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The latest operating system for Apple’s mobile devices, iOS 9, is expected to be announced at the WWDC in early June, and launched a bit later this year. With several new features, including the revamped Beats Music streaming service, as well as Siri, Apple Maps, and HomeKit upgrades, the release is certainly exciting. Although there are several new features, the focus is expected to be on performance and stability upgrades. New reports state that these “under the hood” upgrades won’t be limited to newer devices, however – iOS 9 will likely dramatically increase the performance of older phones and tablets.
In the past, new versions of iOS are designed to support devices that are several generations older than the current iteration. Upon the release of a new operating system, users of older devices often complain of major slowdowns, app crashes, and lack of available storage due to the larger, feature-rich iOS packages. iOS 9, however, will reportedly run well on devices that are almost four years old, including the iPhone 4S and the original iPad Mini.
IOS 9 Will Work Well on Devices as Old as the iPhone 4S
Availability on these older devices is, in part, due to increased focus on performance and stability as opposed to an abundant list of new features. A smaller file size for the update, as well, will play better with older phones and tablets. However, reports state that Apple is utilizing a different approach to the design process. In the past, in order to develop an OS that worked well on older devices, Apple would develop a full-featured version of the operating system, and slowly remove the bits that didn’t perform well on older phones and tablets during testing. For iOS 9, Apple is reportedly designing a core version of the operating system that runs well on older devices, and adding features bit-by-bit as they perform well in testing.
Hopefully, iOS 9 will be the fastest and most stable operating system we’ve seen yet, and surely the reverse compatibility will please users who haven’t yet made the jump to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet, or for those who are waiting for the iPhone 7.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]