its operating feature rather than introducing new features.
Apple's new iOS, premiering this spring, could streamline that entire process. To be clear, there will still be updates every year, but engineers will simply have more control over which ones they elect to get released or hold back if need be.
A "battery health feature" for iPhones, promised by Apple past year, is now available as part of of iOS 11.3.
Similarly, this rumor could indicate that Apple plans to merge the iOS and Mac App Stores so that users can buy an app once and run it on an iPhone, an iPad and a Mac.
Apart from this year's iOS 12 update, users will have to wait for iOS 13 in 2019 to expect significant updates for the iPad. This way, iOS developers could port iOS apps to the Mac without having to recode big portions of the app.
"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", reported Bloomberg.More news: Internet visionary and EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow dies
Apple is planning on bringing Animojis and a new tabs feature to the iPad with the release of iOS 12, according to Bloomberg.
Apple is definitely promising a lot with its upcoming software update.
The change is also somewhat of an admission and acknowledgement that some users have been complaining about the stability of iOS and macOS updates, as if they were released haphazardly or hastily. However, expected features such as a redesigned Home Screen for iOS and CarPlay, a revamped Photos app, multitasking on iPad etc. are being delayed till iOS 13.
It is now unknown if Apple will release a new SDK with new APIs to provide the required infrastructure for cross platform play.
These include the ability to run several windows in one app, new features for the Pencil stylus, and a button that would allow users to mute notifications from specific email threads.