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We know that changing the option InterpolationOrder in ListLinePlotListPlot3DListContourPlot will change the shape of the curve:

(*A example from the help*)
data = {{0, 0}, {1, 2}, {3, 4}, {4, 2}, {6, 0}};
Table[ListLinePlot[data, InterpolationOrder -> n], {n, {0, 1, 3}}]

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But nothing changes for NDSolve:

Table[Plot[Evaluate[First[x[t] /. NDSolve[{x'[t] == y[t], y'[t] == -x[t], x[0] == 1, 
        y[0] == 0}, {x, y}, {t, 0, 10}, InterpolationOrder -> n]]], {t, 0, 10}], {n, 1, 3}]

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I checked the help and found the only example for InterpolationOrder in NDSolve is to set it to All. (The same example appears in two different places…) So I met the question written in the title, and, what if I want to change the InterpolationOrder of the InterpolatingFunction worked out by NDSolve?

(Sigh…) Seems that InterpolationOrder in NDSolve is really "useless", and there's no option that can change the interpolation order of InterpolatingFunction worked out by NDSolve…whatever! here I've already picked up another approach for changing the order: I just need to replace the InterpolatingPolynomial with Interpolation[…, InterpolationOrder -> …] in the link.

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This seems to (almost) confirm your point:

When strict accuracy of intermediate values computed with the InterpolatingFunction object returned from NDSolve is important, you will want to use the NDSolve method option setting InterpolationOrder->All that uses interpolation based on the order of the method, sometimes called dense output, to represent the solution between time steps. By default NDSolve stores a minimal amount of data to represent the solution well enough for graphical purposes. Keeping the amount of data small saves on both memory and time for more complicated solutions.

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And here hides another example for InterpolationOrder in NDSolve 囧. –  xzczd Oct 30 '12 at 12:07
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