According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has temporarily paused the development of iOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, and tvOS 18. This delay is necessary as the software team needs to address bugs in the current generation software for iPhones, iPads, wearables, TVs, and Macs.
The employees in Cupertino have been instructed to stop working on future versions, with engineers now focusing on fixing existing bugs and improving software performance.
Craig Federighi, Senior VP and Head of Software at Apple, has been working diligently in recent years to address software bugs. This effort has led to the temporary hold on certain future products. Sources familiar with the matter revealed that the software engineering team under Federighi discovered numerous bugs that were overlooked during internal testing.
The development pause is expected to last only a few days, with Apple anticipated to resume development by the end of this week. While the initial M1 versions of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15 were completed last month, further development was put on hold.
The final major update for the current versions, iOS 17.4, is scheduled for release in March.