In January, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that iOS 17 could be a less significant update than updates from previous years.
The reason is that the company is focusing on the development of realityOS software for its highly anticipated mixed reality headset, known as Apple Reality.
in his last power-on newsletterGurman explains that A change in strategy during the development process of the update has added several new features:
When Apple set out to develop iOS 17, the initial idea was to call it a tuning release, more focused on fixing bugs and improving performance than adding new features (sort of like it did with Snow Leopard on Mac OS X back in 2009).
The hope was to avoid the problems of iOS 16, an ambitious update that missed deadlines and started out buggy. But later in the development process, the strategy changed.
iOS 17 is now expected to have several “wishful” features, even if it lacks a star enhancement like last year’s revamped lock screen. The goal of the software, codenamed “Dawn,” is to tick off several of the most requested features from users.
Like previous iPhone software updates, iOS 17 is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, ahead of its fall release.
The update could bring a number of improvements and new features, such as a next-gen CarPlay experience, changes to Siri, support for side-loading apps and alternative app stores, support for Apple’s mixed reality headset, etc.