Apple may use iOS 9 to add greater stability and performance enhancements to its mobile operating system.
Expected to be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, iOS 9 will come packed with a number of "under-the-hood improvements". A big focus will be on destroying bugs, ensuring stability and tweaking performance rather than just throwing in new features.
Assuming this report is true, it would be a welcome change rather than the usual strategy of just cooking up a host of new features. Apple bumped into some technical troubles with iOS 8 when release in September, that frustrated users and forced the company to keep issuing one update after another over the course of a few months.
The time may be right for Apple to pull back and roll out a more stable and bulletproof OS to address the complaints with iOS 8.
Rumors with iOS 9 have stated that Apple will strive to keep the size of both the OS and its updates more manageable too help users who have only 16GB of storage on their devices and who are low on free space.
One key question to think about: which devices will iOS 9 support? Each new version of Apple's mobile OS typically is incompatible with older models. For examples, iOS 8 does not support the iPhone 4 and older Apple products such as the fourth-generation iPod Touch and the original iPad. Apple also typically discontinues some older models as it rolls out new iPhones and iPads.
If the iPhone 5C, the original iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch are given the boot later this year, then all the devices in Apple's lineup would be running the 64-bit, A7, A8, or A9 chips. This would ease the iOS development for Apple and outside developers, another factor that could help better stabilize the operating system and overall environment.
As June moves closer, we'll be sure to report more news on iOS 9.