Apple will release iOS 9, the new iteration of its mobile operating system on 16 September for its iPhone and iPad devices. This time the size of the update is not very large and you’ll require about 1.3GB of free space on your device to install it. The update supports iPhone 4S and above, iPad 2 and above, all iPad mini models, and iPod touch fifth-generation.
Judging by the company’s usual pattern, the update is seeded at 10am PT or 10.30pm Indian Standard Time.
Here’s how you can update your iPhone or iPad…
On a device running iOS 8.4, you need to go to the Settings app, go to the General menu, and tap on Software Update. You’ll get the Download and Install button if the update is available. You can tap on this button, enter your passcode (if you have one), agree to the terms and conditions and let the update download and install. You should have 50% or more battery level for the update.
You can also update your device through iTunes by connecting it with your PC or Mac. Most likely iTunes will prompt you to update the software or feature an Update button. You can follow the prompts and update your device.
We recommend backing up your device before going ahead with the update.
With the new iOS 9 update, iPad finally gets the much-needed support for multiple apps on same screen.
Following the update, iPad will allow users to open two apps via drag-and-drop in 50:50 or 70:30 format. However, this feature will be available only on iPad Air 2.
Apple Maps, which the company claims is used 3.5 times more on iOS than any other mapping app like Google Maps, will now get transit directions. One neat feature of the Maps app is that it will show ‘multi-modal routing’; this feature will, for example, show if a single station allows passengers to switch from buses to inter-city trains to metro trains.
iOS 9’s new low-power mode will give iPhones and iPads an additional 3 hours of battery life.
Location cards in Apple Maps will also show if any restaurant or other stores support Apple Pay.
The company has made the Notes app in iOS 9 more functional by taking cues from Samsung’s S Note. Instead of just typing in Notes, users can now draw in the app, make checklists and add photos.
Apple has also decided to take on Flipboard and Google’s Play Newsstand to launch its own News app to provide personalized content to users with iOS 9. The Apple News apps will curate content only from sources that the user selects, but customize the content into its own format for “beautiful” presentation. Like Flipboard, Apple News will also have an Explore tab featuring recommended topics and publications. It will be initially rolled out in the US, UK and Australia.