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Apple might already be testing its next major iPhone operating system

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:55PM EST
iOS 9 Rumors: iOS 9 Testing
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Apple hasn’t had a chance yet to fix all performance issues and bugs some users have encountered in iOS 8, not to mention release other iOS 8 features such as Apple Watch support, but the company is already rumored to be testing internally early versions of iOS 9, its next-gen mobile operating system that’s supposed to be unveiled at WWDC 2015. Czech language online publication letemsvetemapplem says it already has proof that iOS 9 is in testing, having spotted the new OS in its analytics.

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According to the image at the end of this post, which shows a Google Analytics report for iOS 9, users running iOS 9 on their devices have accessed the site at least three times since January 1st.

Obviously, there’s nothing official about iOS 9 at this time, with some six months to go until Apple should unveil its next-gen mobile OS, and these iOS 9 devices could always be fakes.

On the other hand, Apple might already be testing early iOS 9 builds, in preparation of this year’s launch, especially considering the recent wave of iOS and OS X criticism that accused the company of rushing through software releases.

Details about iOS 9’s main features aren’t available at this time. The same publication says that OS X 10.11 has not been spotted in analytics traffic.

Apple is expected to launch at least two major iOS 8.x updates this year, including iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, before making the jump to iOS 9.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.