iOS 9 Lock screen mockup 001

Just as our own analytics showed a very clear spike of traffic emanating from devices running Apple’s unreleased iOS 8.1.3, now word comes that several publications are starting to see versions of iOS 9 showing up on web analytics for their sites.

Assuming version numbers have not been spoofed, this would indicate Apple may have begun testing first prototype builds of iOS 9, ahead of a developer preview expected at its annual developers conference in the summer.

“Our understanding is that Apple developers normally only test pre-release OS builds internally, so this external testing process seems to be a new strategy,” writer Davir Price noted.

A recent report by the well-informed Mark Gurman suggested just that, that Apple is planning on expanding pre-release mobile software testing to select retail employees in an effort to eradicate bugs and improve stability and reliability of iOS builds.

“The program is set to commence soon with a beta version of iOS,” Gurman wrote.

Web analytics showing traces of iOS 9 was sent to MacWorld by Roman Zavrel who runs a Czech-language technology website called letemsvetemapplem.eu. According to that site’s traffic data, three visits were made in January using iOS 9.0, as can be seen below.

iOS 9 analytics 001

Sure enough, Macworld has been able to confirm that its own analytics contain traces of iOS 9. In fact, the publication has recorded ten page views from devices running variants of iOS 9.x in the past few months.

“Six were recorded as iOS 9.0, three were iOS 9.2 and one was 9.0.9,” reads the article. One visit from a device which identified itself as running iOS 9.0 was recorded on October 23, 2014, indicating work on iOS 9 has been underway for a long time.

Keep in mind traffic data may have been spoofed using a jailbroken device, assuming this is possible in the first place.

Could Apple really be that far ahead of itself?

Be that as it may, it is anyone’s guess what new features iOS 9 could bring to the table. For what it’s worth, the previous two major iOS release have been about a thorough redesign (iOS 7) and extensibility (iOS 8).

Given the recent criticism targeted at Apple’s software quality, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple paused on innovation and released a Snow Leopard style iOS update to fix all the quirks and optimize code base.

Here’s an iOS 9 concept video by 18-year-old student Ralph Theodori.

As you already know, the company has been releasing major new iOS and OS X releases on an annual basis for the past few years.

What new features are you expecting to see in iOS 9?

Source: Macworld

  • hkgsulphate

    custom UI color

  • Me

    They should release betas to retail and even public. Don’t give only Devs the ability to install betas, they only care for their apps to work. What about the rest of the OS? This is exactly what’s happening now, iOS 8 is terrible.

    • Cameron Nelms

      A lot of people would have issues with the release, and then they’d have to deal with a fuckton of people not knowing that the iOS was a beta, and complaining that they should fix it

      • Me

        Have a switch in the OS, somewhere in the settings to allow beta updates.. lots of software does this.

    • PeterMZanetti

      No. There are already over 10 million registered developers. That is a huge sample size for testing. If thats not enough, they have other problems. No need to involve the clueless public in beta testing.

      Apple opened up a public beta for Yosemite testing last year because, by comparison to iOS, there isn’t nearly as many Mac developers to test the upcoming OS.

    • Ray Holloway

      As someone who used to work as technical support, this is not a good idea. Beta versions are for testing purposes only. That’s why it’s released only for devs. People who are tech savvy can mess around with beta versions as well, but the majority of people aren’t. Once you have tried to explain to someone why their phone no longer works properly after installing an update or why their favourite apps don’t work properly anymore you will understand why beta testing is not recommended for the general public.

  • August Ebbesen

    Liar.

    • Carlos Medina

      Reasons why i have trust issues

  • I can easily spoof those. Those are people changing their user agents in safari.

    • PeterMZanetti

      People say the same nonsense every year.

      Believe it or not, iOS 9 exists. And it’s being tested by Apple, probably very thoroughly, in the six months leading up to the first beta.

      • I understand that, but do you really think that Apple would be stupid enough to leave a trace, besides ever since this post was posted I have been spoofing as iOS 9.0. Go to the develop tab in Safari on the Mac and you’ll see what I mean

      • PeterMZanetti

        Dude, I’m WELL aware that someone who cares enough can easily spoof their OS. I don’t care. That’s not what this is.
        Apple does not care about revealing the fact that they are testing up coming OS variations on schedule. They do it routinely, with every major and minor OS revision. You’re not up to speed if you think keeping secret the existence of an upcoming OS is one of the things Apple does.

      • ReanimationXP

        Apple is comprised of a shitload of users, a percentage of which are probably just as interested in the jailbreak scene as we are. Of course they’ll “leave a trace”, as iOS 9 being developed isn’t a secret. Don’t be an idiot.

  • Pretty much everything in this video is bullshit

    • ReanimationXP

      It’s a concept video, moron. If you watched the whole thing at the end he asks to help his ideas reach Apple.

      • Still all of the tweaks are bullshit

      • Jordan Agaran Riley

        lol the logic ^^^

  • ghanipradita

    ios 8 is ugly but after I saw those ios9 concept, then no thanks. I keep with my ios 8 with Zanilla.

  • What were the ip addresses in the sites access logs? Anything but Cupertino ip addresses and this post is busted!

  • Tim

    I’m a day 1 iPhone user, but truth be told they need to fix iOS 8 first.

    • Vince Reedy

      Exactly why they can’t wait to get to 9…. you will be begging for 8 like we’re begging for 7 now. My bad, begging for 6.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        what are the bugs in iOS8? i do not have any

      • Vince Reedy

        Control Center access from lock screen and reachability works when it feels like it for me to name 2. 6+ 64gb

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    No shit, of course they are testing ios 9

  • Agru

    I hope it’s a fake. I can’t believe Apple have been testing the future ios since 10/23 instead of fixing the bugs of the present one.

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    night mode of apps and interface is a must!!!!!

    • Croak

      Already able to invert the colors, sorta, without a jailbreak. Settings>General>Accessibility>Invert Colors

      • Croak

        Guess the screeny wont take on invert! Whoops!

    • Croak

      Already able to invert the colors, sorta, without a jailbreak. Settings>General>Accessibility>Invert Colors

  • FIX THE BATTERY

    • Jordan Stevens

      There’s nothing wrong with the battery

  • Rusty

    So long to the end of yearly updates.

  • Eli Montoya

    Lol I’m about to scare these people again.

  • Eldon Martino

    when is the IOS 9 coming out?

  • jeffsters

    Seriously! That’s crazy! Wow…who would have thought!

  • Sai

    How do they check what ios versions are visiting the websites?-

  • Dante Arellano

    Another adroide fan than wants to make ios looks like androide shite fuckk that

  • I’m just trying to imagine iOS 53

  • iPhoneWINS

    and apple updating ever 2 moths now … all i want is a new jailbreak