Apple's Decision to Delay Some New Features and Focus on Software Quality Extends to Mac

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's reported plans to delay some features planned for iOS 12 until next year will similarly extend to the Mac, although to a lesser degree, according to Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg News.


    Gurman's sources corroborate an earlier report from Ina Fried at Axios, which claimed that Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi disclosed the revised plans during a meeting with employees earlier this month.

    While the shift in strategy appears to extend to macOS, it reportedly will not affect the development cycles of watchOS or tvOS.
    Apple's plans to focus on the quality of its current software platforms will presumably result in a greater emphasis on bug fixes, performance improvements, and the general stability of its operating systems.

    The shift in strategy follows a few embarrassing mishaps for Apple in recent months, including a major security vulnerability that enabled access to the root superuser account with a blank password on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1. Apple promptly fixed the critical bug in a security update.

    Just weeks later, MacRumors was alerted to a security flaw in macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2 that allowed the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. While this bug was much less serious, it was still system behavior that obviously shouldn't have been possible.

    Apple had a similar shift in strategy in 2015 with the release of iOS 9, and with some other macOS updates in recent years, according to the report, so this isn't Apple's first time doubling down on the polish of its software.

    The report also corroborates that Apple was planning a redesigned grid of app icons on the home screen in iOS 12, but that change is now delayed until 2019 along with expanded photo management capabilities. There's also word of a multiplayer mode for augmented reality games, but it's unclear when it'll be ready.

    Gurman still expects some smaller improvements to the Photos app to roll out in 2018, while the original report by Fried mentioned enhancements to the Health app and parental controls are still planned for release this year.

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  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    You mean Apple is going to continue doing what they've been doing with release like High Sierra, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, etc, where they focus on performance? They've done the same with iOS too. This is nothing new.
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  4. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    Isn’t that what the past 3 years of MacOS updates were supposed to be?
  5. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Mac OS is barely above "Maintenance" mode status as it is. The annual updates show that Apple have lost interest in applying innovative new functionality.

    The days of Apple adding new exciting features to Mac OS are long gone.
  6. TokMok3 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2015
  7. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2012
    To be honest, I’m perfectly okay with this, iOS already has a lot of features that work for me and I personally, don’t need any other new features, new features are always nice to have, but, it offers pretty much everything I need on a daily basis. I definitely would rather have fluidity, with almost no frame drops, a fast moving operating system without nagging bugs that are just not necessary. I would like the smooth “it just works” iOS back and I hope iOS 12 can deliver that.
  8. 555gallardo, Jan 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018

    555gallardo macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2016
    Considering that I've been thinking of upgrading to High Sierra and a number of people here on MacRumors recommended me to avoid (thanks :)), I'm glad to hear news like this.
  9. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agreed. I would rather have something delayed to make the software experience better for the user, as that is the most important aspect long term.
  11. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
  12. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    macOS has become stale anyways, the 'features' they add every year aren't much. I welcome a focus on quality. But also please bring automatic night mode and a proper night mode for finder, messages...
  13. Agent007 macrumors newbie


    Nov 3, 2006
    United States
  14. ronno macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2014
    “The report also corroborates that Apple was planning a redesigned grid of app icons on the home screen in iOS 12“

    Would be nice if we could put icons wherever we please instead of everything snapping to the top of the screen. Android has had this forever, and makes reaching the icons a lot easier given that your hand is naturally on the bottom of the phone.:rolleyes:
  15. BB8 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2016
    I mean, when was the last time the Mac got any new software feature worth writing about?
  16. Balkon macrumors newbie


    Jan 17, 2017
    That sounds good. In my opinion iOS and macOS really need that focus shift.
  17. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Apple has virtually endless resources and we can't even get solid updates without bugs. They need fresh blood in these meetings. All I see are a bunch of fat cats raking in the dough with no incentive to do anything groundbreaking.
  18. BB8 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2016
  19. brunerd macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2009
    Craig is also reported* to have said, "Hey this GPLv3 thing seems to hold us back to bash 3, I mean bash 4 has been out almost 9 years now, that totally sucks eh, I thought we embraced open source? Should we just switch to zsh? Perhaps some folks need some new windowing arrangement functions? Perhaps some Watch/tv/ios integrations with macOS? Oh, you just want colored icons back in the Finder sidebar?! Nope. That was to dissuade you from using anything but iCloud, all external storage no matter how nicely icon'ed will be a pale grey/blue, Eddie Cue says it's important to sell iCloud storage services"

    *as imagined.
  20. Falhófnir macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    I for one am pleased to hear it, a stable basic experience is much more valuable than adding ever more niche features to a bug riddled foundation.
  21. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Wasn’t High Sierra supposed to be the release that eschewed new features to focus on quality? Where’d that get us?
  22. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Yeah much better to change everything (Windows 8) just to slowly restore things exactly as they were (add surveillance to taste).
  23. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Pleased to hear, but I wish they would focus on hardware quality as well. I still have a huge problem with the new machines and the current line up has some old tech in it.
  24. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    :rolleyes: Oh boy... and so it begins...

    This is welcomed and expected, my only curiosity is that development on next MacOS/iOS surely switched into high gear 3-4 months ago (and likely had finalized the feature set well before that). I'm surprised they would completely change the feature set when WWDC is about 4 months away....
  25. Seppentoni macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011

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