According to sources familiar with the matter, the soon-to-be-released versions of iOS and OS X will also run on older iPhones and iPads and may significantly increase the stability and overall performance of devices that were rolled out three to four years ago.
Sources claim that iOS9 and the new OS X would focus less on additional features, but they will try to boost performance in older Apple devices that had some troubles with previous versions of the operating system. Though Apple usually declines to provide technical support for older devices, the move may have a positive impact on the company’s sales.
According to rumors, Apple is currently working on a core version of its new mobile operating system that would boost performance of older devices which include iPhone 4S.
Apple’s decision may be linked to its current marketing tactics to persuade people to buy older smartphones such as iPhone 5C. But in order to be successful, those devices need to run as smoothly as possible.
Yet, the move involves some risk since people may stop buying older Apple devices or any devices at all from the company if the new IOS will fail to boost the outdated devices’ overall performance.
Moreover, by doing so, Apple could gain new customers in developing countries, where older iPhones are kept around longer. The move may also help boost sales of iPad mini which has a strong fan base that could grow larger if its performance improves.
Sources also claim that there are more surprises related to the new iOS and OS X. Both operating systems would come with a new feature called “Rootless,” sources say. The new security feature would protect Apple devices from malware infestation and cyber attacks. Also, sensitive data would be kept safer since a part of the operating system would be locked to intruders.
Although “Rootless” can be turned off on OS X, the feature is designed to stay permanently on on iOS. The improvement is also designed to prevent jailbreak attempts of iPhones and iPads.
Sources also say that Apple plans extra security features such as an enhanced encryption of data by transitioning them over to a cloud-based infrastructure and more secure Wi-Fi networks.
OS X is expected to receive a Control Center that allows the user to have quick access to their favorite controls. But new features on the next version of OS X are limited because Apple plans to focus more on the system’s stability.
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