OS X Yosemite Desktop

It’s been said before that the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be a Snow Leopard style upgrade in that it won’t focus as much on new features as it would on optimizing code base for stability, performance and quality.

In a new report, 9to5Mac details what lies ahead for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, not just in terms of speed and stability, but also regarding both operating systems’ stronger security and a few new end-user facing features.

Multiple sources familiar with Apple’s development plans told author Mark Gurman that both iOS 9 codenamed “Monarch” and OS X 10.11 codenamed “Gala” will limit new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality”.

“Apple directors reportedly opposed a complete pause on new features, but agreed to focus on quality assurance by holding back some features that were initially planned for the latest operating system launches,” reads the article.

For starters, iOS 9 should make legacy iPhones and iPads such as the iPhone 4s run more efficiently and smoothly than prior iOS editions. Apparently, iOS 9 will target older iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices powered by Apple’s A5 processor, which includes the original iPad mini and the discontinued iPhone 4s.

Rather than remove features that don’t run well on older devices, like previous iOS versions, Apple is said to be focused on engineering a core version of iOS 9 that runs efficiently on older A5 devices, and then adding features.

And thanks to a major upgrade to Apple’s Swift programming language which will not come with iOS code libraries, App Store applications written in Swift should require less space to download and install.

“Apple currently plans to convert its own apps over to Swift in 2016 via iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, unless unforeseen roadblocks emerge over the next year,” the author wrote.

The stripped-down list of new features in OS X 10.11 reportedly includes additional system-wide interface tweaks and Control Center similar to that on iOS. Control Center for Mac reportedly moves many of the controls from the Mac’s menu bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the screen.

“We are told that Apple has realized that annually adding new features to the mature Mac operating system is more challenging than with iOS, so 10.11’s upgrade list may be slimmer than iOS 9’s,” as per the article.

A few security enhancement in OS X 10.11 include re-architected stock apps with iCloud Drive file encryption, a major new initiative called Rootless and a new feature called Trusted Wi-Fi.

Billed as a kernel-level feature for both OS X and iOS, Rootless will prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions and preserve the security of sensitive data.

“Sources say that Rootless will be a heavy blow to the jailbreak community on iOS, though it can supposedly be disabled on OS X,” adds the article.

iCloud Drive improvements will include stronger end-to-end encryption and faster syncing than traditional IMAP servers. While Apple’s stock apps like Notes, Reminders and Calendar currently rely on an IMAP-based backend for content syncing, iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will put up a splash page offering a user to move content from the IMAP server over to iCloud Drive.

The firm is said to be in the process of upgrading the iCloud Drive and CloudKit servers to sustain the expected surge in usage when more core applications move to a pure iCloud foundation.

“A dedicated iCloud Drive app to view files has also been developed, but it may remain for internal use only,” Gurman said.

Lastly, the Trusted Wi-Fi feature should let Mac and iOS devices connect to authorized wireless routers without additional security measures. The way it’s supposed to work, iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 should initiate “a more heavily encrypted wireless connection” for non-trusted routers.

“Apple’s broader and deeper quality assurance testing includes stricter stability and polish guarantees before new features are officially added to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11,” said Gurman.

It was reported yesterday that the Apple Watch’s San Francisco font would make its way into OS X 10.11. Apple is also reportedly readying an improved Apple Maps service with built-in transit directions, indoor maps and a trip-planning feature.

In addition, iOS 9 should gain a new ‘Home’ application for controlling HomeKit-certified smart devices for the connected home, while introducing support for multiple user accounts and better multitasking with split-screen views on iPads.

What do you guys make of this?

Would you rather Apple added more user-facing features or paused on innovation in order to create a more stable iOS and OS X?

Chime in with your thoughts down in the comments.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Rootless is going to make jailbreaking a lot tougher than it already is. A lot of people will probably stick with iOS 8.1 for awhile, if they are jailbroken.

    • Al Fresco

      Hopefully there will be a jb for 8.3 or 8.4

      • Anonymous

        8.4, the new music app is much welcomed.

    • iPhoneWINS

      i think jailbreaking is really done

      • rockdude094

        how dare you say that !

  • Ampe

    Love this. I hope iOS will return to iOS 6 level, it was the perfection, in stability and performance

    • Anonymous

      Stable but ugly ui.

    • leart

      and ios 6 had something called DETAIL

      • Ampe


  • Горан Трајкоски

    Better battery life!

    • James G

      Performance enhancements should aid in that. Same with stability.

  • TotallySerious

    Rootless has me worried, I wish the best of luck to the leaders in jailbreaking out there

  • mp

    My 64GB Ipod Touch 5G remains solely as a glorified travel clock thanks to its new status as ‘slow and glitchy’ courtesy of IOS8. I’m certain its screen lit up on the news IOS9 may return it to its former glory.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Great to see that they’re still trying to add a few new features, and it’s even greater that they’re trying to improve performance on older devices like the 4S, which really needs some optimization.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    While I do commend Apple for deciding to punch the breaks on new features and instead focus on tying up the numerous and major loose ends with iOS 8, the ‘Rootless’ initiative is a bit concerning from a jailbreaking standpoint. I do trust that hackers and jailbreak devs out there will still try to find a way through Apple’s sandboxing.

    Things that are still a major issue in iOS 8 (in my opinion), but NOT limited to:

    -Control Center STILL glitchy as it sometimes won’t come up on lockscreen when invoked! (who’s with me on this?)
    -Health.app being abominably slow/sluggish in trying to load data when launched. Also clearing data seems to be another issue as well as it won’t clear. Communication between 3rd party health/fitness apps still problematic as data doesn’t sync fully (anyone?)
    -Quick-Reply on lockscreen sometimes glitchy as when you swipe to reply, type your response and hit ‘Send’ doesn’t send what you typed (rare issue but still an occurrent)
    -Mail.app issues with Exchange and Google accounts (occasional issue)
    -Battery drainage (yes, I’m using an iPhone 6 and it doesn’t seem to hold its charge as it used to and is on par with my already 4yr-old iPhone 4S)
    -3rd party keyboards (given up on them months ago but that doesn’t mean that Apple can’t work on fixing underlying issues and implementation)

    I’ll try to be optimistic and see where this iOS 9 will lead us. Don’t care very much for OS X 10.11 as I’m still using my mid-2009 15″ MBP on OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard, the best OS ever).

    • Anonymous

      Im a health nut to and noticed the third party issue to. I believe it has somthing to do with the syncing of info. If you delete the app and click remove data i “think” it will remove the third party app link… But youll be left with lost data in health app. i said “think” because i havent tried it because i didnt wanna have lost data for my doctors. Lol other than that i haven’t noticed as many glitches. Except i got a second new iphone 6 and restored from a back… And on my second i phone 6 (non jailbroken phone) hey siri works while not being tethered. Lol for some reason. Not sure if a tweak can transfer like that… But its sweet not to having to be tether for her to hear me at all times.

      • Tyler Smith

        The hey Siri is a known thing from Jailbroken to non-jailbroken as it changes one small file (I believe)

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I did delete every 3rd party health/fitness app (well I only used 1 – Runtastic Pro, because the other apps are of poor quality) and chose to remove any data in the Health.app so it should’ve deleted all that. But even after restarting the phone and hard rebooting I still had ~140MB of used space from Health.app which was odd. So I tried to manually “Clear All” data from each individual health item (Distance, Steps, Calories, Flights, etc.) but I was only successful with the calories and flights portion, the rest wouldn’t load at all and if they won’t load completely then the clearing won’t take effect and will still take up space. I do remember getting very frustrated and left the phone screen on to load the data as a list so I can clear them and I believe 18mins passed and it was still “loading” (not the line graph, the data list in “Show All”) tried again a few more times, no dice, so left it as is. Health.app was a huge anticipated feature in iOS 8 and really got me disappointed, no point in touting a feature if it’s going to be a painstaking/traumatic experience when trying to use it. They have to fix it and make it run properly.

  • iPhoneWINS

    Sounds like a focus on boring BS and stopping jailbreaks..

  • Marcus

    My greatest wish is being able to have a fully blown file system in iCloud Drive for Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes. I want to organize all of my Pages documents into multiple folders in folders.

  • Matta Fakt

    Combining stability/quality with broader customization might make an otherwise underwhelming update a bit more favorable with customers, yet still sort of shares some of the same sentiment.

  • Anonymous

    Im not worried about a jailbreak… There are always holes in a system. And the community has many bright minds. However, im conent with the roumored fetures and hard ware this year, and welcome the snow leopard like update, in the event we get a new music streaming service, atv4, and ipad pro.

    • Tyler Smith

      You have to understand though. The jailbreakers are trying to get to the root (kernel). If it isn’t there or very hard to access not even the best (no matter how many exploits you find in the code) can not get a jailbreak in a reasonable amount of time (3 months) it will be like the iOS 6 jailbreak which took about 6 months+ to get out

  • Shams

    Apple is getting better with security in my opinion. Jail breaking has becoming harder nowadays. Just my thoughts.

  • Shams

    after all the iOS updates. Apple finally realized and listened to consumers to beef up performance and stability. Long wait. Just my thoughts.

  • James G

    Bring on the performance & stability improvements. I’m tired of reading people’s complaints about WiFi on Yosemite.

  • Nasser Cedeño

    I think they should jump to OS X 11 not 10.11

    • TheShade247

      You mean OS XI

  • Jacob Galea

    Fix motivation center first.

  • TheShade247

    Come on Apple we need more control on iOS. We don’t want another locked down boring iOS

  • Sajeer Mohamed

    Retina OSX User Interface Lag Fix Please?

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    This good as iOS 8 on my iPad 2 is just terrible.

  • Syncosity

    I’ll take the new iOS update over jailbreaking. The only thing I’ll really miss is theming.