Apple’s release of iOS 7 laid the groundwork for a new aesthetic across handheld devices. With iOS 8, there were a lot of new tricks Apple let loose, with Continuity, Handoff, and other satellite offerings like Family Share giving us reason to make our iPads and iPhones go-to devices. Now, a new rumor suggests iOS 9 will get some under-the-hood improvements, and become a lot less fussy. Now that we’ve got a pretty, useful operating system, it seems Apple wants to make it more reliable.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is placing a ‘huge’ amount of effort into bug fixes, stability, and performance enhancements. There is also consideration being paid to the overall heft of iOS, and allowing for less memory requirements for OTA updates.
Though not necessary for usability, bug fixes would be welcome. There have been plenty of times the drop-down search option in iOS has no option to actually search the web, and a quick jaunt through Apple’s support forums details a litany of small problems users are having en masse.
None of the issues make iOS unusable, but now that the groundwork is laid for the mobile operating system to be both pretty and powerful, bug fixes are the logical step. These steps could also be to prevent their operating system from fragmenting due to limited hardware on older devices, especially as Apple pushes into emerging markets.