iOS 17, the next major update for the iPhone, might be a less significant update than Apple originally expected as the company and its engineers focus more on upcoming AR/VR headsets.
Apple has been working on its AR/VR headset and its accompanying operating system, xrOS, for several years. With the headphones now expected to launch in 2023, Apple engineers have focused less on other operating systems, including upcoming updates to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, according to BloombergIt’s Mark Gurman.
In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman says that iOS 17, internally codenamed Dawn, could end up having “fewer major changes than originally planned” as Apple is focusing more on xrOS for upcoming headphones. Gurman says a similar approach is taking place with macOS 14, codenamed Sunburst.
iOS 14, announced in 2020, and iOS 16, announced last June, were two major updates that brought redesigned widgets to the iPhone Home screen, the App Library, new features in stock apps like Maps and Safari, a redesigned lock and more. iOS 17, along with iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and watchOS 10, will be announced during WWDC in June.
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