iOS 9 Said To Be Optimized For Older Devices

Chance Moschell

Apple's upcoming iOS 9 will focus on improved performance and stability rather than a trove of new features, according to 9to5Mac. The new optimizations would not only benefit current devices, but extend back to older devices like the iPhone 4s and iPad Mini.

Many users of older Apple devices, like the iPhone 4s, were unhappy after iOS 7 and iOS 8 slowed their devices. The older devices also suffered from stability issues and decreased battery life. Apple is hoping to fix the issues that plagued their last two major releases.

With the increased compatibility theme, Apple is also expected to decrease the download size of iOS 9. As TechRadar notes, iOS 8 requires up to 5GB of space, which is a lot of space if your phone only has 16GB of storage. A large number of iPhone and iPad users haven't upgraded their devices from iOS 6 because the newer iOS versions require too much free space.

The developers at Apple are looking back on OS X Snow Leopard as a guide for how the iOS 9 and OS X 10.10 operating systems should function. Apple is apparently looking to market iOS 9 and OS X 10.10 in a similar way as they did Snow Leopard.

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was loved by fans of Mac because it made older Mac computers faster, while enhancing their features. As a result, Snow Leopard had an extremely long life as an operating system. According to Computer World, in 2014, around 25 percent of Mac users were still running OS X Snow Leopard. Apple is no doubt looking to achieve the same result with their upcoming operating systems.

We will most likely get to see a preview of iOS 9 in June at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. This year's WWDC will be held on June 8 to June 12 in San Francisco. The conference is designed to showcase what Apple is going to release, as well as give software developers an early start at getting their apps ready for the new software.

Along with iOS 9, Apple is also expected to debut a new version of Mac OS X, an updated Apple TV and a music streaming service. The new music streaming service is said to be a revamped version of Beats Music. As reported by Buzzfeed, the updated Apple TV is rumored to have Siri support as well as an App Store for games and apps. Alongside the upgraded Apple TV, a new, better designed remote is reportedly going to be released as well.

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