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Codenames for Apple’s future products revealed and it seems iOS 19 is coming sooner than expected

iOS 19 already?
Last Updated on July 1, 2024
Codenames for Apple's upcoming slate leak - iOS 19 coming sooner than expected? - Image Source: Apple
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Apple isn’t known for stalling innovation, and according to recent reports, they’re already working on iOS 19 – the next major update for iPhones and other devices. 

While iOS 18 hasn’t been released yet, Apple is reportedly developing the next iteration with potential announcements at WWDC 2025. Analyst Mark Gurman revealed that Apple has begun development on iOS 19, watchOS 12, macOS 16, and visionOS 3. These updates are likely slated for release sometime next year. Interestingly, codenames have been assigned to each update: “Luck” for iOS 19, “Cheer” for macOS 16, “Nepali” for watchOS 12, and “Discovery” for visionOS 3.

Codename clues

The exact features and functionalities of these updates remain shrouded in secrecy, but the codenames might offer some clues. “Luck” for iOS 19 could be a subtle reference to a smoother launch experience, perhaps following any potential challenges encountered with iOS 18. “Cheer” for macOS 16 might suggest a focus on user experience improvements, aiming to make interacting with Macs even more enjoyable. Finally, “Discovery” for visionOS 3 hints at exciting developments in the software powering Apple’s AR/VR headset, potentially unlocking new capabilities and experiences. While these rumored capabilities should be taken with a pinch of salt, we’ll be sure to keep our eye out for more leaks and information.

Apple’s iOS 18 preview – Image Source: Apple

With the release of iOS 18 approaching, it’s fascinating to see Apple already planning for the future. While specifics are scarce, these codenames do spark some curiosity. Here’s hoping they translate into positive advancements for Apple’s software ecosystem, offering users a delightful experience across iPhones, Macs, and Apple Watches, and potentially groundbreaking features for the company’s AR / VR endeavors.

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