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iOS 9 release date rumours: iOS 9 'already being publicly tested'

David Price | Jan. 30, 2015
iOS 8 has been with us for a couple of months, but we're already thinking about iOS 9. When will it come out, what features will it offer and which iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices will it run on?

iOS 8 has been with us for a couple of months, but we're already thinking about iOS 9. When will it come out, what features will it offer and which iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices will it run on?

In our iOS 9 rumour roundup article we will gather together all the clues and hints about iOS 9, and update it regularly with all the information available about iOS 9's launch details.

At the moment, with five months to go before we're likely to even see a preview of iOS 9, we've not got much to go on. Mind you, we can make pretty confident predictions about iOS 9's launch date based on past behaviour (Apple is very much a creature of habit when it comes to iOS updates, so we've got a decent idea of when iOS 9 will come out), and there have been some reported sightings of iOS 9 in web analytics - although we're not convinced that this means iOS 9 is being publicly tested, as we explain further down.

We can also talk about the features Apple fans would like to see in iOS 9. After our discussion of iOS 9 launch date rumours, read on for our wishlist of features we'd love to see in iOS 9.

iOS 9 release date rumours: When will iOS 9 come out?

Apple updates its iOS software platform for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch once a year, as regular as clockwork. iOS 9 will launch in 2015, and the chances are very good that it will be unveiled at WWDC 2015 in the summer (and made available for beta testers and app developers), and then launch to the public alongside the next generation of iPhones in September.

Update, 12 January 2015:

The launch of iOS 9 is presumably still months away; we expect the unveiling at WWDC 2015 in June, followed by a full launch alongside the iPhone 6c/iPhone 6s/iPhone 7 in September. But it's possible that Apple staff are already publicly testing prototype builds of iOS 9. Consider us unconvinced, but here's the theory.

A tech writer named Roman Zavrel contacted Macworld recently, after discovering that versions of iOS 9 seemed to be showing up on web analytics for his site.

Zavrel works for a Czech-language technology website called letemsvetemapplem.eu. According to the site's traffic data, three visits were made in January using iOS 9.0.

We looked into this using our own analytics, and sure enough, Macworld has recorded ten page views from devices running variants of iOS 9.x in the past few months. (Six were recorded as iOS 9.0, three were iOS 9.2 and one was 9.0.9.)

 

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