New software features of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s operating system for mobile devices, iOS, which were supposed to be launched this year will instead be unveiled next year according to a report by Axios. Per the report, Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, told the tech giant’s employees that there was a need to concentrate on quality and performance.
In the recent past the newest software on the iPad and the iPhone have suffered negative publicity following bugs which Apple has been trying to fix for the past one year. Earlier this month there was criticism levelled against Apple following a discovery by users that the tech giant had deliberately caused older iPhones to slow down without informing the affected users. Apple now intends to release a patch this spring that will let users know when the iPhone maker is taking such an action.
Home screen update
Prior to the release of the report Apple was expected to update the iPhone’s home screen but this will now be delayed till 2019. The current version of the operating system is iOS 11 and Apple is expected to announce iOS 12 during this year’s World Wide Developer’s Conference which will be held in June.
The report comes at a time when analysts are expecting the Cupertino, California-based tech giant to report more than $80 billion in revenues when it releases its latest quarterly report on February 1. If the estimates of the analysts are met or easily beaten, it will turn out to be the best quarter in Apple’s four-decade corporate history. The high expectations for the quarter are coming despite the fact that sales of the iPhone X were lower than had been anticipated.
According to research firm Canalys the number of iPhone units that Apple sold during the quarter totaled 80 million or which 30 million were iPhone Xs. The value of the sales of the iPhone X is expected to reach a figure of more than $30 billion. This has been achieved despite the high price tag of the device, component shortages as well as initial production issues which delayed the delivery of pre-orders in some countries.
On Tuesday shares of Apple fell by 0.59% and closed the day at $166.97.