For the past several months, we’ve assumed that the next iOS release will be light on features and heavy on performance improvements and bug fixes. But a new report says that may not be the case — in fact, iOS 17 may be the most exciting release in years.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Apple deviated from its initial strategy for iOS 17, which was originally to “focus more on fixing bugs and improving performance rather than adding new features.” Now, he reports, Apple is all in on new features, and iOS 17 is expected to have several “nice to have” features when it arrives this fall.
Although it does not disclose what these features are, it claims that they are among the “most requested features” by iPhone users. It’s not hard to make a list of features we’ve wanted for years — multiple users, custom icons, multiple timers, multitasking, separate volume controls for media and calls, etc — but Gorman says the features will be smaller since iOS 17 “lacks improved support.” Like last year’s revamped lock screen.”
But it’s still an interesting idea and it makes waiting for iOS 17 even more difficult. While Apple hasn’t officially announced the dates yet, it will show the next version of iOS at its keynote WWDC conference this June before its full release this fall. Gurman did not say whether iPadOS 17 and macOS 14, which will debut at WWDC, will have the same strategy.
To keep up with the latest rumors, be sure to bookmark our iOS 17 super guide to catch all the news and rumors as they arrive.
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