According to the official Joomla website, Joomla 3.7 is planned to be released in the 3rd quarter of 2016. This version will focus on improving the installation experience and will come with a new media manager. It is still discussed, but it seams that a new, very useful and long waiting feature will be added to this version: the custom fields component.
Joomla Custom Fields
The com_fields component, is a new data type that can be used in Joomla articles. The core Joomla content component is flexible, and in the past developers were able to add custom functionality with use of plugins. With the introduction of the custom field component, this will be much easier, and there will be no need to install an third party plugins.
Custom fields can be used for many purposes, such as adding rating value, pricing, or any custom data which the user want to display in a certain area of the article. It will be possible to add as many custom fields are needed and by default all values will be displayed in the meta section of the article, where the author, published date, category etc are displayed.
New Media Manager
This has been discussed for quite some time and it was planned to be included in Joomla 3.5 version, however this was not added. The new Joomla media manager will be significantly improved, allowing users to have more control over uploaded images. Users will be able to crop, resize, rotate and perform basic filters right in the backend of their Joomla website. The media manager also enables to create thumbnails of different size and add tags and tables to uploaded media files. The very cool feature is the drag and drop functionality, which allows the user to upload images by dragging into the article editor.
New Joomla URL Router
This improvement could be very beneficial for all Joomla websites from SEO point of view. There are many problems with URL formatting in Joomla, and the new router would make the Joomla more search engine friendly avoiding all those duplicate and ugly URLs. Hopefully this feature will be included, but we will have to wait for it.
There are discussion online about what other features will be added, and it looks that the introduction of Service Layer takes the biggest part among these discussions. The Service Layer is not really an end-user improvement, but mainly makes the Joomla developers’ job easier. With the help of the Service Layer developers can access data from different components and from database more easier and with less work.
I’m looking forward to test all the new features that come with Joomla 3.7 version. For now, this is all I know off. More info will come soon. Stay tuned!