Over the past few months, there has been an endless debate surrounding a perceived decline in Apple's software quality. As it pertains to iOS, a common argument is that Apple is too focused on adding new features at the expense of performance and system stability.
As a result, a growing contingent of Apple enthusiasts have been pining for a Snow Leopard for iOS. If you recall, when Apple released Snow Leopard for OS X, it famously touted that it housed "no new features." Of course, the update had many new features, but these were primarily under the hood and mostly centered on fixing bugs and improving overall performance.
Now comes word that iOS users frustrated with iOS 8 performance may soon be getting their wish with iOS 9. According to the reputable Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac, iOS 9 will, in fact, focus more on system stability and the eradication of bugs than introducing hundreds of new features.
For 2015, iOS 9 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.
This is certainly welcome news for iOS users across the board. It's also refreshing to read that Apple will work to ensure that the iOS 9 update will be easier to install than the gargantuan iOS 8 update, which prevented many iOS 7 users from even being able to upgrade in the first place.
As TidBITS wrote just a month ago:
For the time being, Mac OS X and iOS are effectively feature complete. The one thing we’ve repeatedly heard from users is a cry for stability. We’d like to see OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 be “Snow Leopard” updates that — just as 10.6 Snow Leopard did for 10.5 Leopard — remove cruft, clean up problems, and polish existing features so that we have a stable base going forward.
And given Gurman's impressive track record with respect to Apple rumors, iOS 9 will likely be well received, and for some users, long overdue.