Apple is gearing up to launch its iPhone 16 line with a key focus on the upcoming iOS 18 update. The tech giant plans to incorporate new AI capabilities in the iPhone as it competes with Google. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, there won’t be major changes in the iPhone next year, but the screens on the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are rumored to grow slightly in size.
Gurman also revealed that the decision to pause development and address bugs in the upcoming OS builds was made by Apple’s software engineering chief, Craig Federighi. This move comes after Federighi determined that the quality of the software at this stage was not up to Apple’s standards. The company had recently completed the first internal versions of iOS 18 and macOS 15 and had finished adding the biggest new features for the software, known as M1 for the first milestone.
Instead of proceeding to M2 right away, Apple took a week off to focus on resolving bugs. Each OS goes through four milestones, with approximately six weeks for each milestone. Four weeks are spent adding features, while two weeks are dedicated to bug fixes. Apple has spent an extra week working on debugging the software, but this delay is not expected to impact the release date of iOS 18 and the other operating systems.
The 2024 releases are anticipated to bring design changes, new features, and improvements to security and performance for iPhone and iPad users. Senior management in Cupertino is reportedly calling the upcoming releases “ambitious and compelling.”
Overall, Apple is banking on the appeal of iOS 18 to drive sales of the iPhone 16 line next year. With the promise of new AI capabilities and potential design changes, consumers will be looking forward to the launch of the latest Apple products.