It used to be that Apple took its sweet time with iOS updates, but the company appears to be embracing a new strategy focused on releasing software enhancements, tweaks and bug fixes faster than ever before.
Just about two weeks after releasing iOS 9.3, MacRumors is reporting that Apple has already seeded developers with a beta version of iOS 9.3.2. What’s that you say? What happened to iOS 9.3.1? Well, you might have missed it because Apple quietly rolled it out less than a week ago.
While iOS 9.3.2 in and of itself doesn’t appear to be a momentous update – just the typical smattering of performance improvements and bug fixes – Apple’s more aggressive iOS release schedule is encouraging.
Indeed, Apple’s more aggressive iOS release strategy was first observed with the release of iOS 9.3. Whereas Apple typically saves exciting feature updates for major numerical iOS updates released every 12 months or so, iOS 9.3 introduced a number of compelling and surprising new features, including Night Shift, TouchID protection for Notes, and a host of enhanced 3D Touch features. Not only that, but iOS 9.3 was preceded by a whopping seven beta updates.
Looking ahead, one can only hope that Apple will continue to release iOS updates at a faster clip as opposed to saving everything for larger updates spaced out over longer periods of time.
As Dan Moren of Macworld wrote not too long ago, “[Apple’s] goal now seems one of sustainability: keeping the iPhone and its users updated and happy, possibly with a steady stream of smaller updates rather than a single major tentpole release every summer.”