“The latest rumor from Mark Gurman’s Deep Throat over at 9to5Mac claims Apple will focus on performance and stability rather than features in iOS 9 – and that its new mobile OS will be 64-bit only,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.
“It makes sense for Apple to decelerate the pace of regular feature introductions and take the time to optimize and improve the many it already has,” Evans writes. “It is interesting (and informative) to reflect that the last time it chose to decelerate feature improvements was when it launched OS X Snow Leopard in 2009, which introduced a range of under-the-hood improvements, the biggest being 64-bit support.”
“Apple introduced 64-bit support in iPhone 5S with iOS 7 back in 2013. Almost everyone is still catching Apple up on this, Android has only recently generated 64-bit support and most other platform users will likely celebrate at least one more birthday before 64-bit apps get commonplace.,” Evans writes. “Fast-forward to today and 64-bit has become one of Apple’s many unique platform advantages, 64-bit apps are no longer a rarity on iOS. Soon they will be universal. As of January 15 all iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK.”
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