• iOS 9 Probably Won't Bring Lots of New Features, But Will Bring Stability, Reports Say



    Apple released iOS 8 in September of last year, and is expected to release incremental updates (8.2, 8.3, and so on) before moving on to the next iteration of the iOS firmware, iOS 9.

    On the other hand, when iOS 9 does finally drop, reports are indicating that it probably won't include a huge number of a new features. Instead, iOS 9 may simply fine-tune the iOS 8 operating system as we know it, which has become buggy and unstable over the years as Apple has added more and more new features to the operating system.

    As 9to5Mac reports, while every iteration of iOS generally includes performance enhancements and fine-tunes the operating system, iOS 9 will stand out because its main focus will be on performance on all devices, securing the operating system from various hacks, and fixing glitches that could break functionality. Overall, the end result goal is to have an operating system that "just works" like it should, and doesn't crash as often on the user.

    For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to make efforts to keep the size of the OS and updates manageable, especially for the many millions of iOS device owners with 16GB devices.
    Apple wants "quality" back in their name. It's something that Apple sort of lost their title of starting with iOS 7. Things just haven't felt as stable since the iOS 6 days because Apple has been putting too much time and effort into adding more features and making the operating system look non-skeuomorphic without properly testing them.

    It's probably a good thing that Apple is taking this route. Although many will be disappointed at the lack of new functionality in the next major operating system, others will have the peace of mind in knowing that the operating system will be more stable.

    iOS 8 has had one of the largest launch debacles of any release to date – in the early stages of iOS 8, an update that Apple rolled out actually broke cellular and Touch ID functionality for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users and instabilities like this are something that Apple wishes to prevent from happening again. Another issue had to do with HealthKit, which had a rocky head start due to bugs.

    Naturally, this is what happens when you have your software development team focusing solely on new features and not fine-tuning them. Apple has been playing "catch-up" for the last few iterations of iOS to compete with its competitors, and now it's time for the Cupertino-based company to add the finishing touches.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 9 Probably Won't Bring Lots of New Features, But Will Bring Stability, Reports Say started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Yes!

      Let's hope this is true!
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Apparently they've just released 8.3 beta 1 into the development portal
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      "iOS 9 will stand out because its main focus will be on performance on all devices"
      Not a snowball's chance in hell of this happening. No way will Apple make ios9 perform better on older devices.
    1. anhtuanle84's Avatar
      anhtuanle84 -
      More like it just works with tons of bugs
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      It'll be more stable on new devices while alienating older devices by way of excluding them from the compatibility list.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      "iOS 9 will stand out because its main focus will be on performance on all devices"
      Not a snowball's chance in hell of this happening. No way will Apple make ios9 perform better on older devices.
      'Older' devices will be phased out for iOS 9. Therefore, Apple won't have to worry about that! LOL!
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      So why is it called ios9 then?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      So why is it called ios9 then?
      Because that way Apple can post it on their Web site as "the worlds most advanced mobile operating system" when it comes out. It would look plain silly to say that about an iOS 8.x release.

      iOS 9 will have new features, no doubt. But nowhere near the 200+ that have come with iOS releases for the last several years. It's just that the main focus will be smoothing out the rough edges that Apple created with all these rushed new features.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Because that way Apple can post it on their Web site as "the worlds most advanced mobile operating system" when it comes out. It would look plain silly to say that about an iOS 8.x release.

      iOS 9 will have new features, no doubt. But nowhere near the 200+ that have come with iOS releases for the last several years. It's just that the main focus will be smoothing out the rough edges that Apple created with all these rushed new features.
      Well thanks for the response. I guess there's nothing wrong with this update I just never understood how the numbering worked.
    1. indragatot9000's Avatar
      indragatot9000 -
      Yes dream cometrue
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