IOS 9, OS X 10.11 to focus on quality

Mark Vincent Villa
IOS 9, OS X 10.11 to focus on quality


Insiders spill the goods on the future of Apple’s operating systems and the company's older devices

MANILA, Philippines – Codenamed ‘Monarch’ for the iOS 9 and ‘Gala’ for the OS X 10.11, the next versions of Apple’s operating systems are expected to be announced next month at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The new operating systems are said to focus on quality, following issues in previous releases.

Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple engineers were the one who pushed for a stable release, with executives deciding to cut back on new features in order to do so.

One source explained that ‘the feature lists are more stripped down than the initial plans called for,’ focusing on security, stability and performance.


With a heightened focus on security, Apple created a new security system called ‘Rootless’ for both iOS and OS X. It will prevent even ‘administrative-level’ users from making changes to core files of their devices which will ‘prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions, and preserve the security of sensitive data.’

The sources admitted that jailbreaking iOS would be extra hard with the new feature, while it can be disabled for OS X.

Throwback to 2011

Apple is also said to be working on a core version of iOS 9 that can run on older devices flawlessly.

The core version is poised to run on devices that use an A5 chip: the iPad 2 (2011), iPhone 4S (2011), iPod Touch 5th Gen (2012), and the iPad Mini (2012).

Trusted Wi-Fi

This would allow Macs and iOS devices to connect to trusted networks without additional measures. However, it will also impose a heavier encription for non-trusted connections like public Wi-Fi.

The specifics are still unknown as it’s still in development and may be pushed back to the next iOS and OS X release.

iPad Multi-view mode

Originally intended to be released last year with iOS 8, the iPad multi-view mode was supposed to let users divide the iPad’s screen into 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views depending on the app. It could be two different apps or the same but with different views, say Chrome and you have 2 tabs open – you can view those two simultaneously. However, the feature is said to still be in the polishing stage and can still be pulled out from next month’s WWDC if not finished on time.

Both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are said to have the new typeface from the Apple Watch, called San Francisco, as the system-wide font for both platforms.

Apple also plans to move syncing for the two operating systems from IMAP to the iCloud Drive back end for a faster and more secure syncing.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference will happen from June 8 to 12, 2015 in San Francisco, USA. –

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