Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) previously announced that it would be updating its iOS to accommodate for consumer concerns about security and its battery life. However, this does not appear to be the case now, as Axios has reported that Apple is delaying some of these features to next year.
So far it’s been reported that a number of features are being pushed back into 2019, including a refresh of the home screen and in-car user interfaces, as well as improvements to core apps like mail and updates to the picture-taking.
What made the cut for this year are new features including improvements to augmented reality, digital health and parental controls. At the same time, Apple is prioritizing work to make its iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues.
According to Axios:
While a renewed focus on quality and performance might ease some outside criticism, some inside the team question whether the approach will actual lead to higher quality. Plus, customers tend to pay for features more than security and reliability, which are tough to assess at the time of purchase.
Looking ahead, we can expect Apple to release its major iOS update once a year in the fall, along with a new generation of iPhones.
Shares of Apple were last seen down over 1% at $165.34 on Tuesday, with a consensus analyst price target of $189.48 and a 52-week range of $120.62 to $180.10.