While Apple is currently testing out beta versions of iOS 13.3, users may be forgiven for losing count of the number of features-related and bug fixing updates the company has issued since the release of iOS 13. Well, as per a new report by Bloomberg, Apple will change up a few things starting with iOS 14 which is slated to release next year.
It is said that this was discussed in an internal meeting with the company’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. This method will be adopted for all future releases of macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iOS, including iPadOS which has a few exclusive features of its own to leverage the larger screen.
It is said that Apple wants to avoid an iOS 13 like scenario by delaying the rollout of some features with the report adding that Apple may wait until 2021 to release some iOS 14 features to ensure no half baked features or additions are sent through with the update. Interestingly, Apple also did this with iOS 12 by leaving out some of the features for iOS 13. This basically meant that iOS 12 was pretty stable all throughout, particularly in comparison to iOS 13.
The company is also said to be introducing something known as “flags” that will allow software engineers to select each feature that they deem unfit and disable (or flag) them to avoid pushing it with the final release. This wouldn’t be new to the industry since companies like Microsoft and Google already have a similar practice in place to hold off on unfinished features.
It will be interesting to see how this will work out for Apple, but since iOS is always launched with a new iPhone each year, we may have to wait a while to find out.