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Michael Simon reveals what Apple could learn from its rival
Now that we officially know the dates of WWDC 2018 (4 to 8 June), we can start the countdown to iOS 12. Barring a massive change in its release schedule, Apple will unveil the next version of iOS during the kick-off keynote on 4 June, with several rounds of developer and public betas to follow.
But this year’s release might be a little different. For the past month we’ve been reading rumours that Apple is scaling back some of iOS 12’s planned features to focus on the things that matter most, namely performance and stability. Apple had a rocky start with iOS 11, as several high-profile bugs caused iPhones to type random digits, reboot without warning, and just straight up crash. Consequently, iOS 12 needs to do as much work behind the scenes as it does in front of them.
But while bug fixes and optimizations are arguably more important than new features, iPhone users are accustomed to major iOS releases bringing a flurry of front-facing features that make it a mustdownload. A maintenance release doesn’t exactly instil excitement in users, and Apple needs iOS 12 to be just as important as the next iPhone to continue its dominance. Part of the appeal of owning an iPhone is the promise that your phone will evolve each year, bringing new features and apps each autumn that make our aging handsets feel new again.
Android P’s charges are short and sweet
You might have missed it, but a couple weeks ago, Google took the wraps off the next version of Android, which will eventually be named for a dessert beginning with the letter ‘P’. Like Apple, Google makes a big deal out of its annual Android upgrades, but this year the most important changes in Android P is its support for notched screens and a new location for the digital clock. That’s because its biggest enhancements will be ones that improve the experience seamlessly and