iOS 9.1 Web Activity Tapers Off After Surfacing in July

Even as we await the public launch of iOS 9 in September, Apple is already looking ahead to iOS 9.1. During a two week span in July, Apple engineers appear to have focused their attention on developing the first major update to iOS 9, as seen in the MacRumors visitor logs from Apple IPs.

Beginning on July 21, we started seeing a small number of hits from devices running iOS 9.1. Visits picked up on July 22 and peaked in the dozens on July 28, before dying down as August approached. The majority of hits we received came from an iPad or iPad mini-sized device, while the rest came from a device the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus. It is not clear if the visits came from existing iOS devices or from new devices that are in testing, including the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPad mini 3.

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Visits to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 9.1

Visits from iOS 9.1 devices have since tapered off, suggesting Apple's iOS team is once again working on getting iOS 9 ready for launch. It is not known why a two week period was spent on iOS 9.1, but it's possibly related to testing on the iPad Pro or iPad mini 4, both of which may already be in production or entering production soon.

We don't know what features will be introduced in iOS 9.1, but logic dictates it may be an update that's designed to launch alongside the larger-screened 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," which has been rumored to be coming in October or November. We did not, however, see visits from a device that corresponds to the rumored 2732 x 2048 display size of the iPad Pro.

For the past several years, Apple's iPads have debuted during the fall, launching in October or November at an event separate from the annual iPhone event. This year, there's been a rumor suggesting the next-generation iPads, namely the iPad mini 4, could debut in September alongside the iPhones, but it is not yet clear if this is Apple's plan.

BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, who shared the event date for the 2015 iPhone 6 launch, believes new iPads are a possibility, but called the iPad Pro a "wildcard" for the event. Given how little we've heard about the device in recent weeks and the lack of part leaks, it seems unlikely the iPad Pro is ready for a September debut.


A standalone October or November launch date for the device seems more likely, and that launch could correspond to the iOS 9.1 update that is in the works. The iPad Pro may include several new features that will require a dedicated update, such as a pressure sensitive Force Touch display, a stylus, and a USB-C port that could support peripheral devices.

Related Roundups: iPad mini 5, iPad Pro

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65 months ago

Wow...already?

Most people don't understand software development.

You have people working on all different versions at the same time.

15 developers working on 9.0 (code that will be done by September)
5 developers working on 9.1 (code that might take 2-3 months to develop)
5 developers working on 9.2 (code that might take 5-6 months to develop)
2 developers working on 10.0 (code that will take 1 year to develop)
....

Then when 9.0 is released, 12 developers go on to 9.1 work.... while 3 stay back to fix bugs with 9.0

So you have this in October....
3 developers working on 9.0 (bug fixes)
15 developers working on 9.1 (code that might take 2-3 months to develop)
5 developers working on 9.2 (code that might take 5-6 months to develop)
2 developers working on 10.0 (code that will take 1 year to develop)
2 developers working on 10.1 (code that will take 15 months to develop)
....

it's just the way that software is developed. (These are just made up examples to show in lay-man terms what happens)
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65 months ago
Oh my god, Apple is going to have an update to iOS 9. How cool is that, everyone?
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65 months ago
How to not increase secrecy: visit a site dedicated to rumors about your products on a product running unreleased software.
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65 months ago
why would they continue to visit mac related sites when they know they can be tracked?
or they just don't care?
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65 months ago
Why do I feel like  is getting way too much like another company we know (MS...cough) with constant updates because they can't get it right the first time.

I never use to worry about a MAC updates. Now I feel like I have to let the guinea pigs play with it first to find out if it breaks more things than it fixes.
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65 months ago

How to not increase secrecy: visit a site dedicated to rumors about your products on a product running unreleased software.

Out of curiosity, what is the big secret that is given away by visiting a website with a device running iOS 9.1?

If that kind of thing is a secret to you, then I will tell you the huge headline-making life-changing secret that will make you go "What?? I can't believe it!!" right now:

Here it is:

Wait for it:

You're in for the big shocker now:

In 2016, Apple will release iOS 10.

Unbelievable that this huge secret leaked out even after Tim Cook promised to double down on secrecy. Half the people here will say that someone at Apple will get fired over this, while the other half will state that Apple leaked this information on purpose to get more publicity. Tomorrow's headline all over the tech news will be "Surprise! iOS 10 confirmed for 2016 release!"

I could now tell you everything I know about when iOS 11 will be released, but that kind of secret would make people's heads explode. :rolleyes:
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