iOS 9 will focus mainly on stability and performance

Apple logoLongtime Apple users speak fondly of the Snow Leopard (10.6) release of OS X. Even though it came with "no new features," it won users over by reducing the footprint of the OS and focusing mostly on refinement. A report from 9to5Mac's well-sourced Mark Gurman claims that Apple is taking a similar approach with iOS 9, focusing on fixing bugs and optimizing performance rather than adding another big stack of new features to the pile.

The report isn't specific about what Apple will be doing to accomplish those goals, but in any case it's a departure from the release-first-fix-later approach Apple normally takes with iOS. iOS 7's biggest problems were addressed by iOS 7.1 six-or-so months later, and so far we've seen six minor updates for iOS 8 that have attempted to address everything from bugs to performance and the amount of free space required for update installation.

Though stability will be "a tentpole component" of iOS 9, Gurman says that the new operating system will still come with other improvements. Don't expect a repeat of the "no new features" reveal, in other words.

Even if Apple's software quality hadn't become a popular topic of conversation lately, it would make sense for Apple to take a year to regroup. iOS 7 was a comprehensive overhaul of the operating system's design, and iOS 8 made almost as many changes under the hood. Complaints about sluggish performance and other bugs have been the biggest and loudest gripes leveled at iOS 8, so a focus on bug fixes for iOS 9 will be welcome even if it comes at the expense of bigger, flashier features.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, iOS 9, OSes

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