Possible Impact of Unusual Apple Decision on the Release Date of the iPhone 16
Even if the next iPhone won't be released for over a year, Apple's present problems could impact what will be released or even when.
The statement "won't noticeably postpone" the release is as strong as it gets for now, but we'll see what transpires in the upcoming months.
In his most recent Power On email, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that Craig Federighi decided to halt iOS 18 development in late October.
Federighi, who oversees software engineering, reportedly decided to “debug the software and improve performance” as opposed to continuing with additional software development.
Gurman claims that this seldom occurs.
iPhone 16 release date could be impacted by rare Apple decision
Although it requires bravery to take such a step, it is better to solve issues and remove bugs immediately rather than allowing them to lower quality later.
Gurman notes that since he thinks the technology of the iPhone 16 series will be comparable to that of the iPhone 15, quick new software would be even more crucial.
This delay makes sense if that's the case, and there have already been speculations of new buttons on the iPhone 16 Pro Max that imply something is off.
And that would make sense considering that, based on recent rumors, iOS 18 is probably going to promise the incorporation of generative AI capabilities into Apple devices.
Gurman affirms this as well, stating that "iOS 18 and other operating systems due next year—the next generation of Apple's software—are even more critical than usual."
With generative AI, the corporation is vying for market share with Google and OpenAI, and iOS 18 is set to introduce this technology to the iPhone.