Coming at WWDC 2015: Apple’s quality-focused OS X 10.11 and iOS 9

“Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is about to kick off. On Monday, June 8th, company executives will take the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to provide their annual roadmap for Apple’s software, services, and devices,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“Traditionally, Apple has used the conference to introduce major upgrades to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system iOS, as well as the Mac operating system OS X, along with new services. Of course, 2015 will be no different,” Gurman reports. “iOS 9, codenamed ‘Monarch’ after the ski resort, may well be the most important topic of the conference. Hundreds of millions of people use iPhones and iPads every day, and Apple has realized that it’s time to step back from focusing on significant feature changes to improve the core experience. With iOS 9, Apple is preparing fixes, under-the-hood improvements to reduce app sizes, and better support for older devices. But new features aren’t entirely absent.”

“After a major user-interface overhaul last year with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple will match iOS 9 and go back to the basics with OS X 10.11. Apple’s next Mac software upgrade will focus on core enhancements to usability, performance, and security,” Gurman reports. “The new OS is internally codenamed ‘Gala,’ after the apple, but the marketing name based on a place in California is yet to be revealed.”

Tons more in the full article (Attention: WWDC Spoilers abound!) here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote in an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on January 5th, “Apple needs to do better… We long to again be able to confidently say of our Macs, iPhones, and iPads: ‘It just works.'”

Here’s to rock-solid stability and eminent usability for all of our Apple devices once again! Bring on WWDC 2015!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


Apple focuses on making OS X reliable again for Mac users – June 1, 2015
After many of complaints about Wi-Fi issues, Apple dumps discoveryd in latest OS X beta – May 27, 2015
Apple to focus on ‘quality’ in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 – May 22, 2015
Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and optimization focus after years of feature additions – February 9, 2015
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015


  1. I’ve found iOS 8 pretty stable, but if they can improve it further and make things run quicker and take up less space that will be a definite improvement.

  2. My biggest complaint is when I’m on a call on my work iPhone and I’ve muted myself, then to unmute myself I slide it to the side, sometimes it brings up the phone controls and sometimes it doesn’t, when it doesn’t I enter my passcode then get brought to the home screen and have to open the phone call back up and finally unmute myself, at which point they assume maybe I’ve dropped off the call.

  3. im sorry but out of all of the iOS versions built, I’ve hated iOS 8 the most because it is not stable like many of you are claiming. I’m running an iPhone 6 plus running the latest OS and it still gives me for. Constantly have to reset safari, messages. It’s get frustrating since I use those two apps the most on my phone. Never really had that many problems with this apps on my other iPhones. I’m wondering if it’s because of the limited ram that’s on the phone?

    1. Perhaps you should take your iPhone to the Apple Store for a diagnostic. My daughter’s iPhone 6 was freezing or becoming unresponsive recently. She took it in, they plugged it into their diagnostic routine on the iPad, then brought out a brand new iPhone 6 and set it up from her iCloud backup.

      Apple is not perfect by any means, and I hope that the company continues striving to improve. But I will take Apple over any of its competitors.

  4. Won’t ever be an early adopter of OS X/IOS releases again. Can’t trust them. Apple is like an army which has taken so much new ground, its logistical support can’t bring the gas and food from the rear.

    Would never have let them take away iPhoto had I known what Photos was about. Their date-based presentation of photos is nearly worthless. Users should not have to search for a way to present them as they were – by name.

    1. I’m right with you on Photos. My biggest complaints are that you can’t launch an external editor and iPhoto also gets crippled as soon as your library goes to Photos.

      I would ask “what were they thinking”, but it’s pretty clear they weren’t thinking at all.

  5. The past year is when I really started to notice a degraded quality in Apple software – which is something I’d never experienced before (when Steve Jobs was running the show).

    Yosemite doesn’t need new features, and OS X hasn’t really needed new features in quite a while. It needs great improvement to what is already there. They haven’t given a damn about the core Finder operations in a very long time. Things that are even still left over from System 7 that should have been rethought and squared away years ago.

    As for their hardware, it’s spectacular. Marvel of design and engineering, but I DO wish they’d figure out how to make cables that don’t wear out so quickly and easily. I think I paid enough for the device in the first place not to have to go lay down 30 more bucks a year later for another cable.

    1. How long have you been using Apple products and software? Steve Jobs was awesome, but we should not start waxing nostalgic about the good old days, remembering only the good and forgetting the not-so-good. Apple made mistakes in the old days, too, and the company had a much easier job back then. It is going to take some time to get Apple’s more complex ecosystem and cloud services in order, but it will happen and it will be great. A lot of my personal savings is betting on that outcome.

      1. 1) Not only is how long I’ve been an Apple customer irrelevant, it’s also none of your damned business.

        2) I wasn’t “waxing nostalgic” and at no point did I ever assert that any Apple product has been free of problems; That was a straw man on your part.

        3) I didn’t mention Cloud services at all – I was quite specific in my observations – so it’s a mystery why you brought them up here.

        4) I will repeat: There are ridiculous, antiquated Finder issues that should have been addressed a long time ago, but Apple has had a bad case of Feature-itus. Apple software has become bloated, and I can hardly believe the awfulness of the current iTunes interface. (Letting Jony Ive design software interfaces was a huge mistake.)

        5) Don’t tell me what “we” should not do – especially when I wasn’t even doing what you said. I’ll do what I want and I’ll say what I want and I’ll make the observations I want and I don’t need your damned permission or approval.

  6. As a developer, I don’t really have a choice about adopting new versions of an OS (either Mac or Win). It’s just part of the territory. I never thought anything would make me appreciate Mavericks, but Yosemite sure did! A year earlier, Mavericks gave me a similar appreciation of Mountain Lion.

    I really hope this speculation about a cleaned-up/tightened-up OSX turns out to be true. Security and stability need some serious attention, and a year on I still pine for older versions of iTunes. I think we’re all happy to wait another year or two for dubious new features.

  7. I hope there’s some kind of hump to get over in terms of unifying features across iOS and OS X, and that we’re on the downhill side of the hump. Maybe Apple will then have breathing room to reflect on where they have already gone too far in combining a toaster and a fridge.

  8. Looking forward to Windows 10, I hope they don’t copy everything. OS X bugs too many for comfort. I just won’t be able to get on the internet cause of the malware, the trojans, the viruses, but I’ll be able to get an eight core machine without selling any bonds in the bond market.

  9. “Apple’s quality-focused OS X 10.11 and iOS 9”

    It’s about time that Apple switched its focus from innovation to maintenance. New functionality is nice, but not at the expense of overall software quality.

  10. “Usability”
    Apparently the OS X designers forgot that one rule.
    Comparing Snow Leopard with Yosemite is just depressing. Many items are now more difficult to use or no longer exist. Software should never go backwards in “ease of use”.

    They also need to have a group of people near retirement test software to make sure the “largest consumer/spender” group can read the fonts, tell what icons do what, and so on.

  11. Bring Snow Leopard back. Offer the next OS as an optional Beta upgrade through the App Store.

    We’ve all been Beta testers since Lion was released. At least give consumers/businesses the opportunity to run something stable.

    1. I don’t agree.

      Apple recently pulled discoveryd and is going back to mDNSResponder. They know what is going on.

      Apple has been pushing the envelope since the introduction of iCloud. The past 4 years have certainly introduced growing pains, but it’s also allowed Apple to remain at the forefront of device integration. It’s been rough, but it can only get better. By the time Apple gets it perfected, others will just be getting started.

      For most consumers running new software and new hardware, it hasn’t been a huge issue. The biggest frustration has come from those of us running older software on newer hardware.

      It would have been nice if Apple offered the option to still run legacy OS’s on newer hardware. Even M$ was wise enough to do that. The problem with this though is you end up with fragmentation.

      It’s not an easy game.

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