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Apple iPhone 16 To Be A Minor Upgrade, Will Rely On iOS Magic

Apple recently launched the Apple iPhone 15 series in September, and the company now seems to be working on its next generation of iPhones. The Apple iPhone 16 series will bring new features and ship with new iOS 18 software. Although a new report suggests the iPhone 16 will likely be a minor upgrade, Apple will rely more on software tricks than hardware to sell its new iPhones.

iPhone 16 To Be An Iterative Upgrade With AI Features
According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming Apple iPhone 16 will be an iterative upgrade and won’t have “any major advances next year”. The company is reportedly banking on its new software tricks to boost the sales of its next iPhones.

The Apple iPhone 16 will have new exclusive AI features with the iOS 18 update. The next iOS update will bring significant changes with new features, design and performance boosts.

iOS 18 could be “relatively groundbreaking” and bring new AI features similar to Microsoft’s Copilot and Samsung’s Galaxy AI. Siri could get a massive boost with Apple’s new Language Learning Models (LLM), which will power apps like Pages, Keynotes, Numbers and Apple Music.

Apple is also testing a prototype of the iPhone 16 series with a punch-hole cutout, although it is unlikely to make it to the release. This is because the company has invested a lot of resources in promoting the Dynamic Island introduced with the Apple iPhone 14 Pro series.

Apple Is Working Hard To Fix Bugs In iOS 16
Apple’s head of software, Craig Federighi, froze the development of iOS 18 last month because “the quality of initial versions missed the mark”. Gurman claims this break helped the company fix bugs and improve the update’s performance.

The engineers spent a week “focused exclusively on rooting out glitches” in the software. Moreover, the iOS 18 update has reached its first milestone, with the company completing its first internal version with all new features.

It is now heading to its next milestone, M2, where the debugging process will begin. Furthermore, Gurman claims there are four milestones for each iOS update, lasting six weeks after WWDC in June. Four of these milestones are related to adding new features, while the other two focus on fixing bugs.

The company plans to deliver a polished software experience with fewer bugs and glitches. Given the long list of devices the new iOS 16 update will support, it seems to be a daunting task for Apple engineers.

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