Apple’s upcoming iOS 17 update could be more significant than previously anticipated, as the company reportedly changed its development strategy later in the process to add several new features. This news comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who had previously suggested that the update might be less substantial due to Apple’s focus on its mixed-reality headset.
iOS 17 set to be more significant than previously thought
In his latest “Power On” newsletter, Gurman explained that when Apple first set out to develop iOS 17, the plan was to make it a tune-up release that focused mainly on bug fixes and performance improvements, similar to how Apple approached Mac OS X Snow Leopard in 2009. The goal was to avoid the issues that arose with iOS 16, which suffered from missed deadlines and a buggy launch.
However, as the development process progressed, Apple changed its strategy for iOS 17, deciding to add several “nice to have” features that users had been requesting. Although it may not have a major tentpole improvement like the revamped lock screen in iOS 16, Gurman notes that the update is expected to include a range of enhancements and new features, such as a next-generation CarPlay experience, changes to Siri, support for sideloading and alternate app stores, and even support for Apple’s mixed-reality headset.
As with previous iPhone software updates, Apple is expected to preview iOS 17 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June before releasing it in the fall. While it’s unclear exactly which new features will make it into the final release, Gurman’s report suggests that Apple is aiming to make iOS 17 a more significant update than previously thought.
Overall, this news is sure to excite Apple users who are eagerly anticipating the latest update to the company’s flagship mobile operating system. With support for new technologies like mixed-reality and alternate app stores, iOS 17 could bring some significant changes to the way we use our iPhones and iPads. As always, we’ll have to wait until June to get a full look at what’s in store for iOS 17, but for now, it’s clear that Apple is working hard to make it a release worth waiting for.