iOS 9 Reportedly Focused on Stability and Performance Instead of New Features

Are you tired of bugs in iOS 8? Well according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, sources say iOS 9 will be focused primarily on stability and performance updates instead of focusing on new features (bold text below added as an update):

For 2015, iOS 9, which is codenamed Stowe (after the ski resort in Vermont), is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. 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.

iOS 8 hasn’t been perfect since its launch (and subsequent updates). People have suffered from Wi-Fi bugs, high cellular data usage and more. The recent release of iOS 8.1.3 aimed to fix more bugs and issues but it’s an ongoing issue. While iOS 8.1.3 has been great so far, I still find launching Control Center difficult (as in it takes a few tries) in landscape mode within some apps.

While I can see iOS 9 would be focused on fixing these stability and performance issues as a continuation of iOS 8, I can’t see Apple not introducing major new features as it has in the past. Maybe the list of new features won’t be as long as before, but I do expect new tweaks or minor features of some sort.

What do you want to see in iOS 9?

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  • Jay

    I suppose there hasn’t been very many interesting tweaks on cydia that they could just copy/paste

  • Al

    They should not have allowed this to happen in the first place. Bending to demand for features while making sweeping internal changes to the software is just too high an expectation. They need to manage their time better by limiting the amount of alterations that they make to the iOS with each major version.

  • Wall Man

    I would like to see more control settings for cellular data management. The ability to set a max data limit shutoff point as well as a warning. Like in Android. As well as a roaming data limit setting.

    I’m a constant data watcher as my plan only has 1 GB of data. Luckily I have never gone over.

  • yamadori

    I’m in the same boat as you with only 1 GB of data so I use the DataMan app. It even has a widget for notification center, very accurate so far.

  • talkiewalkie

    Stability! Optimization, it will be nice when Apple brings that back.
    iOS 7/8 have nothing on iOS 6.
    My 6.1.4 iPhone 5 can still run for 10-12 hours of active usage per cycle.
    All the 5s/5 owners I know have batteries dying at 10-20%, and usually only get between 4-7 hours of active usage.

  • Wall Man

    I’ve been using the DataMan app, but find that the widget under reports the app data by 20 MB. The app is pretty accurate vs the cell data screen and the actual data billed.

    My best month was just over 50 MB of data usage in a month. 🙂 Lots of Wifi, and tethered to other devices. I had about 9 GB of Wifi use.