iOS 9 said to focus on ‘huge’ stability improvements and overall optimization

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.

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

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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