With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) just weeks away, the rumour mill has started churning out speculation about iOS 9.
If this speculation is to be believed, there's not much we don't know about Apple's next mobile software release, even though it likely won't make its way into the hands of consumers until September this year.
We've rounded up nine features we can expect from iOS 9 below.
Better support for older devices
In order not to face the same problems seen by last year's iOS 8 rollout, Apple reportedly will release a version of iOS 9 optimised for older devices including the iPhone 4S and first-gen iPad.
Fuelled by Apple's recent acqusition of mapping outfit Coherent Navigation, rumours claim iOS 9 will feature a revamped Apple Maps application. This will reportedly add public transport directions and indoor mapping abilities.
Those using the iPad for business are set to receive a boost, with iOS 9 set to equip the tablet with a split-screen multitasking mode, similar to that found on Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
In a bid to challenge Cortana and Google Now, Siri is rumoured to be getting an upgrade in iOS 9. The voice assistant will be given a makeover to look more like the version found on the Apple Watch, and will be given a boost in the accuracy department.
Smaller software updates
Current iOS software updates can take up a lot of room, which means that those wielding 16GB devices often find themselves stuck in a rut. iOS 9 reportedly will combat this issue, a change that has already started to begin with the firm's recent iOS 8.3 and 8.4 releases.
Apple's long-rumoured music streaming service, Beats Music, is set to make its debut in iOS 9, as the firm looks to challenge Spotify and Tidal. However, it's unlikely this will be available in the UK to begin with.
iOS 9 reportedly will include a handful of updates in the security department. These include a new kernel-level security system called 'Rootless' that will fend off malware and preserve the security of sensitive data, and a feature called Trusted WiFi that will equip users with better encryption when on an unfamiliar WiFi network.
iOS 8 likely will long be known as Apple's most glitch-filled software release, and the firm will apparently look to rectify this in iOS 9. The software is said to be receiving a lot of under the hood attention to ensure that it runs smoothly.
Apple reportedly will debut a 'Smart Home' app in iOS 9, allowing iPhone and iPad users to contol HomeKit-compatible devices from their mobile device.
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