What To Expect From Apple In 2015: iOS

Apple has developed a yearly release cycle for iPhones and iPads, as well as the software that runs them, iOS. For 2015, we will first see iOS 9 in June at WWDC, and then it will be available to the public in September. With iOS 7, Apple gave us a whole new design style, and with iOS 8 presented us with numerous third party utilities for all new app abilities. iOS 9 has a less clear upgrade path in what Apple can include, though there’s quite a bit of room to maneuver.
It can be tough to keep up a yearly release cycle with major new features, so iOS 9 might be less feature rich. Bugs have cropped up since the release of iOS 7 and iOS 8 that Apple has yet to fully fix, fine tune, or optimize. 2015 may be the year that they focus more on under the hood enhancements, than big new features. iOS 9 will likely include a number of under the hood enhancements that won’t read as the fanciest feature list, but will be welcome additions to long time iOS users. A lot of us would probably be satisfied with improved battery life, streamlined clearing of notifications, less WiFi dropping, and a lot less crashing/forced reboot at various instances. Apple could also require less storage space to initiate the update, as well as improve overall responsiveness on devices that aren’t the latest and greatest.

Apple could also extend the third party extensions of iOS 8 to let users pick their own default apps for things like mail, internet, and messages. They could also allow third party developers to integrate directly with Siri for more voice activated commands, as Siri only works with stock apps at the moment. We could also see a customizable Control Center, as well as a streamlined Notification Center to better handle widgets, and notifications from different apps. We could also see enhancements to Maps, as well as the proposed iPad split screen multi-tasking that was rumored for iOS 8.
Another emphasis will be connectivity with other Apple devices. We know that the Apple Watch is coming this spring, so there will be a quick connectivity update with iOS 8.2. For iOS 9 though, look for greater connectivity and shared resources between Apple Watch and your iOS devices. Also look for enhanced connectivity with the Mac, as Apple emphasized Continuity with iOS 8, and will probably take it a step further. Apple’s goal is to have two distinct operating systems with iOS and OS X both working hand and hand for the task at hand. iOS 9 will likely offer great capabilities with wider compatibility.

iOS 9 is coming in 2015, and while we’re unsure of the specifics, the general idea is to focus on improving what already exists rather than coming up with all new features.


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