On 4 June, the inaugural keynote address for WWDC 2018 will begin. The developer’s conference is the ideal time for Apple to present the software developments that await us for the next 12 months. New version of iOS, new version of macOS, new version of tvOS and new version of watchOS The question is, will we see iOS 12?
Logically, and following the tradition started a decade ago, Apple is showing a new version of the operating system for iPhone and iPad with many new features and under a new number, 12 in this case. However, many rumors suggest that Apple will focus on improving the system and its stability, even that the development cycle has been increased from one year to two years . So what is the need to launch iOS 12 now?
Why would Apple release iOS 11.5?
Launching a “minor” version of the operating system during WWDC and maintaining iOS 11 for two years may seem absurd. Every year we have seen a new version and it is the main novelty of the developer conference. What reasons can Apple have to break with this?
On the one hand, and due to the numerous bugs that have appeared in iOS 11, many rumors point to a change of route in Cupertino. Leaving the news for next year and focusing this time on improving what already exists , on polishing iOS 11 and improving the stability of the whole operating system. Another hint, we have confirmed the arrival of iOS 11.4, it is very rare that Apple releases an X.4 version, the last time we saw it with iOS 8.4 What does it take for Apple to continue developing with iOS 11.5?
Launching iOS 11.5 at the developers’ conference would mean putting the cards on the table and making it clear: the pace of updates is changed, major changes are made every two years and X.5 versions are released to polish and improve the system , as is the case with iPhone model ‘s’. This doesn’t mean we won’t see new features, but that they will be better and important changes that are more visual or with new functionalities will be reserved for major releases every two years.
The downside of doing this? The image in the eyes of the users. Launching a new iPhone in September that still uses iOS 11 does not sound convincing . Because despite what it may seem, for many users the software is important. Why buy a new iPhone with iOS 11 if my iPhone X already has iOS 11? Apple would have to focus the advertising campaign only on the hardware or some functionality unique to iOS 11.5 for the new devices.
iOS 12 to maintain the established
The most natural and logical choice is that we see iOS 12. A new version of the operating system that changes its name regardless of the new features it brings. Let’s remember that iOS 8 for example was an improvement of iOS 7, it could have been perfectly iOS 7.5 but Apple decided to give it a new number. With this year’s iOS version we might see something similar: stability improvements and some minor new features announced in a big way under the name of iOS 12.
iOS 12 y macOS 10.14: qué supondrá la unificación de ambas plataformas de desarrollo
If Apple keeps the tradition (which is most likely) we will surely see some changes in what we know today as iOS 11 , but maybe the main focus is the common development of applications with the unification of the development under the same binaries, the first step for that convergence between iOS and macOS.
Advantages of this? Apple maintains its marketing and announces improvements and new features for its mobile operating systems, as it does every year. An important factor in convincing users to buy new iPhones and iPads to take advantage of all these new features. The disadvantage? iOS 11 has done a lot of damage to the users’ mentality, and many now see it as a negative thing to upgrade their device, after the problems that upgrading from iOS 10 to iOS 11 caused. It is not the most appropriate time to launch iOS 12, with the confidence of users at rock bottom.
Time for a new nomenclature that leaves numbers behind
Numbers are not the best way to publicize a major operating system version. iOS is already a popular enough operating system to have its own name with each new version . The clearest example is in macOS, which every year gets a new name together, before they were cats, now they are geographical areas of California. In Android they are sweet, so Apple has a lot of themes to choose from.
macOS also serves as an example to understand how to launch a version with new features and the next to polish and stabilize the existing. From Leopard to Snow Leopard, from Lion to Mountain Lion, from Sierra to High Sierra… This new nomenclature would allow Apple to leave aside the numbers, to be able to transmit the idea that it is a new version with new options and at the same time warn the users that it is a version that improves what we already have and makes it more stable.