Apple altered the iOS 17 strategy in its later development stages, introducing multiple fresh features, which hints at a more substantial upgrade than anticipated, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In February, Apple rolled out it’s first iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 beta.
Apple Could Bring New Features with iOS 17
A leak suggests that Apple plans to introduce new features in the anticipated iOS 17, expected to be announced in June 2023. MacRumors reports that Gurman suggests the update may be more significant than initially assumed.
While previous reports indicated that Apple would prioritize stability and fix underlying issues, the company has reportedly shifted its strategy and is now planning to launch iOS 17 with numerous new features.
Back in January, Gurman suggested that the upcoming iOS 17 update may not be as significant as previous iPhone updates since Apple was primarily focusing on its long-awaited mixed-reality headset. As usual, the company is expected to provide a preview of the update at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2023) in June before launching it in the fall.
The update is expected to include various improvements and new features such as an updated CarPlay experience, modifications to Siri, support for sideloading and alternate app stores, mixed-reality headset support, and more.
Gurman announced in his “Power On” newsletter that a new strategy during the update’s development process has resulted in the addition of several new features, said,
When Apple set out to develop iOS 17, the initial thinking was to call it a tuneup release — one focused more on fixing bugs and improving performance than adding new features (not unlike the approach the company took with Snow Leopard on Mac OS X back in 2009). The hope was to avoid the problems of iOS 16, an ambitious update that suffered from missed deadlines and a buggy start.
But later in the development process, the strategy changed. The iOS 17 release is now expected to boast several “nice to have” features, even if it lacks a tentpole improvement like last year’s revamped lock screen. The goal of the software, codenamed “Dawn,” is to check off several of users’ most requested features.
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