Apple Delays iOS Home Screen Redesign to Focus on Stability

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in iOS, Mobile with 50 Comments

In an effort to fix the disaster that is iOS 11, Apple is reportedly delaying some major features for iOS 12. The company is instead focusing on stability and security of the OS, reports Axios.

Apple has been widely criticised for iOS 11’s poor performance. So instead of releasing more new features, the company will now be focusing on improving the stability as well as the security of the OS. In order to make time for the improvements, Apple will be delaying some new features that were initially planned for iOS 12. The company is reportedly working on a much-needed home screen redesign for iOS, which is now scheduled for 2019 — possibly coming out with iOS 13. It is no secret that iOS desperately needs a new home screen design, but we will have to wait until next year for the new, and hopefully improved home screen. No details on what’s actually changing, though.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is still working to get the universal app platform for iOS and macOS ready by 2018. Updates to ARKit to enable multiplayer augmented reality games, Camera improvements, enhancements to the sharing experiences, and improvements to some core apps are, however, being delayed to 2019. But the company is still building new app and screen usage limitation abilities for parents that’ll allow parents to limit their children’s usage of iPhones and iPads by 2018. What’s more, Cupertino is making improvements to FaceTime on its operating systems for this year, though details regarding the updates are scarce.

Apple has been under a lot of fire in the recent months due to an unstable iOS update, security concerns on macOS, and the major iPhone performance throttling controversy. The company is set to release iOS 11.3 next month to address some of the concerns regarding iPhone’s performance throttling, and it’ll likely take the wraps off iOS 12 at this year’s WWDC.

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51 responses to “Apple Delays iOS Home Screen Redesign to Focus on Stability”

  1. skane2600

    Despite the continuing problems, Apple fans don't seem discouraged enough to stop buying iPhones.


    If companies would stay mum on what their future unimplemented plans were they wouldn't have to explain why they are late. I think the marketing value of pre-announcing products is greatly exaggerated.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to skane2600:

      Part of that is because not everyone is having problems. I'm not having any problems with iOS11.

    • Winner

      In reply to skane2600:

      I think a lot of Apple users are ignorant of how Android phones work. If they actually could see the additional flexibility and fluidity of the OS then they might switch. But they're happy in their walled garden so don't know any better. And they put up with their issues.

      • Thomas Parkison

        In reply to Winner:

        No, I know exactly how the Android world is and I don't want a darn thing to do with it. Why would I want to go back to a company that has proven time and time again that they don't give a crap about your privacy. Google ought to just change their privacy policy to read... "Yeah... we sell your data. What are you going to do about it? LOL"


        And then there's the Android fragmentation among the Android OEMs in which they're too busy coming up with "The Next Big Thing" to care one bit about updating the software on their older devices let alone pushing out critical software patches.


        I'd rather stick with the iPhone because despite the issues that Apple appears to be having the grass is not at all greener on the Google side.

        • Winner

          In reply to trparky:

          I have found Google to be pretty transparent on their policies. You can go to a web page and see what they know. You can delete their data. And what they sell is marketing aggregation data. If they give you ads that are more relevant, I don't see big damage there. OTOH, their services are immensely valuable: search, gmail, youtube, maps. I think that's a fair trade.


          Yet you are on a Microsoft site. This is a company that has consistently worried more about itself and it's market share than its own users. They misled, deliberately decieved their users. They forced upgrades from Win 7/8 to Windows 10. They kill services, leaving people hanging - people who "bought" videos, songs - can no longer play them. I see more issues with Microsoft than Google, yet you seem to find Google a problem and not Microsoft...

      • Ndbbm

        In reply to Winner:

        I like and use an iPhone. I have and play with a Nexus 6p, which I also used as my primary phone for awhile. I have also used Microsoft smartphone (would kill for someone to copy the dialer/contact search from that), Microsoft pocket PC/with phone, and Windows mobile. Between IOS and Android, I still prefer iOS.

      • Chris Payne

        In reply to Winner:


        This is subjective, of course, but I flat out think iOS is the best platform overall. I've used Android and really dislike it. The flexibility you see is in-coherentness and un-standardization to me (not to mention my strong dislike of Google's policies). But again, it's subjective.


        I used Windows phone for years until very recently, and though I prefer the UX of that over iOS, I can't get passed the maturity, acceptance, and extensibility of iOS over WP.

      • curtisspendlove

        In reply to Winner:


        Heh. Well I did an android experiment in 2017. Still hate it. Back to an iPhone X and I love it.


        I realize I’m privelaged enough to be able to not care about price as a primary point. I would be sad if I were priced out of the iOS market.


        iOS 11 has been fine for me. I would like to see what they can come up with for a home screen refresh though.


        Honestly, though, Android users always tout the flexibility of the Android platform and a home screen that has widgets, etc. But it really wasn’t that much different. And it seemed like every time I installed a custom launcher my phone would spend the next three weeks slowing down to where I had to wipe it and reset. This even happened with Microsoft’s Arrow launcher.


        Had as my iPhone X since the start, hasn’t stuttered even once. Buttery smooth (up to 120fps) animations.

        • Winner

          In reply to curtisspendlove:

          Thanks for your comments. I have a Pixel 2 XL, it hasn't stuttered at all, either. And it has the best camera on any phone. It's actually amazing.

          • curtisspendlove

            In reply to Winner:

            I think if I were to ever try again, the then-current Pixel model would be my test phone.


            I assumed Samsung would be a decent “Apple of the Androids” option. I still maintain that to be the case.


            I have always liked iOS though. Had a sordid affair with Windows Phone before that crashed and burned. I’d still be using it if I could even find a phone capable of running it on my carrier. :(

            • Winner

              In reply to curtisspendlove:

              I find Samsung to be really nice hardware with moderately crapped-up Android experience.

              I don't like the placement of buttons on the Samsungs, either. On the Pixels, the power and volume buttons are all on the right, accessible by right thumb.

              The S8/Note 8 are beautiful, but Bixby is a pain, there is still a lot of bloatware, the TouchWiz interface deviates from normal Android in unpleasant ways, and their phones tend to lag due to the bloat. Plus really infrequent updates. Google's phones are more like Apple, I'm currently on Android 8.1 and get my regular monthly security updates right on schedule.

              • curtisspendlove


                ”The S8/Note 8 are beautiful, but Bixby is a pain, there is still a lot of bloatware, the TouchWiz interface deviates from normal Android in unpleasant ways, and their phones tend to lag due to the bloat.“


                I concur with your assessment. My experiment was with a Galaxy S7 Edge. The hardware was fine. I actually picked it because my wife has always adored her Galaxy Note phones.


                The software was my issue. I loosely follow Android “news” and probably should have gone with a Pixel for the test, but to be fair the Pixel 2 hadn't released yet, and the S7 was the new hotness. ;’


                Although I consider Bixby one of 2017’s best tech jokes, I deal with Siri on a regular basis...so...yeah.


                I didnt *hate* TouchWiz ... exactly. It was more just the general unresponsive and periodic slowing of the phone over time.


                Reminded me of when I had to nuke and pave Windows on a regular 3-6 month basis to keep it performant (granted I had very high level needs of Windows back then).


                :: shrug ::


                I’m happy we can all choose what we like. My wife wouldn’t be caught dead with an Apple device and constantly disclaims my poor taste at dinner with friends. ;)


                It makes for fun, gentle ribbing between friends. :) I had an entertaining scroll smoothness side-by-side with my iPhone X and several Android handsets. Even my friend that thinks I’m insane for spending more than a couple hundred bucks was rather taken by it.


                I then showed him ProMotion on my iPad. He doesn’t care enough to spend money on it, and that is fine, but it was a fun social thing. It probably really isn’t worth the cost, he’s right. But I was entertained. And I’m old, so I’ve earned the right to buy a few things that make me happy. ;)

      • Stooks

        In reply to Winner:

        I am happy with my walled garden. I actually have both since my job provides me with both because I manage our MDM solution. When not testing something on my Android phone, my SIM is always in my iPhone.


        I know Android inside and out and I still choose iOS. The app quality just seems better on iOS. The security is way better. I mean yesterday Google said they removed 700,000 apps from their App Store in 2017 because of malware, up 70% over 2016.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to skane2600:

      That's Apple's problem. If the fans keep buying iPhones no matter the problems then the Program Managers inside Apple don't get internal support for fixing designs that are no longer competitive or that have serious design flaws. When they bring up "We need to fix <x>" the response is, "No we don't. iPhone is selling great so don't waste your time and our money fixing what isn't broken."

    • GT Tecolotecreek

      In reply to skane2600:
      Despite the continuing problems,...

      What EXACTLY are the continuing problems you are referring to or have experienced on your iOS device(s)? Would love to see if I can reproduce them.

  2. GT Tecolotecreek

    "In an effort to fix the disaster that is iOS 11..."

    Man the life boats, Apple is doomed, doomed I say! Talk about hyperbole. And "security concerns on macOS" are directly related to this topic? Doomed! Anybody want to buy a slightly used flying saucer shaped headquarters??  Man the escape pods! Oh wait, Apple earning come out Thursday this week, and are expected to be very good. But still doomed!! Got to spin up the FUD to dampen the good news on Thursday. 


    Now if you want to see a disaster, let's looks at the Pigxel 2 

    To quote Mr. Thurrot: 

    ... Google’s hardware lineup, today, is anything but world-class. As I pointed out previously, the Pixel 2 XL is an ongoing disaster,...

    The ever growing list:

    Display looks dull and washed out

    Display exhibits a blue shift at even slight angles

    Display exhibits burn-in

    Display has a “black smear” issue

    Phone makes high-pitched noises and clicking sounds

    Top speaker is quieter than the bottom speaker

    Phone reboots at random

    Sides of the screen fail to recognize touches

    Fingerprint scanner has slowed down

    Headphone adapter isn’t working

    Buzzing noise is coming from the speakers

    You want a disaster, now that's a disaster!


    Disclosure, I use iOS 11 on my 5s with no issues (now retired to being a mobile iPod) and continue to use in on my X with no issues. But I cannot throw this feeling on impending doom, please help... ;-)

  3. Thomas Parkison

    About time that Apple has started to think about that. Performance of recent iOS versions have really suffered unless you're on recent hardware. iOS 11 runs great on an iPhone 7 (which is what I have, specifically an iPhone 7 Plus) but if you have anything older than that it runs like crap. iOS really needs be optimized and it shows especially so on older hardware.

  4. dcdevito

    What a cop out. I wish I could do this pushing software out the door at my job.

  5. RobertJasiek

    @Those not being aware of iOS 11 problems I suffer from:

    • Files is extraordinarily buggy.
    • Safari does not stream non-live videos fluently. (It was fluent under iOS 10.)
    • Files is extraordinarily dysfunctional.
    • iBooks cannot move one page fowards or backwards if a PDF is zoomed in. (It is necessary per page to zoom out, go to the next page, zoom in.)
    • Battery life is shorter than under iOS 10, and with unpredictable variety.
    • Prediction of remaining battery charge is much weaker than under some versions of iOS 10.
    • iOS 11 changed without asking the setting to automatic brightness and hid it at an unexpected place in the settings.
    • iOS 11 changed without asking the quotation marks to German style making their use in English terrible. Had to alter the settings again.


    Apple itself is also becoming a problem: it does often refuse battery replacement by claiming non-existing or trivial scratches as hardware defects so as to gain hundreds of extra euros for fake repair.

    • Stooks

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      Hmmmm I have with, 11.2.5 no issues.


      Admittedly I only use Files with iCloud and it simply works great, and iBooks to read books (not PDF's).


      Battery life on my iPhone X is fine. It is off the charger at 6am and on it again around 11pm with 45% or more. Battery life is very subjective. My usage, including choice of apps could be completely different from yours. Other in my family have to recharge before the end of the day but they live on their phones and use known battery sucking apps, like Facebook and others.


      I agree with the Auto-brightness move but once you know where it is...I never touch it again.

      • RobertJasiek

        In reply to Stooks:

        Files is said to work with iCloud but I would only want to use it for local files, where the problems occur.

        Battery life on my iPad Mini 4 has decreased from iOS 10 to 11. And this is not subjective because a) everything else is the same, b) I regularly observe duration depending on brightness and c) I only do light tasks such as browsing or text reading only with apps affecting battery no more than Safari or iBooks.

  6. macguy59

    Disaster ? FUD much ?

  7. plettza

    But, but, it just works, right?

  8. maxpayi

    Although I am all Apple at home, I have to agree. IOS 11 is a mess. Don't know if it is worse than IOS 8 was, but still it is a hot mess. But still it is not such a big mess like MS's entire platform :))

    Also let's not forget the mediocre job Google did with the Pixel 2 XL...wonder how someone can still buy that junk.

    • Bill Russell

      In reply to maxpayi:

      I'd probably get a one plus 5T anyway just being cheaper, being someone who would never pay over $500 for a phone (if that). Its a shame that most americans just go to the carrier every 2 years and get a new $700+ phone or so no one cares what anything costs, hence the ungodly margins for Apple and Samsung, with little market for great midrange phones in the US.

  9. wocowboy

    In other news, Essential Phone announced yesterday that it is skipping the release of Android oreo 8.0 on its phones due to "stability issues" and will instead wait and release Android 8.1 at some future date. No date is given. Where is the "disaster" article about Android 8.0? Equal scorn should be applied here.

  10. ben55124

    Based on usage data we know you all love our launcher so we made sure it couldn't be replaced.

  11. Chris Payne

    "In an effort to fix the disaster that is iOS 11..."


    Wut? What kind of disaster is iOS 11? I've been using it since it came out and have had no problems whatsoever, nor have I heard of widespread issues (other than the CPU throttling, which isn't iOS 11 specific).

  12. MikeGalos

    "Bloomberg reports that Apple is still working to get the universal app platform for iOS and macOS ready by 2018"


    Of course that means they hope to get the APIs ready in 2018 for developers to start rewriting their apps. That doesn't mean that consumers will have either a compatible OS or any of those apps in 2018.


    Figure the actual beginning of benefits to consumers will start to appear in 2019 along with the new UI in iOS 13 (or whatever it gets renamed to avoid having a product numbered 13 in this age of superstitious marketing) and in whatever [macOS/OS X/Mac OS X] is called by then.

    • skane2600

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      It seems every generation of developers can't resist participating in the "universal" snipe hunt. Apple's will fail just as every previous attempt in the last 40 years has failed.

      • MikeGalos

        In reply to skane2600:

        Well, at least this time they aren't doing the "we'll be universal with an API that works identically on every OS" although, to be fair, HTML 5 actually did that to a surprising degree.


        But you're right, starting with UCSD pSystem and going on through IBM's SAA/CUI to SUN's Java the idea of a "write once, run everywhere" platform has been a silly goal that, at best, results in a least common denominator to achieve universality and usually just ends up fragmented as nobody wants applications that are limited by the subset of shared features so they "extend" the "universal" platform to match each platform's non-universal features and design metaphors.

        • MutualCore

          In reply to MikeGalos:

          You obviusly don't understand modern software development if you think .NET Core with UWP is 'write once, run everywhere'. It's a software stack that very granular that enables a developer to write business logic modules that can be reused by different front-ends(PC, tablet, phone, IOT device,etc...). All in one Visual Studio solution. Yes there will be extra work in designing the GUIs appropriately for the form factor, but a lot of code will be shared. But each UWP target will have it's own fully compiled x86/ARM binary distributed to the Store. .NET Core/UWP is a game changer and that doesn't even get into Progressive Web Apps which are coming soon.

          • MikeGalos

            In reply to MutualCore:

            And you seem to have a reading comprehension problem since I didn't bring up .NET Core with UWP at all.



          • skane2600

            In reply to MutualCore:

            .Net core isn't in any way, a "game changer". Reuse of business logic with changes needed only for different UIs has been done for decades. Whether coupling different platforms' implementations of an application in a single VS solution is a good idea is debatable. Given that adoption of UWP is weak on Windows PCs and practically non-existent anywhere else isn't a good argument for all the engineering effort that has been expended for what may turn out to be just a "look what we can do" product.

  13. chriscarstens

    I believe this can be safely translated as "It isn't ready." If only Microsoft would follow their example.

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