Considering the massive success of OS X Snow Leopard for Macs in 2009, which focused on stabilization and optimization rather than brand new features, it is likely that iOS9, codenamed Monarch, will also focus on software improvements, rather than new features.
Since 2007, Apple has successfully produced a major new release of the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch operating system. Each year the Cupertino-based firm has marketed major iOS changes, in an effort to ensure that all Apple users by the latest devices. In 2013, Apple overhauled the iOS user interface to create a brand new experience, as it simultaneously added features like Touch ID and the Control Center. In 2014, with the iOS 8 redesign of the UI, the company added the Health App and Apple Pay, while beginning to produce the groundwork for the Apple Watch.
For 2015, Apple has decided to slow their roll. Considering the massive success of OS X Snow Leopard for Macs in 2009, which focused on stabilization and optimization rather than brand new features, it is likely that iOS9, codenamed Monarch, will also focus on software improvements, rather than new features.
Although Apple is known for their stable interface, especially considering rivals like Windows, the past several years of rapid fire new releases has decreased the operating system’s overall performance, which has lead to several complaints from Apple customers. With the disaster of iOS8 still fresh in our memory, Apple has set their sights on 2015 to be the year where they reclaim their name to fame: focusing on smoothing out bugs, maintaining stability, and increasing performance for the operating system, rather than focusing on new features alone.
Still, iOS 9 will be difficult to implement on all Apple devices currently available. However, if by the time the year finishes and Apple has discontinued the iPhone 5c, the original iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch, the only processors still available would support a 64-bit A7, A8, and A9 processors, which would help simplify and minimize the development for Apple and third-party apps.
Although Apple hasn’t confirmed a date just yet, we think it’s likely the new iOS will be announced in June and will be released in the fall.