According to people familiar with the change, Apple will begin focusing on the next two years of updates for its iOS devices, instead of forcing engineers to cram tons of new features into an annual update.
Ahead of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) Feb. 1 earnings report, both The Wall Street Journal and Nikkei Asian Review were out with reports claiming that Apple had slashed its iPhone X production plans for the first calendar quarter of 2018 by about 50% thanks to weaker-than-expected demand for the device. The company is looking to balance introduction of new features alongside more efficient bug fixing given the recent spate of issues, especially, with iOS.
Independent reports from a few weeks ago said that Apple's software division has chose to focus on user experience in its next major software updates, rather than pushing out a ton of new features.
The report further suggests that Apple might also bring the Animojis to its FaceTime feature as well, this will allow the consumers to use the AR (Augmented Reality) feature while on a video call. The change came after too many new features were being released with bugs due to the demanding schedule.
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The decision comes after criticism over the launch of some features launched with bugs (the weird autocorrect bug, for instance), while others (Apple Pay Cash, iMessage in the Cloud) were delayed well into the launch cycle.
The list of news channels include CNN, CBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC and Cheddar that appear in the primary "Watch Now" section of the app on iOS and tvOS 11.2.5. Apple's animated emojis feature was released with the iPhone X past year.
The change that will cause the biggest stir: making it possible for a single third-party app to work on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. The universal apps feature will come to Macs with the upcoming macOS 10.14 known internally as "Liberty".
Unlike Google, Apple doesn't release separate updates for its default apps such as Messages, Calendar, or Mail.
The move to delay some new features follows iPhone sales dipping in the last three months of 2017, although Apple - which is the most valuable company in the world - still pulled in record revenues. These include the ability to run several windows in one app and to run two screens from the same app side-by-side.