Just a day or two back, a spike in web traffic was noted from devices running iOS 8.1.3, a clear indicator that the next update from Apple is due any time now. To add to that, iOS 9 has also been spotted on web analytics for some sites. Assuming that this is not a big hoax, this means that iOS 9 is under way, ahead of the first reveal at WWDC later this year.
Image : iOS 9 Update
Unusually, these stats have been spotted from outside the Apple campus; normally prototypes of a new operating system are tested internally first. However, this does back up a recent report that Apple is intending to extend testing circles to some retail employees as a way of finding and eliminating more bugs and issues with performance and stability.
The first sightings of iOS 9 come from a website called letemsvetemapplem.eu, a Czechoslovakian technology site, who recorded three visits this month from a device or devices running the next generation of iOS firmware. MacWorld has also confirmed analytic data, showing no less than 10 page views from iOS 9 in the last couple of months. 6 of those views came from iOS 9, one from iOS 9.0.9 and three from iOS 9.2 with the earliest being recorded on October 23rd 2014.
Image : Traces of iOS 9 on web analytics
That seems a touch early, even for Apple but, with the rate that they are pushing out iOS 8 updates, anything is possible. However, do keep in mind that anyone with a jailbroken device and a bit of knowhow may also be able to replicate these results.
So what can we expect from iOS 9 ? Given that iOS 7 was a radical design overhaul and iOS 8 focused heavily on features, it is anyone’s guess as to what comes next. It could be that the next iOS will be a major bug fix and code base optimization release but, until WWDC arrives, likely to be in June again, we’ll just have to continue with the guessing game.
Right now, we have confirmation that Apple is well into the first testing phase of the next generation IOS. We are now seeing iOS 9 running on an iPhone 6 showing up in benchmark tests on the Basemark OS II database. The figures don’t show it as running much different to iOS 8 at the moment but you can see them for yourself here. We don’t expect to see anything official about iOS 9 until nearer June, when it will be unveiled at WWDC 2015.
What features or changes do you want to see in iOS 9 ? See some iOS 9 concept features in our previous post .