The plan to update the operating system on devices throughout the world every six months is over. Apple announced on Tuesday that it had scrapped the planned iOS update that would have triggered new features every time the iOS device was connected to power. The company cited “customer concern about the connectivity between the device and the internet” as the main reason for canceling the update.
In October, Apple planned to launch the first beta version of the following central operating system for the iPhone. The new update was scheduled to be released simultaneously on macOS, tvOS, and iOS. However, before reports surfaced, some users were experiencing problems with the beta software. Now that the update has been canceled, there is no timeline for a public launch of the operating system.
Privacy Concerns Raised
After the beta program was announced, privacy advocates raised concerns about how Apple would handle the data it collected from its beta testers. The Cupertino tech giant promised that it would not track the devices of its beta customers. However, the beta software did collect usage data about the apps and features that were being tested.
Apple’s update has been scrapped because of privacy concerns raised over how the company would track people’s iPhones. If you’re curious about how Apple is handling beta testing for the next major iPhone update, though, the company is doing things differently than in the past. First, the Cupertino giant has confirmed that all data from its beta testing, including usage data like which most popular features, is being destroyed.
Apple’s Update Has Been Scrapped: What Happens Now?
Apple will not launch the next version of the iOS operating system. The beta program was slated to begin in October, so it’s unclear when the company will delay the launch. Apple will likely issue a public statement when ready to relaunch the update.
The decision to scrap the update comes just months after Apple was criticized for lack of innovation by the public and the media. In addition, apple’s operating system has been criticized for being too similar to Google’s Android operating system, and Apple had promised that the next version would bring significant changes.
When the beta program was first announced, Apple explained that it would collect usage data about the individual features in the beta program. However, the company promised that this data would be anonymized entirely before Apple used it to improve the operating system.
Will the Delay Hurt the iPhone’s Long-Term Success?
Apple’s iPhone is a hugely successful product, but it’s also been criticized for not bringing enough change to the smartphone market. The iPhone 7 was released in 2017, but most people were still using the iPhone 6S for the camera, wireless charging, and water resistance features. The next update was also expected to bring significant design changes to the iPhone, but that won’t happen now.
The Delay in Apple’s update could also be bad news for the iPhone’s long-term success. If consumers feel that their phone doesn’t need an update every year, they could be drawn to Android phones, which offer more frequent updates.
However, some analysts have suggested that the Delay could make the iPhone more appealing to consumers. Some people have said that they are more likely to buy a new iPhone if they wait a few months between updates.