Every year since 2007, Apple has released a brand new version of its mobile operating system, iOS, for its mobile devices. Some of those updates are huge, and others focus on other things.
This year, when Apple unveils the newest version of iOS, which is expected to be called iOS 9, it’s believed that Apple will be focusing on more under-the-hood tweaks and fixes, making sure that the overall user experience continues to get refined and improved across the board. This suggestion is again postulated by a new report published by 9to5Mac, which states that Apple’s iOS 9 will have “huge” stability and optimization focus.
Apple has been busy adding new features into iOS over the last several years, including many marquee standout options like Touch ID, the general overhaul to the aesthetic of iOS with iOS 7, and iOS 8’s laying the groundwork for the upcoming Apple Watch. Add to the mix support for Apple Pay, Notification Center, Control Center and more, and iOS has certainly become a feature-rich mobile OS option. However, the speed in which Apple releases these updates has led many iOS users to complain about the general usability of the software.
As a result, this year is said to be a year for optimizations.
According to the report, iOS developers within Apple are focusing almost entirely on optimizations under-the-hood, fixing bugs, boosting the overall performance of the platform and making sure to maintain the stability that users expect from Apple’s software. Apple is said to also be focusing on making sure that the upcoming slate of new software is manageable, and aim to keep the updates smaller in size so they can be installed on more devices — especially those with 16GB options.
This is not that big of a surprise, considering the several years prior where Apple has focused almost entirely on stuffing new features into the mobile OS. Having a year to focus on optimizations and performance only makes sense.