Apple delays software features due to bugs

Intern blamed for Apple iBoot source code leak

On the one hand, spreading feature updates over a longer period could hurt Apple's competitiveness in the fiercely contested smartphone market.

While Apple's focus for iOS 12 is reportedly on reliability and performance, the company is working on a number of new features as well.

Engineers will now be able to push back the release of features they believe need more work. Apple's historical development cadence focuses on tying all new features to a major iOS release. Internally codenamed "Peace", iOS 12 will focus on fine tuning and polishing the user experience and numerous features initially planned for this release will get postponed to iOS 13 slated to debut in 2019.

Apple is expected to discuss more on iOS 12 later this year at WWDC, and we'll see just what features Apple does debut. New features for the Apple Pencil and a toggle in the email app to mute notifications for a thread have been pushed back.

Apple has been criticized for several humiliating failures in quality assurance with iOS 10 and 11 related to the keyboard and Apple Pay Cash.

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment in time of publication.

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The Cupertino tech conglomerate, Apple, is doing wonders in the tech industry ever since it debuted with iPhone X with the new face ID feature. This way, iOS developers could port iOS apps to the Mac without having to recode big portions of the app.

This year's update will also bring with it a Digital Health app for parents to monitor kids' screen time, deeper Siri integration in the iPhone's search view, Do Not Disturb improvements, a multiplayer mode for augmented reality games and, er, a redesigned version of Apple's Stocks app.

According to people familiar with the change, Apple will continue to have an annual release, but engineers will focus on features that will be released over the next two years, allowing them to move out features that aren't ideal yet.

The change in its strategies is an uncharacteristic admission by Apple that its recent software updates have not been up-to-the-mark.

Meanwhile, more details have emerged about how a critical bit of Apple source code - the iBoot bootloader that helps launch iOS on mobile devices - appeared last week on the code repository GitHub.

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