IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

iOS 9 'Monarch' rumors: Stable and fast, but no big feature push

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IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

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The rumor-mill has ground out a story about iOS 9 aiming to fix all the bugs introduced in 7 and 8. Codenamed Monarch, the next major release of iOS is slated to focus on stability, performance, and footprint, unnamed sources say. Release date is expected to be September, with developer-only betas after WWDC 2015.

So, less buggy, faster, easier to update, and lighter on your RAM -- what's not to like? Well, if your iToy is more than a couple of years old, fuggedaboudit. It's said that iOS 9 will be 64-bit only.

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Mark Gurman tells us what he ‘knows’ from ‘speaking’ to super-secret ‘sources’: [Don't quote me, but I may ‘fire’ you today -Ed.]

One of iOS 9’s standout ‘features’ will be afocus on stabilizing and optimizing [it]. … The rapid pace of iOS releases and feature introductions has taken a toll.

iOS 9, which is codenamed Monarch, [will] include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. … Engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performancerather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature[s]. … Like Snow Leopardstability [will be] a tentpole.  MORE

Andrew "Chuck" Cunningham stands around holding a basketball (for now): [You’ve jumped the shark -Ed.]

Longtime Apple users speak fondly ofSnow Leopard. … Even though it came with "no new features," itreduce[d] the footprintand focus[ed] on refinement.

[This will be] a departure from [Apple's normal] release-first-fix-later approach. … iOS 7's biggest problems were addressed by iOS 7.1 [after] six-or-so months [and] we've seen six minor updates for iOS 8. … Apple's software quality [has] become a popular topic of conversation lately. … Complaints aboutperformance andbugs have been the biggestgripes leveled at iOS 8.  MORE

Mercifully, Mike Murphy moans much more: [Final warning -Ed.]

Apple is known for makingproducts that “just work,” but lately they’ve been met with grumblings that thesoftware is not living up to Apple’s standards. … It’s hard to point to one major flawit’s more a death by a thousand cuts.

Apple [is] at a crossroads on the quality question, [so] it would be smart to dedicateresources to stability and performance.  MORE

Mellisa Tolentino has this angle:

Many Apple device users who wanted to quickly update to [iOS 8] were prevented from doing so because they didn’t have enough space. … And those who were able to upgrade were greeted with bugs, such as a quickly draining battery.

And now Apple is gearing up foriOS 9 [which will probably] be revealed atWWDC 2015 and be released by September before the new iPhone. … The iOS team is [also] focusing on keeping the size of the OS and the updates manageable.

It is likely that iPhone 4S, 5 and 5C; iPad mini first generation; iPad 2 [and] iPad with Retinawill not get [it, because] iOS 9 will be64-bit.  MORE

Meanwhile, strangevil is strangly frustrated with Apple's vil OS: [You’re fired -Ed.]

iOS6 was the last OS which really felt stable. Both iOS 7 and 8 have had their stability issues.

It seems logical for Apple to take it slow. … Hope 10 is a major upgrade.  MORE

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