Apple's iOS 9 update might not come packed with brand new features or apps but rather, focus on under the hood changes along with stability and bug fixes instead. This may well be a response to the troubled launch of iOS 8, which took a couple of months to patch up.
According to 9to5mac, the next big iOS release (codenamed ‘Monarch') will focus on optimizations, engineers are currently putting a ‘huge' focus on “fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system”. The company will also apparently tackle one of the bigger problems with iOS, by shrinking the amount of space required to actually install updates.
Apple has largely focused on bringing new features to iOS over the last few years, starting off with the design overhaul in iOS 7, so it isn't too surprising that the company wants to take the time to refine the experience and make under the hood changes for now.
Apple has taken similar paths with its OS X updates in the past with OS X Lion bringing new features and Mountain Lion refining the experience a year later.
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KitGuru Says: iOS 9 will launch later this year alongside what will presumably be the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. While rumors of Apple's plan for the update make sense, nothing is confirmed just yet.