Apple’s iOS 17 is just a few months old, but the speculation about next year’s upgrade is already running rampant.
iOS 18 is due in the fall of 2024, and many Apple fans believe this one will be something special.
The last few updates, including 17, have been met with a bit of a “ho-hum” attitude from most, and most of this year’s attention on Apple was focused on the new M3 chip series.
Several recent reports leaked that Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, called for a pause on all operating systems including iOS 17, macOS 15, iPadOS 18, and watchOS 11.
Insiders believe that the first round of testing was not going well and that the weeklong pause was called to get things in order and deal with some glitches.
At this stage of the game, it isn’t unexpected that there will be a lot of bugs, but Federighi’s decision to pause underlines the importance of getting things right.
Apple is known to stagger big releases with relatively minor releases, and the last few years have focused on adding small, helpful features but have remained somewhat similar to previous releases.
Tim Cook has made no secret of the fact that Apple is looking to cash in on the generative AI gold rush, and it is thought that many of the new features for iOS 18 will be tied in some way to AI.
Perception is that Apple has some catching up to do, and so many believe that the company is placing a lot of hope on iOS 18 and macOS 15 to drive sales of hardware that gives consumers access to groundbreaking software.