Feb 9, 2015 · 1 minute

Apple might take a break from redesigning its software platforms to focus on stability, performance, and the little problems that can turn into big problems during daily use.

That's according to a prolific Apple reporter, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who has been profiled several times for getting so many scoops about the secretive company's plans.

Some have already compared the update to Snow Leopard, the version of Apple's desktop operating system that also focused on stability instead of introducing new whiz-bang features.

This focus could be a tacit recognition of two things: that Apple's software quality has fallen over the last few years, and that the company doesn't need fancy updates to sell phones.

The first point was discussed to death after Overcast developer Marco Arment wrote about Apple losing the "functional high ground" in a blog he post he later regretted publishing.

But the second could be the result of Apple selling more iPhones than ever before, despite the common complaints about its software quality, its phones' bendability, and so on.

Apple doesn't have to "raise awareness" for the benefits of using an iPhone anymore. People know what it's like, and if the conjecture about the iPhone becoming more popular because it gave consumers a large alternative to Android phones is right, they are content with it.

Of course that's not going to stop Apple from touting the update as "magical" or "stunning" or whatever overblown adjective it wants to abuse this year, of course. But it could give the company a chance to fix some of its existing problems instead of introducing new ones.

Put another way: Apple doesn't have to convince people to switch to the iPhone; it has to smooth out all the rough edges that might make it harder for them to stick with the product. According to Gurman, this next update will do just that, and iOS is better off because of it.

Now we just have to hope Apple takes the same break from messing with OS X to focus on fixing an unstable platform that would've made its Snow Leopard bury its head in shame.

[illustration by Brad Jonas]