iOS 12 has had half the amount of updates as 11

skillwill

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This time last year, there had already been 10 public releases of iOS 11 released (11, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, 11.0.3, 11.1, 11.1.1, 11.1.2, 11.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.2).

This year we have only had five so far. In my opinion this is one of the best "features" of iOS 12, they clearly learnt from releasing unfinished rubbish last year.
 

NoBoMac

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Minor nit, 12.1.2 was released, pulled, and then re-released shortly after. So, something was "rubbish" in that. So, pseudo-six releases.
 

bodonnell202

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iOS 11 had a lot of issues that required a lot of updates to address. It only really felt stable to me with the release of iOS 11.3. iOS 12 has been stable right from the start and releases have been brought a few new features (iOS 12.1) and bug fixes. With iOS 12 working well I suspect the iOS software team at Apple is probably focusing more of their resources on iOS 13 now so hopefully them can bring out something with an updated UI without it being a complete mess (in terms of stability and bugs) initially.
 

Cordorb

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Then there are the B updates and the unseen A updates would be interesting to see those numbers per major release.
ie. 12.1.3 beta 4 - is build number 16D5039a
 

TrenttonY

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”train wreck”?

In my experience, all the talk about how bad iOS 11 was is exaggerated. Sure, iOS 12 is better in many ways but that’s how it works mostly ... things get better and better.
It depended on the device you used iOS 11 with...

My iPhone 6S ran terribly.
 

cmaier

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Ios12 was supposed to be the “fix bugs and improve things under the hood” release. The fact that they haven’t had to do as many point updates probably shows that they accomplished their goals, and is also indicative of the fact that since they introduced fewer new features in 12 there was less to go wrong.