It’s the time of the year when the rumor mills start churning out data, most of which speculate to the next thing to come out of the Cupertino giant. It has been a year that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) can be happy about after the groundbreaking sales that recorded a tally of 169.2 million iPhones being sold in the CY 2014! Not only that, the numbers speak for themselves as they helped Apple to reclaim their spot at the top in the premium segment of smartphones, dethroning Samsung’s Galaxy elite. Spare the numbers, it’s the software front that always made sure that Apple takes a premium lead over the competition. Alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 made its way through the globe.
Do We Need iOS 8 Successor Now?
iOS 8 was nothing but just another customary “Apple” software update to the highly beloved mobile platform. However, the story this time wasn’t just as sweet as one would’ve expected it to be! Although the latest platform worked like a bliss on the latest set of devices corresponding to the faster hardware, the ones sitting on the back faced a lot of issues. Be it security issues, minor bugs or the undeniably huge memory footprint of the software, iOS 8 had to do with it’s fair share of issues and bugs.
But all that seems to be a part of the past now and with the calendar now marking 2015 on the cards, Apple seems a lot more “focused” over the fundamental criteria of user satisfaction, the overall user experience. They’ve been the pioneers for the same and there ain’t no doubt that they will be able to pull off the magic yet again with the next edition of their mobile computing platform, iOS 9.
iOS 9: What to expect?
iOS 9 can just hit the sweet spot when it comes to the expectations that the fans are craving upon. 9to5Mac suggests that this time around, Apple will look forward for taking the user experience to the next level by delivering a glitch free OS environment to the users while cutting off on it’s traditional way of stuffing in innovations into the platform viz. the Apple Pay that debuted with iOS 8.
With iOS 9, Apple is trying to enhance the performance of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus by 50% without bringing in any major changes/upgrade at the hardware level. Technology pundits believe that the combination of iOS 9 and rumored iPhone 6S could make the device much adorable for Apple fans. And, why not, Apple has a history of launching ‘S’ version of iPhone with significant changes at software level and few tweaks at hardware to keep the ball rolling.
Apple has always been known for being perfectionist in terms of providing a stable mobile computing environment but as it happened with Android’s fragmentation over the various releases, the successive updates to the iOS platform seem to have announced their toll too. For example, for a company that still ships devices having on board storage of 16 Gigabytes be it the iPhones or the iPads, it just feels ignorant from Apple to push a software upgrade that eats up as much as 5 Gigabytes of the same!
Roll Out Of iOS Till Now
- March 6, 2008 saw the release of the iPhone software development kit, Apple named it iPhone OS which they went on to name as the “iOS” on June 7, 2010.
- July 11, 2008 was the date when iOS 2.0 made it’s way alongside the iPhone 3G and introduced the App Store to deploy support for third-party apps to be installed on the iPhones and iPod Touch(s) running iOS 1.x and above.
- iOS 3.0 debuted alongside the iPhone 3GS on June 17, 2009 and featured the much needed clipboard and related functionality while iOS 4.0 made it’s way to the devices on June 21, 2010 and provided multitasking functionality to the iPhone 4 while dropping off support for the original iPhone.
- On June 6, 2011, iOS 5 was released and exactly a year after, on June 11, 2012 iOS 6 went live.
- However, it was the iOS 7 that brought about a much needed UI overhaul alongside a lot of flat looking stuff and the Control Center. iOS 7 was released on June 10, 2013 at Apple’s annual WDDC conference for 2013.
- The currently available iOS 8 was launched for the beautifully crafted set of iPhones that made records shatter through the year. iOS 8 is currently available as version 8.1.3 and is speculated to be the end of the road for the iPhone 4S.
How much will you have to wait for iOS 9 to go official? Hold on to it as the release can just be around the corners, mostly somewhere during the summer.
What else can you expect?
As said, the iOS 9 is going to be heavily focused on enriching the overall stability and performance of the system. Hence, if you are an angry 16 GB iPhone 5C user, you just might love to opt for the update before going on with your emotional protest! However, one just cannot count out the possibility of Apple introducing a few neat tricks under the update if not many!
How about taking it this way? If you believe in what Apple stand for, you just got to Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!