iOS 9, Mac OS X 10.11 will bring ‘big focus on quality’, smaller apps, legacy iPhone/iPad support and more

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.

According to a new, in-depth report published recently by 9to5Mac, Apple will be making some major changes to iOS, but all with a focus on making sure that more people are happy with using the software than ever before. Indeed, the report indicates that Apple will put a “big focus on quality,” and that the majority of changes for the platform in general will specifically target optimizations under the hood. This lines up with a previous report issued on February 9.

The report also suggests that Apple engineers were the ones that wanted to focus on “Snow Leopard-style stability” for the launch of both iOS and Mac OS X this year. This follows the less-than-stellar, and bugged launch of both platforms recently. The Apple executives reportedly said they wouldn’t completely ignore new features in this release, but that a focus on optimization and quality would be the main goal.

One of the major new additions to OS X 10.11 worth noting is the inclusion of Control Center, as revealed in the report. Instead of sliding up from the bottom of the display, though, as it does in iOS, it would slide from the left, and offer controls for music and other iOS-like features.

Security continues to be a major focus for Apple, and that will continue with a new “kernel-level feature for both OS X and iOS” called Rootless. This is meant to do several different things, including preserve the security of sensitive data on devices, increase the safety of extensions and prevent malware. Interestingly enough, this feature will reportedly deal a big blow to jailbreakers with iOS, but the feature will reportedly feature a shut-off option in OS X.

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.

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