iOS 9 Said to Emphasize Performance, Stability, & Bug Fixes
iOS 9 will primarily aim for system performance and stability improvements, according to a new report from the well-sourced 9to5mac. Furthermore, iOS 9 will have a ‘”huge” focus’ on fixing bugs and bringing under the hood improvements to the mobile experience, while the new iOS version will have less of an emphasis on bringing new features to compatible iPhones and iPads.
Apple choosing to refine the existing iOS experience should make iOS 9 a welcome update to users who have experienced various stability issues and bugs with iOS 8. Most of the complaints with iOS 8 have been fairly minimal, but the bugs that users do experience can be annoying, ranging from Spotlight suddenly not working, to random crashes of apps, to outright reboots during simple tasks like opening the iPhones Camera application.
There is no known release date for iOS 9, but typically Apple releases developer versions of new system software in the summer, and launches new major iOS versions alongside new iPhone hardware. The last few years have followed a fall release schedule for new iPhones and iOS releases, so extrapolating that into the future one could estimate a rough Fall 2015 timeline for when iOS 9 could possibly become available to the wider public.
For Mac users, the 9to5mac report does not mention OS X 10.11 or what the focus of the next OS X release will be. Mac users who have been frustrated by various stability troubles, persistent wi-fi issues, and general usability complaints with OS X Yosemite would almost certainly appreciate a similar focus on improving stability and functionality on the Mac side of things, but it remains to be seen if Apple makes a similar focus decision with OS X 10.11.