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A new report by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman alleges that iOS 9 will mark a Snow Leopard-style release, one said to pause on innovation in order to focus on stability and reliability improvements.

A “huge” focus of iOS 9 is on fixing bugs, maintaining stability and boosting performance “rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions,” writes the author.

iOS 9 is reportedly codenamed Stowe after a ski resort in Vermont. Selling stability as a tentpole feature isn’t that peculiar in light of Apple’s recent software woes that have culminated with a botched iOS 8.0.1 release, a plethora of bugs and various user complaints about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite feeling unfinished and rough around the edges.

“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,” adds the report.

In addition to under-the-hood improvements, iOS 9 is said to bring out a few new user-facing features as well, such as transit directions and indoor modes in Apple Maps.

iOS 9 mockup teaser 001

The author speculates that Apple could simplify its mobile OS maintenance by focusing on iOS devices powered by its in-house designed 64-bit processors: the A7, A8 and A8X chips.

If history is an indication, the Fall of 2015 will bring us new iPhones and iPads running the A9 and A9X chips while the iPhone 5c, original iPad mini, and fifth-generation iPod touch are likely to get discontinued. If true, Apple’s iOS device lineup in late-2015 will use 64-bit A7, A8 and A9 processors.

Our recent poll has asked whether Apple should break away from the annual OS release schedule. Half the respondents said it should, but only if a longer release cycle leads to a faster, more stable iOS.

The poll is embedded below so cast a vote if you haven’t already.

A Snow Leopard-style iOS 9 release would be totally cool, if you ask me.

What’s your position on this topic?

Should Apple adhere to the annual OS release schedule?

Or, should it give its engineers more time to perfect the code and ship iOS when it’s ready rather than position a half-baked iOS refresh as a reason to buy new devices.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Shawn

    Good this is what is needed. That and for OS X as well.

    • Falk M.

      Fast forward one year and the old paradigm of features over thorough bug testing and optimization catches up again.
      It’s a gift for a year and after that a lovely memory.

      • Jack Thompson

        I already seen Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Project Almanac, Black or White, American Sniper, The Boy Next Door, Blackhat, Mortdecai,, The Wedding Ringer and Taken 3 on my iPhone 6 from lMOVlESAPP(dot)COM.

  • Kenneth Lin

    Finally.

  • Who else iPhone has slowed down and really lags. I even wiped it.
    Using an iPhone 5S btw

    • Andrew

      Not me and I’m jailbroken. 8.1.2

      • AnoNymouz

        How’s your battery life on 8.1.2?

    • Digitalfeind

      My 5S is running fine with iOS 8.1 jailbroken.

  • avd98

    No, god no…

  • Rahimo

    “rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions,” I like this one … and this one .. “especially for the many millions of iOS device owners with 16GB devices,”

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    We all like this now, but when WWDC comes and theres no new features we’re gonna complain about it. I do agree with stability and bug fixes though. Right now my main one is with the camera and when you have it on 60FPS, I cant even take videos! It freezes after like 3 seconds or 7 seconds. Anyone else have that issue?

    • Shawn

      I am not having that issue

    • Chris

      No issues here, have you tried restoring as it sounds like something in the Camera.app has become corrupt.

  • Philip

    The 5C would stay for one more year, the 4S will not be supported

  • Jonathan

    Hmmm.. I’d still like for visuals. Such as, improved keyboard features (if Apple did swiping, they’d probably do it the best, like the predictive text) a new loading wheel, which they’ve had since the launch of iPhone.
    I question whether or not this is something they’d do, but hey, I was surprised by third-party keyboards. Third-party lock screens would be lovely.

  • Joey_Z

    Good. iOS 8 has been the most unstable iOS since iPhone OS 1. It takes guts to do the right thing instead of the popular thing. This is what makes Apple different.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Nope. iOS 7.0 was the worst on my iP5. 7.1 was a huge improvement while 8-8.1.x were a small step backward IMO.

  • Fanboy 

    I think iOS is already full of useful good features, we don’t need Apple to “innovate” and add a bunch of gimmicks (shoutout to Samsung). So I would be absolutely happy if this report is true. Stability, bug fixes AND the only new features I would ask for are SMALL things the iPhone community has been asking for ages already! Extremely simple things such as allowing creation of Groups inside of Contacts, better way to organize albums inside of Photos, etc.

    • Jonathan

      Pretty sure you can already create groups in Contacts..

      • Fanboy 

        No sir, it is not possible to do within your phone. Need external sources such as using a Mac, or I believe there are some apps you can purchase as well to do this.

      • Jonathan

        aw crap. I should’ve read it before I sent it to you. It’s an external app. sorry.

  • Eikast

    I wouldn’t mind little to no new features as long as it’s butterly smooth. But just because they wouldn’t focus on new features doesn’t mean that they can’t refine current features and make improvements to such features.

  • justme

    as I said before, they’re on the good way.
    iOS9 SDK just need open more the gate between apps and iOS.
    if the Spotlight will able to search into the apps documents (like office apps) for me is enough, and of course, more stability. Hope will not be a battery killer…

  • ilikeiphone

    Agree. This is good. I can not open evernote, ifttt and some more apps. Crash instantly

    • Chris

      Maybe you should try restoring your device without restoring a backup as is sounds like your data is corrupt.

      • ilikeiphone

        Using Semi-restore then?

  • Merman123

    Maybe I could use my iPad mini again. iOS8 pretty much rendered it useless.

  • iPodDroid

    GOOD, iOS 8 has easily been my least favorite iOS update. Qualityy >>>>> New Features any day.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Hmmm… refine everything, then stop adding new features and make it open source, and your problem is solved, Apple.

  • Ottawa Gamerz

    wow wasnt 8 the big thing and they screwed that up!! lol u suck

    • Chris

      Typical, you run your mouth and have not a clue how hard the iOS developers work, last I checked lollipop doesn’t work on most nexus devices.

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        so your telling me 8 ran right they didnt have a fix asap and if u buy A SAMSUNG phone u dont have some pushing os out the door every month!! wouldnt u like one that would be good for more than 30 days!! ohh ya forgot apple owns u!! 😛

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        test ur dam os i know u apple fan boys dont care 1 thing on my android i will never find nutting we didnt put there my self!! u can be apple’s b****t all u want but i like not to be tied down to a pc and itunes <—- android whats that i plug it in a hardrive pops up i drag my music and im gone i can do it on my pc basement my pc in hong kong or hell samsung doenst have me by my balls saying u can do do this but not this!!

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        removable battery sd slot!! anything else i should say.. my kids all have apples products i decided to try samsung and now im here reading how apples guy who running things are just not testing anything u know why apple was good steve jobs did things right if he was alive none of this 8 os bs would of happien at all u know this so and ya apples find my iphone is great 4 one reason u sell ur phone to a pawnshop or another person online u dont give any info than u lock down ur i product so the person buying gets f in the ass 🙁

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        want any more!! im no noob like u think i am!!

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        almost 3 days with my battery with wifi on games and all apple 12 lol!! Samsung note 3 no the copied apple 6 xl 🙁

  • Jason Baroni

    Wasn’t this the prediction for iOS 8?

  • Walcy Carroll

    I am enjoying using the iphone 6+ 64gb version, but only 1gb of ram you can notice delays, or tabs in webpages reloading, random things like that, so no matter what they do, they need at least 2gb to be more functional.

    As far as the release schedule, I can see more security. 01.1 etc patches as usual, the release cycle has been good enough for me any more frequently and I think it will cause issues for various companies/administrators.

    • Ottawa Gamerz

      buy a note 3 4 from samsung no problems here and to no need to jailbreak to make ur own wallpapers change whatever

      • Walcy Carroll

        Thanks but I prefer apple products for my smart phones/tablets. For my pc I switch between linux versions/apple/windows. It’s just a preference/invested at this point. I agree there are alot of android/other phones that do some things better, but I am stuck in my ways ;-). Really the 2gb ram is just something that I pay close attention to, 95% of the other people/masses don’t pay attention to these things, you just tell them to close out the 30 apps you have running, and it fixes the problem for them, or something to that degree. I do agree that Apple did drop they ball with the 6+ by not including more than the 1gb of ram, but it really is not a deal breaker for most of the people out there.

      • Ottawa Gamerz

        ok your choice lol 🙂

  • Ksain

    Any experts here? Can iOS9 be completely rewritten using Swift? Will it boost the speed? Or am I missing something?

    • rockdude094

      I think it works only for graphics based applications. It’s already efficient. Need more core customization.

    • Chris

      Swift is just a programming language, like Objective-C it requires an base operating system to run the executables which is IOS. It would take years to rewrite iOS and it would only work on new devices which would result in two ecosystems for apps.

  • rockdude094

    Why not customizability ? Like how long does that shit take ?

  • Matt

    Again this is the normal iOS release schedule…

  • Ottawa Gamerz

    test it thats all

  • Tyler Smith

    should upgrade every two years. with hardware and software

    • Ottawa Gamerz

      just buy a note 3 or 4 and love the power

      • Tyler Smith

        I’m sorry ill keep my iPhone…..

  • Gastiz

    “A Snow Leopard-style iOS 9 release would be totally cool, if you ask me.”
    This. Snow Leopard was awesome.

  • singhay559

    Software sucks camera outadated phone bends. I thought it was about quality. You really need to step it up apple

    • Fanboy 

      Lmfao, funniest comment I’ve ever read with no credibility. Seeing as how you started by insulting the camera even though iPhone’s are known to have one of, if not THE best camera on smartphones out on the market right now.

      • singhay559

        I never said quality. I said outdated. Some people do like or want more than 8mp. I compared the 6+ to the note 4 and i like the quality on the note 4 better.

    • N&LH

      You can bend any phone

      • singhay559

        You can’t bend the 4s with the palm of your hand like you can do with the 6+

  • Joel Torres ツ

    If iOS 9 really is just stability fixes and performance improvements then I see no reason as to why it wouldn’t run on the older iPhone 4s, iPad mini 1st gen or the iPod touch 5th gen. I’m sure many people would benefit from those improvements. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Svs

    Yes “Stop the innovation” if that means a smooth OS
    leave the “innovation” to jailbreak