Apple’s iOS 9 is going to be focused on improving stability and zapping bugs, according to a new report from the reliable 9to5Mac. The major update for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for 2015 is expected to take a step back from the rapid release of new features in favor of building on the existing framework to make sure everything already offered works more consistently. Apple has done the same thing with desktop updates in the past, most notably with “Snow Leopard,” the update to OS X that followed Leopard and brought exactly the kind of stability improvements described in this new report to Macs.
Apple honestly doesn’t need to worry much about a feature gap emerging between iOS and any competing mobile platforms, including Android, if it takes this year to focus on platform stability. The past two iOS updates have given it a decent feature and design lead, and Android’s fragmentation issue means that most of its users are still on old software anyway. Stabilization pays dividends in terms of customer satisfaction, too, which Apple continually reiterates is one of its most important success metrics