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Jan 14, 2020

This time last year, we were coming off one of the biggest performance and stability releases in Apple’s history with iOS 12. It was so stable and performant, the betas felt better than some previous shipping versions.

But, hardware like the iPhone XS and especially the iPad Pro made it clear Apple needed to amp up the functionally and fill in many of the still-missing features.

Enter iOS 13 and its offshoot, iPadOS 13, which brought a ton of exactly that functionality and those feature fills. But it came at the price of stability, resulting in a beta worse than some internal builds and a release that wasn’t even a fully baked beta.

So, rather than do my usual wish list for iOS 14, I’m going to do exactly what I’ve asked Apple to do — make iOS 12 the new normal. Split focus between paying down the technical debt and adding a restrained amount of new features.

That means I’m going to be just as restrained in my pull list, and request only those new features and functions that I think will make a real difference this year… but without too much disruption.

And I’m going to start with the iPhone.