It’s evident that the past few major iOS releases have been, at best, iterative, and it’s high time for a major overhaul. Apple’s mobile operating system has not only maintained a similar appearance for years but also overlooked several much-requested features from its users. Nonetheless, as per Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman—with the release of iOS 17—this could potentially change.
In Gurman’s recent Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, it was revealed that iOS 17 was to be designed as a bug-fix and performance-improving ‘tuneup release’—preventing a situation like the widespread buggy launch of iOS 16, which did feature a couple of new customization features, including the redesigned lock screen and updates to iMessage.
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…— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) March 26, 2023
Apple’s plans for iOS 17 changed during its late development stages, and several “nice to have” features are expected to be included in the final release, “even if it lacks a tentpole improvement like last year’s revamped lock screen,” Gurman said. The upcoming version, codenamed ‘Dawn,’ is set to address a host of long-standing user requests.
AppleInsider notes, rumored additions are iMessage updates that include a redesigned “new home” feature, chat rooms, and augmented reality chat functionalities, which were first hinted at in an unconfirmed rumor from October 2022.
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