Apple Delays iOS Features to Focus on Reliability and Performance ➝

Ina Fried, reporting for Axios:

Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues, Axios has learned. […]

Software head Craig Federighi announced the revised plan to employees at a meeting earlier this month, shortly before he and some top lieutenants headed to a company offsite.

This is such an odd story to me. I just don’t see any indication that this is different from any other year. I expect the number of features that are initially planned for a given iOS release is always higher than the number of features that actually ship. As the team gets closer to their deadline, they realize that some number of these features aren’t going to see the light of day and they shift their focus to polishing the features they have already built.

Perhaps Apple will emphasize bug fixes and performance improvements as the primary focus of iOS 12, but there isn’t much evidence in this article that leads me to that conclusion.