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Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, whose sources have proven generally reliable, is reporting that Apple will be holding back some of the more ambitious features in iOS 12 to focus instead on polish and reliability. The major responsibility comes on the shoulders of Apple's engineers as they worked on new features-packed upgrades in iOS every year and because of that, some features remained imperfect, which later on created problems in software.

Complaints about bugs have persisted pretty much since it was released, despite lengthy beta testing programs for developers and the public.

This has been the story with iOS 11 through the last six months as numerous bugs and half-baked features were reported frequently. The company is looking to balance introduction of new features alongside more efficient bug fixing given the recent spate of issues, especially, with iOS. In June this year, Apple will showcase iOS 12.

What you won't get are a redesigned home screen for the iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay, and an overhauled Photos app that offers up suggestions for images to view - they're going on the back-burner.

Now referred to internally by the codename "Peace", one of the biggest features expected in iOS 12 is the ability for a single set of apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

Apart from this year's iOS 12 update, users will have to wait for iOS 13 in 2019 to expect significant updates for the iPad. New features for the Apple Pencil and a toggle in the email app to mute notifications for a thread have been pushed back. The changelog includes fundamental revisions of the operating system's core, user-facing redesigns of the interface and updates to iOS' built-in stock apps. The more interesting addition is group chat, a feature Apple introduced years ago with the Mac video calling app iChat, but removed - and never restored - when it introduced FaceTime for iOS devices. As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below! Animoji is also coming to the iPad, the report claims, with Apple set to release a new version of the tablet that packs a built-in Face ID camera.

For years, Apple has stuck to a strict schedule of annual iOS releases that sport a sometimes dizzying array of new capabilities. Apple does include a lightning adapter to allow customers to plug in 3.5 mm headphones like before, but it takes the place of the charging port taking away the ability to listen and charge the phone simultaneously.

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