Let’s be honest here, iOS 7 was a huge design overhaul and iOS 8 contained tons of new features. That’s great, but the quality of iOS has been on a decline over the last several years. Does Apple need to take a breath, and bring a Snow Leopard like release to iOS? Apple thinks so.
Since 2007, the company has pushed yearly iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch releases bringing a handful of new features every year. In 2013, Apple redefined the iOS design, adding Touch ID, Control Center and more. In 2014, the company added Health, Apple Pay, and soon, the Apple Watch.
Now, in 2015, with iOS 9 Tim Cook and co. may simply be focusing on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance, according to 9to5Mac. Rather than focusing on shiny new features. Apple will be focusing on reducing the software size, especially with the millions of 16GB iOS devices in the world.
It’s unclear what devices will be supported in this new update. The company may be dropping A5 devices (the iPhone 5 and 5c, the original iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch). This would mean all of Apple’s devices will be 64-bit devices. All being A7, A8, and A9 devices. Which would mean easier software development for Apple and third-party developers.