iOS 9 Rumors and Details – Upgrades

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With the iOS 8 aging, there is room for excitement about the new operating system from Apple. Here are our iOS 9 rumors and details. Enjoy the macrumors.

One of the main features of the new iOS 9 will be a direct attention on stabilizing and optimizing the mobile operating system. While we’ve come to expect Apple to build very stable and well optimized operating systems, the fast pace in which iOS releases are being launched comes at a cost. The performance of recent operating systems released by Apple has been criticized by customers and users of iDevices.

New releases of iOS have been launched by Apple every year since 2007 for the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone, marketing the changes as reasons to buy the new hardware. Apple completely changed the appearance of the iOS in 2013 and added new features, such as Control Center and Touch ID. In 2014, the new iOS 8 polished the user interface, added Apple Pay and Health in the system and built the foundation for the future Apple Watch.

Codenamed Monarch, the iOS 9 will launch in 2015 and is going to feature numerous improvements. Sources claim that the engineers from Apple are a lot more focused on bug fixes, stability improvements and maintenance, and overall greater performance of the newest operating system, instead of just focusing on adding new features. Apple will also make efforts to maintain the size of the new OS within reasonable limits. This is great news especially for those users who have 16GB iDevices.

In terms of iOS 9 rumors, it’s still pretty unclear if Apple will launch the new iOS 9 on just recent devices or not. Should Apple decide to discontinue the iPad mini, iPod touch fifth-generation and iPhone 5c by the end of 2015, all of the remaining devices will feature 64-bit A9, A8 and A7 processors. The iOS development stage could be simplified by this for both Apple and third party developers.

Just like how Snow Leopard was launched for Macs in 2009, iOS 9 will be presented with stability as its primary improvement, but by all means, this won’t be the only feature in the new operating system. Apple, in the recent years, has been working on a lot of new enhancements and features like Indoor mapping modes and Transit, so we’re expecting a lot of interesting new features to be presented by Apple this year.

We expect the company to reveal the new iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 this June and to launch together with its new iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus and 6c, or 7, we can’t know for sure) in September. It’s very likely that the new operating system will launch alongside Apple’s new iPhone (or series of iPhones) and be compatible with them. However, it’s safe to say that the new OS won’t support some of the older devices.

There have been a lot of rumors regarding the new mobile operating system from Apple including its release date and devices that will be able to handle it. The question is: what exactly can we expect from the new iOS 9? We really hope that Apple will include some of these features with its new OS.

Multiple User Accounts

Probably the most talked about rumor at the moment is the one regarding numerous user accounts for the iOS 9. This means that one device will be able to handle multiple user accounts. It’s something extremely useful for parents to block out certain features for the account used by their child. There is a Family sharing feature in iOS 8 which makes us believe this is actually a very plausible rumor.

True Multitasking

This is another expected feature of the new iOS 9. Split screen multitasking for the iPad was talked about and rumored even before the launch of the iOS 8. However, this feature hasn’t seen the light of day. But the amount of buzz and excitement for this feature before the launch of the current-gen OS seems to be even bigger now. There are rumors that we will be able to make use of true multitasking with the help of the new iOS 9 (and probably iPad Pro) in split screen, on the device’s display.

Customization for the Control Center

The Control Center is a very nifty feature somewhat recently introduced in iOS. The company allowed the user to quickly access Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and others through the Control Center so it’s only natural this time for us to expect to choose what we want to access quickly through it.

Timer for applications

We found a rumor regarding a timer for applications. This means that you will be able to set a timer for a specific app (for a specific user) which will let that person access the application for only a limited period of time. This is especially useful for parents that don’t want to leave their children to spend a lot of time playing games on their iPads.

Group FaceTime calls

We expect Apple to let users start group conversations on FaceTime the way Skype allows people to.

FaceTime video messages

A great feature for FaceTime would be to allow users to leave video messages on FaceTime. It’s pretty strange that this feature isn’t available right now and a reason for this might be because Apple probably thought about how much storage space these messages would take up on your device. However, this problem could be easily fixed by making it optional and setting a time limit for the messages you leave. How much storage space would a 30 second 720p message take up, let’s be serious.

Offline Siri

It’s true that some tasks require the Internet for Siri to be able to accomplish them, but we don’t see any reason why you can’t make simple tasks such as setting an alarm or a reminder. I don’t see the point of being connected to the Internet to send back a text to someone through Siri when I’m in a hurry. It’s true that the voice command is sent to Apple for decoding but it would be great to see a limited version of Siri for offline use.

Calculator for iPad

While there are several free calculators on the App Store, we don’t see the reason why Apple chose not to include the stock calculator app on its iPads.

So there you have it, these were our favorite iOS 9 details and rumors that we could find on the web. However, keep in mind that these are just rumors and until Apple will make an official statement about the new iOS, these should be taken lightly and consider them more as a wish list than anything else.

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