Apple’s next operating system for iPhones and iPads, the iOS 9, is widely expected to be officially announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. But Web analysts suggest that the OS is already being publicly tested. The iOS 9 will launch to the public with the next-generation iPhones in September.
Proof that iOS 9 is being publically tested
Roman Zavrel, a tech journalist for Czech technology website Letemsvetemapplem.eu recently contacted MacWorld. Zavrel reported that the Czech website’s Google Analytics traffic data was showing three visits from iOS 9.0. MacWorld checked its own Web analytics and recorded 10 page views from devices running the iOS 9.
Separately, AppleInsider‘s analytics data showed similar visits from devices running early builds of iOS 9 operating system. Traffic from such devices as been growing consistently, and peaked last week. Apple developers usually test pre-release OS builds only internally. The public testing marks a shift in Apple’s strategy.
The Cupertino company may use its recent acquisitions to enhance the next OS. The acquisition of Embark and HopStop could help the company add public transit data into the platform. Apple is reportedly also interested in indoor navigation technology, following the acquisition of WiFiSLAM in 2013. App developers are also hoping that the iOS 9 would open Siri to third-party software. Apple could also give developers access to the NFC chip, making it compatible for services beyond Apple Pay.
The leaks show just how much we can expect from Apple in the first half of this year. The company is expected to release iOS 8.1.3 soon to fix multiple bugs including batter, WiFi and Bluetooth issues that affect older iPhones. Then there will be iOS 8.2 along with the Apple Watch.
Moreover, Apple is expected to launch a radically overhauled 12-inch MacBook Air with almost no external ports. Apple shares jumped 2% to $111.43 at 1:14 PM EST on Tuesday.