While the biggest interest every year tends to be on what new hardware Apple will be announcing, the early weeks of 2018 have instead been heavily focused on the software that powers the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Both macOS and iOS will receive updates during the year, of that there is no doubt and certainly no surprise, but as we continue to learn more about those releases, we are finding out just what will, or will not be included.
We already know that Apple is planning to take 2018 and use it to improve the stability of iOS, making it less bug-prone and improving performance. That’s music to the ears of those who have complained about poor software quality control over the past year or so, but it does inevitably mean that some new features are being pushed back to 2019. Below is what we can expect from the next 18 months-worth of software releases, at least as far as recent leaks have us believe.
iOS 12 – 2018
An overall increase in stability of the iPhone and iPad software with additional performance improvements also expected
Improvements to ARKit
Revamped Stocks and Health apps
New Animojis along with a change to how they are navigated during selection
Improved parental controls
FaceTime calls that support more than two people with Animoji support included
Face ID support to arrive on the iPad, along with new hardware
Improved Do Not Disturb controls
Siri integration with the iOS Search view
A new interface for importing photos into an iPad
Cross-platform apps – one app for use across iPhone, iPad, and Mac
iOS 13 – 2019
A new, redesigned Home screen layout that will see iOS depart from the stale “grid of apps” look we have endured since the very first iPhone
The ability to run two instances of the same app, at the same time
The ability to run multiple windows within an app on the iPad, similar to tabs in Safari, and a feature for all apps in macOS.
Improved Apple Pencil capabilities for the iPad Pro
A redesigned Photos app
A redesigned CarPlay interface for those able to take advantage of it
The ability to mute individual threads within the Mail app
macOS 10.14 – 2018
Similarly to iOS 12, this release will be the first to include support for true cross-platform apps
Some iOS apps may make the jump to the Mac, including the Home app for use with home automation hardware